Updated: Improbable rerouting to Gold Cup at Santa Anita

Updated: Improbable rerouting to Gold Cup at Santa Anita
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A star-studded field for Saturday's Grade 2, $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap will go without one of its main contenders with the scratch of Improbable.

Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed via text message that the 4-year-old City Zip colt is in good health. The reason for the defection is squarely due to the far outside No. 14 post position.

Improbable also drew wide in his April 11 season debut in the Oaklawn Mile when, stuck outside throughout, he inherited the lead at the top of the stretch but was run down by Tom's d'Etat.

The horse remained at Oaklawn Park between starts given no other major races on the stakes schedule for other horses aside from the 1 1/8-mile Oaklawn Handicap, which will include six last-out graded stakes winners. But the racing landscape has changed since then. 

This week, Santa Anita Park released a condition book and stakes schedule should the track receive approval to begin racing as soon as May 15. On the docket is the June 6 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1), Improbable's new 1 1/4-mile target back home in California, Baffert said.

A flashy chestnut, Improbable is campaigned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing. At age 2, he went unbeaten with a victory in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1). After going off as the betting favorite in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Improbable cut back to a mile to score a stakes at 3 at Del Mar.

Improbable sports a 4-3-0 record with $949,000 earned in 11 starts, with all but his winning debut in stakes company.

The Oaklawn Handicap runs as Race 12, between split divisions of the Arkansas Derby (G1) in which Baffert sends out unbeaten favorites Charlatan and Nadal.

2020 Oaklawn Handicap (G2)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Chess Chief
Into Mischief
5.87
D. Stewart
B. Hernandez, Jr.
6th, 2020 New Orleans Classic (G2)
Entered
 Trophy Chaser
Twirling Candy
5.82
J. Avila
S. Camacho
1st, 2020 Challenger Stakes (G3) 
Entered
 Bravazo
Awesome Again
7.35
D. Lukas
M. Mena
4th, 2020 Essex Handicap (LS)
Entered
 Mr Freeze
To Honor and Serve
6.93
D. Romans
J. Talamo
1st, 2020 Gulfstream Park Mile (G2) 
Entered
 Identifier
Creative Cause
4.67
O. Gonzalez
S. Elliott
1st, 2020 Hal's Hope Stakes (G3)
Entered
 Warrior's Charge
Munnings
7.04
B. Cox
F. Geroux
1st, 2020 Razorback Handicap (G3)
Entered
 Combatant
Scat Daddy
6.05
J. Sadler
J. Rosario
1st, 2020 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) 
Entered
 Sky Promise
Sky Mesa
6.07
R. Diodoro
O. Mojica
1st, 2020 Temperence Hill Stakes (LS)
Entered
 Tacitus
Tapit
8.30
W. Mott
J. Velazquez
5th, 2020 Saudi Cup 
Entered
 Captivating Moon
Malibu Moon
4.79
C. Block
J. Leparoux
2nd, 2020 New Orleans Classic (G2)
Entered
 Tax
Arch
7.26
D. Gargan
K. Carmouche
9th, 2020 Pegasus World Cup (G1) 
Entered
 By My Standards
Goldencents
6.98
W. Calhoun
G. Saez
1st, 2020 New Orleans Classic (G2)
Entered
 Night Ops
Warrior's Reward
5.47
B. Cox
J. Castellano
1st, 2020 Essex Handicap (LS)
Entered
 Improbable
City Zip
7.50
B. Baffert
M. Garcia
2nd, 2020 Oaklawn Mile (LS)
SCR

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