Schwartz imported Alterite this summer and turned her over to Brown following a sixth-place finish in the French Oaks on June 16. The Filly & Mare Turf was not part of the 2013 U.S. schedule for the filly, but was added after she won the Garden City at Belmont Park and finished second by a neck in the Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland on Oct. 12.
“So we made the decision, Mr. Schwartz and I, to go for this Breeders’ Cup race and maybe give her a little longer vacation this winter than we had planned on.”
John Velazquez, who has been up for both of Alterite’s American starts, will ride her in the Breeders’ Cup. They will leave from post four in the 10-horse field.
Dank – see European report
Emollient – Juddmonte Farms’ homebred 3yo Emollient visited the main track Tuesday morning for some light exercise in her first full day at Santa Anita Park.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said the daughter of Empire Maker certainly earned a spot in the 10-horse field beyond her victory in the Spinster, a “Win and You’re In Race” at Keeneland on Oct. 6.
“She’s won three Grade I races this year,” he said.
Prior to the Spinster, Emollient won the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland the American Oaks at Betfair Hollywood Park.
“She seemed to be doing well,” Mott said. “She came out of the Spinster in good order. She looks like she deserves a chance at it. She had her entry fees paid up by winning the Spinster. We’ll give it a go. She should like the firm turf. I don’t think she likes soft ground. She likes synthetic going or firm turf and it looks like she should get firm turf here.
“It will be a very competitive race. There again, you can’t do any good if you’re not in there.”
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, her regular rider, will be aboard. They will leave from post eight in the field of 10.
Lady of Shamrock – The 4yo Scat Daddy Lady of Shamrock filly galloped 1 1/2m Tuesday morning at Santa Anita preparatory to a Filly & Mare Turf assignment for the second year in a row.
“She got beat 2 1/2 lengths (finishing fifth) in the race last year and didn't have a great trip,” said trainer John Sadler. “She's doing well and hopefully we can get some racing luck with her this year.
“Lady of Shamrock drew a very good post,” Sadler continued. “She runs from off the pace, so no problems there.”
Laughing – Trainer Alan Goldberg reported that the 5yo Irish-bred daughter of Dansili, who has won graded stakes in all four of her starts this year, was scheduled to jet to Santa Anita after a routine 1 1/2m gallop Tuesday morning at owner Richard Santulli’s Colts Neck Stables in New Jersey.
Laughing did not make her first 2013 start until June 29 after being sidelined with illness for eight months.
“She’s had some medical issues, but I’d rather not talk about them. They are all behind her,” said Dr. Allan Wise, who has been Colts Necks’ chief veterinarian, farm manager and stable manager for 15 years. “She couldn’t be any better now. She’s had an outstanding year so far and we’re looking forward to great things from her.”
Laughing originally was purchased in Europe for $459,488 by trainer Charles O’Brien and she was a multiple stakes winner in Ireland for O’Brien and Mrs. Susan Magnier and Mrs. Jacqueline O’Brien before Santulli bought her midway through her 3yo season and brought her to the United States.
Marketing Mix – The 5yo multiple graded stakes winner, who was second in last year’s edition of the Filly & Mare Turf, is back for another try but Glen Hill Farm President Craig Bernick has an excellent excuse for not being on the grounds this morning to watch his stable star prepare.
“Tonight is my grandfather’s 94th birthday and we’re having a big party for him in Chicago,” Bernick said in reference to Leonard Lavin, who founded the legendary 400-acre Glen Hill in 1966. “I’ll be there tomorrow.”
Glen Hill also will be represented by homebred Old Time Hockey in this year’s Marathon, and a perfect present to mark the special occasion would be another Breeders’ Cup victory for Lavin, who presented the trophy to himself when One Dreamer won the 1994 Distaff, which was sponsored by Lavin’s Alberto-Culver Corporation.
Bernick has high hopes for Marketing Mix and has long maintained that she is more talented than One Dreamer.
“She is doing great and she’s even better than she was last year,” he said. “Maybe her races haven’t been as brilliant this year, but she’s had legitimate excuses. In the Beverly D. (when she was fourth behind Filly & Mare favorite Dank) she was coming off a mile and a half race and was wide on both turns and the winner that day ran a spectacular race.
Still, the third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place horses were only a neck apart. In her last race (the Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita), she ran great but we had some tactical issues. We were worried about the horse behind us instead of the horse in front (Tiz Flirtatious) and only got beaten by a head. I’m excited about her chances this year.”
Romantica – see European report
Tiz Flirtatious – The 5yo California-bred mare Tiz Flirtatious galloped 1 3/8m at Betfair Hollywood Park with exercise rider Andy Durnin Tuesday and will be shipped to Santa Anita Wednesday after training, according to trainer Marty Jones.
“She last worked here Friday and will gallop into the race,” Jones said of the Grade I stakes winner, who has recorded four firsts and one second in five starts this year and also has recorded four firsts and one second on the Santa Anita turf.
“It's a tough race,” Jones said. “It seems like she's doing well and hopefully we will have some luck. She's the hometown horse, but she’s got to prove it against everybody. It’s nice to have the race in your backyard – she doesn’t have to travel – but she’s still got to do it.”