Published Saturday, November 18th, 2023   ( 6 months ago )

Desi Arnaz Stakes

Nothing Like You | Benoit Photo

Nothing Like You © Benoit Photo

JUAN HERNANDEZ (Nothing Like You, winner) – “I thought I won it (he was up by a nose), but I wasn’t 100%. But it turned out right. My filly is a really big one. That had to help her there. Bob (trainer Baffert) didn’t give me any instructions. He ran two (also Halone) in there and he told us riders ‘You’re on your own’ He always gives you confidence when you ride for him. His horses come ready.” 

BOB BAFFERT (Nothing Like You, winner) –“I saw the (opening) fractions and thought ‘She’s gone’ (the 2-5 favorite Royal Slipper). But when that two (horse, Tambo) headed her at the top (of the stretch) you could tell that filly was given. Then we came running. I thought ‘There’s too much (ground to make up)’ and at the wire I wasn’t sure. But we got the bob and I’m happy.”


FRACTIONS:  :22.03  :45.55  1:10.38  1:23.03

The stakes win is the first of the meet for rider Hernandez and his first in the Desi Arnaz. He now has 43 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The stakes win is the first of the meet for trainer Baffert, but his fourth in the Desi Arnaz. He now has 166 stakes wins at Del Mar, far and away the most by any conditioner.

The winning owners are Georgia Antley Hunt, Jeff Giglio and John Rogitz.