Monday, November 05 2012
Breeders’ Cup Odds & Ends
Smith Takes Lead in Breeders’ Cup Victories
With his winning ride aboard Besilu Stable’s 4-year-old filly Royal Delta for trainer Bill Mott in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Friday at Santa Anita, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith became the all-time leading rider of Breeders’ Cup winners with his 16th score, breaking out of a 15-15 tie with retired Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey.
Breeders’ Cup 2012 Winners Come From Near & Far
Stamping an exclamation point as a truly “global” event on the 15 races worth more than $25 million of the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita was the remarkable diversity of origin of the winners and their connections as they came together from major racing centers throughout North America, England, Ireland and France in Europe, Argentina in South America and Japan.
Mike Smith Wins Bill Shoemaker Award
Mike Smith Wins Bill Shoemaker Award as
Most Outstanding Breeders’ Cup Jockey
Arcadia, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2012) – Powered by victories on Royal Delta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and Mizdirection in the Breeders’ Cup Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the most outstanding jockey of the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, held November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park.
Breeders’ Cup - Odds and Ends
Ian Wilkes (Fort Larned, 1st, Classic) – Trainer Ian Wilkes had a not so surprising revelation Sunday morning, a little more than 12 hours after Fort Larned’s front-running victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“I didn’t sleep a lot last night,” Wilkes said after his first Breeders’ Cup victory. “It has not really sunk in yet.”
Sunday, November 04 2012
FORT LARNED WINS THRILLING BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
FORT LARNED WINS THRILLING BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC,
OUT DUELS MUCHO MACHO MAN
BEFORE ON-TRACK CROWD OF 55,123 AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Bob Baffert got beat again in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Bill Mott settled for half of a repeat sweep in the weekend's two biggest races.
Quotes for the $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic
Ian Wilkes (trainer, Fort Larned, 1st) – “We had to be there near the front and he was ready today. He had galloped great over the track. I knew we were good when he broke sharp. That’s where Brian (Hernandez) won the race. We broke sharp and Game On Dude broke bad. I trust Brian because the horse trusts Brian.
“Buff (Bradley) won (Filly & Mare Sprint with Groupie Doll) and Charlie (Lopresti) won (Mile with Wise Dan), and now I won. There was some pressure there after they won. I’m glad we all three did it, because we’re such great friends. We hit the trifecta.”
Quotes for the $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Mile
John Velazquez (jockey, Wise Dan, 1st) – “I just wanted to get him in the right position. When I was able to do that, and you’ve got a horse as good as this, you can expect a result like this.”
Charles Lopresti (trainer, Wise Dan, 1st) – “I was able to use that race at Keeneland (Shadwell Turf Mile) as the perfect setup for today. I didn’t have to do much with him. He proved he was the best horse today. I never had any doubts. I was just a little concerned about how the race would shape up. He’s just a special horse. We’ll probably take him back to our farm in Kentucky and give him some time. We’ll make a plan for him at the first of the year.”
Quotes for the $3 Million Breeders’ Cup Turf
Ramon Dominguez (jockey, Little Mike, 1st) – “I couldn’t commit to being on the lead (because of the distance). I did get a great trip right off the leaders. When I asked him to run, he gave me a great kick.”
Dale Romans (trainer, Little Mike, 1st) – “Our first reaction after the race in New York (Turf Classic) was to shorten him up, but he had been trying to stretch him out all year so we decided to stick to our plan. We talked over the race last night and thought those two horses (Turbo Compressor and Optimizer) would be gunning for the lead. We were going to try to sit right off of them. He showed he could rate. He’s always been an overachiever but he does deserve to be champion.”
Quotes for the $2 Million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Todd Pletcher (trainer, Shanghai Bobby, 1st) – “I kept going back on the Track Barron (at Belmont Park) in his second start. He went pretty fast early, and it looked like he was in trouble, but when horses engaged him, he fought on and found more. I was hoping he was going to be able to do that today. But I was concerned about the fractions. That was our strategy, to be aggressive, the way the track was playing. We didn’t want to get shuffled back.
Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Mike Smith (jockey, Mizdirection, 1st) – “Before the race, Mike (trainer Puype) told me ‘I don’t care if you ride her around them. I don’t care if you ride her inside them. I don’t care if you ride her in front of them. I don’t care if you ride her from behind – just ride her the way you know you can.’ I was really glad he said that to me because it allowed me to ride her with confidence. When we came across the dirt, I had a lot ground to make up but I was really confident I could.”
Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Steve Asmussen (trainer, Tapizar, 1st) – “The Kelso (finished 6th) was a bad race. We threw it out and he sure performed great today. He acted the day after the Kelso like he hadn’t run. The racetrack and the circumstances leading up to that race were not ideal, but everything went smooth as glass out here. Scott Blasi, my assistant here, did a great job with him. I can’t say enough about what a big win it is for him.”
Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Rajiv Maragh (jockey, Groupie Doll, 1st) – “You’re the big favorite and expected to win, but you still have to get there. It’s never easy until you pass the wire. There were several scenarios that could have unfolded. One that I didn’t want to see was Dust and Diamonds on an easy lead. When I saw that she wasn’t, it let us sit back and be more patient. She’s done that all year and now done that on the biggest stage. She is so consistent. She’s obviously going to be champion.”