Taiba gives Bob Baffert a fourth Pennsylvania Derby win and stamps himself a Breeders’ Cup Classic contender
After a decisive win in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby trainer Bob Baffert proclaimed of Taiba, “he is getting better a better.” Taiba sat on the rail much of the way after breaking from post 8 and tucking inside under Mike Smith. He stalked the pace on the inside taking his share of dirt, but was angled out when the real racing started and responded with a nice run to get the lead while out in the middle of the track. He was able to hold of an inside rally by Zandon who came from well off the pace to get second while never threatening the winner.
Taiba has been up against it this year. He did not debut until March and despite that was able to win The Santa Anita Derby and earn a start in The Kentucky Derby where he finished 12th. Last out he had a less than ideal trip in The Haskell where he finished second to Cyberknife who was one of the horses Taiba left in his wake in The Pennsylvania Derby.
Taiba has undergone a trainer switch from Bob Baffert to Tim Yakteen, a late start, a switch back to his original trainer Baffert, and racing with the best three-year olds with a lack of seasoning. He has performed well in light of all this and has showed he is a talented and serious racehorse. He is getting good at the right time and appears to be a legit candidate for The Breeders’ Cup Classic. If he is this good now, and Baffert says he is getting better and better it will be interesting to see how he performs next out when he will possibly face older horses like Flightline and Life is Good in The Classic. The top three-year old in the country Epicenter is also expected in The Breeders’ Cup Classic which is looking like one heckuva a horse race right now.
Photos: Eric Kalet, Taiba, Pennsylvania Derby, Bill Denver, Equi-Photo, Taiba after winning Pa Derby
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