The full brother of 2015 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharaoh, St. Patrick’s Day, or “Bro Bro” as Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert affectionally calls him, made his official debut at Del Mar in a six-furlong maiden special weight race on August 20. But it was another Bob Baffert-charge, Zatter, out of Zayat Stables who won and spoiled St. Patrick’s Debut.
“They worked together the other day,” said Baffert. “They worked heads up, and were even the whole way. Zatter is pretty nice too, and he’s got a better post (on the outside). It just happened to end up that way (where they were both entered in the same race), because I have a lot of 2-year-olds ready to run.”
“He has Pharoah’s and his sister’s kind, sweet disposition,” said Baffert of St. Patrick’s Day. “But Pioneerof the Nile was that way, too.”
“He’s just made differently. Pharoah was a leaner-type horse,” said Baffert. “And Pharoah was a run-off.
He wanted to bolt and run. He was a handful. This guy is a pretty smart colt. He does everything right.”
Prior to race, Baffert said of St. Patrick’s Day: “When he came in, he was carrying a little extra weight in the belly. He’s not quite tight yet, but he’s doing well. I think he’s ready to run. I don’t want to do any more with him.
“Racing will help him. Just like Pharoah, he needed that race to really wake him up, even though it was a bad race.”
Zatter paid $5.40 for the win, $3.40 to place, and $2.40 to show. St. Patrick’s Day returned $3.80 to show and $2.40 to place. Jungle Warfare paid $2.20 for his third-place showing.