Bob Baffert has experienced many highs and lows in his long and successful training career. But rarely has he experienced both in the matter of a minute.
Mastery, his undefeated 3-year old, had just smoked a very competitive field by 6 ¾ lengths in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. Baffert, as is his custom when he wins, left his box and was heading toward the winner’s circle.
“”You see what he did today was just incredible and puts him as the best 3-year-old in the nation. So I’m walking down and I hear one of the fans say, ‘I hope your horse is all right,’” Baffert said. “What? ‘They’re unsaddling him.’”
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