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Baffert Gets Horse for Ky. Derby

April 11, 2002

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Trainer Bob Baffert will have a chance to win his third Kentucky Derby, after all.

He will saddle Illinois Derby winner War Emblem.

Prince Ahmed bin Salman has purchased the 3-year-old colt, said racing manager Richard Mulhall of the bin Salman-owned Thoroughbred Corp.

Mulhall said Thursday that the deal was done after he and Baffert went back to Kentucky to see the colt, which was bought from Russell Reineman.

Terms of the sale were not disclose.

Baffert, who saddled Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm in 1997 and Real Quiet in 1998, was cautious about War Emblem’s chances in the race May 4.

``Because I usually develop my own horses, it’s hard to get too excited about him right now,″ said Baffert, who has had horses in the Kentucky Derby for the past six years.

The winner of four of seven career starts, War Emblem impressed bin Salman with the victory Saturday, the horse’s first stakes win in four tries. War Emblem led all the way in beating favored Repent by 6 1/4 lengths in the $500,000 race at Sportsman’s Park.

Bred in Kentucky and sold for $20,000 at the 2000 Keeneland September yearling sale, War Emblem has career earnings of $366,000. He is a son of the Lord At War mare Sweetest Lady.

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