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Midnight Interlude Set for Oak Tree Derby

Midnight Interlude noses Comma To The Top in the 2011 Santa Anita Derby

Midnight Interlude, who found a home on turf after finishing well back in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last year, is on course for next Saturday’s Grade II Oak Tree Derby at 1 1/8 miles on grass, Bob Baffert said Saturday. Rafael Bejarano has the mount.

“He worked yesterday,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. The 3-year-old son of War Chant went six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in 1:13.80.

The bay colt owned by Arnold Zetcher made his first six starts on synthetic or dirt, but won a minor stakes at Hollywood Park in his first turf start on June 17, was fourth despite encountering traffic problems in the Grade II La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 13, then missed by a nose in the Grade II Del Mar Derby on turf Sept. 4.

Other probables for the $150,000 guaranteed Oak Tree Derby include Surrey Star for trainer Jim Cassidy and Thirtyfirststreet for trainer Doug O’Neill.



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Sorry Ruhlmann, I didn't mean to offend anyone...'WELL..YOU KNOW"...especially my fav rider. I read that he couldn't live w/out his lesson's on a profile of his somewhere online. Not so sure Baffert will send Prayer for Relief to Churchill after the Ok Derby - such a nice horse flying under the radar these days. 3 weeks out is short time leading up to a huge race. Ghelguera, ..errr...yeah. ok. Lets talk after the BC.
Add Secret Circle into the mix now.
Bad Cardly Knot! lol, english lessons. Honestly his english has improved. I think they're both very good jockeys. I don't know what it is but horses just seem to run for Bejarano. Baffert is load in the BC. He also has Prayer for Relief (Classic), The Factor (Sprint or Mile), Irrefutable (Sprint or Mile).
Garcia over Bejarano any day, Garcia one of the best in the west.
I hear ya, Ruhlmann. Hopefully Baffert finally acknowledges Rafael (instead of always 'HE') by name after he wins a few BC races for the barn. They're looking pretty darn good w/ Plum Pretty and Secret Circle. Come to think it, Bejarano has been on every horse Baffert is sending to the BC, except Candrea. Wins on Drill, SecretCircle, PlumPretty, GameOnDude, Euroears, and The Flopter. C'mon Bob, show some class, and respect to the hands(not the invisible one$$$) that helped you get all these outstanding runners thus far. Rafael deserves much more recognition than consecutive 'He's' in your interviews - At least help pay for his english lessons!!!
Baffert sure has some good horses, IMO one of the best trainers. I'm sure he's ready to give Rafa the whole barn, since all they do is win together. GL with Midnight Interlude.
Midnight Interlude is a very good horse but also an unlucky horse. My pick to win the G.1 Hollywood Derby.
I wouldn't be surprised,what with that nice tightener 2nd to Banned in his last start, He might be right on target to get his picture taken, Good Luck Big Bob!

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