Thursday, October 30 2014
Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies - Thurs. notes
Aidan O’Brien (The Great War, Juvenile) – see European report
Al Stall, Jr. (Top Decile, Juvenile Fillies) – Trainer Al Stall, Jr. does not mind flying under the radar with Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence’s 2yo filly Top Decile for this Saturday’s 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Despite a 47-day break and moving up from a maiden sprint victory on debut to a 1 1/16m, the daughter of Congrats was a ‘buzz’ horse leading into Keeneland’s Alicibiades – going off at 5-1 and closing from 12 lengths back to lose by a half-length to Peace and War in her second career start.
Breeders’ Cup Mile - Thurs. notes
Anodin – see European report
Kaigun – Trainer Mark Casse, who has four entrants including Mile contender Kaigun in this year’s Breeders’ Cup, likened Thursday’s waiting game before the two-day event on Friday and Saturday to being stopped in traffic at a yellow light.
Filly and Mare Turf -Thursday Notes
Abaco – Phipps Stable’s Abaco galloped 1 1/4m and schooled in the paddock Thursday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for a start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
The 6yo daughter of Giant’s Causeway is enjoying her most productive racing season in 2014.
Breeders’ Cup Turf - Thursday notes
Big John B – A 1 1/2m jog on the training track was the main exercise of the day for Big John B, the 20-1 shot who will carry the hopes of owner Michael House and trainer Phil D'Amato in the $3 Million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.
Breeders’ Cup Distaff - Thursday notes
Belle Gallantey – Michael Dubb, Gary Aisquith and Bethlehem Stables’ Breeders’ Cup Distaff contender Belle Gallantey continues to work under the supervision of trainer Rudy Rodriguez from Santa Anita’s Barn 68. Since arriving Sunday from their New York base, the two have been inseparable as the daughter of After Market has executed her final preparations.
Breeders’ Cup European Report - Thursday
Aktabantay Declared from Juvenile Turf; Faithful Creek Draws In
V. I. Araci’s 2yo Aktabantay has been withdrawn from Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf because of a sore foot. Trainer Hugo Palmer has expressed his deep disappointment at having to make the decision to take him out of the race.
Breeders’ Cup Classic - Thursday notes
Bayern – Bayern, a candidate for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, has picked up a major endorsement for an event that already shaped up as, to borrow a political phrase, a real ‘horse race.’
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who’ll make his riding comeback in the two-day Championships barely three months after knee replacement surgery, has cast his vote for Bayern, the 6-1 fourth choice on the morning line behind Shared Belief (9-5), California Chrome (4-1) and Tonalist (5-1).
Wednesday, October 29 2014
Turf Sprint and Dirt Mile - Wed. notes
Bob Baffert (Fed Biz, Dirt Mile) – Fed Biz galloped 1 1/2m Wednesday morning.
“He's training well and he's run well here,” Baffert said. “I liked the way he ran on the dirt last time (second to Shared Belief in the 1 1/16-mile Awesome Again). He put up a pretty good fight against Shared Belief, the favorite for the Classic. It's a tough race. Goldencents (defending race champion) is the horse to beat but I think Fed Biz is capable.”
2-Year-Old Races Report
Aidan O'Brien (The Great War, Juvenile; War Envoy, Juvenile Turf; Qualify, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – see European report
Bob Baffert (One Lucky Dane, Juvenile) – The withdrawal of favored American Pharoah on Tuesday due to a foot bruise, leaves One Lucky Dane as the lone hope for the Hall of Fame trainer. One Lucky Dane jogged 1m Wednesday morning.
Sprint and FM Sprint Wed. Notes
Alfredo Velasquez (Private Zone, Sprint) – Good Friends Stable’s Private Zone remained on schedule for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint for trainer Alfredo Velazquez Wednesday morning.
“He galloped about a mile and a half today nice and easy,” Velazquez said. “He feels and looks great. We are ready.”
Breeders’ Cup Mile - Wed. notes
Anodin – see European report
Kaigun – Trainer Mark Casse said that gelding Mile contender Kaigun has helped the Canadian-bred son of Northern Afleet jump up from the optional claiming ranks into a Graded stakes winner this year.
Filly & Mare Turf - Wed. notes
Abaco – Phipps Stable’s Abaco galloped 1m at Santa Anita Wednesday morning in preparation for a start in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, which is likely to be the final start of the 6yo mare’s career.
The stretch-running Abaco, though, has shown no signs of tailing off.