Bob Baffert Sweeps Recent Derby Arkansas

Many asked could he do it again? Yes, Bob Baffert sweeps recent derby for the Arkansas Derby. Can he repeat it for the 2020 Kentucky Derby?

Saturday was a good day for trainer Bob Baffert who saw two of his horses win the Arkansas Derby. Charlatan kicked the day off, going wire-to-wire to claim the first division of Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Arkansas Derby.

“I went 1:09 and I was galloping,” said jockey Martin Garcia, who assumed the mount Saturday after Drayden Van Dyke piloted Charlatan for his first two starts. “He did it all within himself. I could feel somebody at the 3/8ths getting close so I just let him go and he took off. That’s a really good horse to do that.”

Nadal completed the sweep for Baffert, winning the second division of the Arkansas Derby. He improved his record to 4-for-4 as he stretched out in distance.

2020 Bob Baffert Sweeps Recent Derby News

Bob Baffert Sweeps Recent Derby

“Down the backside, I just loved the way he was,” Baffert said. “I figured if he was good enough, he can win from there. We just didn’t want to go :22 and empty out. It worked out perfectly.”

These dual Arkansas Derbys took place on the first Saturday in May, which is usually the day of the Kentucky Derby. However, due to the coronavirus, the 2020 Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled for September 5.

“He looked good,” jockey Joel Rosario said. “Very good race. He sat off (Wells Bayou) and then took care of the rest. He’s a champ.”
With the win, Nadal now tops the Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby points standings with 150 points. He’s one of three Baffert colts in the top 10 along with fourth-place Charlatan (100) and eighth-place Authentic (60). Can Bob Baffert sweeps recent Derby again for the Kentucky Derby?

“I just have to thank the timing,” Bolton said. “He had six weeks between starts. He went back to California and Bob worked him behind horses three times. I thought if there was speed today, he could sit off it. He had a much more comfortable trip than in the Rebel when he was attacked by three different challengers.”

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