Charlatan Likely to Saudi Cup Next

After Charlatan (Speightstown) worked a half-mile Saturday in :49.80 at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert reported that his Grade I winner will likely make his next start in the Feb. 20 Saudi Cup. Charlatan is coming off a dominant win against a quality field in the Dec. 26 GI Runhappy Malibu S., his first after being sidelined following the GI Arkansas Derby May 2. Charlatan has been invited to the GI Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 23 at Gulfstream, but will likely pass that race. Should Charlatan pass the Pegasus,...

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Filly on a Mission: Daughter of Into Mischief Garners Rising Stardom for Baffert

Baoma Corporation's $750,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga buy Private Mission (Into Mischief) led home a one-two finish of promising fillies for the Bob Baffert barn Sunday to earn the 'TDN Rising Star' distinction. Backed as the even-money choice off a series of works that had churned up some buzz (click for XBTV video of Oct. 5 breeze in company with $1.3-million colt American Admiral {American Pharoah}), the bay showed good early speed to sit in second locked on to the pacesetter. She took over after a :45.23 half, and only stablemate Frosteria...

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