Bob Baffert Seeks Goodman Repeat With Awesome Patriot

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Posted 10.21.10 at 1:11

Awesome Patriot is scheduled to go postward in Saturday's Jack Goodman Stakes.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 20, 2010)—Awesome Patriot, a debut winner on Oct. 9, will seek a repeat against six rivals in the $55,000-added Jack Goodman Stakes Saturday at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.

A six furlong race over Cushion Track for 2-year-olds, the Goodman is the main event on a day ( 1 p.m. post) that also includes the Oak Tree Racing Association’s extremely popular stein giveaway. This year’s stein features the undefeated Zenyatta and jockey Mike Smith.

A member of racing’s Hall of Fame and already a winner of 12 Grade I races in 2010, Smith will be signing autographs from 12-1 p.m. near the Paddock Tote Board. Fans will also be to express their best wishes to the 19-for-19 mare on a large banner that will be sent to Louisville where Zenyatta will attempt to defend her title in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.

Owned by the Lanni Family Trust and trained by Bob Baffert, Awesome Patriot, a son of Awesome Again and the Cee’s Tizzy mare Tizamazing, won by one length as the favorite, leading throughout in the race at 6 ½ furlongs. A victory would be the second in a row in the Goodman for Baffert, who won with Macias in 2009.

Purchased for $350,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale, Awesome Patriot earned $22,800 for his win.

Trained by Craig Lewis for Six S Racing Stable and Niko Petralia, Clubhouse Ride will be seeking his third victory in succession. The Candy Ride colt out of the Seeking the Gold mare Seeking Results lost the first fives times he started, but has picked up his game.

After defeating maidens by a half-length on Aug. 14 at Del Mar, the $22,000 January purchase won the Barretts Juvenile as the 8-5 favorite on Sept. 19 at Fairplex. He has earned $100,470 in seven outings.

Celestic Night and Winning Desire finished 1-2 in the C.B. Afflerbaugh on Sept. 15 at Fairplex.

The former, a son of Vindication and the Sky Classic mare Celestic, earned his second win in a row with the three-quarters of a length tally in the seven-furlong Afflerbaugh. He has banked $43,740 in four races for owner Marco Gonzalez and trainer Neil French.

Favored when second in his latest, Winning Desire is a gelded son of The Daddy and the Yankee Victor mare Poppy’s Baby Girl. Successful in his debut against $62,500 maidens Aug. 18 at Del Mar, Winning Desire has earnings of $28,950 for a partnership that includes Denny Kanakaris and Bert Lane and trainer Bob Hess, Jr.

McKenzies Way was a non factor in the Del Mar Futurity, a Grade 1, in his first try versus winners. The Wildcat Heir colt and the Pulpit mare Love the Blues has a win in three races for owner William Sims and trainer Bob Troeger. He’s earned $30,400.

Owned and bred by trainer Myung Kwon Cho, Premier Pegasus won at 44-1 in his debut at Del Mar on July 24. The Fusaichi Pegasus colt out of the Summer Squall mare Squall Linda earned $30,000 for the one length score.

Rounding out the field for the Goodman, which is the eighth race on the card, is Road Ready, second in the Barretts Juvenile after finishing eighth of 11 in the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 8. The son of More Than Ready and the Unbridled mare Eishin Bridle won at first asking on June 12 at Golden Gate Fields. Road Ready has earned $48,180 for trainer Jeff Bonde, who also owns the Kentucky bred with Murray Smith and James Vreeland.

From inside out, the lineup for the Jack Goodman Stakes: Premier Pegasus, Alonso Quinonez, 118; Celestic Night, Joel Rosario, 118; McKenzies Way, Victor Espinoza, 118; Awesome Patriot, Martin Garcia, 118; Road Ready, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Clubhouse Ride, Patrick Valenzuela, 122 and Winning Desire, David Flores, 116.

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