The Chosen Vron

Vron Couldn't Have Chosen A Better Barn

As a junior he wound up in the same fraternity as a guy named Bob Baffert, who was already riding winners, already conspicuous. Eric Kruljac, for his part, had transferred to University of Arizona from Arizona State, where he had been on a football scholarship only to blow a knee. Then, when Baffert proceeded to stardom at the racetrack, Kruljac literally went undercover. He worked for a buddy as a private investigator until, having learned the ropes, starting an agency of his own. For several years you'd find him tailing...

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Fun to Dream Crowned CTBA Horse of the Year

Grade I winner Fun to Dream (Arrogate) was crowned California-bred Horse of the Year at the CTBA Awards dinner held Monday night. The 4-year-old filly, who is out of the Maria's Mon mare Lutess, was bred by Connie Pageler and trainer Bob Baffert and is owned by Paegler and Natalie J. Baffert. The gray filly was also named Cal-bred champion 3-year-old filly and sprinter, and her dam was named Cal-bred broodmare of the year. "I did this, it was a crazy thing, I called Garrett O'Rourke at Juddmonte and I...

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California-Bred Champions Announced

Finneus (Stay Thirsty), Lieutenant Dan (Grazen) and The Chosen Vron (Vronsky) are the three finalists for California-bred Horse of the Year for 2021, to be announced at the annual CTBA Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting Mar. 28, 2022 at Le Meridien Arcadia. The business meeting begins at 4 pm., the cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and the awards dinner at 6 p.m. Other Cal-bred champions to be recognized at the banquet: Champion California-bred 2-Year-Old Male - Finneus Champion California-bred 2-Year-Old Female - At the Spa (Outwork) Champion California-bred 3-Year-Old Male...

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Classier Returns in Affirmed

Classier (Empire Maker) kicks off his sophomore season versus four rivals in Sunday's GIII Affirmed S. at Santa Anita. The $775,000 KEESEP graduate got the 'TDN Rising Star' nod on debut sprinting at Santa Anita Oct. 24, then returned on quick notice with an eighth-place finish after showing speed in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile last time Nov. 6. Working bullets for his return, Bob Baffert takes the blinkers off for this. The Chosen Vron (Vronsky) tackles two turns for the first time here. The Cal-bred was impressive in his...

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