Baoma Corp.'s Eda and jockey Flavien Prat win the $75,000 Anoakia Stakes on Oct. 24, 2021 at Santa Anita Park. Benoit Photo.

Juveniles in the Spotlight in Arnaz, Bob Hope

Edited Press Release

Juveniles of promise will be on display in both the featured events on the second weekend as the Bing Crosby Season resumes after a rousing start with Del Mar hosting its second Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Fillies will take center stage on Nov. 13 in the $100,000 Desi Arnaz stakes at 6 ½ furlongs. Colts step up in the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (G3) at seven furlongs on Nov. 14. Both are on the main track.

If it’s a 2-year-old division stakes race at Del Mar, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert usually figures prominently. And the upcoming events are no exception. Baffert has two of the five entrants in the Arnaz – Under the Stars and Eda – and three of five for the Hope.

But with trainer Walther Solis indicating this morning that Rock N Rye would be scratched from the Hope in favor of a stakes for California breds later on, Sunday’s feature could boil down to Baffert’s Messier, Kamui and Winning Map against fellow Hall of Famer Richard Mandella’s Forbidden Kingdom.

None of the stakes entrants have more than five starts or two wins on their records. But they all have pedigrees or have shown potential in training or racing to merit starts in events with six-figure purses.

Eda, the post-time favorite for the Arnaz, was second in the Sorrento Stakes during the summer meeting and went off as the 6/5 favorite in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1). Caught up in an early speed duel, Eda wound up a well-beaten fifth. The $550,000 2-year-old in-training purchase in March by the Baoma Corporation rebounded to win the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita last month.

John Shirreffs-trained Lady T was second in the Anaokia, beaten 2 ¼ lengths, making up some ground late after being shuffled back at the start. She’s back Saturday.

“She’s doing well, she ran well last time and there’s no reason she wouldn’t again this time,” Shirreffs said.