Juvenile Runner Eight Rings Returns in Bachelor
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Two of the three stakes races in the country on Saturday are at Oaklawn Park.
The $100,000 Bachelor Stakes for sophomores over six furlongs features the return of Eight Rings, a Grade 1 winner last year who finished sixth as the second choice in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). He hasn’t run since, but has had nine workouts on the comeback trail, including a bullet move here on April 17 over five furlongs in :59 flat.
Eight Rings, who is trained by Bob Baffert for S F Racing LLC, Madaket Stables, Starlight Racing, and partners, was a $520,000 yearling purchase by Empire Maker out of the Pure Prize mare Purely Hot. He broke his maiden at Del Mar in August impressively, but then ducked at the start of the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and lost his rider. He came back to win the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita by six lengths. Joel Rosario will be aboard for the first time in the Bachelor.
A fellow displaced California runner is Ginobili for trainer Richard Baltas and owners Slam Dunk Racing. Ginobili broke his maiden at Del Mar in August over the likes of Honor A. P. and Tizamagician before running fourth in both the Del Mar Futurity and the Speakeasy Stakes on the grass. He was off from October to February, when he ran Nadal to three-quarters of a length in the San Vicente Stakes (G2). Ginobili was heavily favored in an allowance over this trip April 5, but finished fifth on a track rated as “good.” If the son of Munnings gets a dry track Saturday he could be dangerous.
Long Weekend drew the outside spot in a field of nine. Tom Amoss trains the son of Majesticperfection, a $225,000 purchase as a juvenile. He has won his last two starts and three of four lifetime, with his lone loss coming at Saratoga in Grade 2 company last August. Joe Talamo will ride the colt, who took the Gazebo Stakes here March 21 by nearly five lengths.
Echo Town comes in off a sloppy track win here March 13. That was an allowance with a strong speed figure for trainer Steve Asmussen and L & N Racing LLC. The son of Speightstown broke his maiden at the Fair Grounds in January and ran third here in his first try against winners. He worked a bullet five furlongs here April 13 in :59 flat.
Little Menace, Beau Oxy, Lykan, Liam’s Pride, and Sir Rick round out the field. Watch the Bachelor and its accompanying feature, the $125,000 Carousel Stakes, live on TVG.
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