It will be a day or two before I go through all the pictures and formulate vignettes to do the Father's Day trip justice. In short, what looked like a ho-hum card on paper became a "winning" day all around. The highlights about which I'll expand upon:
1. Joe Talamo booted home three winners, two for Mike Puype, but most thrilling was likely SCHIAPARELLI.
2. SCHIAPARELLI is the spittin' image of her dam, CAMBIOCORSA, a monster in her day on the grass, particularly on the downhill @ Santa Anita, and by Horse of the Year GHOSTZAPPER.
3. Mike Puype, bagged two as I'd mentioned, none as huge as big-time bred SCHIAPARELLI...it's almost as good to be Puype as it is Bob Baffert.
4. Bob Baffert...this guy can really train. My son remarked that both of Baffert's Desert Stormer Stakes entrants looked best (is he getting a better eye than ol' AmCap?). I said all of Baffert's horses are magnificently turned out and usually run to their looks. His record on the day: 5-3-1-1 but the stakes win with IRISH GYPSY may have been overshadowed by juvenile NIGHT TIDE, whose debut win earned a confident "thumbs up" from Baffert, while making his way to the winner's circle, to the TVG talent Matt Carrothers and Christina Olivares.
4. NIGHT TIDE was everything Baffert advertised via twitter:
@Midnightlute Bob Baffert I have a really nice two year old running Sunday at Hollywood Park. His name is Night Tide. Could be a star. (I could use help figuring out how to embed tweets into the blog, thanks to anyone who can help!).
He and Martin Garcia ran down a very game A TOE BY THREE, trained by Peter Miller, and ridden by crafty old vet Patrick Valenzuela. Jill Baffert, when asked if we were "lookin at lucky" replied, "I wish...I hope!" One thing's certain, NIGHT TIDE seems just as professional after one race as the '09 Juvenile champ was in his debut win.
5. When it comes to tough beats, how about WILD ROSE's troubled 2nd in her North American debut to Baffert's TORO BONITO? I'm sure Tyler Baze and Bill Morey, Jr. had some commentary about the ride that found trouble into the stretch, on the rail, despite the outside post and just six horses competing.
I'm sure there's more I've left out, but it's time for bed. Back at ya' real soon this week!