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Bob Baffert’s fillies finish 1-2 in Zenyatta at Santa Anita

Syndication: The Courier-Journal

Medina Spirit’s trainer Bob Baffert talks with the media during Kentucky Derby week. Medina Spirit tested positive for an abundance of an anti-inflammatory drug following the race. April 26, 2021 Af5i8224

Pat McDonogh / Courier Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC

ARCADIA, Calif.- Private Mission won the $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita as part of a 1-2 finish in the Grade 2 race for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, Private Mission ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.77 and paid $4.20, $2.40 and $2.20 as the even-money favorite in a field of eight fillies and mares.

The 3-year-old filly earned a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff next month at Del Mar.

Baffert’s other entry, As Time Goes By, returned $2.80 and $2.20.

Private Mission had been set to run last week in a Grade 1 stakes at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania, but Baffert kept her home instead.

“I decided this would be best for her with the Breeders’ Cup in mind, we didn’t want to stress her,” he said. “She’s on the improve, getting better and better. I’m really happy with the way both fillies ran.”

Private Mission earned $120,000 for the win, increasing her career earnings to $256,800, with four wins in five starts.

Miss Bigly was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3.40 to show.