A Baffert 3-year-old, Improbable may invade Oaklawn Park

A Baffert 3-year-old, Improbable may invade Oaklawn Park
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Trainer Bob Baffert continues to push ahead with his top 3-year-olds as Nadal, Charlatan, Thousand Words and Eight Rings all posted workouts over the weekend at Santa Anita Park.

Nadal and Charltan, who each exit powerful wins on March 14, breezed on Sunday, while Thousand Words and Eight Rings drilled on Saturday. It’s possible race fans could see one of those colts in action this Saturday.

The Oaklawn Park racing office on Sunday reported Baffert is considering sending Improbable -- who hasn’t started since the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) -- to Hot Springs for a start in the $150,000 Oaklawn Mile. Accordingly, the racing office notes a Baffert 3-year-old would likely join Improbable on the trip for a start in the $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes going nine furlongs.

In a text message on Sunday, Baffert confirmed shipping to Oaklawn is under consideration.

“Trying to work plans out, but nothing solid yet,” Baffert wrote.

The top three finishers in the Oaklawn Stakes receive automatic berths into next month’s $750,000 Arkansas Derby (G1), which unless split to two divisions will almost assuredly have more entrants than available slots.

As for this weekend’s workers, Eight Rings went seven furlongs handily in 1:27.80. The Grade 1 winner has not started since finishing off the board in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last fall.

Thousand Words, who suffered the first loss of his career when fourth in the San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita on March 7, drilled a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.40. It was the fastest of 12 works at the distance on Saturday.

Charlatan, who made it 2-for-2 with a smashing allowance win at Santa Anita, went to the track about 6:30 a.m. and worked five furlongs in 1:00.20. The son of Speightstown has won his two starts by a combined 16 lengths, which includes a blowout 5 ¾-lengths when when trying two turns for the first time in that Santa Anita allowance.

Nadal went to the track about 7:45 a.m. after rain fell, which Baffert noted gave the track “more bounce.” The son of Blame, who improved to 3-for-3 when winning last month’s Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn, drilled six furlongs in 1:11.60.

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