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Breeders’ Cup Notes: Bob Baffert’s foursome leads deep field for Classic

By in Press Enterprise on October 31, 2017

By Art Wilson

SOLANA BEACH — Trainer Steve Asmussen’s assistant, Scott Blasi, said Monday he’s never seen one trainer possess the arsenal Bob Baffert plans to unleash on the rest of the field Saturday in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar.

Asmussen and Blasi have the 9-5 morning-line favorite in Gun Runner, but Baffert plans to send out a potent foursome that includes the race’s defending champion Arrogate, Pacific Classic winner Collected, Travers Stakes winner West Coast and the talented Mubtaahij, who won the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita last month.

“It’s just a really deep, talented field,” Blasi said after final entries were taken and post positions drawn for the 34th Breeders’ Cup. “I still have a tremendous amount of respect for Arrogate. I know what the horse is capable of. I remember watching replays of the Travers from last year and seeing what the horse is capable of doing. If anybody takes him lightly they’re silly.”

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“Collected’s really come around, West Coast is coming around … it’s just a really talented group of horses. But that’s what we’re all here for. That’s why we all wake up in the morning and do this, to compete in races like this.”

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“He’s an awfully good horse,” he said. “(Jockey) Corey Nakatani says he’s the best 2-year-old he’s ridden, and that’s saying a whole […]    

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