Bob Baffert doesn’t draw the rail in every race. It just seems that way.
That said, the Hall of Fame trainer, who turned 60 on Sunday,
has the one and two post positions with his two entrants in Saturday’s
Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, Apriority and $3,000 supplemental nominee
“We got him about three months ago,” Baffert said of Apriority, a
6-year-old Grand Slam horse who hasn’t raced since last July at Calder
but has three seconds in three starts at Santa Anita, including a second
to 2011 Sprint champion Amazombie in the Sunshine Millions Sprint in
“He’s doing well, but he didn’t draw very well,” Baffert said of
Apriority, who has two recent bullet works on Betfair Hollywood Park’s
Cushion Track. “I put Drill in there at the last minute and he drew
The field for the Palos Verdes, race five of nine: Apriority,
Julien Leparoux, 8-1; Drill, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Canonize, Jose Valdivia
Jr., 5-1; Sahara Sky, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Comma to the Top, Edwin
Maldonado, 3-1; Private Zone, Martin Pedroza, 5-2; and Justin Phillip,
Rafael Bejarano, 7-2.