Thursday, October 29 2015


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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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES - Sat 10/24


• LAST CHANCE TO SEE PHAROAH AT SANTA ANITA
• SONGBIRD, WILD DUDE HEAD MANY BC WORKERS

PHAROAH TO HAVE FINAL SANTA ANITA DRILL MONDAY

Fans will have their last opportunity to see American Pharoah at Santa Anita Monday
morning when the Triple Crown winner is scheduled to work a half-mile under jockey Martin Garcia at 7:45 a.m. before leaving Tuesday for Keeneland and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31, his final race before going to stud.

American Pharoah had his usual gallop on the main track Saturday morning. He worked six furlongs Tuesday in a bullet 1:10.80.

American Pharoah Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8B5cIyyjcY





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Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 24


• MIDNIGHT CELLO TOP WEIGHT IN FIELD OF SIX FOR LAFAYETTE ON THURSDAY’S PRELUDE TO THE CUP
• PRIVATE ZONE’S WORK LEAVES TRAINER NAVARRO LESS THAN HAPPY
• EXAGGERATOR SHARP IN FINAL DRILL FOR BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE
• SHEER DRAMA ARRIVES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF RUN
• WORK TAB
• GALLOPING OUT
• STAKES PROBABLES






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Belmont Park Notes


• Brown primes robust Breeders' Cup contingent
• Tonalist, Hard Not to Like wrap up BC preparations
• Artemis Agrotera sharp in eventful breeze


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Chad Brown unleashed a cavalcade of Breeders' Cup-bound horses at Belmont Park on Saturday morning for their final works before their respective races.





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Empire Classic Handicap (NYB) quotes


Tom Albertrani, winning trainer of Empire Dreams (No. 8): "We always thought that the 1 1/8 miles might've been a little out of his realm, but he was so much the best today. It worked out perfectly. He came into the race doing really well, a little time off helped him as well. Manny [Franco] gave him a perfect ride, just nice and patient. There was a good pace in front of us and he just reeled them in. He's always run well at Belmont and we got what we needed today. We got the right pace. He loves this track, so it just worked out."





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Friday, October 23 2015


Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 23


• QUARTET OF BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE HOPEFULS WORK AFTER RENOVATION BREAK
• PLETCHER CONFIDENT AFTER SECOND WAVE OF BREEDERS’ CUP HOPEFULS WORK
• AGELESS OUT OF BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT
• WORK TAB
• GALLOPING OUT
• FALL MEET LEADERS






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