DEL MAR, Calif. — Klimt won the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity for 2-year-olds by 4 1/4 lengths Monday on closing day of the seaside track’s summer meet, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his 13th victory in the Grade 1 race.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Klimt ran seven furlongs in 1:21.80 and paid $7, $2.80 and $2.20 as the 5-2 second choice.
Straight Fire returned $2.40 and $2.10 as the 4-5 favorite, while Midnight Pleasure was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $2.80 to show.
“Coming to the top of the stretch, I knew he was loaded,” Baffert said. “I said, ‘I just hope that other horse (Straight Fire) doesn’t have another gear.’ It was very exciting to watch.”
Chasing Aces, the 3-1 third choice, was pulled up in the stretch by jockey Tyler Baze. He was later diagnosed with a slab fracture of his left knee and euthanized.
The victory, worth $180,000, increased Klimt’s career earnings to $336,960, with three wins in four starts.
The last two Futurity winners — American Pharoah in 2015 and Nyquist in 2014 — went on to win the Kentucky Derby.
In the $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf, With Honors won by a half-length for trainer Keith Desormeaux.
Ridden by Flavien Prat, With Honors ran a mile on turf in 1:37.85 and paid $6, $3.60 and $2.60 as the 2-1 favorite. The 2-year-old filly earned $60,000 for the win to remain unbeaten in two starts.
You Missed It returned $4.60 and $3.40, while Lady Beware was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $6.80 to show.
In the $50,000 Pirate’s Bounty Stakes, Power Jam won by 1 1/2 lengths, giving Baffert and owner Kaleem Shah their second stakes win of the day. Shah also owns Klimt.
Ridden by Stewart Elliott, Power Jam ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.10, breaking Ack Ack’s 46-year-old track record of 1:02.20. He paid $4.80 to win as the 7-5 favorite.
Kafister was second and Mrazek third.
Bejarano and Prat tied for the riding title, each with 38 winners. Phil D’Amato was the meet’s leading trainer with 23 victories.