We already knew that Bob Baffert had a loaded arsenal of 2-year-olds this year. And we already knew that Improbable was one of them. What we didn’t know was how dominant the horse could be.
Looking like he was shot from a cannon at the top of the homestretch, Improbable easily dismissed stablemate and front-runner Mucho Gusto and ran away with the Grade I Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity Saturday.
Now the question is: Which one is the best in Baffert’s barn?
Baffert has already been quoted as saying he didn’t have another Justify in his barn this year. But the way some of these horses are running may make him take a second look. Besides Improbable, there’s Game Winner, the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Winner (also undefeated). There’s also Coliseum, raced only once but an impressive winner in his maiden race; Roadster, who won his maiden but finished third in the Del Mar Futurity to Game Winner; the aforementioned Mucho Gusto, and other untested juveniles such as Magic on Tap and Tale of the Union.
Improbable certainly looked like a champion. Undeterred by a sudden move by Dueling toward the outside fence on the first turn, he moved up to challenge Mucho Gusto and Savagery. He drew even with the two rounding the far turn, and then took off in the homestretch, dragging Mucho Gusto along with him but in the end winning easily by five.
Baffert told the Paulick Report that Improbable “looked a little lost” at the top of the stretch, and jockey Drayden Van Dyke had to apply the whip, but the son of City Zip found his stride and there was no questioning the outcome.