by Ed Meyer

posted on May 4, 2010 in General Discussion | 2 Comments >>

You are Bob Baffert and you have a colt named Lookin At Lucky. He has come back good so far, and he always seem to run into trouble. What would you do?

Here is a nickel’s worth of thought. I think this colt may be one of his best. I would do the opposite for awhile. If you work him hard, take it easy. If he likes to sleep, get him busy. Just shake him up a bit. Work him in with multiple horses. Keep him behind runners, and make him rate until the last furlong. I saw this move from many big name trainers on their way to Ascot, Keeneland, Churchill, and Dubai. I loved to watch this dance. In Louisiana, they used to print up the training races. It would show how many worked, and where they finished.

Now, for the record, I am not questioning one of the best trainersĀ I have ever seen. He is great, and it just takes me back to what so many trainers have told me. They tried to get them to mature, and get rid of the bad habits. Most of the time it worked, and all of the time it gave the runners needed schooling.

I would give it a try, and see what happens. He is just a bad actor, and seems to be a magnet for trouble. Most of it was not his fault, but it happens just the same.

I hate myself for saying this…. I think it is time to part ways with Gomez for this guy. G.G. is great, and one of the best money riders in the game. I just don’t think he fits. They don’t get along, and it may be needed. I would shoot for Ramon Dominguez, Prado, Desormeaux, or Albarado. I would even consider using Martin Garcia, as he is his new man in California. The kid would give his all, and you know he would follow every instruction from Baffert. But, Gomez may have to go on this one. I think he is even doubting himself…..

So, what would you do? It is easy on our end, but something has to be done. It would not surprise me, and Gomez knows that he and Bob will hook-up plenty. Nothing personal, it may be time for a change.