Baffert disappointed by BC shut-out
"They all got beat in the first quarter-mile," he offered. "It was all about position. If you don't get position, you are in trouble. And none of my horses seemed to get that.
"Game On Dude was a good example of that. The rider (Rafael Bejarano) wasn't aggressive in getting a spot for him early and he was done. He's a one-dimensional horse and he's got to be near the front.
"I told him you better not let them come over on you or you'll be in trouble, and that's what they did. When that horse can't be near the front, that's it for him. Funny how that works with one like him, but that's how it is.
"You know, I was in the paddock before the race and I was looking at all those other horses and they knocked me out. And there were some really serious horses in that field; some really good lookers and some really good runners. That Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man, they're good horses. Game On Dude hasn't been running against horses like that.
"I went back up to our box and I said out loud that there were some really good horses in the race and that I was worried. So right after that the TV guys come around and they ask Bode who he likes in the race. So, he'd heard me and he says 'There's some really good horses in this race.' We had to whisper in his ear to say Game On Dude."
Was Game On Dude's performance his biggest disappointment of the weekend?
"I was really disappointed in the efforts of three of my horses," Baffert said. "Game On Dude for sure. And Executiveprivilege -- I thought she'd win.
The trainer stated that none of his runners had bled and that he'd had them all scoped to be sure.
"Sometimes you might see signs of that days later," he said, "but they're all fine for now."
Baffert also noted that his two-year-old Super Ninety Nine, who was one of the favorites for Friday's Juvenile Sprint but never got to run when he cast himself in his stall that morning and was withdrawn, was doing fine. The colt had scrapes on a stifle and his forehead, but did not require stitches of any kind and was recovering well from the ordeal.
"How about that," Baffert said, "I haven't had a horse cast in his stall on race day in 15 years and here I have one Friday. It sort of set the tone for my whole weekend. Saturday, I never even got to root for a horse in the stretch. I could have stayed home and watched it all on TV."
The trainer concluded that future plans for all his horses were up in the air for the time being.
"I need some time to let this all settle," he said. "It takes a while to take it all in. It's been a big weekend and there are lots of things to think about. They'll all have other days and we'll figure out what they are in the future."
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