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Baffert Hopes to Get Lucky

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will primarily be focused on the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday, when he seeks his first victory in that race with CashCall Futurity and Preakness winner Lookin at Lucky.


But his stable will also be busy at Hollywood Park the same day with Prayer for Relief in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes for 2-year-olds.


Live racing begins with an 11:15 a.m. first post. The Real Quiet is the ninth of 10 live races. The second day of Breeders’ Cup simulcasts will begin at 10:50 a.m. with the first of eight races.


Although Lookin at Lucky has won nine of 12 starts, he has not been very lucky in post position draws for big races, pulling 13 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year, the rail in the Kentucky Derby in May and outside post (12) in the Classic.


Although the Real Quiet is named after the Hall of Fame champion that Baffert trained, the white-haired trainer hasn’t had much luck there in the race. Bob and John finished first in the 2005 inaugural but was disqualified and placed third for interference.


Baffert still seeks his first victory in the Real Quiet and may pray that Prayer for Relief ends the drought. The Jump Start colt has won once in three starts and leaves from post two in a field of 10 under Alonso Quinonez.


Two rival trainers in the Real Quiet will also have Breeders’ Cup entrants Saturday. Jerry Hollendorfer, who has Dakota Phone in the Dirt Mile, will send out Jakesam, an impressive 6 ¼-length winner at the Real Quiet distance of 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in his last start.


Trainer Doug O’Neill, who has Quick Enough in the Turf Sprint, will be represented by a duo of Dime and Divine Child in the Real Quiet.


Real Quiet, who died in a paddock fall at a breeding farm in Pennsylvania this autumn, was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs in August. He sandwiched victories in the Hollywood Futurity in 1997 and Hollywood Gold Cup in 1999 around a 3-year-old championship campaign that included wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1998.


 

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