Since 2010, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert
has won six of Oaklawn’s
last nine graded stakes for 3-year-olds, including a sweep of last
year’s Southwest (G3), Rebel (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1). He will
attempt to keep his streak going Feb. 18 when Tamma Corporation’s Super Ninety Nine
represents the trainer in this year’s $300,000 Southwest
Stakes, the special Presidents’ Day feature.
Super Ninety Nine, a
Pulpit colt, completed his final preparations for the 1 1/16-mile race
by breezing a half mile in 47 3/5 Tuesday at his Santa Anita base. He is
scheduled to arrive in Hot Springs by plane Thursday.
worked well,” said Baffert. “It’s the time of year when we start
separating them to gauge how the California ones stack up and how
Nominations for the Southwest and early bird
nominations to the March 16 $600,000 Rebel Stakes and the April 13 $1
million Arkansas Derby were released Wednesday with a total of 123
horses made eligible for the rich series. In addition to $1.9 million in
purses, the three races offer a total of 272 points based on Churchill
Downs’ new requirement for making the Kentucky Derby field.