made it back-to-back wins for Hall of Fame trainer
Bob Baffert in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes with a hard fought victory
Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Baffert, who won the Real Quiet a year ago with eventual
CashCall Futurity winner Liaison, is the first conditioner to win the event
twice. Baffert trained Real Quiet, whose victories included the 1998 Kentucky
Derby and Preakness and 1999 Hollywood Gold Cup.
Owned by Baffert’s wife Jill and Olympic gold medalist skier
Bode Miller, Carving outlasted Fury Kapcori by a half-length as the 11-10
favorite. Ridden by Martin Garcia, the 2-year-old son of Any Given Saturday and
the Giant’s Causeway mare In Seconds completed
the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in 1:46.04.
The win was the third in four starts for Carving, who was
purchased for $55,000 earlier this year. Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm LLC, the dark bay
has earned $129,900. He paid $4.20, $3 and $2.40, becoming the third public
choice to win in seven renewals of the Real Quiet.
Second outside pacesetter Avare in the early going, Carving
was relegated to third when Fury Kapcori moved along the rail to engage for the
lead, took a slight lead while Simon Eyes and Dirty Swagg moved into contention
on the outside, drifted out a bit late in the stretch, but had enough left to
Fourth behind stablemate Power Broker in the Grade I
FrontRunner Stakes Sept. 29 at Santa Anita, Carving has now earned his wins at
three different tracks. He won first time out against $80,000 maidens Aug. 23
at Del Mar before taking the C.B. Afflerbaugh
Stakes Sept. 12 at Fairplex
Baffert, who has won the CashCall Futurity a record six
times, indicated Carving could return Dec. 15 in the Grade I, which has a
guaranteed purse of $750,000.
“Hopefully, he will
go,’’ said Baffert. “I’m going to run as many as I can in that. I’ll try to
load the gate up. I have a lot of nice ones. (Carving) has been a fun horse
because he always runs better than he trains. Everyone in the barn has
outworked him. He’s been a real surprise to me.’’
Bidding for his third win in a row after victories at Golden
Gate Fields and Fresno, Fury Kapcori, the 9-2 fourth choice, wound up a
half-length in front of 16-1 shot Dirty Swagg. A son of Tiznow owned in part by
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Fury Kapcori paid $5 and $3. The show
price on Dirty Swagg was $5.40.
Simon Eyes, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, finished fourth,
1 ¾ lengths behind Dirty Swagg. Bejarano replaced Corey Nakatani, who injured a
hamstring while pulling up Mavenofwinterset, who suffered a hind leg injury, a
Glenco Kid, Ebony Gold and Avare, the 7-2 second choice, completed
the order of finish.
A son of Tiznow owned in part by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry
Hollendorfer, Fury Kapcori paid $5 and $3. The show price on Dirty Swagg was