Thursday, November 05, 2009

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Awesome Act – The 2yo son of Awesome Again came out for a gallop on the main track Thursday morning in company with stablemate Fleeting Spirit (Sprint). Both horses schooled in the gate.

The colt, who broke his maiden on Oct. 1, and then was ninth in the Dewhurst Stakes last out after a poor start on Oct. 17, drew post 9 in the full field for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, a perfect spot according to trainer Jeremy Noseda.

Ryan Moore will be aboard the Kentucky-bred for the first time Saturday.

Becky's Kitten – Getting ready to take on the fifth racetrack in his six career starts, the 2yo Kitten’s Joy colt galloped 1 1/2 m on Santa Anita’s main track Thursday as he moved a step closer to Saturday’s Juvenile Turf.

Blake Heap, assistant to trainer Wesley Ward in charge of the trainer’s West Coast runners, said of the improving youngster, “I don’t expect a lot of speed from him early. He’s been pretty far back in his last two races and that seems to work for him. I’ll be looking for the same thing here.”

Becky’s Kitten didn’t break his maiden until two races back – in his fourth start – coming from sixth early to win by a neck. In his stakes debut in Woodbine’s Summer Stakes, he came from dead last in the 10-harse field to finish second, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Bridgetown, also in this race.

Bridgetown – The Summer Stakes winner was the last of five 2yos trained by Kenny McPeek to come to the track on Thursday. After taking in the large crowd gathered on the apron for several minutes, he galloped 1 ½ m under exercise rider Walter Blum Jr., son of the retired Hall of Fame jockey.

Buzzword – The Godolphin colorbearer in the Juvenile Turf galloped around the main track Thursday morning with stablemates Gladiatorus (Mile) and Vale of York (Juvenile).

The colt by Pivotal, who won a stakes at Longchamp in September, was fifth in the Dewhurst last out.

He drew the far outside post 12 for Saturday’s race and will again be ridden by Ahmed Ajtebi.

“That is not a great post for him,” trainer Saeed bin Suroor said. “But he’s training well, and he always shows a good turn of foot.”

Dean's Kitten/Kera’s Kitten – As of Thursday morning, Kera's Kitten is expected to represent owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker in Saturday's Juvenile Turf. Should they so choose, the connections could scratch Kera’s Kitten and represent with Dean's Kitten instead. As the first horse on the also eligible list, he would draw into post position number 12.

“It’s Thursday and that race is Saturday,” Maker said. “We’re still not seriously looking at that option. Both horses are doing fine here, and we think that either one would represent us well.”

Rajiv Maragh is named to ride Kera’s Kitten. Should Dean’s Kitten draw in, Ramon Dominguez would be his jockey.

Gallant Gent – The erstwhile $40,000 claimer who is stepping all the way up to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Saturday, put in a bit of exercise for it Thursday morning when he galloped 1 ½ m shortly after 7 a.m.

Trainer Craig Lewis, the man who signed the claiming slip for the Yankee Gentleman gelding July 3 at Hollywood Park, watched the gallop from near Clocker’s Corner at the head of the Santa Anita stretch.

“All systems are go,” said Lewis. “He’s as good as hands can make him. He’s just got to be good enough.”

Lewis has the saddle services of Joel Rosario for Saturday and they’ll leave from post 5 in the 12-horse lineup.

Interactif – >From a pedigree standpoint, the son of Broken Vow is not exactly a standout in the field of 2yo grass runners entered in the Juvenile Turf, but he has certainly run like a colt with a future on turf in winning both starts with dramatic speed figure improvements.

“He’s actually got a very good pedigree on the bottom side,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, who will saddle the morning-line favorite in this 1m race. “His third dam is Personal Ensign, but it doesn’t necessarily look like a turf pedigree.”

Interactif has already won a pair of grass stakes and certainly has the most impressive resume of the domestic 2yo grass horses. He galloped 1 ¼m on Thursday and will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux for the third race in a row.

Pounced – Trainer John Gosden said the 2yo colt and his two older stablemates, Rainbow View and Dar Re Mi, have adjusted well after traveling to Santa Anita.

In company with Dar Re Mi, who will face males in the Turf, Pounced cantered on the turf course at Santa Anita Thursday morning.

Pounced finished second in his last start, the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Oct. 4 at Longchamp. He will be ridden by Frankie Dettori for the first time on Saturday.

Viscount Nelson – The son of Giant’s Causeway has been competing on softer surfaces during his four-race career and trainer Aidan O’Brien said the switch to Santa Anita could help him pick up a third victory.

“I think he’ll like the mile and the fast ground,” O’Brien said. “I think it will suit him well.”

Viscount Nelson cantered on the main track with the Coolmore contingent Thursday morning. He will be ridden by jockey John Murtagh on Saturday.

Zip Quik – Trainer Patrick Biancone sent out Juvenile Turf contender Zip Quik for a 1 1/2m gallop under exercise rider Bobby Ochoa on Thursday morning and he reported that all systems are go with the 2yo son of City Zip.

“All is good, all is well,” said Biancone, who will also saddle Pulsion in the Juvenile on Saturday.

Zip Quik, still looking for his first stakes win after five starts, gets the services of Mike Smith for the first time in the Juvenile Turf.

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