Wednesday, November 04 2009

Breeders’ Cup Flash News, Wednesday, Nov. 4

* California Flag, morning-line favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, lost his exercise rider after a schooling session at the starting gate near the three-quarter pole and ran off the wrong way on the track before being caught near the entrance to the barn area at the quarter-mile chute by jockey Aaron Gryder on the ground.

Exercise rider Colleen Hartford and California Flag both returned none the worse for wear from the incident, according to trainer Brian Koriner.

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Breeders’ Cup World Championships Advance

ARCADIA, Calif. – Undefeated 5-year-old mare Zenyatta drew post position 4 for Saturday’s renewal of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park as she bids for her 14th career victory facing 12 male rivals in the 1 ¼ miles test, including Kentucky Derby hero Mine That Bird, Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird and European star Rip Van Winkle (IRE).

The 26th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, racing’s prestigious global showcase, consisting of 14 races with purses totaling $25.5 million, will be held during the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7. The Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on ABC/ESPN and viewed in more than 130 countries.

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Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Tuesday, Nov. 3 Notes

* Arrivals Tuesday: The Tex Sutton charter bringing Breeders’ Cup runners to Santa Anita arrived from New York early Tuesday morning with the balance of trainer Todd Pletcher’s near dozen strong team led by Quality Road, Rick Dutrow’s pair of D’Funnybone for the Juvenile and Court Vision to contest the Mile, Gio Ponti to run in the Classic for trainer Christophe Clement and Diamondrella in the Turf Sprint for Angel Penna, Jr.

Ms Vanenzza is scheduled to arrive on a Fed Ex cargo flight from Newark, NJ, later in the day for her engagement in the Juvenile Fillies. The daughter of Successful Appeal is shipping in from Delaware Park for trainer Juan Vasquez.

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Monday, November 02 2009

$5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic

Awesome Gem – The 6yo gelding jogged on Cushion Track at Hollywood Park Monday under exercise rider Juan Olivera before shipping to Santa Anita for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Saturday.

Assistant Sergio Martin supervised for trainer Craig Dollase, who was at Santa Anita.

David Flores, who rode the chestnut to victory in the Hawthorne Gold Cup in his last start on Oct. 3, has the call back.

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$2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Notes Monday November 2

Careless Jewel – Careless Jewel, an impressive winner in each of her last five starts, enjoyed an easy 1 1/2-mile gallop over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride surface on Monday morning under regular exercise rider Moises Guce.

Trainer Josie Carroll was expected to arrive either Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning to oversee the filly’s final preparations for Friday's Breeders' Cup Ladies’ Classic.

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Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

California Flag – Trainer Brian Koriner was all smiles Monday morning following a bullet work by the 5yo gelded son of Avenue of Flags in preparation for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at 6 1/2f on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.

Riding a three-race win streak, California Flag sizzled 4f on the main turf track in 48 flat, inspiring Koriner to say, “Everything is just perfect right now.”

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$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon; Monday, November 2

Cloudy's Knight – The 9yo gelding Cloudy’s Knight arrived at Santa Anita from Louisville Monday morning for a start in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.

The son of Lord Avie, who has won more than $2.2 million in a 38-race career, is undefeated in two starts since joining the stable of trainer Jonathan Sheppard, who saddled him for victories in the Kentucky Cup Turf at Kentucky Downs and the Sycamore at Keeneland.

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$1 million Dirt Mile notes Mon. Nov. 2

Bullsbay – Trainer Graham Motion couldn’t have been happier with Bullsbay’s workout at Santa Anita Monday morning when the 5yo son of Tiznow breezed 5f in 1:01 3/5 under jockey Jeremy Rose in preparation for a planned start in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

“It was exactly what he did before the Whitney, so we have to be happy with it,” said Motion, who saddled Bullsbay for a victory in the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga in August. “He’s not a flashy worker; he never has been. Jeremy said he got over the track very well.”

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$1 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade II)

Awesome Act – The son of Awesome Again remained in quarantine Monday after arriving at Santa Anita on Sunday from Europe. He goes in Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Jeremy Noseda trains Awesome Act, who broke his maiden at Goodwood on Oct. 1, and then was ninth in the Dewhurst Stakes last out on Oct. 17 after missing the break.

Ryan Moore gets the mount for the first time on Saturday.

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$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Champagne d'Oro – see Juvenile Fillies

Connie and Michael – see Juvenile Fillies

Dad's Crazy – A minor stakes winner on dirt who is second on the Preference list for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, she will run if she can get into the body of the race according to her trainer Todd Pletcher.

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies notes

Always a Princess – Trainer Bob Baffert wasn’t necessarily pleased with the 5f bullet workout of Arnold Zetcher’s Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies contender Always a Princess on Nov. 1, but only for strategic reasons.

The 2yo daughter of Leroidesanimaux, working in company with stablemate Miss Heather Lee, passed her workmate sooner than planned before drawing off to finish her move. The filly’s time of 58 2/5 was the fastest of 61 workouts at the distance on the day.

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$2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile notes Monday, Nov. 2

Awesome Gem – see Classic

Colonel John – see Classic

Courageous Cat – The 3yo Storm Cat colt was the final workout runner on the track Monday morning, with a 5f move in 1:01 under regular rider Garrett Gomez on the Santa Anita turf course.

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