Rolling Fog holds on for Grade 1 Futurity victory
Report: USA, Sunday
Del Mar: Del Mar Futurity (Grade 1) 7f 2y0, Polytrack
ROLLING FOG (Bob Baffert/Rafael Bejarano) held off the late thrust of favourite Know More to give his trainer a record 11th win in the Futurity and earn an automatic spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on November 3.
Bob Baffert: poignant victoryPICTURE: Getty Images
The winner tracked leader Caballo Del Cielo before making his challenge at the top of the home straight, breaking the leader halfway down and holding on from Know More.
The victory was a poignant one for Baffert whose father Bill, known as 'The Chief' died on Monday aged 88.
"I think the Chief gave Rolling Fog a little push turning for home," Baffert wrote on Twitter.
Bejarano added: "This horse had been training so great, and today he ran to it. Great trip today; everything worked out perfect.
"The distance was a bit of a question in my mind with him, but now I see he can handle it. In fact, I think he'll go longer. A really good race for him. He's a nice horse. A very nice horse."