Barn Notes

Baffle Me Returns To Monmouth For Miss Liberty

Posted Saturday, May 25, 2013

 

 

It has been almost two years since Baffle Me has visited Monmouth Park, the place where she began her career. She showed promise from the start by successfully breaking her maiden at first asking, and then by capturing third in the Colleen Stakes over Monmouth’s dirt course in 2011.

Since then the 4-year old filly has become a turf specialist, and has raked in over $200,000 for owner Lee Lewis. She returns to New Jersey for Sunday’s Miss Liberty Stakes where she and ten of her fellow females will travel a mile and 1/16 on the grass in the hopes of claiming the winner’s share of the $75,000 purse.

            Baffle Me, conditioned by Mark Henning, showed great form this winter finishing in the money in all three of her starts at Gulfstream Park.

“She was a little inconsistent when she was younger,” said Rob Raider, Henning’s Monmouth Park assistant, “but it looked like she may have put that behind her this winter down in Florida.”

A daughter of First Samurai, Baffle Me is coming off a win in her last race at Gulfstream Park (March 13) where she went wire-to-wire winning by 2 ¼ lengths.

“The First Samurai’s seem to get better as they get older,” said Raider. “She’s really matured a lot as a 4-year-old. She used to be tall and lanky, but now she’s filled in nicely and is big and strong.”

Raider believes that Baffle Me will take the lead in the Miss Liberty, as she has done in the past.

“I wouldn’t say that she has to be on the lead, that’s just where she seems to put herself,” Raider said. “She gets out of the gate good and puts the others at a disadvantage right from the start. We’re certainly not sending her out there hoping she can hang on in the end, she’s putting herself there and it’s worked out. Based on the past performances and what I saw, I’d be surprised if she’s not on the lead in this race.”

 


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