Baffert: Tough Bing Crosby A Win And ‘Lay Down For A Week’

Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes is a “Win And You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge series qualifier for the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on November 4.

Considering the quality and depth of the field of 10 – after the scratch Friday morning of Big Macher – and the effort that’s going to be required, the connections for 5-2 morning line favorite Drefong, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith, have some other “Win and ..” taglines.

“It’s a ‘Win and you’re going to lay down for a week’,” Baffert said from his grandstand viewing position for workouts Friday morning.

“It’s a win and you’re going to need a vacation,” said Smith, standing nearby.

Drefong, a 4-year-old son of Gio Ponti, has had an eight-month holiday from racing since his 1 ¼-length victory over Masochistic, who nosed out Mind Your Biscuits for the place, in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November at Santa Anita.

Drefong drew the No. 2 post position and was established as the 5-2 favorite on oddsmaker Russ Hudak’s morning line. Peter Miller-trained Roy H., back from a trip east and victory in the six-furlong True North at Belmont Park on June 9 that earned a 111 Beyer Speed Figure, is 3-1 and Phil D’Amato’s Ransom the Moon is 7-2.

“The post is tough,” Baffert said of Drefong. “He drew inside with all the speed horses. He’s going to have to get lucky at the break. I would have preferred an outside draw, but we’re stuck.”

He’s also wary of the competition.

“I think the best sprinters in the country are out here (West Coast) and in this race,” Baffert said.

Six furlongs is not considered the best distance for Mind Your Biscuits, the sprint Beast of the East, who secured a spot with a WAYI victory in the Belmont Sprint Championship on July 8.

“There’s three horses in there that are really outstanding. Peter Miller’s Roy H., St. Joe Bay and D’Amato’s horse (Ransom the Moon),” Baffert said. “But they’re all tough.

The field from the rail: Denman’s Call (Tyler Baze, 20-1), Drefong (Mike Smith, 5-2), St. Joe Bay (Kent Desormeaux, 6-1), Ransom the Moon (Flavien Prat, 7-2), Magic Taste (Tiago Pereira, 50-1), Coastline (Jamie Theriot, 30-1), Roy H (Paco Lopez, 3-1), Solid Wager (Joe Talamo, 20-1), Kobe’s Back (Gary Stevens, 8-1) and Moe Candy (Victor Espinoza, 20-1).

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