Saturday, November 01 2014
Quotes for the Filly & Mare Sprint
Mike Smith (jockey, Judy the Beauty, 1st) – “Absolutely dynamite. I couldn't have asked for a better trip. Almost every step of it, except for almost getting caught. She broke extremely well which at times can be very crucial for her because sometimes she gets away really bad. I was happy about that; one of the best she's ever left the gate. We saw that work at Keeneland. We knew she was ready.”
Quotes for the Filly & Mare Turf
Javier Castellano (jockey, Dayatthespa, 1st) – “I thought she could get the distance if we could get away with a slow pace. I was hoping we could go 24, 48, 1:13, and that’s exactly what we did. When we got the three-quarters in 1:13 I thought to myself, ‘We’re going to steal this thing,’ and we did.”
Chad Brown (trainer, Dayatthespa, 1st and Stephanie’s Kitten, 2nd) – “(Jockey) Javier (Castellano) did an awesome job. He was able to set an easy pace. We knew that if she got a little tired (on the lead), Stephanie’s Kitten would be coming, so we had it covered either way. I just wish there could be two winners. Both mares ran terrific.”
Quotes for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
Victor Espinoza (jockey, Take Charge Brandi, 1st) – “Wayne (trainer Lukas) just told me to let her run and I did that. I hit her once and she didn’t seem to like it, so I didn’t hit her anymore and I just let her do her thing.”
D. Wayne Lukas (trainer, Take Charge Brandi, 1st) – “I thought she had a great week and today I thought we could be a factor – not that we would win it, but that we would do very swell. Dr. Bill Caton, who saved (son) Jeff’s life, bet her heavy – he won’t be able to carry it out in a shopping bag. This is the most exciting one (win) yet.”
Friday, October 31 2014
Quotes for the $2 Million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Rosie Napravnik (jockey, Untapable, 1st) – “My husband and I are starting a family and my retirement will start on Monday. I’m very excited. I wasn’t worried about being wide on the first turn not considering the amount of horse I knew I had underneath me.”
Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Irad Ortiz Jr. (jockey, Lady Eli, 1st) – “It was really good. I got a perfect trip and can't complain. My filly broke good and I got a nice spot down inside, and then I broke through the hole when (Sunset Glow) came out. My filly flew right through there. I was patient and waited like the trainer told me and it worked out good for us. It feels great; unbelievable.”
Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Rafael Bejarano (jockey, Goldencents, 1st) – “I knew I was going fast and I had to find a way to give him a little break from the three-eighths to the quarter-pole. I was able to do that. When the other horse started to come to me, I held onto him just a little bit before I turned him loose. When I turned him loose, he fired big.”
Quotes for the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
Frankie Dettori (jockey, Hootenanny, 1st) – “It was my first time on him but I had seen him run in England, so I knew his style. He wasn’t pulling. I got him settled. When I turned him on, I knew I had the race.”
Dennis Ward (father of trainer Wesley Ward, Hootenanny and Luck of the Kitten, 1st and 2nd) – “This is just great. Everything went according to plan. Wesley (Ward) is in Florida watching on television. Isn’t that Frankie Dettori just great?”
Breeders’ Cup Notes - Friday, October 31
Art Sherman (California Chrome) – “He looked great,” said trainer Sherman Friday after the Kentucky Derby winner galloped 1 5/8m at 6 am under regular exercise rider Willie Delgado for the Classic.
“I plan to jog him in the morning the wrong way for a mile,” said Sherman of the final touch with the 4-to-1 second choice in the race. “I’m hoping everything goes smooth. He’s as good as I can get him. Let the cards fall where they may.”
Thursday, October 30 2014
Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf Report
Aidan O'Brien (War Envoy, Juvenile Turf; Qualify, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – see European report
Bill Mott (Quality Rocks, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Quality Rocks had a routine gallop for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott Thursday.
Sprint and Filly & Mare Sprint Report
Alfredo Velasquez (Private Zone, Sprint) – Good Friends Stable’s Private Zone went through another routine morning on Thursday – heading out to the Santa Anita main track around 7 a.m. to jog 1m and then gallop 1m. Trained by Alfredo Velazquez, he continues to make a positive account of himself as he prepares for his second consecutive attempt in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Turf Sprint and Dirt Mile Report
Bob Baffert (Fed Biz, Dirt Mile) – Fed Biz galloped 1 1/2 m Thursday morning.
With the withdrawl due to injury of favored American Pharoah from the Juvenile, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was asked which of his six remaining entrants would move to the top of his win hopes list. The answer was Fed Biz.
Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies - Thurs. notes
Aidan O’Brien (The Great War, Juvenile) – see European report
Al Stall, Jr. (Top Decile, Juvenile Fillies) – Trainer Al Stall, Jr. does not mind flying under the radar with Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence’s 2yo filly Top Decile for this Saturday’s 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Despite a 47-day break and moving up from a maiden sprint victory on debut to a 1 1/16m, the daughter of Congrats was a ‘buzz’ horse leading into Keeneland’s Alicibiades – going off at 5-1 and closing from 12 lengths back to lose by a half-length to Peace and War in her second career start.