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Bob Baffert


Hall of Fame conditioner Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby back-to-back in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet, and again in 2002 with War Emblem. He has saddled 24 horses in the Run for the Roses through 2014. The silver-haired trainer has also captured the Preakness Stakes a record-tying five times and earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty. In total, he has sent out the winners of nine Triple Crown races and 10 Breeders’ Cup events. 

Kaleem Shah, Inc.


Kaleem Shah resides in Virginia and founded CalNet, an information technology company. His family was involved in the top echelon of horse racing in India where his father, Majeed, won the Indian Triple Crown and his uncle Saeed won the Indian Derby twice. His father however insisted the children concentrate on education and did not encourage Kaleem to spend time at the race track. But horse racing was in his blood and Kaleem entered the business in 1996 primarily racing on the east coast. He met trainer Bob Baffert at the horse sales and the two have had a great deal of success with many of their purchases. Shah has about 30 horses in training and currently campaigns Kentucky Derby prospect Fed Biz as well. Other stable stars have included May Day Rose, Irrefutable, Concorde Point and Smash.


Offlee Wild-Alittlebitearly, by Thunder Gulch

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Bayern owns a terrific pedigree for the classic distance, but the question is whether that can be enough for a late foal whose spring campaign was interrupted by a foot problem.

His sire, Offlee Wild, was on the Derby trail in 2003. After winning the Holy Bull and finishing third in the Blue Grass, he wound up 12th in the Run for the Roses.

But Offlee Wild regrouped as an older horse to earn his biggest victories. He defeated Funny Cide in the 2004 Massachusetts Handicap, and the following year at the age of five, he romped in the Excelsior and added the 1 1/4-mile Suburban to his resume.

A son of inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic winner Wild Again, out of a Seattle Slew half-sister to noted sire Dynaformer, Offlee Wild sired a champion in his first crop -- 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner She Be Wild. Since then, though, his headliners have been Grade 3 scorers Hogy and Acting Naughty, and the hardy Louisiana-bred Heavenville.

Bayern is out of the unraced Alittlebitearly, a Thunder Gulch mare. Thunder Gulch swept the 1995 Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers en route to champion three-year-old colt honors. At stud, Thunder Gulch sired Hall of Famer Point Given, the beaten favorite in the 2001 Derby who roared back to win the Preakness, Belmont, Haskell and Travers; 2000 Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Spain; and Grade 1-winning millionaires Circular Quay and Balance.

Alittlebitearly is a half-sister to Group 3-winning sire Bertolini; stakes winner Alchemilla; and stakes heroine Amelia, who is in turn the dam of Grade 3 victor Kindergarden Kid, stakes queen Assateague and He's Had Enough, runner-up in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Bayern's second dam, Grade 2 diva Aquilegia, is a full sister to champion and noted broodmare Althea. Aside from producing four stakes winners, led by Japanese champion Yamanin Paradise, Althea ranks as the ancestress of Grade 1 heroine Balletto and U.A.E. Horse of the Year Festival of Light, among others. Aquilegia and Althea are also full sisters to Grade 2 winner Aishah, whose offspring include Grade 1 victress Aldiza and Grade 2 scorer Atelier.

Bayern's third dam is Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee. Her other progeny include Grade 1 heroes Ali Oop and Ketoh as well as multiple Grade 2 victor Twining and multiple Grade 3 winner Native Courier. Among her many outstanding descendants is Group 1 star and influential sire Green Desert.

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