Baffert Saddles Pair In Quest Of Fifth Prevue Victory

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Posted 11.18.09 at 3:18

Trainer Bob Baffert. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2009) — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has saddled a record four Hollywood Prevue winners, will aim for a fifth with Indian Firewater and Macias as the Grade III event for 2-year-olds is run for the 28th time Saturday at Hollywood Park.

The Prevue, at seven furlongs on Cushion Track, is a major prep for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Saturday, Dec. 19.

Baffert, who won the Futurity for a record-tying fourth time with Pioneerof the Nile in 2008, last won the Prevue with Massive Drama in 2007. His first three Prevue victories came in succession with In Excessive Bull, Commitisize and Premier Property from 1996-98.

The Baffert duo will contend with six others in the Prevue, which also attracted WinStar Farm’s impressive Keeneland winner American Lion. The field will line up as follows from the rail out:

Seattle Ruler, with Martin Garcia up, carries 118 pounds; Get My Fix, Joe Talamo, 116; Indian Firewater, Garrett Gomez, 116; American Lion, Julien Leparoux, 116; Macias, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Pico Pico, Alex Solis, 116; Tribal Face, Joel Rosario, 116, and Purse Luva, Victor Espinoza, 118.

Leparoux, who leads Gomez by approximately $700,000 atop the nation’s money standings with $18 million, will fly in from Kentucky to ride American Lion for the second straight start.

The son of Tiznow finished second in his career debut at Arlington Park in September, cruised to a 6 ¾-length victory in his second start at Keeneland, traveling seven furlongs in 1:22 1/5.

“It’s a big step up, but I think he’s up to the task,” said trainer Eoin Harty, who will saddle American Lion for the first time. “He’s a big colt. He looks like a combination of Tiznow and Storm Cat (sire of his dam, Storm Tide).”

Gomez, leading money-rider in the nation the last three years, will try to draw a little closer to Leparoux in the Prevue aboard Indian Firewater. The son of Indian Charlie will be making his fourth start. He broke his maiden second time out for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman at Del Mar, then finished second in a six-furlong allowance race at Santa Anita in early October.

Macias, owned by Zayat Stables, will be aiming for his third straight win in his fourth start. The son of Purge broke his maiden in his second start and won the six-furlong Jack Goodman at Santa Anita in his most recent start. Bejarano will be up for the first time as Gomez opted to ride Indian Firewater.

Seattle Ruler, winner of the Barretts Juvenile, will try to bounce back after finishing ninth in the Norfolk; Get My Fix rallied to break his maiden in his last start; Pico Pico shortens up after running around two turns in his last two starts; stakes-placed Tribal Face broke his maiden in his last start, and Purse Luva steps up after winning for a claiming tag of $50,000.

The Prevue will run as the eighth race on Saturday’s nine-race program at Hollywood Park. First post is at 12:30 p.m.

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