Baffert's Thousand Words, High Velocity clash in Del Mar's Bob Hope

November 13, 2019 05:47pm
Recent debut winners Thousand Words and High Velocity, both from the Bob Baffert barn, highlight a field of six 2-year-old colts set to go seven-furlongs in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar.

A $1 million yearling purchase, Thousand Words came from off the pace to earn his diploma in a 6 ½-furlong maiden race on Oct. 26 at Santa Anita for Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm. The son of Pioneerof the Nile has worked once since that debut effort, completing four furlongs in :49.20 at Santa Anita on Nov. 7. Flavien Prat will again be aboard Thousand Words. 

High Velocity stalked the pace and then drew clear in the stretch to graduate on debut by two lengths at Santa Anita on Oct. 13. A $350,000 yearling purchase by Gary and Mary West, t
he son of Quality Road has worked four times since that effort. On Monday, High Velocity completed serious preparations with a five-furlong drill in 1:00.40 at Santa Anita. It was the third-fastest of 40 works at the distance that day. Drayden Van Dyke will replace J.C. Diaz in the saddle for the Bob Hope.

Last year, the Bob Hope was used as a springboard to bigger things by the Baffert-trained Mucho Gusto, who went on to win multiple other Grade 3 events as a sophomore.

This year's Bob Hope goes Saturday as Race 8, with approximate post time 7 p.m. Et.

Trainer Doug O’Neill also has a formidable duo entered in Strongconstitution and Howbeit. Strongconstitution was a debut winner sprinting on the grass at Del Mar and then returned to finish second, beaten just a neck, to Fore Left when sprinting on the dirt in the restricted Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 20. Up-and-coming jockey Abel Cedillo will ride Strongconstitution for the first time in the Bob Hope. 

Howbeit moves up to the stakes ranks after winning an optional-claiming event while making his first start for O’Neill at Santa Anita on Oct. 10. The son of Secret Circle broke his maiden for trainer Luis Mendez one start prior at Los Alamitos. He is the only multiple winner in the field who could continue to move forward for the new barn. Rafael Bejarano will be aboard Howbeit for the first time in the Bob Hope.

2019 Bob Hope Stakes (G3)


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