Baffert Wants Futurity Win For ‘Mission Accomplished’ Season At Del Mar

Entering Sunday’s penultimate program of the summer meeting, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had 12 wins from 39 starters.

Eleven of those were in maiden races where he unveiled 2-year-old male talents like Roadster and Game Winner, his entrants in a field of seven for Monday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity. Or fillies like Mother Mother, runner-up to Bellafina in Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante.

Since developing and testing promising juveniles has been a big part of Baffert’s program here for much of his 30 years training thoroughbreds, he has no major beef with that aspect of the 2018 meeting.

But Baffert’s only non-maiden race trip to the winner’s circle came when Dabster won the $75,000 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes on August 22. It can best be described as a small contribution to the Del Mar resume of the man who holds track records for most stakes wins (125) and overall wins (492) by a trainer.

So Baffert answered in the negative Sunday morning when asked if he could declare ‘Mission Accomplished’ to the season without adding to his record 13 victories in the Futurity.

“The goal is to win the Futurity and the Debutante,” Baffert said. “We came up short in the Debutante, but we’ve still got the Futurity.

“I should have run more horses in the Debutante. I should have just stayed home with (Chasing Yesterday). I’m mad at myself now.”

Chasing Yesterday, a full sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, scored a debut victory here on July 28, six days after Mother Mother was an impressive debut winner here. Baffert sent Chasing Yesterday east for Saturday’s Grade I $350,000 Spinaway in which she finished seventh.

The six-week wait between starts may have affected Mother Mother’s performance in the Debutante, Baffert said. But she came out of the races well and will be targeted for major stakes in the weeks to come.

Baffert has the 6-5 morning line Futurity favorite in Roadster and the 4-1 third choice in Game Winner. Highly-touted Roadster debuted July 29 with a 4 ¼-length victory that was accorded an 81 Beyer speed figure. Game Winner, a Kentucky-bred son of Candy Ride that was a $110,000 Keeneland September purchase for Gary and Mary West, made his initial start, on August 18, a winning one by 5 ¾ lengths and received a 77 Beyer.

“He’s got a lot of quality and he could be right there,” Baffert said. “He’s coming back kind of quick, but I’d rather do that than sit on them for a long time.”

The Futurity field from the rail: Sparky Ville (Gary Stevens, 20-1), Rowayton (Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1), Roadster (Mike Smith, 6-5), Savagery (Joe Talamo, 15-1), Spin Lightning (Flavien Prat, 6-1), Sigalert (Tyler Baze, 8-1) and Game Winner (Tiago Pereira, 4-1).

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