ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Improbable rallied from last to a 4 1/2-length victory over stablemate Maximum Security in the US$300,000 Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Improbable ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.01 to earn his third straight Grade 1 victory and fourth overall for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
The victory earned Improbable an automatic berth in the US$6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Nov. 7.
Maximum Security had his six-race winning streak snapped in his third start for Baffert. The colt became the only history in Kentucky Derby history to be disqualified for a racing infraction last year.
Midcourt was another half-length back in third.
“I knew I was coming in here with two really good horses,” said Baffert, who earned his fourth Awesome Again win. “Maximum Security was in that scrum and they were really running up close (together). I saw Drayden, he knew what was happening, so he just sat back. He rode a great race, he knew what was going on, he took his time, rode him with patience.”
The victory, worth US$180,000, increased Improbable’s career earnings to US$1,709,520, with seven wins in 14 starts.