It has been almost two years since Baffle Me has visited Monmouth Park, the place where she began her
career. She showed promise from the start by successfully breaking her maiden
at first asking, and then by capturing third in the Colleen Stakes over
Monmouth’s dirt course in 2011.
Since then the 4-year old filly has
become a turf specialist, and has raked in over $200,000 for owner Lee Lewis.
She returns to New Jersey
for Sunday’s Miss Liberty Stakes where she and ten of her fellow females will
travel a mile and 1/16 on the grass in the hopes of claiming the winner’s share
of the $75,000 purse.
conditioned by Mark Henning, showed great form this winter finishing in the
money in all three of her starts at Gulfstream
“She was a little inconsistent when
she was younger,” said Rob Raider, Henning’s Monmouth
Park assistant, “but it looked like
she may have put that behind her this winter down in Florida.”
A daughter of First Samurai, Baffle
Me is coming off a win in her last race at Gulfstream Park
(March 13) where she went wire-to-wire winning by 2 ¼ lengths.
“The First Samurai’s seem to get
better as they get older,” said Raider. “She’s really matured a lot as a
4-year-old. She used to be tall and lanky, but now she’s filled in nicely and
is big and strong.”
Raider believes that Baffle Me will
take the lead in the Miss Liberty, as she has done in the past.
“I wouldn’t say that she has to be
on the lead, that’s just where she seems to put herself,” Raider said. “She
gets out of the gate good and puts the others at a disadvantage right from the
start. We’re certainly not sending her out there hoping she can hang on in the
end, she’s putting herself there and it’s worked out. Based on the past performances
and what I saw, I’d be surprised if she’s not on the lead in this race.”