Saturday, October 31 2015


Speedway Stable’s 6-year-old mare Hard Not To Like and Sheikk Ahmed al Maktoum’s 4-year-old filly Talmada have been scratched from the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1). Hard Not to Like was scratched by her trainer Christophe Clement, while Talmada was scratched by the Stewards for unauthorized administration of Lasix by a private veterinarian.

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Quotes from the $100,000 Juvenile Dirt Sprint

Frankie Dettori (winning rider of Sheikh of Sheikhs)

“He traveled well and won nicely. Six furlongs seems perfect for him.”

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Friday, October 30 2015

Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) Race Quotes

Todd Pletcher (trainer, Stopchargingmaria, 1st , Curalina, 3rd and Got Lucky, 10th ) – “You’re concerned anytime there is an inquiry or an objection, but I felt pretty comfortable watching the head-on that we were going to be OK.

“The real key was when we made the decision not to run back after the Personal Ensign and train her up to this. Being able to trainer her in her 2- and 3-year-old years that she runs her best races sometimes when she’s fresh. I think that was the key, and how she trained here. I thought her work here on Saturday was exceptional. She’s the kind of filly who when she breezes like, that she tips herself. I thought that’s what she did in her breeze the other day.

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)Race Quotes

Mark Casse (trainer, Catch a Glimpse, 1st) – “She was a little rank in the early going, but we expected that. We’ve been trying and trying to get her to settle. We knew we weren’t going to be able to make the lead. When I was going over the past performance, and I saw Wesley's (Ward) horse (Ruby Notion) I said ‘Oh Boy’, and I knew it was going to be trouble and I was hoping she would clear. But she didn’t and she got a little rough in the first turn, but then she settled and went on and ran her race. She’s a good horse.”

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Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Race Quotes

Todd Pletcher (trainer, Liam’s Map, 1st) – “I was very concerned. The one thing Javier (Castellano) talked about is that he’s a horse with a lot of speed, but he’s not always quick away from there on the first step. We were hoping he’d get a clean break, but he didn’t and was behind horses. I was very concerned at that point.

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$1Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)

Aidan O’Brien (trainer, Hit It a Bomb, 1st) – “I’m absolutely delighted. He won his maiden at the Curragh very nicely. Ryan (Moore) knew him. We were always looking forward to coming to Keeneland. When we got the outside draw we were worried and when the ground changed we were also worried. Ryan said he would let him really relax, because he knew what he could do. This was always the plan he’s a real classy miler. ”

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Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Friday Notes

Friday, October 31

American Pharoah – Bob Baffert has enjoyed an abundance of highlight moments during his Hall of Fame career, but none more singular than what he is experiencing with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

“This horse reminds me why I’m in this business,” he said Friday morning after the 4-5 favorite for Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic was tucked safely in his stall following his final pre-race gallop. “If I’m having a bad day, I’ll see him and he picks my head up. He’s the champ. Now I’ve got to find another one.”

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Wertheimer et Frere’s Bawina, trained by Carlos Laffon Parias, has been scratched from Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

The 4yo daughter of Dubawi got tied up behind after exercise on Wednesday morning and although she showed improvement Thursday when going for a gentle trot on the Training Track, having discussed matters with the veterinary team in the quarantine barn Carlos Laffon Parias decided to scratch the filly from the race.

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Thursday, October 29 2015

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf

Alice Springs – See European Report

Todd Pletcher (Azar, Juvenile Turf; Thrilled, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Both Alto Racing’s Azar and Michael Tabor’s Thrill made it clear early to trainer Todd Pletcher that they preferred running on grass than dirt.

Azar made his debut on turf with a seventh-place finish, but Pletcher sent him right back to grass at Saratoga, where he finished second before breaking his maiden in the With Anticipation Stakes.

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Notes

Cocked and Loaded – Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope’s Iroquois winner Cocked and Loaded galloped 1 1/4m on the main track for trainer Larry Rivelli. The son of Colonel John broke his maiden over the Keeneland surface at first asking on April 9 for trainer John Hancock and was privately purchased by the Chicago-based duo of Ravin and Patricia’s Hope principal Vince Foglia and turned over to Rivelli.

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Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile - Thu 10/29

Wesley Ward (Undrafted, The Great War and Green Mask, Turf Sprint) – Wesley Ward’s trio of Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint contenders all had light excercise on Thursday morning, each jogging a lap on the main course. Last year, Ward finished second and third in the Turf Sprint with No Nay Never and Undrafted. Like in 2014, he enters multiple horses in with complementary styles.

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Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Notes - Thu 10/29

Bawina – See European Report

Dacita, Stephanie’s Kitten, Watsdachances – Chad Brown’s three Filly and Mare Turf runners all galloped a 1 3/8 miles on the main track Thursday morning as they prepared for Saturday’s $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at 1 3/16 miles.

Four years after her victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, 6yo Stephanie’s Kitten returns in search of a bigger prize and a place in Breeders’ Cup history.

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