Thursday, November 05 2009

TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile notes Wed., Nov. 4

Courageous Cat – One of only three 3yo runners entered in the 11-horse field for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile, the lightly raced son of Storm Cat galloped Wednesday morning and was schooled at the starting gate by trainer Bill Mott.

“He trained well, just galloped,” said Mott, who has saddled five Breeders’ Cup winners but none in this race. “One more year of seasoning is probably going to be really good for him, but he’s pretty consistent.”

California’s leading grass rider, Garrett Gomez, will be aboard the colt for the first time in this race. He worked Courageous Cat over the Santa Anita grass course earlier this week.

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Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf notes Wed., Nov. 4

Allegre – Rated at 50-1 on the morning line for the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf, Allegre galloped 1m Wednesday morning for trainer Brian Koriner.

Koriner is not dismayed by post 7 for his 4yo son of Orientate.

“It’s a small field, so that helps,” Koriner said.

Koriner bought the colt following a third-place finish in the W.R. Cluer Memorial Handicap at Turf Paradise.

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Stable Notes, Wednesday, November 4th, 2009


The indefatigable Jerry Hollendorfer hopes to add to his Oak Tree bankroll in the meet’s final five days. One of only four trainers with more than 5,000 career victories, Hollendorfer has Rendezvous entered in Saturday’s Grade II $150,000 Oak Tree Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf, and Kaweah Princess in Sunday’s closing-day feature, the $58,000 Cascapedia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

“We want to give her a chance to run seven furlongs,” Hollendorfer said of Kaweah Princess, who won the 1 1/16-mile Palomares Stakes at Fairplex Park on Sept. 25. “She’s coming off a route, so we think she’ll be formidable.”

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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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