Dortmund will be entered in Saturday's San Felipe Stakes, Bob Baffert said today.
The large son of Big Brown, won his last two races by a head, the Robert B. Lewis Stakes and the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity. Baffert had previously projected the Santa Anita Derby or "something out of town" for Dortmund, but last week he hinted there might be a change of plans.
Other probables for the San Felipe, a race Baffert has won four times, include Bolo, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Pain and Misery and Prospect Park.
Lord Nelson, trained by Baffert, and The Gomper were previously mentioned for the San Felipe but were not included in a list released today by Santa Anita.
Pain and Misery
Pain and Misery, a son of Bob and John, who was trained by Baffert, will dive in deep water in the San Felipe. The Kentucky-bred gelding would race for the first beyond 6 1/2 furlongs.
“The timing is good,” trainer Richard Mandella. “He’s ready to run, and the San Felipe is the race that’s there. We don’t know if he’s good enough for that, but we might as well find out. He trains like he might be.”
Pain and Misery made his debut at Del Mar last Aug. 24, finishing third before moving to Zia Park in New Mexico where he won two straight for trainer Henry Dominguez, including the Governors Cup at six furlongs.
Sent to Mandella, Pain and Misery was beaten a neck in his debut at 10-1 in the restricted Baffle Stakes on the downhill course.
Mandella wouldn’t be setting a precedent should Pain and Misery win. He captured the San Felipe for Burt Bacharach in 1994 and 1995 with Soul of the Matter and Afternoon Deelites. Mandella is not averse to winning with longshots, either. He saddled Action This Day to a 26-1 shocker in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile during the same part of his career.
Edited Santa Anita release