Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Corniche will return to the barn of embattled trainer Bob Baffert after a freshening at WinStar, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form, despite the ban imposed on Baffert by Churchill Downs.
That action has made Baffert trainees ineligible for the next two editions of the Kentucky Derby, and also prevents horses trained by Baffert from accumulating any points toward the Run for the Roses.
Owned by Peter Fluor’s Speedway Stable, Corniche is undefeated in three career starts, including the G1 American Pharoah Stakes. The son of Quality Road was a $1,500,000 purchase at the OBS April sale, selected by Marette Farrell.
“Peter wants to be loyal,” Farrell told DRF. “Corniche won the Breeders’ Cup, and he’s a possible 2-year-old champion. No decisions have been made — there hasn’t even been any talk about another trainer, or who he’d go to if he needs to go to another trainer. If the time comes that a decision needs to be made, if it needs to be that way, we’ll put our heads together and make a decision.”
Read more at the Daily Racing Form.
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