Thursday, October 29 2015


Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Notes - Thu 10/29


Bawina – See European Report


Dacita, Stephanie’s Kitten, Watsdachances – Chad Brown’s three Filly and Mare Turf runners all galloped a 1 3/8 miles on the main track Thursday morning as they prepared for Saturday’s $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at 1 3/16 miles.

Four years after her victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, 6yo Stephanie’s Kitten returns in search of a bigger prize and a place in Breeders’ Cup history.





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Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Filly & Mare Sprint Report


Alsvid – Black Hawk Stable’s multiple Graded stakes winner Alsvid jogged 1m around the main track for trainer Chris Hartman who is soaking in his first Breeders’ Cup experience.

“I’m just overjoyed with the experience so far. This has been a lot of fun,” Hartman said.





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Thursday $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile Notes


Esoterique – See European Report

Grand Arch – Trainer Brian Lynch sent Grand Arch, winner of Keeneland’s Turf Mile on Oct. 3, to the all-weather 5f training track on Thursday where he jogged once around and galloped twice around.

“He looked like he galloped with good energy,” trainer Brian Lynch said. “Hopefully we will get back on the main track on Friday.”

Louis Rushlow was in the saddle and Erin Cotterill on stable pony Casey accompanied them.





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Breeders’ Cup Turf Notes - Thu 10/29


Chad Brown (Big Blue Kitten, Slumber, Shining Copper) – All 12 of trainer Chad Brown’s Breeders’ Cup horses went to the track and galloped 1 3/8m Thursday morning.

While European star Golden Horn will be the shortest price on the board for the $3 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, Brown said he expects Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Big Blue Kitten - named after the colors of the nearby University of Kentucky -will be the local favorite.





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Breeders’ Cup Distaff Notes


Calamity Kate - New Jersey-based trainer Kelly Breen will send out a trio of Breeders’ Cup hopefuls – Calamity Kate in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Bold Quality in the Juvenile Fillies and Stonetastic in the Filly & Mare Sprint.

“They’re all good – looking good, eating good. We’re having a good time in Kentucky,” he said. “Everybody galloped one mile. Just an easy, routine, last minute – just get them around safe gallop. We had two go out before the (maintenance) break, and two after. The track is good. It’s firm. They’re pushing all the water out of it.”





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Thursday European Report


Gleneagles, Ireland’s hope in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic saw the Keeneland dirt for the first time this morning. With trainer Aidan O’Brien on a pony overseeing the exercise Gleneagles, with Joseph O’Brien in the saddle jogged around the outside of the main track for one circuit before doing a hack canter for another lap before heading home.





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$5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Notes - Thu 10/29


American Pharoah – Bob Baffert, the Hall of Fame trainer of $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite American Pharoah, took the conservative approach again with the Triple Crown winner’s preparations on Thursday morning after tack-walking him the day before.

“We took him out to the (Polytrack) training track because when we checked out the main track yesterday afternoon it looked pretty wet still, and when it starts to dry out, it can get a little deep,” he said.





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Wednesday, October 28 2015


Laurel: Juarez Gets First Breeders’ Cup Mount Aboard Valid


Juarez Gets First Breeders’ Cup Mount Aboard Valid


LAUREL, MD – Jockey Nik Juarez, a native of Westminster, Md., will get an opportunity to compete in his first Breeders’ Cup Friday when he rides Crossed Sabres Farm’s Valid in the Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland.





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Tuesday, October 27 2015


O’CONNELL’S “SPEED FREAK” SET FOR BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT


For the second time in three years, Tampa Bay Downs trainer Kathleen O’Connell is bringing a horse to the Breeders’ Cup.

Unlike two years ago, when her Scandalous Act finished a non-threatening sixth at Santa Anita in the Juvenile Fillies as a 15-1 shot, O’Connell’s 3-year-old, record-setting filly Lady Shipman is considered one of the leading contenders for Saturday’s $1-million Turf Sprint at Keeneland.





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Monday, October 26 2015


Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 25


(NOTE: THIS MARKS THE FINAL DAY OF KEENELAND BARN NOTES.)

• WARD SENDS OUT BREEDERS’ CUP CONTENDERS ON KEENELAND TURF
• SHADWELL TURF MILE WINNER GRAND ARCH PUTS FINISHING TOUCHES ON CUP PREPARATION
• NEMORALIA WORKS SOLO IN PREPARATION FOR BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES
• EUROPEAN RUNNERS BEGINNING TO ARRIVE FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
• GALLOPING OUT





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Honor Code finalizes preparations for BC Classic


ELMONT, N.Y. - Multiple Grade 1 winner Honor Code turned in his final breeze for the Grade 1, $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic early Sunday morning at Belmont Park, going four furlongs in 48 seconds under the cover of darkness on the main track.

"He did very well, everything is very good with him," said Honor Code's trainer, Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey. "We caught him from the three-eighths pole to the mile-and-three-eighths pole in 48, with his last three-eighths in 35 and four. It was pretty dark, which is why we breezed there."





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Saturday, October 24 2015


DORTMUND AIRS IN $70,000 BIG BEAR STAKES


FAVORED OM SENSATIONAL IN WINNING GRADE II, $200,000 TWILIGHT DERBY BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS; STEVENS & HENDRICKS TEAM FOR 1 1/8 MILES TURF WIN IN 1:45.90

SANTA ANITA DERBY WINNER DORTMUND, IDLE SINCE PREAKNESS, AIRS IN $70,000 BIG BEAR STAKES


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2015)—In a sensational performance, favored Om set fast fractions and opened up on his competition turning for home to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita by 2 ¼ lengths. Ridden by Gary Stevens and trained by Dan Hendricks, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Munnings got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:45.90.





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