Juvenile Fillies Division
BreederBlackRidge Stables LLC
With back to back victories in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) and the Chandelier Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park, Bast has emerged as a major contender in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
In her career debut at Del Mar, the bay Kentucky-bred daughter of Uncle Mo finished second to Inspiressa in a maiden special weight. In the Debutante, Bast turned the tables on Inspiressa, the 7-5 favorite, dominating her rival, drawing four wide into the stretch and driving to an 8-¾ length victory.
The win was Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s eighth in the Debutante. Before the race, Baffert added blinkers. Jockey Drayden Van Dyke has been in the irons for both of Bast’s starts.
“I had a ton of horse all the way. She broke good and when they all rushed up there, I just took a hold and sat back. She was focused today. The addition of those blinkers helped,” Van Dyke said. “She was cruising at the end. Very impressive.”
Bast showed her grittiness in the Chandelier at Santa Anita on Sept. 27. As the 1-5 favorite she reached the lead in the upper stretch and then battled Comical along the rail to the wire, prevailing by a head.
Commenting on the stretch duel afterward, Baffert said. “I thought, wow, man, she’s really going to have to fight for this, but if she’s a really good filly, like I think she is, she’ll get through it, and she got that last eighth of a mile.”
Baoma Corp, the stable name for Charles Chu, owns Bast. A native of Taiwan, he owned a company that developed GPS technologies. He expanded and moved his family to America. His wife, Susan, and their children rode horses as a hobby. In 2012, she started Tanma Corporation, which translates from Chinese to “horse in the sky,” to develop Olympic-level show jumpers.
In May of the same year, their daughter was in Louisville for an internship and thought the Kentucky Derby would be a fun family outing. The Chus went, were hooked and decided to include thoroughbred racing in Tanma. In 2013 she campaigned Super Ninety Nine, who was on the Derby trail, and the following year, she raced Chitu, who placed ninth in the Derby.
The Chus also became active in breeding, and now Tanma is primarily for breeding, and Baoma, which means “sacred horse,” is primarily for racing. Both 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Drefong and Alluring Star, second in the 2017 Juvenile Fillies, raced under the Baoma silks.
Chu sold his company and now works as a consultant assisting other Asian technology companies that want to break into foreign markets. The Chus place priority on seeing their horses race in person. He had been in Hong Kong but arrived at Del Mar a few hours before the Debutante.
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- October 29, 2019
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