Kentucky Derby 2020 Radar: Mo Hawk's the latest Baffert winner

September 07, 2019 08:45am

Mo Hawk didn’t look like a million bucks in his Friday debut, but the hyped 2-year-old from the Bob Baffert barn didn’t quite cost seven figures, either.


The $925,000 son of Uncle Mo did more than enough to strike at Los Alamitos, however, and given he’s a pricey, well-connected maiden, we’ll hear more from this colt, who made a blip on the 2020 Kentucky Derby Radar, which seeks to identify logical names to know heading into the points preps.


Thanks to video from XBTV, we’ve seen plenty of Mo Hawk breezing past stablemates leading up to this spot, which is always a nice complement to the speedy times reflected on his work tab. While not quite as visually impressive this time in the afternoon, Mo Hawk also may have beaten a pretty good one in Moon Mischief, a John Sadler firster who hit the wire three lengths behind.


Mo Hawk was away at 1-5 in a field of six and ridden cautiously by jockey Joe Talamo, who guided his mount to 5 1/2 furlongs in a final time of 1:04.52.


From his outside post, Mo Hawk remained away from traffic, first stalking an opening quarter mile in 22.33 seconds. He then ranged up three-wide outside of Dodger and Enemy Runner through the turn. As those two left room on the rail, Moon Mischief drove up on the inside, making it four-wide battle into the stretch.


Moon Mischief, a Jerry Moss homebred, stuck around with Mo Hawk through the half mile in 46.09 seconds. But when Talamo went to three cracks of the whip late, the winner pulled away.


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Blinkers were on Mo Hawk, and that’s normal for a Baffert horse early in its career. As the distances lengthen, the equipment usually comes off. And because Mo Hawk’s out of Any Given Saturday mare Princess Arabella, who won the 2012 Sunland Park Oaks, the distances certainly should lengthen.


Among Princess Arabella’s other progeny are graded stakes-placed Ulele and Tapella, a two-time winner.


For those who overlook Los Alamitos, note that Baffert similarly unveiled Mucho Gusto at this same meet a year ago. That colt went from a Los Al victory to win Del Mar’s Bob Hope (G3), then hit the Kentucky Derby trail before going on to place in races such as the Haskell (G1) and Travers (G1).


Esteemed clocker Andrew Harrington tweeted Friday afternoon that “(Mo) Hawk took a while to come around but did look solid at the end of the (Del Mar) meet. In my mind, he would have to step things up to be in Derby consideration.”


Given that the rather large ownership group includes SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables and Stonestreet Stables, among others, Mo Hawk figures to get every chance in the coming months.

 

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About the Derby Radar

Back for the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail, Horse Racing Nation's Derby Radar seeks to identify promising maiden, allowance and even stakes winners who could target points-paying preps down the line. We'll cover the buzz horses, of course, then using a systematic approach based on past years' Derby contenders identify other talented colts moving up the ladder.

Did we miss one? Email editor Jonathan Lintner (jlintner@horseracingnation.com) if you know of a horse that should be on the radar.


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