Concert Tour Profile
|Born||Feb 26, 2018|
Can trainer Bob Baffert conjure up another Triple Crown race win with this impressive colt?
Gary and Mary West's Concert Tour is one of the top names on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The three-year-old colt is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and has qualified for the Kentucky Derby, having picked up 70 points. He is one of Baffert's many notable horses on the trail this year.
Concert Tour has a career record of 3-0-1 from four starts with earnings of $856,600. All of his performances have taken place this year; he did not race during his two-year-old campaign.
2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby
Concert Tour has picked up 70 qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
The colt does not have a lot of experience in his career but his victories have come in significant events. Most of his Derby qualifying points come from one performance, which was a victory in the March 13 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park. The event offered points on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the top four finishers.
In the Rebel Stakes, he registered a 105 Speed Figure, which was just one point shy of his career-high 106.
Concert Tour was joined by jockey Joel Rosario in the race and he broke on top after bobbling slightly. He cleared into the first turn and was eventually pressured in the back stretch. That challenger was Caddo River, another one of the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby names.
Concert Tour was able to hold off the challenge and straightened for home, pushing forward late to claim victory. He was followed by Hozier in second and Big Lake in third.
Concert Tour then finished third behind Super Stock and Caddo River in the 100-50-20-10 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 10. This guaranteed his participation in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1.
Off to a flier and second career win
Concert Tour's other two starts came off the Road to the Kentucky Derby. He won on debut in a January 15 maiden special weight race at Santa Anita Park, where he outran a small field of four rivals. Some of the other names among the field included Mr. Impossible, Tarvi and the aforementioned Hozier. In this race, Concert Tour pressed the leader early and eventually took over at the half-mile pole. He held strong into the stretch and pulled away late to finish first.
Next time out, Concert Tour took a big victory in the February 6 San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita, registering a career-high 106 Speed Figure. He was also guided by jockey Joel Rosario in that race.
The colt was rated outside the leader as they went through the back stretch before bidding three-wide around the turn. He drifted out in the drive and was able to fight past Freedom Fighter to win the event. The Chosen Vron was third.
Concert Tour's connections
Concert Tour is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, one of the leading names on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby. He has guided more than 3,100 career winners. The trainer's total purse earnings are above $315million.
Baffert has four Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Trainer, winning in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2015. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, and he ranked third by earnings in 2020.
Baffert has already enjoyed plenty of success in Triple Crown races, winning multiple editions of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
Concert Tour's top stablemates this year include Charlatan, Hozier, Life Is Good, Kalypso, Spielberg and Medina Spirit. Many of these are Road to the Kentucky Derby horses.
Concert Tour is owned by Gary and Mary West, who are multiple graded stakes-winning owners. The ownership has a career record of almost 600 wins and total purse earnings of more than $37million.
They are still looking for their first Triple Crown racing victory, though. In the past, they have been responsible for names like West Coast, Game Winner, Maximum Security and New Year's Day.
Concert Tour's regular rider is Joel Rosario, a multiple graded stakes-winning jockey. He has a career record of more than 3,000 wins and has brought in more than $235million in earnings.
Concert Tour's pedigree
Concert Tour is a three-year-old colt from Street Sense and Purse Strings by Tapit.
Street Sense was a son of Street Cry and trained by Carl Nafzger during his racing days. He retired with a career record of 6-4-2 from 13 starts and earnings of more than $4.3million.
The Kentucky-bred runner won the 2006 Eclipse Award for champion two-year-old colt and was victorious in the 2007 Kentucky Derby. He also finished second in that year's Preakness Stakes and ranked second by earnings. The last race of his career was a fourth-place run in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).
Purse Strings was a Tapit mare trained by Wayne Catalano. Bred in Kentucky, she is also owned by Gary and Mary West.
The mare retired with a career record of 1-6-2 from 12 starts and earnings of $105,960. She closed out her career by winning a November 29, 2015, maiden special weight event at Churchill Downs. She had never run in any stakes races, with her only performances coming in maiden special weight events.