One of the horses on the DerbyDeals.com Kentucky Derby top five list is Liaison, the Kentucky thoroughbred that is owned by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Bob Baffert. Liaison has been entered as a nominee for the 2012 Triple Crown races and he is our latest Kentucky Derby hopeful to be profiled.
Liaison has a fine pedigree to draw from. He was bred by the William A. Carl estate, sired by former Baffert trained great Indian Charlie and foaled from Galloping Gal, who was out of Victory Gallop, the second place finisher in both the 1989 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. His current owner, Arnold Zetcher purchased Liaison in 2010 at the September Keeneland Association sale for a price tag of $290,000.
His debut races came in the form of maiden special weight races at Del Mar and Santa Anita. At Del Mar he finished third in the one mile race and he was taken back to seven furlongs for his start at Santa Anita. In this race, he finished first and showed the promise of a colt with a bright future. His stock soared as jockey Rafael Bejarano took him to a win in the Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park in California, just beating Rousing Sermon at the wire. Liaison finished off his 2011 slate with another victory, this time stepping up to a Grade I race, the Cash Call Futurity Stakes. He was able to emerge out of a pack of now fewer than seven horses that bunched together at the final turn. Once again, he held off the charging Rousing Sermon to win by a neck in a thrilling race from start to finish. This victory was a record sixth Cash Call Futurity win for trainer Bob Baffert.
2012 has not started out well for Liaison. On February 4th, he ran in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. Out of the post, he broke well and just trailed the leader. After the first turn he seemed to lose the pace and fell back. Under the whip of Bejarano, he tried to rally down the stretch and got pinned in, losing his jockey and finishing well out of the money, with no rider. As of this writing, there are no set plans as to when we will next see Liaison.