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  • Nicky's Brown Miss is running March 7th in the Florida Oaks. She will be ridden by Gabriel Saez. She is trained and owned by Savino Capilupi.
  • Dortmund is running March 7th in the San Felipe Stakes. He will be ridden by Martin Garcia. He is trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Kaleem Shah Inc.
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    Big Brown —Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat

    Last week, an unexploded bomb from WWII was discovered in Dortmund, Germany. This week, a Dortmund bomb of another sort went off at Santa Anita, all but blowing apart the 3-year-old picture in California…at least for now. After his last and best ever work, he turned in the kind of race everyone was looking for from the nearly 1,300-pound behemoth, who showed once again he can beat you in a number of ways. It’s remarkable that no two of his races have been alike other than perhaps his first two. This time, unlike his last race against Firing Line when he allowed his foe to open a length on him, he took the initiative from the start and was able to kick in gear when faced with a serious challenge. He seems to take one stride to the other horses’ two strides, and for such a big horse is very light on his feet and just bounds along without hitting the ground hard. Now, going 1 1/4 miles in a 20-horse field is a another matter, and because of his mammoth size and stride, the strategy from here on is simple: get good position up near the leaders, don’t get stuck behind a cavalry charge, and just use that stride and his intimidating presence to run his opposition off their feet. Because of his physical prowess, he can run often and keep winning and still have room for improvement, so there is little fear of peaking too soon. Despite his third straight tough race, in which he out-dueled and outfinished some very talented horses, he was not even blowing that hard after the San Felipe, according to Baffert. He probably should have been No. 1, but it’s so close between him and Carpe Diem, so why not give it one more week and see what American Pharoah does.



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  • Dortmund Bob Baffert Click Here!

    Big Brown —Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat

    This is quite a powerful one-punch Baffert has heading into the big final preps. Baffert says it’s like having Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota in the barn. The question is how do the Baffert pair stack up to Pletcher’s Magnificent Seven? Looks like a battle of the Titans is imminent. Unlike Baffert’s past Derby duos, Indian Charlie and Real Quiet and Point Given and Congaree, Dortmund and American Pharoah have fairly similar running styles in that they want to be on or near the pace. But the Kentucky Derby has a way of making one alter their running style, and we’ve already seen Dortmund come from several lengths off the pace. In fact, his two biggest margins of victory have come when he rallied from fifth and sixth in his first two career starts. I cannot remember seeing two horses from the same barn who cover ground the way these two can. And the owners of both horses are due for some good luck on the Derby trail after some frustrating and disappointing injuries and hard-luck defeats.



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    Big Brown —Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat

    Worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:12, fastest of 16 works at the distance. One of six major Derby prospects to have a bullet work this week. There is very little this horse hasn’t done, and that makes him extremely dangerous, regardless of where he is in the race. If you didn’t think the Robert Lewis Stakes was for real, all you had to do was watch Firing Line’s decimation of the Sunland Derby field on Sunday. The only question mark, as it is with Firing Line, is how far he wants to go. The jump to 1 1/8 miles should pose no problem, but it’s that next jump to 1 1/4 miles that the doubters are concerned about. It’s hard to get a gauge on Big Brown who was freakishly talented, but by a sprinter who sired mainly sprinters. However, Big Brown’s broodmare sire, Nureyev, supplies those big heart SCAN readings, which you love to see in looking for a distance horse. Dortmund’s dam and broodmare sire are speed, but his taile-female great-granddam, Lakeville Miss, won the CCA Oaks at 1 1/2 miles and produced the top class Mogambo, winner of the Champagne and Gotham Stakes and second in the Wood Memorial. So there are just too many variables to know for sure just what his limitations are and if he can stretch out to 10 furlongs. So, for now, I’ll leave you with the words of comedian Steven Wright; “I plan to live forever. So far so good.”



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  • JanDJanD Member
    Has anyone heard that Lisa's Booby Trap is in foal to Big Brown. Her owner Tim Snyder passed away on March 24th.
  • Red Shashay is running March 29th in the Sanibel Island Handicap. She will be ridden by Corey Lanerie. She is trained by Jane Cibelli and owned by Goodwood Racing V.
  • Dortmund BOB Baffert Click Here!

    Big Brown —OUR Josephina, by Tale of the Cat

    Turned in his second straight BULLET work, drilling 6f in 1:11 3/5, fastest of 22 works on the tab. So, what will be his tactics in the Santa Anita Derby, having won in almost every conceivable manner? With a speedy sprinter in there, who hasn’t run since August, he should have a perfect target. Horses as big as he is have not had much success in THE KENTUCKY DERBY, but what he has going for him is an athleticism and versatility you don’t normally see in 17 hands horses. He is so light on his feet and has such a humongous stride he seems to do things very easily. But even with those attributes, you have to be a bit concerned if he runs into traffic problems in the Kentucky Derby. Yes, he can bull his way through horses with his size and strength, but we don’t know for sure if a horse his size can switch the gears on and off and what kind of turn of foot he possesses.



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  • Puca is running April 4th in the Gazelle Stakes. She will be ridden by Manuel Franco. She is trained by Bill Mott and owned by Donegal Racing.
  • QueenZFan22QueenZFan22 Member
    edited April 2015
    Dortmund is running April 4th in the Santa Anita Derby. He will be ridden by Martin Garcia. He is trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Kaleem Shaw Inc.
  • Laurie: Dortmund—(Big Brown - Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat) He’s undefeated, his speed figures keep getting better. Unless he loses today, he’ll most likely be the favorite for THE KENTUCKY DERBY. Read Dortmund’s pedigree profile.
    Ashley: Dortmund—There’s really not a whole lot to say here. Dortmund refuses to lose, something evidenced in the Robert B. Lewis when Firing Line headed him and pulled away in the stretch only for Dortmund to re-rally and win. This son of Big Brown has a ton of heart, and even at 1 1/8 miles, I think he’ll continue to show gumption and courage. Being perfect at Santa Anita certainly doesn’t hurt. Top Contender.
  • KetaKeta Member
    Art Wilson ‏on Sat. April 4 2015
    Regarding Dortmund,
    3 horses -- Big Brown (3-0), Barbaro (5-0) & Smarty Jones (6-0) --
    have brought unbeaten records into #Derby since 2004.
  • Dortmund BOB Baffert Click Here!

    Big Brown —OUR Josephina, by Tale of the Cat

    What more can you say about this remarkable horse, who just keeps winning in whatever fashion he and Martin Garcia deem necessary. And what’s scary is that he keeps getting better. In the Santa Anita Derby, he bobbled at the start, losing his front shoe, and still went about his business as if nothing had happened. He appears to take so little out of himself because of that humongous stride and effortless way of moving. The way he covers ground, it’s almost like WATCHING a front-running version of Zenyatta. But we all know he does not have to go to the lead. When no one else wants it he takes it, because it’s so easy for him and he runs the same race whether he’s on or just off the lead. In the Santa Anita Derby, he made a :22 2/5 opening quarter look like they were crawling. He just gets into that rhythm and kicks in when Garcia asks him. To demonstrate his remarkable cruising speed, in six CAREER starts, his average three-quarters time is 1:10.30. Fortunately, he’s so athletic for a big horse, he was able to recover quickly from that awkward bobble at the start; something you do not want to SEE in THE KENTUCKY DERBY. With that said, we still have to equate all this to a 20-horse field on the first Saturday in May. You hate to diminish his performance with statistics, but it has to be mentioned that he came home his final three-eighths in :38 (:25 and :13), but they also crawled home in the Santa Anita Oaks, as well as several other races, so you can’t make anything of that, as the track obviously was playing slow in the stretch. He still crushed what was considered a good field by 4 1/4 lengths and received a 106 Beyer, his third straight triple-digit Beyer. The question is, was the field he beat as good coming out of the race as it was going into the race?



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  • JanDJanD Member
    Does anyone know what has happen to Archer Hill? He last raced in September 2014 and have not seen anything on him this year
  • Dortmund Bob Baffert Click Here!

    Big Brown —Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat

    Baffert wants to emphasize that there is little separating Dortmund and American Pharoah. It’s one thing to be fast, but it’s the ability to go fast and do it so much easier than the others that makes a horse all the more imposing and separates him from his opponents. And both these horses, with their magnificent strides, have shown the ability to go fast while appearing to be just loping along, which will take the steam out of anyone running near them. But sometimes an attribute can be a detriment in other areas. In Dortmund’s case I cannot recall a horse this big with such a humongous stride winning the Derby. The closest I can recall is Winning Colors. So it’s all about keeping him in the clear and using that stride to his advantage, because it could very easily work against him with a bad break, bad post, or traffic problems. If you’re trying to weave your way through traffic and tight holes you want to be in a Lamborghini and not a Dodge Grand Caravan. When you have a horse who takes one stride to his opponents two, that is a big weapon to have going 1 1/4 miles, as long as you don’t have to abruptly STEP on the brake. We all witnessed how effective that same weapon was for Zenyatta when she was kept in the clear, but we also saw what can happen when she had to do a lot of maneuvering in traffic in the 2010 BC Classic. What he has going for him is his tactical speed and the ability to use it on the lead if he has to. He is so light on his feet for a big horse it is easier for him to work out a perfect trip than other horses his size. As of now, Dortmund will do all his serious training at Santa Anita and then ship to Churchill after his final work a week before the Derby.



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    Big Brown —Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat

    He turned in yet another super work, showing off his magnificent stride, while gliding through his 5f in :58 4/5. Breaking off about 6 lengths behind his stablemate, he passed another worker on the inside, eased out between horses and cruised by his mate at the top of the stretch, then kept going strongly past the wire, out in 1:11 4/5 and pulled up 7f in 1:24 4/5. There is absolutely no wasted movement with this horse, as he bounds along so effortlessly. I can’t recall ever seeing three horses in one Derby who move as powerfully and gracefully as do Dortmund, American Pharoah, and Carpe Diem. The thought of seeing these three HOOK UP turning for home in the Derby is enough to get anyone excited.



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    Bolo, Dortmund, and Firing Line Arrived Safe & Sound
    Leavin’ On A Jet Plane
    San Diego Horse Race Sunday April 26 2015
    The Southern California contingent was up and adam early this morning, leaving for Ontario International Airport at 1:30am. They hopped on a plane and arrived at Louisville just before noon. then it’s a 30-minute van ride over to Churchill Downs. Dortmund will lodge in Bob Baffert’s #33 barn, Firing Line will be in barn #42, Bolo in barn #45 and Stellar Wind in barn #43.
    http://sdhorserace.com/2015/04/26/derby-doings-for-4-26-15-american-pharoah-wows-em-with-work/#more-19848
  • Dortmond sure is a handsome boy! As big as he is don't think one of the inside posts would bother him too much. He can just shove the little guys out of his way and go on by.
  • Puca is running May 1st in the Longines Kentucky Oaks. She will be ridden by Junior Alvarado. She is trained by Bill Mott and owned by Donegal Racing.
  • Dortmund is running May 2nd in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands. He will be ridden by Martin Garcia. He is trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Kaleem Shah Inc.
  • DORTMUND:

    Distance was a doubt for Dortmund’s sire, Big Brown, when he himself was being pointed toward the Derby. However, Big Brown erased these doubts with runaway victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The 2008 Champion Three-Year-Old has ALREADY sired distance runners; his son Ground Transport won the Drosselmeyer Stakes at that distance. Big Brown’s first winner, Ruby Brown, was second in the 2013 Russian Oaks (Rus. I) at a distance of 2400 meters (approximately a mile and one-half). Dortmund’s dam, Our Josephina, was a stakes-winning sprinter and while her sire, Tale of the Cat, was a successful sprinter as well, he has had success in producing the dams of distance runners. For example, he is the maternal grandsire of 2004 Derby runner-up Lion Heart and Alabama Stakes (gr. I, 10F) runner-up It’s Tricky. Intriguingly enough, Dortmund’s third dam is 1977 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Lakeville Miss, winner of the twelve-furlong Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I).

    Since beginning his career in early November, Dortmund has managed to stay undefeated in six starts. After a runaway victory in his debut going six and one-half furlongs at Santa Anita, Dortmund was shipped west to CHURCHILL DOWNS, where he dominated at the allowance level, completing the mile in 1:35.75 while winning by 7 ¾ lengths. Dortmund was tested for the first time in the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I), in which he outdueled Firing LINE by a head. In arguably the most exciting Derby prep of the season, Dortmund commenced his three-year-old year with yet another battle against Firing Line in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita, in which he displayed his resolve by digging in to defeat Firing Line after that rival passed him in the stretch. Dortmund only improved from there, showing his turn of foot with a 1 ¼-length victory in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) before romping in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) by 4 ¼ lengths.

    Dortmund’s final tuning for the Derby came at Santa Anita, where he turned in his final work on April 25 – a week out from the Run for the Roses. In this drill, he completed six furlongs in 1:13.60, he covered ground effortlessly, showing off his long, powerful stride. While he will have little TRAINING over the Churchill surface this week, this should not be a problem, as he displayed an obvious affinity for the track last fall when winning easily at the allowance level.

    Considering Dortmund’s constant improvement, evident tenacity, and blazing turn of foot, it is scary to think he is considered by many to be the lesser of the Baffert trainees (his stablemate, American Pharoah, is the morning line favorite). Although this is the conclusion many have reached, Dortmund may prove otherwise on Saturday.
  • Little Tami is running May 3rd in the Sunrise Stakes. She will be ridden by Jesus Rios. She is trained by Carlo Vaccarezza and owned by Little Dreams Racing.
  • Dortmund is running May 16th in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes. He will be ridden by Martin Garcia. He is trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Kaleem Shah Inc.
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