Follow Up to Horse Ownership Dream: Baby Bull Arrives at Santa Anita

Marc DocheCorrespondent IMay 19, 2010

Two months after becoming a horse owner thanks to the generosity of Yogi Brewer, it was finally time to welcome Baby Bull (pictured) to his new home in Anthony Saavedra’s Barn  No. 18 at Santa Anita Park.


Bull was originally going to be named Thunder Pantz, but we were not allowed to give him that name because it is phoenetically the same as Thunder Pants, which another horse born in the United States had been already named.


However, Baby Bull has the nice ring of a classic winner to it, doesn’t it?


Click here to watch video of Baby Bull’s first day at Santa Anita and my interview with Anthony Saavedra


Since being purchased from the Barrett’s Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale on March 22, Baby Bull has been unwinding at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Ca. in preparation to start training for his debut on the track.


“That’s what keeps us going, the two-year-olds coming in. Because we might have the next champion. You never know,” said Saavedra. “When we get babies, the sky’s the limit because you just don’t know what their talents are going to be.”


Baby Bull will hit the track tomorrow to start galloping with Saavedra aboard and should get his first quarter mile breeze in the next few weeks. A debut towards the beginning of the Del Mar meet that starts on July 22 is the target.


The king of the Saavedra stable is the 10-year-old gelding Shadow of Illinois. Saavedra bought Shadow for $10 for his wife, Jennifer, when his owners gave up on him after he suffered an injury. After a two-year layoff, Shadow returned to the races as a nine-year-old and has earned well over $200,000 for the Saavedra’s.


“He helps me get up every day. He’s an inspiration to us,” Saavedra said of his turf sprint specialist. “When I was down and out, we just have to look at him and he keeps us going.”


Shadow of Illinois finished a fast closing second in a $25,000 claiming race at Hollywood Park in his last start. He is scheduled to be entered in a $40,000 claiming race in the next few weeks.


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