A phone call Thursday to China Horse Club representative Mick Flanagan seeking comment was disconnected during conversation. Flanagan did not return a phone message seeking comment.
The move was a major blow to Callaghan, who developed Abel Tasman from an unraced 2-year-old into one of the leading members of her division. The filly, by Quality Road, has won three of five starts and is considered a leading prospect for the Kentucky Oaks.
Baffert, who trains Kentucky Derby prospect American Anthem for an ownership group that includes China Horse Club, said he got the call Wednesday.
“I was surprised,” Baffert said. “They said they were going to move her no matter what, and they asked me.”
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Battle of Midway holds off Reach the World, who did himself no favors with some green behavior.
Sparrow Castle wrote:Paulick has a poll out on twitter:
Who do you believe in the Abel Tasman transfer saga (see DRF story). It was 74% Callaghan to 26% Baffert when I voted. (143 votes)
blamethewinner wrote:If they ship her somewhere, hopefully it will be to a new trainer. Callaghan can't seem to keep horses healthy.
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Battle of Midway holds off Reach the World, who did himself no favors with some green behavior. RTW dropped out last and then had to come around to make a charge in the stretch. Pretty sure we'll see both colts in the Santa Anita Derby.
I might have been most impressed with Vexatious, who was jammed at the rail and had to find a way around the horses in front of her who started backing up approaching the stretch. When she finally got out, she had a pretty nice kick to get up for third. I hope we see her in an Oaks prep next out.