Bode Miller (left) and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert congratulate jockey Martin Garcia after he guided Carving to victory in the Real Quiet Stakes on Saturday at Hollywood Park. (Photo courtesy of Benoit & Associates)
By Mike Curry, America’s Best Racing
Carving held on to win the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes on Saturday at Hollywood Park for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who conditions the 2-year-old colt for his wife, Jill, and U.S. skiing superstar Bode Miller.
A dark bay or brown colt by 2007 Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) winner Any Given Saturday, Carving was positioned just behind early leader Avare by jockey Martin Garcia and launched his winning bid early in the stretch. The 11-10 favorite in the 7-horse field, Carving outbattled runner-up Fury Kapcori for the victory.
Winner of the C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes on Sept. 12 at Fairplex Park, Carving entered the Real Quiet Stakes off a fourth-place finish in the FrontRunner Stakes (G1) on Sept. 29 at Santa Anita Park, which was won by fellow Baffert trainee Power Broker.
With three wins from four starts, Carving is a candidate for the CashCall Futurity (G1) on Dec. 15. The CashCall Futurity is at the same 1 1/16-mile distance as the Real Quiet and on the same synthetic Cushion Track surface.
“Hopefully, he will go,” Baffert said of the Futurity. “I’m going to run as many as I can in that. I’ll try to load the gate up. I have a lot of nice ones. [Carving] has been a fun horse because he always runs better than he trains. Everyone in the barn has outworked him. He’s been a real surprise to me."
For an Equibase chart, click here.
CARVING HOLDS ON IN REAL QUIET
Photo courtesy of Benoit & Associates