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Nov 2 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Santa Anita Park I 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY


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. 

Gary & Mary West


Gary and Mary West purchased their first horses in 1980 and have seen their stable expand to a current number of over 54 in training and more than 18 mares at Dell Ridge Farm in Kentucky. In 1993 their Rockumondo upset the Arkansas Derby at huge odds. Eventual millionaire Dollar Bill competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown in 2012 with his best finish a 4th place effort in the Preakness. In 2002 Buddha won the G-1 Wood Memorial and was the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby before an injury sent him to retirement prior to race day. Other top horses include Power Broker, Casino Host, Flashy Gal and Mass Media. Their stable has been managed by long time assoiciate and bloodstock advisor Ben Glass jr. Gary began in hospital administration before building one of the largets telecommunications companies in the world. Gary and Mary West Foundation is their philanthropy which was created to change the way health care is delivered.


Street Cry-Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union

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New Year's Day has the same sire as the mighty Zenyatta -- Street Cry. And he will try to emulate another son of Street Cry, Street Sense, the only horse so far to turn the Breeders' Cup Juvenile/Kentucky Derby double.

Street Cry, one of the leading members of his generation, was forced to miss the 2001 Kentucky Derby due to injury. But he later developed into a top older horse, dominating the 2002 Dubai World Cup and Stephen Foster Handicap.

Street Cry has emerged as an internationally-renowned sire. Aside from 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta and 2007 Derby star Street Sense, he is responsible for 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking; fellow Australian champion Whobegotyou; current Caulfield Guineas winner Long John; The Queen's Carlton House, who ran third in the 2011 Epsom Derby; and multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter Street Boss.

New Year's Day is the first foal from multiple Grade 2 heroine Justwhistledixie, who landed the 2009 Bonnie Miss and Davona Dale and also placed in the Acorn and Top Flight. Justwhistledixie bankrolled $449,427 from her 12-5-2-2 record.

Justwhistledixie is by Dixie Union, a top juvenile of 1999 who went on to take the Haskell Invitational and Malibu in 2000. His major winners include 2012 Belmont Stakes hero Union Rags, 2013 Arkansas Derby victor Overanalyze and Grade 1 scorers Dixie Chatter and Hot Dixie Chick.

Justlewhistledixie is out of the winning General Jeanne, making her a half-sister to 2006 Saratoga Special winner Chace City and the highly-regarded Bakken.

Other maternal relatives are Grade 2 winners Smooth Air (thrice successful at that level), Overdriven and Penny's Reshoot.

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