Thursday, October 30 2014
Breeders’ Cup European Report - Thursday
Aktabantay Declared from Juvenile Turf; Faithful Creek Draws In
V. I. Araci’s 2yo Aktabantay has been withdrawn from Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf because of a sore foot. Trainer Hugo Palmer has expressed his deep disappointment at having to make the decision to take him out of the race.
Breeders’ Cup Classic - Thursday notes
Bayern – Bayern, a candidate for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, has picked up a major endorsement for an event that already shaped up as, to borrow a political phrase, a real ‘horse race.’
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who’ll make his riding comeback in the two-day Championships barely three months after knee replacement surgery, has cast his vote for Bayern, the 6-1 fourth choice on the morning line behind Shared Belief (9-5), California Chrome (4-1) and Tonalist (5-1).
Wednesday, October 29 2014
Turf Sprint and Dirt Mile - Wed. notes
Bob Baffert (Fed Biz, Dirt Mile) – Fed Biz galloped 1 1/2m Wednesday morning.
“He's training well and he's run well here,” Baffert said. “I liked the way he ran on the dirt last time (second to Shared Belief in the 1 1/16-mile Awesome Again). He put up a pretty good fight against Shared Belief, the favorite for the Classic. It's a tough race. Goldencents (defending race champion) is the horse to beat but I think Fed Biz is capable.”
2-Year-Old Races Report
Aidan O'Brien (The Great War, Juvenile; War Envoy, Juvenile Turf; Qualify, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – see European report
Bob Baffert (One Lucky Dane, Juvenile) – The withdrawal of favored American Pharoah on Tuesday due to a foot bruise, leaves One Lucky Dane as the lone hope for the Hall of Fame trainer. One Lucky Dane jogged 1m Wednesday morning.
Sprint and FM Sprint Wed. Notes
Alfredo Velasquez (Private Zone, Sprint) – Good Friends Stable’s Private Zone remained on schedule for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint for trainer Alfredo Velazquez Wednesday morning.
“He galloped about a mile and a half today nice and easy,” Velazquez said. “He feels and looks great. We are ready.”
Breeders’ Cup Mile - Wed. notes
Anodin – see European report
Kaigun – Trainer Mark Casse said that gelding Mile contender Kaigun has helped the Canadian-bred son of Northern Afleet jump up from the optional claiming ranks into a Graded stakes winner this year.
Filly & Mare Turf - Wed. notes
Abaco – Phipps Stable’s Abaco galloped 1m at Santa Anita Wednesday morning in preparation for a start in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, which is likely to be the final start of the 6yo mare’s career.
The stretch-running Abaco, though, has shown no signs of tailing off.
Longines Turf - wed. notes
Big John B – Big John B galloped 2m on the training track Wednesday morning, keeping to the usual schedule on the approach of a race, especially as big a one as the $3 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, trainer Phil D’Amato said.
“This horse, the longer the better for him,” D’Amato said. “The Del Mar (Handicap) win was no surprise. His last race, the John Henry, was a little too short for him. This race, the extra quarter of a mile will be perfect for him. We know we’re going up against the best in the world, But (with Win And You’re In benefits) it’s a free roll at $3 million and our horse is doing really well, so we’ll give it a shot.”
Breeders’ Cup Distaff - Wed. notes
Belle Gallantey – Trainer Rudy Rodriguez maintained his enthusiasm about Beldame Stakes and Delaware Handicap winner Belle Gallantey’s chances in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff after her routine training Wednesday morning. The daughter of After Market went through a routine gallop around Santa Anita’s main track around 7 a.m. before returning to cool out at Barn 68 for owners Michael Dubb, Gary Aisquith and Bethlehem Stable.
Breeders’ Cup - European Report
Toast of New York – Jamie Osborne’s challenger for the Breeders’ Cup Classic once again stretched his legs out on the main track Wednesday morning under regular work rider James McCarthy. The 3yo was on his toes as soon as he got on the track but McCarthy soon had him settled down and he then walked half a circuit with his pony before turning round and doing a steady canter all the way to the winning post before returning back to the barn through the paddock. Osborne is expected to arrive in California later Wednesday.
Breeders’ Cup Classic - Wed. notes
Bayern – Bayern galloped 1 1/2 m on the training track Wednesday morning. A victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic would be a happy ending to a Breeders’ Cup week that has not started well for the Bob Baffert stable with its contingent having dropped from eight to six, most recently with the withdrawl of Juvenile favorite American Pharaoh on Tuesday due to a foot bruise.
Champion Magician Declared Out; Free as a Bird Withdrawn
Arcadia, Calif. – Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s 4yo Magician, last year’s winner of the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, will not be able to defend his crown in the 1 1/2m test as he has been declared out of Saturday’s renewal because of lameness.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien said Wednesday morning, “When he came out for a trot this morning he was found to be acutely lame on his off-fore. It was an instant decision to take him out of the race.”