Monday, November 09 2009


Breeders’ Cup World Championships: Odds and Ends


Zenyatta Becomes First Horse to Win Two Different Breeders’ Cup World Championships Races;
Goldikova and Conduit Double-Up in Mile and Turf

ARCADIA, Calif. – Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss’s undefeated 5yo mare Zenyatta made history on several fronts Saturday with her thrilling last-to-first victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita as she ran her perfect streak to 14 and became the first horse in the 26-year history of the event to win two different Breeders’ Cup races, following her score in the Ladies’ Classic here last year.

In the race before the Classic Saturday, English-trained 4yo colt Conduit scored a repeat victory in the Turf after French-trained 4yo filly Goldikova rallied to a repeat tally over male rivals in the Mile earlier on a sensational day of racing.





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Breeders’ Cup World Championships: Sunday Notes


Zenyatta, Life Is Sweet – a Classic Double for Shirreffs

John Shirreffs (Zenyatta, 1st, Classic and Life Is Sweet, 1st, Ladies’ Classic) – “This is as good as it gets,” said Shirreffs after a sleepless night from Hollywood Park Sunday, reflecting on his dream weekend and reporting that both females had been shipped back across town to their training base in good order.

“They both ate up and walked this morning,” said Shirreffs of the unprecedented double with Breeders' Cup stars that he affectionately calls the queen and princess of his barn.





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Saturday, November 07 2009


BREEDERS’ CUP ATTENDANCE AND HANDLE INCREASE AT SANTA ANITA PARK;


ARCADIA, Calif. – Attendance for Breeders’ Cup Championships was up 11% for the two-day event Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park. After a 20% increase in attendance on Friday, 58,845 were on hand today for the 10-race card that included eight Breeders’ Cup World Championship races, a 6% increase from the 2008 Saturday attendance of 55,351. Total attendance for the two days increased from 86,588 to 96,496.

“It was an electric atmosphere for two days and Zenyatta delivered what is arguably the greatest performance in the 26-year history of the event,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Greg Avioli. “The Breeders’ Cup extends its sincere thanks to all the owners who entered their horses this weekend, to our partners at Oak Tree and Santa Anita and to all of our nominators and the racing fans around the world whose support makes our event possible.”





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Flash Quote from John Shirreffs after the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic


John Shirreffs (trainer, Zenyatta, 1st) – “There are tears coming to my eyes. I can’t believe it. She is a great, great filly. She is all heart. The way the crowd took to her was just amazing. They cheered for her, they clapped for her; they love her. What a wonderful relationship.”

When asked if she is Horse of the Year: “You tell me.”



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Quotes for the Breeders’ Cup Classic


Mike Smith (jockey, Zenyatta, 1st) – “I still never got to the bottom of her. That’s the amazing thing. She still had run left. She’s incredible. She’s sent from heaven. She’s gods horse. I was able to cut the corner with her off the turn, and that made the difference right there. When we loaded the second time, she sure stood there when the gates opened. I needed to help her out of there, but once I got out of there, she settled into stride really well. She started to get to them in the stretch, and the crowd started screaming. Then she started looking at the crowd, so I had to get after her a little bit, but she still won within herself.”

John Shirreffs (trainer, Zenyatta, 1st) – “There are tears coming to my eyes. I can’t believe it. She is a great, great filly. She is all heart. The way the crowd took to her was just amazing. They cheered for her, they clapped for her; they love her. What a wonderful relationship.





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THE USUAL Q. T. TAKES OAK TREE DERBY FOR FOURTH IN ROW AND RETURNS $22.80


ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2009) – The Usual Q. T. withstood a late charge by favored Battle of Hastings Saturday to gain his fourth straight victory and first in a graded stakes race when victorious by a head in the 40th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Oak Tree Derby for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.

With the buzz from Zenzatta’s breathtaking triumph in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic still stirring the crowd of 58,854, The Usual Q. T. negotiated 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:44.48 in the race that closed out the two days of Oak Tree’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships.





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Flash quote from Todd Pletcher after Breeders’ Cup Classic


Todd Pletcher (trainer, Quality Road, scratched): “The horse is okay. He’s got some scrapes and scratches. We’re very disappointed but it’s just one of those things. We’ll have to regroup and try again. It was bad timing. We got the worse luck at the worst time on the biggest day.”



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Quotes for the Dirt Mile


Mike Maker (trainer, Furthest Land, 1st) – “That was incredible. Honestly, he has trained as well as he ever has. He gave me a lot of confidence and his (synthetic) record speaks for itself.”

Julien Leparoux (jockey, Furthest Land, 1st) – “I sat on the rail right behind the leader (Midshipman). It opened up at the quarter-pole. I found room to strike, and that was it. He always runs big on synthetics. It was not an easy win to have, but he ran big.”





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Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf quotes


Ryan Moore (jockey, Conduit, 1st) – “I was stuck behind a lot of horses early but that didn’t worry me. I got a nice spot down the backside and I went inside to move up. Last year went about as planned but this year wasn’t according to plan. I knew I was going to get there.”

Sir Michael Stoute (trainer, Conduit, 1st and Spanish Moon, 4th) – “It’s always a big day for the world championship. It’s a very important race and it was great to see him go and do it two in a row. We’re also pleased with the fourth horse Spanish Moon.”





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Quotes for the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile


Olivier Peslier (jockey, Goldikova, 1st) – “The draw (post 11) wasn’t a big help. I didn’t want to make a run until the last turn. I came wide because that was the only place to go. She’s lovely. She won last year; she won this year. I’m so glad for my owners (Wertheimer & Frere) that they have a filly like this.

Freddie Head (trainer, Goldikova, 1st) – “She was a little far back but the pace was strong. I was confident she would win when she came with her run into the stretch. It looked like she stopped a little, but Oliver smacked her 200 yards out for her last burst. She was a little keyed up going to the gate but quieter than usual. She’s very special. It’s been a long season and now to make this long trip in November. We haven’t discussed her future – maybe we’ll come back and try for three.”





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Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile quotes


Joel Rosario (jockey, Dancing in Silks, 1st) – “I had a very good trip in perfect position and had a good chance outside when we got to the stretch. It was very close but my horse always has his head up, so I was just hoping that would help at the finish.”

Carla Gaines (trainer, Dancing in Silks, 1st) – “The way Zensational had been training and Gayego won the Ancient Title, it looked like a tough situation (for us). The way the post positions set up, we were able to sit off the pace and make our run. The racing gods were smiling upon us today. Joel (Rosario) has ridden him in all but one race and I thought before the race, that’s nice I don’t have to give Joel any instructions.”





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Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint quotes


Joel Rosario (jockey, Dancing in Silks, 1st) – “I had a very good trip in perfect position and had a good chance outside when we got to the stretch. It was very close but my horse always has his head up, so I was just hoping that would help at the finish.”

Carla Gaines (trainer, Dancing in Silks, 1st) – “The way Zensational had been training and Gayego won the Ancient Title, it looked like a tough situation (for us). The way the post positions set up, we were able to sit off the pace and make our run. The racing gods were smiling upon us today. Joel (Rosario) has ridden him in all but one race and I thought before the race, that’s nice I don’t have to give Joel any instructions.”





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