Friday, October 31 2014
Quotes for the $2 Million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Rosie Napravnik (jockey, Untapable, 1st) – “My husband and I are starting a family and my retirement will start on Monday. I’m very excited. I wasn’t worried about being wide on the first turn not considering the amount of horse I knew I had underneath me.”
Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Irad Ortiz Jr. (jockey, Lady Eli, 1st) – “It was really good. I got a perfect trip and can't complain. My filly broke good and I got a nice spot down inside, and then I broke through the hole when (Sunset Glow) came out. My filly flew right through there. I was patient and waited like the trainer told me and it worked out good for us. It feels great; unbelievable.”
Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Rafael Bejarano (jockey, Goldencents, 1st) – “I knew I was going fast and I had to find a way to give him a little break from the three-eighths to the quarter-pole. I was able to do that. When the other horse started to come to me, I held onto him just a little bit before I turned him loose. When I turned him loose, he fired big.”
Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
Frankie Dettori (jockey, Hootenanny, 1st) – “It was my first time on him but I had seen him run in England, so I knew his style. He wasn’t pulling. I got him settled. When I turned him on, I knew I had the race.”
Dennis Ward (father of trainer Wesley Ward, Hootenanny and Luck of the Kitten, 1st and 2nd) – “This is just great. Everything went according to plan. Wesley (Ward) is in Florida watching on television. Isn’t that Frankie Dettori just great?”
Breeders’ Cup Notes - Friday, October 31
Art Sherman (California Chrome) – “He looked great,” said trainer Sherman Friday after the Kentucky Derby winner galloped 1 5/8m at 6 am under regular exercise rider Willie Delgado for the Classic.
“I plan to jog him in the morning the wrong way for a mile,” said Sherman of the final touch with the 4-to-1 second choice in the race. “I’m hoping everything goes smooth. He’s as good as I can get him. Let the cards fall where they may.”
Thursday, October 30 2014
Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf Report
Aidan O'Brien (War Envoy, Juvenile Turf; Qualify, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – see European report
Bill Mott (Quality Rocks, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Quality Rocks had a routine gallop for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott Thursday.
Sprint and Filly & Mare Sprint Report
Alfredo Velasquez (Private Zone, Sprint) – Good Friends Stable’s Private Zone went through another routine morning on Thursday – heading out to the Santa Anita main track around 7 a.m. to jog 1m and then gallop 1m. Trained by Alfredo Velazquez, he continues to make a positive account of himself as he prepares for his second consecutive attempt in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Turf Sprint and Dirt Mile Report
Bob Baffert (Fed Biz, Dirt Mile) – Fed Biz galloped 1 1/2 m Thursday morning.
With the withdrawl due to injury of favored American Pharoah from the Juvenile, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was asked which of his six remaining entrants would move to the top of his win hopes list. The answer was Fed Biz.
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.