Monday, October 28, 2013

Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 1-2: Notes - Mon. Oct. 28

• Kiaran McLaughlin – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reported that both Dancing House and Sky Painter will run in the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday. Dancing House had been pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies as well.

“Both fillies have been training fantastic and are doing well,” McLaughlin said. “We cross-entered Dancing House in the Juvenile Fillies because she finished third in the Spinaway on dirt, but her turf race in the Ms. Grillo was a better effort on all of the speed figures that we use.”

Jockey Luis Saez will keep the mount on Sky Painter while jockey Mike Smith will ride Dancing House for the first time in the Breeders’ Cup.

“Irad (Ortiz Jr.) didn’t do anything wrong, but he didn’t have a lot going on (at the Breeders’ Cup,)” McLaughlin said. “Obviously Mike Smith is a great Hall of Fame rider and we’re happy to get him.”

Dance Card will enter the Filly & Mare Sprint off only one start in 2013, a third-place finish in Belmont’s Gallant Bloom. Ankle chips kept Dance Card out of action the first half of the season.

“She’s doing great and luckily we got a prep under her belt at the perfect time six weeks ago,” McLaughlin said. “She can be tricky at times training so we’re hoping she likes it out there.”

Dancing House, Sky Painter and Dance Card departed their training base in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sunday morning for California.

• Todd Pletcher – Recent Kelso Stakes winner Graydar will not make the Breeders’ Cup because of a quarter crack in his left front hoof. Graydar had been pre-entered in the Classic and Dirt Mile.

“We’re disappointed,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “Graydar had been training extremely well and I thought we got the perfect comeback effort from him in the Kelso.”

Pletcher added that he will point Graydar to Aqueduct’s Cigar Mile on Nov. 30.

Pletcher on Monday shipped all of his Breeders’ Cup starters – the two exceptions being Palace Malice and Havana – on a flight from New York to California. That flight departed Long Island MacArthur Airport at approximately 10:30 a.m. As for Palace Malice and Havana, both colts are scheduled to fly to California on Tuesday morning.

Pletcher also has chosen the Turf Sprint for Capo Bastone instead of the Xpressbet Sprint. Capo Bastone, pre-entered in both races, never has competed on turf.

“We had him on the turf a few times in his training this summer and he appeared to like it a lot,” Pletcher said. “We’re hopeful he’ll show up and come with that big late run of his.”

Pletcher also has opted for the Juvenile instead of the Juvenile Turf for recent Breeders’ Futurity winner We Miss Artie.

“We Miss Artie has trained exceptional over the dirt so we’re going to take a shot in the Juvenile,” said Pletcher, who has won two of the last three runnings of the Juvenile with Uncle Mo and Shanghai Bobby. “He was training super on the dirt at Saratoga and has not missed a beat since getting out to Santa Anita. It’s a tough spot obviously, but the colt could not be doing any better.”

Pletcher also has the unbeaten Champagne winner Havana for the Juvenile.

• Manny Azpurua said that the Rontos Racing Stable’s Street Girl would run in Distaff rather than the Filly & Mare Sprint for which she also had been pre-entered.

“She was third in a Grade I in her last race and she worked well before coming here,” Azpurua said as he watched Street Girl jog on the main track at Santa Anita for the first time after arriving Sunday.

Street Girl worked a best of 33 4f in 46 at Gulfstream Park on Friday (Oct. 25). Both of her victories have come in two-turn races on dirt and in her most recent start finished third, beaten two lengths, behind Distaff rival Close Hatches in the Cotillion Stakes at Parx.

• Ron Ellis – Centralintelligence worked 4f in 48 3/5 breezing for the Dirt Mile Monday at Betfair Hollywood Park to the satisfaction of the trainer. “He went just easy,” Ellis said after the drill under exercise rider Baltazar Contreras.

“He had his ears up all the way. He couldn't have looked any better.” Ellis said the 5yo chestnut gelding will be shipped to Santa Anita Tuesday along with Teddy's Promise, the latter for the Filly & Mare Sprint.

• Patrick Biancone – Diamond Bachelor was entered in the Juvenile for his first start on dirt. The colt, whose three starts have all been on turf, had also been pre-entered in the Juvenile Turf. “The owners decided,” explained Biancone. “They're Americans. They want to run on dirt.” Diamond Bachelor, who has two firsts and a second in his three grass starts, is owned by Mr. & Mrs. Kin Hui of Los Angeles in partnership with Susan Magnier of Ireland and Robert Trussell of Kentucky. What does Biancone expect from the War Front colt in his dirt debut? “I think I'll have to wait until Saturday for that answer,” Biancone said.

• Peter Eurton – Dance With Fate was entered in the Juvenile. Runner-up in both the Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita, the Two Step Salsa colt was also pre-entered in the Juvenile Turf.

“We preferred entering him on dirt,” Eurton explained. “He has more points there.” He has never run on grass. “I think he's going to be a very good turf horse,” Eurton added. “I was covering my options. Why not?”

• Ian Wilkes – Janis Whitham’s defending Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned worked 5f over a fast track at Churchill Downs Monday morning in 1:01 4/5 with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. up.

Fractional splits for Fort Larned's work were 12 3/5, 25 1/5, 37 3/5 and out 6f in 1:14 4/5 while working on his own before the morning renovation break.

“Today was not to squeeze the lemon dry - it was to get the horse coming off the track wanting to do more,” trainer Ian Wilkes told the Churchill Downs publicity office. “Today he walked off like he was wanting to do more, so I was happy.”

“He worked great this morning,” Hernandez said. “He went just like Ian wanted him to. He cruised right around there to five-eighths and it looks like he's going into the Classic like he did last year.”

Wilkes, who has a 6:40 a.m. flight to Los Angeles on Tuesday, said Fort Larned may walk the shedrow in the morning with his flight to California scheduled “around lunch time,” Wilkes said.

Also working in Kentucky Monday morning was Wesley Ward’s Judy the Beauty, who is entered in the Filly & Mare Sprint. With Kent Desormeaux up and working on Polytrack at Keeneland, Judy the Beauty worked 5f in 59 4/5 in company. Judy the Beauty started three lengths in back of her workmate and finished 12 in front while posting fractions of 12, 23 3/5, 35 3/5 and out 6f in 1:13 3/5.

• Mike Hushion – Trainer Mike Hushion’s Breeders’ Cup starters, Artemis Agrotera and The Lumber Guy, are flying from New York to California on a Tuesday morning flight from Long Island MacArthur Airport.

On Sunday, Artemis Agrotera breezed 5f over Belmont’s training track in 1:01 3/5 while The Lumber Guy breezed 4f in 48 2/5. Both horses walked Monday during training.

“I feel like we’re bringing over a very live horse in the Juvenile Fillies,” Hushion said of Artemis Agrotera. “I am a little worried about her getting a bit too anxious before the race because she can be very high strung, but she’s trained great since the Frizette. Her work yesterday was perfect.”

The Lumber Guy finished second in the Sprint a year ago. The colt, however, was a flat seventh last out in Belmont’s Vosburgh.

“I couldn’t have been more wrong about the Vosburgh,” Hushion said. “I loved the way he went into that race and he just didn’t fire. All I can say is he is nice and sound, his feet have been good and he’s trained as good as ever. We’ve changed his training over the last couple of weeks by really taking it easy with him and not letting him breeze as fast. I’m hoping that makes a difference.”

• Charles LoPresti – Morton Fink’s Wise Dan, the reigning Horse of the Year in North America and defending champion in the Mile, galloped on the training track at Keeneland Monday morning and will have a similar exercise tomorrow morning according to trainer Charles LoPresti.

“He will train in the morning and then van to Louisville to catch the plane to California,” LoPresti said.

LoPresti is scheduled to leave Lexington at 7 in the morning and be at Santa Anita when Wise Dan arrives.

• Mark Casse – Trainer Mark Casse will run Conquest Stables’ undefeated My Conquestadory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, which was first preference in the pre-entries, instead of the Juvenile Fillies.

“The more and more we thought about it, I think she has a real shot to win that race and still have the chance to be the champion 2-year-old filly,” the five-time Sovereign Award-winning trainer said. “The only other reason is that we haven’t had enough time to train her properly on dirt. So we’re going to dance with the one that brought us.”

Laugh Track, who was pre-entered in the Dirt Mile and the Sprint, will line up in the gate for the Sprint.

“He’s not going to get in the (Dirt) Mile,” Casse said. “Three-quarters (of a mile) may be too short for him, but if we get a hot pace they may collapse up front and that might set it up for him. I couldn’t be happier with the way he’s coming up to the race.”

• Bill Mott – Royal Delta, Close Hatches, Emollient and Ron the Greek departed Long Island MacArthur Airport at approximately 10:30 a.m. Eastern, Monday. Flat Out, who had been training in Saratoga, arrived in California on Sunday.

• Buff Bradley – Defending Filly & Mare Sprint champion Groupie Doll jogged 6f and gallop 1 1/4m in her first day at the track after working 4f in 47 2/5 on Saturday at Santa Anita under exercise rider Jada Schlenk.

“It is always good when her rider is happy and pleased,” said trainer Buff Bradley, who indicated Groupie Doll would follow a similar schedule the rest of the week. “She won’t go to the gate, but we may take her to the paddock one or two times.”

• Steve Asmussen – Trainer Steve Asmussen sent two of his three Breeders’ Cup runners out for workouts Monday morning at Santa Anita. Justin Phillip, looking to improve on his fifth-place effort in the Sprint last year, worked 4f in 48 3/5, while 2012 Turf Sprint runner-up Unbridled’s Note covered the same distance in 49 1/5 in preparation for his second try at a Breeders’ Cup victory.

“They were both good works,” said assistant trainer Steve Blasi, who was handling the barn duties while Asmussen was handling the entering duties.

Untapable, Asmussen’s Juvenile Fillies runner, was sent to the track one day before her male stablemates and breezed 4f in 49 Sunday.

• Peter Miller – Reneesgotzip will run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, said trainer Peter Miller Monday morning from his stable at Hollywood Park. The 4yo daughter of City Zip was pre-entered in the Turf Sprint and the Sprint.

She will be making her second appearance in the Turf Sprint, having finished third in 2012.

• Mike Pender – Trainer Mike Pender confirmed Monday morning that his two Breeders' Cup horses, pre-entered in the Turf Sprint and the Mile, would go in the Turf Sprint.

“It was an easy decision for Boat Trip, who has run well before on the (downhill) course at Santa Anita,” Pender said. “Jeranimo's best distance is probably a mile and an eighth, but there isn't a mile and an eighth Breeders' Cup race. So it kind of forced my hand to run in a less-than-ideal spot. But we're going to give it a shot and see what happens.

“They're both natural closers. Boat Trip will probably sit a little closer to the pace than Jeranimo. It being a Breeders' Cup race, you always know there will be sufficient pace to run at.”

• Bob Baffert – Trainer Bob Baffert worked five of his eight Breeders’ Cup horses Monday morning at Santa Anita. He liked all the moves.

His quintet registered their drills like this: Game On Dude – 5f in 59; Paynter – 5f in 1:00; Book Review – 4f in 48 3/5; Secret Circle – 4f in 46 4/5; Tap It Rich – 4f in 48 1/5.

Baffert sent likely Classic favorite Game On Dude out at 9 a.m. and gave him in target horse in front in Amazing Hearted. The “Dude” spotted his barnmate five lengths on the backside, but by the eighth-pole he was even. From there he zoomed through the lane and into the turn for Martin Garcia to win the competition by many.

“It’s so quiet out there right now that I wanted to give him a target and get him focused,” Baffert said. “It was a terrific work for him and I’m glad we’re done with that.

“He’s a totally different horse this year. He’s not the same horse that ran here last year – thank God. He’s bigger, he’s filled out and he’s a happy horse. I’ve spaced his races out and that’s allowed me to keep his weight on.”

Paynter, also with Garcia, went through his drill at 9:20. He was accompanied by the 3yo stakes winner Flashback, who started a length or so behind him and stayed there on the outside throughout the exercise. Paynter finished up still a length ahead.

“He was a little rusty,” Baffert said of his other Classic starter. “But he’s doing great now. I think he’ll be right there Saturday.”

Tap It Rich made his 4f move on his own at about 9:15. Rider Rafael Bejarano was in the saddle for the Juvenile starter. Secret Circle zipped along on his own for jockey Garcia.

Baffert nodded in approval for both drills, but Garcia put an exclamation point on the Secret Circle work. “He’s so fast,” Garcia said. “He’s like Speedy Gonzalez!”

• D. Wayne Lukas – The Hall of Fame trainer wrapped up serious preparation for All Cash on Monday with a 4f workout in 49 2/5. The 2yo son of English Channel is set to run in the Juvenile Turf.

• The final Euorpean contingent from the powerful Ballydoyle stable is due in Monday night at Los Angeles International airport at around 9:45. They include Breeders’ Cup Classic hope Declaration of War, Magician (Turf), Christoforo Colombo (Mile), Giovanni Boldini and Wilshire Boulevard (Juvenile Turf).

Godolphin’s Outstrip, the first English horse to arrive at Santa Anita and clear quarantine went out onto the training track at 8:45 a.m. with his work rider Wille Ravetto in the saddle, jogging for a couple of laps before having a steady canter around one lap of the main track.

The other English horses that arrived Saturday evening are expected to be out on the track first thing Tuesday morning and will include, Planteur (Classic), The Fugue (Turf), Dank (Filly & Mare Turf), Olympic Glory (Mile), along with the juveniles Al Thakhira, Chriselliam, Outstrip and Shamshon. London Bridge (Marathon) completes the nine-horse challenge from England.

The French team consisting of Romantica (Filly & Mare Turf) and Vorda (Juvenile Fillies Turf) also cleared quarantine Monday morning and experienced the Santa Anita surroundings for the first time. Romantica jogged one circuit of the training track before returning to the barn while Vorda went twice round also at a jog.

• Richard Mandella – The Hall of Fame trainer brought his Distaff starter Beholder to the racetrack at 7:45 and had exercise rider David Nuesch put her though a 4f drill. Mandella caught her in 49 2/5, but the clockers gave her an official time of 49 1/5. She did it with her ears up.

“That’s it; we’re all set now,” Mandella said. “I didn’t want her to do too much today and it was fine. I may have to put her back on the track tomorrow; we’ll see. It (the Distaff) is a heckuva race and she’s going to have to be at her best for it.”

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