One Bad Boy Sets Pace En Route To Three Quarter Length Win In $70,000 Lure Stakes

ONE BAD BOY SETS PACE EN ROUTE TO THREE QUARTER LENGTH WIN IN $70,000 LURE STAKES AS PRAT & BALTAS TEAM AT MILE ON TURF IN 1:33.27

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2020)–In his second start of the year, 4-year-old One Bad Boy was too much on the lead today at Santa Anita, as he set a fast pace and held his competitors at bay late to take Sunday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes under Flavien Prat by three quarters of a length.  An Ontario-Canadian-bred ridgling by Twirling Candy, out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Cumulonimble, One Bad Boy is trained by Richard Baltas and got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.27.

Breaking alertly from his number two post position, One Bad Boy was pressed throughout through splits of 22.68, 45.53, 1:09.28 and 1:21.29 and he opened up a one length advantage straightening for home and held Majestic Eagle safe late for an impressive win.

“He was going along effortlessly, but we got no breaks,” said Prat, who had ridden One Bad Boy to victory in the Queens Plate at Woodbine three starts back on June 29, 2019 and who had last ridden him when third as the even money favorite in Fort Erie’s Prince of Wales Stakes two races back on July 23, 2019.  “He’s getting really good again, as you can see.  He fought those horses off and showed a lot of heart.  We’ve always thought he was a good horse.”

Most recently fourth as the 8-5 favorite in a second condition allowance going a mile and one sixteenth over the Del Mar turf Aug. 29, One Bad Boy was off as the 3-5 favorite in a field of five 3-year-olds and up today and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.

“He’s a free running horse who has a lot of talent,” said Baltas.  “He had to overcome a physical issue, so he’s had a long time off and he was working really well coming into this race.  Flavien worked him the last couple of times and he was kind of in love with him, so I felt confident today the horse would run well…

“The owners are very patient, Steve Young (Sayjay Racing, LLC) is a first class guy and he just says, ‘Whenever he’s ready Richie, bring him back.'”

Owned by Sayjay Racing, Greg Hall and Brooke Hubbard, One Bad Boy, who broke his maiden at one mile over the Santa Anita turf in his third career start, now has three wins from 8 starts and with the winner’s share of $42,900, increased his earnings to $599,632.

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Majestic Eagle rallied well for second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Gregorian Chant, who was attentive to the pace throughout.  Off at 5-1, Majestic Eagle paid $4.20 and $2.60.

Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Gregorian Chant was well positioned at the top of the lane, but couldn’t go with the winner.  Off at 6-1, Gregorian Chant paid $2.40 to win.