Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s wildly unpredictable summer takes what he hopes will be a better turn when he sends promising West Coast into the loaded $1.25-million Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
He almost dares not to look.
“I got off to a really bad start,” Baffert said of his summer campaign. “It’s been tough. It’s been really tough. But things are starting to kick into gear here.”
His misadventures involve consecutive defeats in the Grade II San Diego Handicap and the Grade I Pacific Classic for Arrogate, who was viewed as practically unbeatable after he opened the season with easy wins in the Pegasus and the Dubai World...