Life Is Good continued on the path of 2020 Horse-of-the-Year-in-waiting Authentic when he won Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, although the three-quarter length margin of victory wasn’t as large as his odds of 20 cents on the dollar might have warranted.
But Bob Baffert will take it.
All was well Sunday morning as the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer pondered his next move with both Life Is Good and Sham runner-up Medina Spirit, which he also conditions.
“They both came back well so we’re pretty happy about both of them,” Baffert said as he embarks yet again on the Triple Crown trail.
“The San Felipe (on March 6) is a race we’re considering, but I might keep them separated. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. It’s a long way off, but they both ran really well.
“One might go out of town or they might stay here. I don’t know yet. It’s too far out. The important thing is they ran well and we thought they would and they ran fast.”
Life Is Good led throughout after breaking from the outside post position in a compact field of five. The bay Into Mischief colt set fractions of 23.56, 46.67, 1:10.66 and 1:23.24 under Mike Smith, who had a four-length lead entering the stretch and never touched him with the crop, although he did have to show it to him when Medina Spirit closed the gap as his touted stablemate drifted out in the final sixteenth.
“I always tell Mike to try and save something,” Baffert said. “Life Is Good wasn’t as tired as I thought he could have been. He needs to learn to relax a little bit better, but he will. He’ll mature, just like Authentic.
“When he won the Sham last year, he was sort of puzzling, zig-zagging all the way down the stretch, but they’re babies.
“Still, you can see their raw talent.”
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