If Declassify’s ability was ever a classified secret, the cat’s out of the bag now.
The dark bay son of Orientate made it 2-for-2 Saturday at Betfair
Hollywood Park with an imposing 7 1-2 length victory. In his April 6
debut at six furlongs, he cantered home by 11 1-2 lengths in a brilliant
1:08 4/5 at Santa Anita.
Declassify was bought for $450,000 by Bob Baffert at the 2012 April Ocala Breeders Sale for 2-year-olds in training.
It wasn’t the pedigree that attracted such a big purchase price.
Declassify’s dam, Mir Cat, never started, and his only sibling, A Mir Do
Buy, also was unraced.
“He came out of the same sale as Executiveprivilege,” said Baffert.
“We bought him strictly for his athletic ability. He had worked really
fast and did things the right way. We took our time with him because
he had a few minor setbacks like shins and a quarter cracks.”
Baffert watched Declassify’s race, along with Fast Bullet’s victory
in the $400,000, Grade II True North Handicap at Belmont Park from his
home. The trainer is not sure where Declassify will start next, but his
long term goal is the Grade I King’s Bishop Stakes Aug. 25 at Saratoga.