Friday, November 02 2012


Breeders’ Cup European Report


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Having cleared quarantine Wednesday evening, Aidan O’Brien’s powerful Breeders’ Cup team took to the Santa Anita track for the first time to stretch their legs Thursday morning.

Leading the group was St Nicholas Abbey, who will be bidding to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf for the second time in succession. His regular rider Joseph O’Brien was in the saddle, and having loosened up with a gentle walk and a trot, he put in a nice steady canter around the main track.





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$2 Million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (Grade I)


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Awesome Feather – Stronach Stables’ unbeaten champion galloped 1 1/2m on the main track for trainer Chad Brown on the eve of her run in the Ladies’ Classic.

The Awesome of Course filly is 10-for-10 in a three-season career that has been interrupted by a tendon injury in her left front leg. Brown said he is looking forward to testing her against a stellar field that includes the unbeaten champion My Miss Aurelia and last year’s winner Royal Delta.





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$2 Million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf


Thursday, November 1, 2012

In Lingerie – The 3yo daughter of Empire Maker has been an outstanding performer on dirt and artificial surfaces, but she’ll face a new challenge in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

“You usually don’t go to the Breeders’ Cup trying a new surface for the first time, but she’s a filly that’s undefeated on the synthetic (3-for-3),” said trainer Todd Pletcher, who oversaw a maintenance gallop Thursday morning at Santa Anita. “So we thought it made some sense to at least try (turf), especially since she worked very well over the surface twice.”





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$2 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Almost an Angel – Ice Wine Stable’s galloped 1 1/2m under exercise rider Lindsey Molina as she continued her preparations for Friday’s $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

“She could not be training any better,” Molina said. “She almost ripped my guts out this morning.”





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$1 Million Juvenile Fillies Turf


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Flashy Ways – Shipped over Hollywood Park on Tuesday, jogged 6f on Wednesday, and galloped 1 1/4m Thursday morning for trainer Richard Baltas before schooling in the paddock prior to the second race.

Baltas is pleased with the preparation by the Kentucky-bred daughter of Catienus owned by Riley Racing Stable.





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$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hightail – A routine 1 1/2m gallop was on the schedule for Hightail again Thursday as the son of Mineshaft out of the Storm Cat mare Stormy Renee prepares for what Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas hopes will be his trainee’s first career victory.

He’s the only maiden in the race, but also one of three prospective starters in the field of seven to have run in graded or group stakes races. The other two, both fillies, are Ceiling Kitty and Sweet Shirley Mae.





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Thursday, November 01 2012


$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (Grade II)


Atigun – Shortleaf Stable’s Atigun, the 9-2 morning line favorite for Friday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon, galloped a little more than 1 1/2m Wednesday morning under exercise rider Danny Ramsey.

Atigun will be ridden in the Marathon by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who is tied with Jerry Bailey as the all-time winningest rider in Breeders’ Cup history with 15. Atigun will be Smith’s first opportunity to reach victory No. 16.





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$2 Million Breeders’ Cup Mile (Grade I)


Animal Kingdom – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom galloped 1m under exercise rider David Nava Wednesday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for a return from an eight-month layoff in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Assistant Alice Clapham supervised the morning activity while trainer Graham Motion was en route from his Fair Hill Training Center base in Maryland to Santa Anita. The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, who has recovered from a pelvis fracture detected following an allowance turf victory at Gulfstream on Feb. 18, is sending the signal that he’s ready to get back in action.





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$1.5 Million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade I)


Amazombie – On Halloween morning, Amazombie rose from the straw (of his stall) and proceeded out into the predawn fog. A scene dramatic enough for the opener of a horror film.

But Bill Spawr is a thoroughbred trainer, not a movie director. And the most appropriately named horse for the holiday, also the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint defending champion, was routinely put through a 6f jog and 1 ½m gallop under exercise rider Javier Meza. The same as he'd done the day before, and the day before that.





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$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint


Ceiling Kitty – see European report

Hightail – “Strange things can happen,” said D. Wayne Lukas while talking about sending out a maiden to tackle more successful runners in Friday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. “Actually, I don’t think he’s your average maiden,” Lukas added.

The trainer said Hightail wasn’t considered for the race early, but, he said, “The [Breeders’ Cup] people called me and told me the race was coming up light, so we decided to come in.”

Hightail galloped 1 1/2m Wednesday.





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Breeders’ Cup European Report - October 31, 2012


While the horses from Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle Stables remain in quarantine until they are able to make their first appearance on the track Thursday, the trainer was at the barn on Wednesday morning and spent some time with members of the international media discussing some of his Breeders’ Cup hopefuls:

Of St Nicholas Abbey (defending champion in the Breeders’ Cup Turf), O’Brien had this to say, “I think it is safe to say you can put a line through his last run in the Arc. (Jockey) Joseph (O’Brien) knew after a furlong or so that the horse was in trouble on that ground, and did his best to look after the horse as well as he could. Hopefully it will be a different story on quicker ground here.”





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Wednesday, October 31 2012


$5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic


Breeders' Cup World Championships, Nov. 2-3

$5 Million Breeders' Cup Classic (Grade I)
World Championships
Three-Year-Olds & Up
1 1/4 Miles

Alpha – Travers winner Alpha was schooled in the starting gate Tuesday morning during his morning activities at Santa Anita Park in preparation for a start in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“We backed him up to the backside, he galloped a mile and went back to the starting gate, where he stood and backed out beautifully. Then, he galloped back to the frontside and went home,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “Sometimes he gets a little temper in there, but he schools great every day. I just wanted the gate crew to see that he’s a good boy.”






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