Baffert to saddle the 2017 Desi Arnaz favorite at Del Mar
November 16, 2017 10:27am
Baffert to saddle the 2017 Desi Arnaz favorite at Del Mar
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Bob Baffert-trained Dream Tree, a daughter of Uncle Mo who won her debut at Santa Anita on October 27, was tabbed for morning line favoritism by oddsmaker Russ Hudak on Thursday for Saturday's $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes.

The Arnaz, named for the 1950s band leader and television co-star with wife Lucille Ball, is a seven-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies.

Dream Tree, a 4-5 favorite winning at six furlongs at Santa Anita, was established as the 2-1 morning line choice for her second start and will break from the outside No. 6 post under Drayden Van Dyke, who retains the mount for the Hall of Fame trainer.

David Bernstein will send out Smiling Tigress, a daughter of Smiling Tiger who broke her maiden at Santa Anita on
 October 5 and was seventh in the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies on Friday, November 3, in the undercard to the first day of the Breeders’ Cup.  

She has been running well,” Bernstein said trackside Thursday morning. “She came out of the second in a race here (August 31) to win at Santa Anita. We kind of rushed her into the Cal Bred race (Golden State Juvenile Fillies) and that didn’t work out. But we figured we’d give it another shot.

“We’ve relaxed (the training) since then and we think the distance will suit her. We think she’ll actually run a mile.”

Bernstein, 77, has four stakes wins at Del Mar. He took the opening day Oceanside Stakes back-to-back in 1985-86 with Grey Gauntlet and Prince Bobby B, respectively, and added the Bing Crosby Handicap (The Wicked North) and Sandy Blue Handicap (Stalcreek) in 1993.

The field from the rail: Steph Being Steph (Stewart Elliott, 6-1), Ms Bad Behavior (Tiago Pereira, 5-2), Midnight Bisou (Rafael Bejarano, 3-1), Smiling Tigress (Tyler Baze, 10-1), Secret Spice (Corey Nakatani, 6-1) and Dream Tree (Drayden Van Dyke, 2-1).

Source: Del Mar stable notes


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