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Bakken Invades Santa Anita for Malibu

Unbeaten on the track and unknown in quality, Bakken invades from the East Coast for the Grade I Malibu Stakes on opening day.

Bred in the purple, a 3-year-old colt by Distorted Humor out of the Honour and Glory mare General Jeanne, Bakken was no secret in his only two starts, winning his maiden race by 6 ½ lengths as the 9-5 favorite Oct. 13 at Belmont Park before returning to win by 2 ¼ lengths at 2-5 Nov. 23 at Aqueduct.

Each time the Kentucky-bred bay owned by Mr. and Mrs. William Warren was ridden by Eclipse Award finalist Javier Castellano.

“Bakken ran like he’d been training,” said trainer Chad Brown, who also will bring supplemental nominee Hamnet to Santa Anita for the Grade II Sir Beaufort Stakes on opening day.

“He always showed a lot of talent in the morning. It just took him time to get to the races. We have a lot of confidence in him.”

Bred by Hermitage Farm LLC and WinStar Farm LLC, Bakken sold for $450,000 at the Keeneland Sales in 2011.

His two victories came in front-running fashion at six furlongs. He was never headed in either race, going to the front and improving his position, receiving Beyer figures of 97 and 96, respectively.

Probable for the Malibu: Bakken, Javier Castellano; Central Banker, Joe Talamo; Demonic, Corey Nakatani; Flashback, Joel Rosario; Heir of Storm, Gary Stevens; Holy Lute, Mike Smith; San Onofre, no rider; Shakin It Up, no rider; Zee Bros, no rider; and Zeewat, Rafael Bejarano.

 

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