Thursday, November 05 2009
$5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Notes
Awesome Gem – “He's been great for the partners,” said Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, from trackside at Santa Anita Park Wednesday after watching the 6yo gelding gallop for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.
“Look at the places he's taken us,” added Finley. “It's really been fun to be part of the ride.”
The chestnut son of Awesome Again, purchased for $150,000 as a 2yo at a Barretts sale, has taken his owners from California to New Jersey to Hong Kong to Washington to Illinois while earning $1,695,682 in 30 starts for trainer Craig Dollase.
Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Notes, Wednesday, Nov. 4
Careless Jewel – Careless Jewel, the morning line 2-1 second choice for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, galloped an easy mile Wednesday morning under regular exercise rider Moises Guce, according to trainer Josie Carroll.
“She’s doing really well,” Carroll said. “She’s done everything right so far. She seems to be steadily improving (from race to race) and I hope the trend continues on Friday.”
The filly has turned heads all year, winning five of six starts after finishing third in a maiden special weight race at Keeneland on April 5. Not only has she won five straight, but she’s dominated the competition, winning those last five by over 32 lengths. Her most impressive race of all was the Alabama, in which she drew away for an 11-length triumph despite being steadied sharply.
Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile notes Wed., Nov. 4
Aikenite – One of two 2yo starters in the Juvenile from trainer Todd Pletcher, the son of Yes It’s True got his first look at Santa Anita’s synthetic surface in a Wednesday morning gallop.
“He had a good race at Keeneland (second in the 1 1/16m Breeders’ Futurity), and he’s doing well,” Pletcher said.
A maiden winner at Saratoga in his debut, Aikenite was third in the Hopeful, but showed some late run going 7f on that day.
Alan Garcia has been aboard in Aikenite’s last two starts and will get the mount from post 9 in a 13-horse field.
Breeders’ Cup Marathon Notes, Wednesday Nov. 4
Cloudy's Knight – The 9yo gelding jogged once around Santa Anita’s training track Wednesday morning before galloping 1 1/4m on the main track, “extending a little bit through the stretch,’’ trainer Jonathan Sheppard said of his Breeders’ Cup Marathon entrant.
Cloudy’s Knight has won both of his starts this year after being transferred to the care of Sheppard. The son of Black Minnaloushe had been idle for more than a year due to a soft tissue injury in a hind leg that had threatened his racing career,
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile notes
Bullsbay – Trainer Graham Motion counted himself lucky just to be able to send Bullsbay to the Santa Anita track Wednesday morning for a 1 1/2m gallop under exercise rider Alice Clapham.
Rated second at 3-1 in the morning-line for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Bullsbay was a longshot to make it to Santa Anita.
After winning the Whitney Handicap and finishing a solid third behind Rachel Alexandra in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, Bullsbay stepped on a piece of metal in early September.
Filly & Mare Turf Notes, Wednesday, Nov. 4
Dynaforce – The 6yo daughter of outstanding turf sire Dynaformer went out for a gallop on the turf course Wednesday morning for trainer Bill Mott, who is hoping she can improve on a seventh-place finish in last year’s edition of the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Despite being the oldest member of the eight-horse field entered in the race, Dynaforce has made just 16 career starts – all of them on the turf.
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.
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.
Stable Notes, Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
HOLLENDORFER HOPES FOR STRONG OAK TREE FINISH
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.”
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.
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.
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.