Klimt has closed the 2016 Del Mar Futirity to give Bob Baffert his 13th victory at the test for two-year old juvenile horses. In the process, the son of Quality Road has bagged his second straight stakes victroy and his first grade-I triumph. This puts the Kaleem Shah trainee in the company of Nyquist and American Pharoah, who have won the last two renewals of this race.
Keith Desormeaux also had a big runner in this race. Straight Fire led for the majority of the race before Klimt made a push heading in to the half-mile. By the time they got to the homestretch, the Del Mar Futirity had already been decided. It was a simple cruise before the Baffert trainee had claimed the win officially.
With the win, Kilmt paid out$7.00, $2.80, and $2.20. Straight Fire was able to hold on for second and deliver $2.40 and $2.10. Midnight Pleasure was worth $2.80 to show.
Baffert was able to claim Klimt at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company March Sale for $435,000. With three victories now under his saddle, his prized juvenile alread earned $335,960.
Both American Pharoah and Nyquist would take the momentum from their Del Mar Futirity wins to capture the Frontrunner Stakes. Nyquist would go a step further and win the coveted Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. A similar plan is likely for Klimt though Baffert didn’t reveal anything in particular.
The 2016 Del Mar Futirity was not without a touch of tragedy as two-year old Chasing Aces was pulled up midway through the race and vanned off to the sideline before being euthanized due to injury. The young horse had just won his first race in July at a maiden special weight where he had best Straight Fire over five-furlongs.