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Sep 29 2012 Frontrunner Santa Anita Park I 1 1/16 M 1 REPLAY

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Bob Baffert

Trainer

Hall of Famer 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 19 horses in the Run for the Roses. He has won the Preakness stakes a record tying five times and has won the Eclipse Award for top trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty.

Gary & Mary West

Owner

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.

Pedigree

Power Broker has a lovely pedigree, but it will be interesting to see if he has the stamina limitations of the similarly-bred Pyro and Trappe Shot.

Power Broker is by the recently-deceased Pulpit, the winner of the 1997 Fountain of Youth and Blue Grass who finished fourth in that year's Kentucky Derby. A prominent sire, Pulpit was responsible for 2010 Florida Derby hero and Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box; top dirt milers Corinthian and Purge; turf millionaire Rutherienne; and outstanding young sire Tapit.

Power Broker is out of the stakes-winning sprinter Shop Again, who didn't stay as far as her pedigree promised.

Shop Again is a daughter of the high-class handicap horse Wild Again, best remembered as the upset winner of the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic in 1984. Hence Power Broker is bred on the same Pulpit/Wild Again cross as Pyro, who was unplaced in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and turned out to prefer shorter trips.

Shop Again is a half-sister to millionaire Miss Shop, whose biggest win came in the 1 1/4-mile Personal Ensign, and Trappe Shot, who was at his best sprinting. Trappe Shot is by Pulpit's son Tapit, making him a close relative of Power Broker.

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