Klimt Tallies Another Victory for Baffert in Del Mar Futurity

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Klimt‘s victory in the Del Mar Futurity was his second graded stakes victory of the meet. (BENOIT photo)

Klimt surged past favored early leader Straight Fire in the stretch and drew off to a 4 1/4-length victory in the $300,345 Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity Sept. 5 at Del Mar.

The victory by Kaleem Shah's Klimt gives trainer Bob Baffert 13 wins in the seven-furlong test for juveniles. Klimt nailed down a second straight graded stakes win and his first Grade 1 score.

Guided by Rafael Bejarano and sent off at 5-2, Klimt completed the race in 1:21.80 on a fast track with Straight Fire holding second. The victory gives Klimt two straight graded stakes wins and his first grade I score after the son of Quality Road  won the 6 1/2-furlong Best Pal Stakes Aug. 13 at Del Mar.

Klimt being led into the winner's circle. (BENOIT photo)

In Monday's test, Jungle Racing, LNJ Foxwoods and KMN Racing's Straight Fire broke well under Kent Desormeaux and led through a quarter-mile in :22.33. After racing in fourth into the turn, Klimt unleashed a big move in the turn to power into second just after Straight Fire posted a half-mile in :44.38.

Klimt took over in midstretch and drew off late to secure his third straight win. Klimt finished fourth in his debut June 25 at Santa Anita Park then won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race there on July 10 by 5 1/4 lengths before his 2 3/4-length victory in the Best Pal.

The past two winners of the Del Mar Futurity, Nyquist and Baffert-trained American Pharoah went on to win the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands in their 3-year-old seasons.

Baffert credited Bejarano with a top ride, noting his early placing.

"What a way to end the meet!," Baffert said.

Baffert went to $435,000 to land Klimt at this year's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training sale where he was consigned by Eddie Woods, agent. Klimt also sold as a yearling, going for $140,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale where he was purchased by Bradley Thoroughbreds from consignor Gainesway, agent.

Klimt returned $7 to win on a $2 win ticket.

2016 Del Mar Futurity
September 5th, 2016

Winning Time: 1:21.80
  • Purse: $300,000
  • Distance: 7 Furlongs
  • Age: 2 yo
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Winning Time: 1:21.80
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
6 Klimt
$7.00
$2.80
$2.20
3rd
3 Midnight Pleasure
$2.80
4th
5 Dynamic Ruler
5th
4 Vegas Itch
6th
1 Chasing Aces
Payoff
Pick 3
6-3-6
6-3-6
$71
Pick 5
12-9-4/6-3-6
12-9-4/6-3-6
$8,879
Daily Double
3-6
3-6
$65
Exacta
6-2
6-2
$7
Quinella
2-6
2-6
$5
Superfecta
6-2-3-5
6-2-3-5
$169
Trifecta
6-2-3
6-2-3
$13
Payoff
Pick 3
6-3-6
6-3-6
$71
Pick 5
12-9-4/6-3-6
12-9-4/6-3-6
$8,879
Daily Double
3-6
3-6
$65
Exacta
6-2
6-2
$7
Quinella
2-6
2-6
$5
Superfecta
6-2-3-5
6-2-3-5
$169
Trifecta
6-2-3
6-2-3
$13

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