HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park fans will have a lot of rooting interests in the 30th Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Horses and trainers who competed at Gulfstream during the 2012-2013 meeting were represented in the pre-entries announced Wednesday for the two-day, 14-race event.
The Pletcher-trained Graydar, who posted a commanding three-length triumph in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 9, has been pre-entered for both the $1 million Dirt Mile and the $5 million Classic. Pletcher’s first preference for Graydar, though, is the Classic, in which the Pletcher-trained Palace Malice, this year’s Belmont Stakes winner, is also slated to run. Graydar and Palace Malice are among six Classic entrants that ran at Gulfstream. The Bill Mott-trained Ron the Greek, an 11 ¼-length winner of the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream on Jan. 19, and Flat Out are Gulfstream alumni set for the Classic, as are Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man, who finished 1-2, respectively, in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Pletcher will also be represented, among others, by Verrazano, who captured the first two races of his career early this year at Gulfstream; in the 1 million Dirt Mile; Authenticity, who began her stunning comeback from an 18-month layoff at Gulfstream, in the $2 million Distaff, for which Pletcher also pre-entered 3-year-old filly sensation Princess of Sylmar; Capo Bastone, a Gulfstream allowance winner who scored an upset in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop, in the $1 million Turf Sprint (first preference) and $1.5 million Sprint.
Point of Entry, who posted a thrilling victory over 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Feb. 9, was pre-entered by trainer Shug McGaughey for the $3 million Turf. Twilight Eclipse, who set a course and world record for 1 ½ miles on turf (2:22.63) while winning the Pan American (G2) on March 23, was also pre-entered for the Turf by trainer Tom Albertrani. Little Mike, a Gulfstream fan favorite, was pre-entered to defend his 2012 Turf victory. Big Blue Kitten, a two-time allowance winner at Gulfstream during his multiple-Grade 1 season, was one of two horses pre-entered for the Turf by trainer Chad Brown. Big Blue Kitten and Arlington Million winner Real Solution are two of seven Breeders’ Cup pre-entrants owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the leading owners at the 2012-2013 Gulfstream meeting. Teaks North, the 2013 Sunshine Millions Turf victor was also pre-entered for the Turf.
Two-time Eclipse Award champion Royal Delta, an easy five-length winner of the Sabin (G3) at Gulfstream on Feb. 17, was pre-entered by Mott for an attempt at an unprecedented third straight victory in the Distaff (formerly the Ladies’ Classic). Close Hatches, who won the first two races of her career at Gulfstream last winter before becoming a multiple-Grade 1 winner, was also pre-entered by Mott for the Distaff.
Za Approval, who won the Appleton (G3) over the Gulfstream turf on March 30, was pre-entered to challenge 2012 Horse of the Year and defending champion Wise Dan in the $2 million Mile.
A trio of year-round Gulfstream residents were among the pre-entries: Bahamian Squall, the Grade 1 stakes-placed winner of the Sunshine State Stakes at Gulfstream, was pre-entered for the Sprint, in which Trinniberg, who trained early in the year at Gulfstream, will try to defend his 2012 Sprint title; Starship Truffles, a three-time winner at Gulfstream who went on to win the Grade 1 Princess Rooney; was pre-entered for the $1 Filly & Mare Sprint; and Street Girl, who broke her maiden at Gulfstream last winter and went on to finish third in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx, was pre-entered for both the Filly & Mare Sprint and the Distaff (first preference).
Simulcast wagering will be offered at Gulfstream on all 14 Breeders’ Cup races and supporting races at Santa Anita both days. On Saturday, Nov. 2, Breakfast at Gulfstream will return (7-10 a.m.) with a free hot breakfast offered to the first 200 patrons. The popular weekly event will be followed by a free Breeders’ Cup Handicapping Seminar in Three Palms.