ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2012) – Bob Baffert, who has trained the winners of nine Triple Crown races, faces a compelling challenge with Liaison and Bodemeister, his two entrants among ten 3-year-olds signed up for Santa Anita’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday.
Liaison, who has earned $469,560 from 3 wins in 5 starts including last December’s Grade I CashCall Futurity, will be trying to regain his elite status following a disastrous outing in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 4. Bodemeister simply will be trying to prove that a stunning maiden victory can belatedly launch him into becoming a genuine Kentucky Derby principal.
Baffert had been planning to enter his provocative youngster Fed Biz -- a consensus Top Five choice among Kentucky Derby prospects despite never having run in a stakes race -- in the event that serves as the final stepping stone to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 7. Six of the last 15 San Felipe winners have successively transitioned to the Santa Anita Derby. But early this week Fed Biz was struck by a setback.