OwnerWinStar Farm, LLC, China Horse Club International Limited, Starlight Racing Stable
BreederSt. George Farm LLC & G. WattsHumphrey Jr.
The flashy chestnut with a lot of chrome was fifth in the Kentucky Derby (G1), but placed fourth when Maximum Security was disqualified. He then ran sixth in the Preakness Stakes (G1), where he was the 5-2 morning line favorite.
The City Zip colt can be a bit of a bad boy, earning comments such as “restless gate and unruly” in the Daily Racing Form. However, when he behaves, he's among the best of his generation.
At two, he won all three starts including the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1). So far at age 3, from six outings he's won the Shared Belief at Del Mar and was second in two Derby preps – the Rebel Stakes (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1).
In the Shared Belief, rider Drayden Van Dyke set the colt just off the pace before taking the lead after three-quarters of a mile. Improbable opened up daylight to win easily. Trainer Bob Baffert put blinkers on for the stakes race after racing without them in the Derby and Preakness.
"I put the blinkers back on him and told Drayden to send him," he said. "He was a little tough on the first turn, but I think that's how he wants to run. Just let him go. I was really happy with it. It took him a little while to come back and get used to this track. I still thought, even after his last work, that he wasn't quite ready. But his class carried him."
The Big Ass Fan Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile-bound Improbable is two-for-two at a flat mile.
He's owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and Starlight Racing, who were among the partners in 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, also trained by Baffert.
|September 21, 2019||Pennsylvania Derby||PARX RACING||1||4|
|August 25, 2019||Shared Belief S.||DEL MAR||1|
|May 18, 2019||Preakness S.||PIMLICO||1||6|
|May 04, 2019||Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve||CHURCHILL DOWNS||1||5|
|April 13, 2019||Arkansas Derby||OAKLAWN PARK||1||2|
|March 16, 2019||Rebel S.||OAKLAWN PARK||2||2|
|December 08, 2018||Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity||LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE||1||1|
|November 02, 2018||Street Sense S.||CHURCHILL DOWNS||1|
|September 29, 2018||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|