Baffert’s Southwest Stars Working Toward Return Trip for Rebel
With a stable full of Kentucky Derby (G1) contenders, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is juggling talented 3-year-olds every weekend, but he’s counting on the strong performances by Secret Circle and Castaway in their split divisions of the Southwest Stakes (G3) to help him decide to whether to send them both back for the $500,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn March 17.
As they did in their two workouts prior to shipping from California, both are scheduled to breeze in company Saturday morning at Santa Anita with Baffert hoping to further solidify his plans for the stakes winners.
“They’re both great and they’ve worked well together before,” said Baffert Friday morning. “Both of them should like the mile-and-a-sixteenth and they both liked the track. If they work great again, then we know we have a plan.”