Wood Memorial On The Radar For Baffert-Trained Thousand Words

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert typically has an influx of legitimate prospects for the Kentucky Derby, and this year appears to be no exception.

The five-time winner of the ‘Run for the Roses’ will be taking a divide-and-conquer approach to the final preps for the Kentucky Derby and could send dual graded-stakes winner Thousand Words to Aqueduct Racetrack for the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino. The nine-furlong test, which offers 100-40-20-10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top-four finishers, is slated for April 4.

Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in partnership with Dennis Albaugh’s Albaugh Family Stable, the bay son of Pioneerof the Nile was handed his first loss when fourth in the Grade 2 San Felipe on March 7 at Santa Anita last out, which was won by stablemate Authentic.

Currently ninth on the leaderboard with 25 qualifying points, Thousand Words broke his maiden in October at Santa Anita before stretching out to two turns to win the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity on December 7 and the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis on February 1, earning ten points apiece from both stakes wins.

“Bob has so many prospects and he needs to separate them,” said Albaugh Family Stables’ racing manager Jason Loutsch. “He said after the San Felipe that Authentic would stay there. We may need more points and it makes sense that the Wood and Bluegrass [on April 4 at Keeneland] are the two options. Bob’s had great success in New York, so that’s definitely on our radar.”

Baffert has won the Wood Memorial with Congaree (2001) and Bob and John (2006), both of whom were owned by the late Bob McNair’s Stonerside Farm.

Thousand Words is the first horse that Baffert has trained for Albaugh, and Loutsch sung high praises regarding his experience with the storied conditioner.

“He’s a true horseman and he’s a businessman,” Loutsch said. “I’ve been thoroughly impressed with his operations. His communication with his owners has been fantastic. It seems like the second the horse crosses the finish line, he’s calling or texting his owners.”

Thousand Words was a $1 million acquisition from the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where he was consigned by Brookdale Sales. Bred in Florida by Hardacre Farm, Thousand Words is out of the three-time graded stakes winning Pomeroy broodmare Pomeroys Pistol.

“He was just gorgeous. The pedigree was fantastic. His appearance met all our criteria,” Loutsch said. “When we bought him, Spendthrift asked if we cared if we sent him to the west coast. Spendthrift likes to spread their horses out a bit. The first two races went according to plan. We have full confidence that he’ll bounce back in his next race.”

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