Baffert's other horse wins Palos Verdes - petsitterbank

Baffert’s other horse wins Palos Verdes

A lightly raced and once expensive juvenile trained by Bob Baffert won the GIII Palos Verdes S., but it was no chalk, the $3.65 million Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old Cezanne (Curlin). Instead, it was April’s youngest yearling, $300,000 OBS, 2-year-old Essential bet (Honor Code), who was making his stakes debut after riding a two-game winning streak.

Essential Wager left the gate smartly and came inside to come out of the first scrum with the lead, scoring the first quarter in :22.21 with Team Merchants (Nyquist) pressing from the outside. The two held position with the half notched at: 45.17, then Essential Wager cut the corner and walked away with a right hand recall. He blazed five panels in :57.41 while Shooters Shoot (Competitive Edge) flew outside. As a game as they come, Shooters Shoot couldn’t pass Essential Wager and finished a neck back while Essential Wager held on.

The winner entered the Palos Verdes after brilliant tandem work with Cézanne on January 23, in which he finished ahead of his stablemate with a time of: 59 2/5 for the five furlongs. It was best of 88 that day, with Cézanne hitting his mark in: 59 3/5 (2/88).

“This horse is getting better and better, he had trained very well,” Baffert said. “With Cézanne I think it was a bit too short for him. All of Essential Wager’s races have been pretty impressive and he actually wasn’t bred to be a sprinter. [Rider] Abel [Cedillo] did a great job, got it out of there and held up to those horses pretty well. You know, he took a lot of heat early on and kept going.

Essential Wager debuted at seven furlongs in October at this track with an educational start: a bump, a stumble, a premature move and a losing duel. He finished second that day but fell six furlongs and has stayed there ever since, earning him a first win on Nov. 12 at Del Mar, a top-tier allowance on Dec. 11 at Los Alamitos and the win. from Palos Verdes on Saturday.

“We’re going to let Bobby [Baffert] do whatever he wants with him,” co-owner Mike Pegram said, “but I think he can probably get two rounds, it seems.

Genealogical notes:
One of nine Black-type winners for the Honor Code, Essential Wager is the fourth ranked winner from his young father. His other three ranked winners all came at Tier I.

An inbred 3×5 to Seattle Slew, Essential Wager is one of 19 winners of an officer’s daughter stakes. His dam has a 2-year-old filly named Bru Na Boinne (Arrogate), who fetched $120,000 for Wayne R. Sanders and Kat Kirk at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale. She also has a full yearling sister to Essential Wager named Essential Ellie and visited Wildcat Red’s yard for the colt this spring.

Saturday, Santa Anita
PALOS VERDES S.-GIII, $200,000, Santa Anita, 1-29, ages 4/up, 6f, 1:09.95, ft.
1-ESSENTIAL BET, 120, c, 4, per honor code
1st Dam: Mr Hall’s Opus (GSP, $155,300), by Officer
2nd Dam: Sala de Oro, by Expelled
3rd Dam: Kildare, by Flying Paster
RNA Y1g ’19 KEESEP; $300,000 OBSAPR 2 years 20). O-Michael E.
Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman; Farm B-Maccabee
(KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Abel Cedillo. $120,000. Lifetime
Case: 4-3-1-0, $207,200. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click to
the eNicks report and 5-cross pedigree.
2–shooters shoot, 120, g, 5, Competitive Advantage–Repetition, per
Bernardini. ($90,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $70,000 Ylg ’18
KEESEP; $300,000 OBSAPR 2 years ’19). O-Bella Cavello Stables
SARL; B-Nancy C. Shuford (KY); T-Richard Baltas. $40,000.
3–Cezanne, 122, h, 5, Curlin–Achieving, by Bernardini.
($3,650,000 2 Year ’19 FTFMAR). O-Mrs. Jean Magnier,
Michael B. Tabor, Derrick Smith & St. Elias Stable; B-Hill ‘n’
Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. & St. Elias Stables, LLC (KY); T Bob
Baffert. $24,000.
Margins: NK, 2 3/4, 3HF. Odds: 1.80, 20.60, 0.70.
Also ran: Team Merchants, Darth Vader. Striped: Arham.
Click for it Chart, the PP, or the free catalog style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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