Schwartz purchased the French-bred during her 2yo season in France and moved her to the U.S. and into Brown’s care this summer. Under similar circumstances, Brown and Schwartz combined to win the Filly & Mare Turf in 2012 with champion Zagora, a French-bred.
“We were lucky enough to make both races and she ran well in both races,” Brown said. “This is kind of an extra bonus to get to run in this race. She came out of her last race so well we thought we’d try it.”
Through the years Schwartz has shopped in Europe for fillies and mares that will eventually race in North America and then be sold as broodmare prospects.
“He purchased her with Grade 1’s in mind. Fortunately, we got it done for him,” Brown said. “She’s a horse that I think has a ton of talent, a lot of upside and a bright future.”
Dank – see European report
Emollient – Juddmonte Farms’ homebred filly Emollient galloped on the main track for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott Wednesday morning. Also, the daughter of Empire Maker schooled in the paddock and the starting gate.
In winning the Ashland, the American Oaks and the Spinster, Emollient has shown a versatile running style in which she has been on the lead, stalking and able to come from far off the pace.
Juddmonte has won the Filly & Mare Turf three times: with Banks Hill in 2001, Intercontinental in 2005, and Midday in 2009.
Lady of Shamrock – The 4yo daughter of Scat Daddy, Lady of Shamrock galloped 1 1/2m Wednesday morning at Santa Anita. The John Sadler trainee’s lone 2013 win in six starts was via disqualification. Sadler contends there could have been more with slightly different circumstances.
“She needs some pace to run at and, as it turned out, there hasn’t been much in her races this year,” Sadler said. “It could still be a problem, but at this level and with a big field the pace could be a lot more legitimate. She’s been right there all year long. She did really well in this race last year (fifth beaten 2 ½ lengths) and she’s doing very well right now, so we’re very optimistic about her chances.”
Laughing – After arriving on the grounds at 8:30 on Tuesday night following the van ride from Colts Neck, N.J., to Newark International airport and the six-hour transcontinental plane ride, Laughing walked on Wednesday morning to familiarize herself with her new surroundings.
“She’ll go out to the track and jog tomorrow,” said Beth Cumberland, a former jockey who was given her start by trainer Alan Goldberg in 1989 and now is his assistant and the 5yo mare’s exercise rider. “She had a long day yesterday.”
The Irish-bred Laughing, who has reeled off an impressive streak of four graded stakes wins in four starts this year, raced in Europe until Richard Santulli purchased her during her 3yo season. But she never enjoyed flying the friendly skies until Goldberg found a friend for her.
Dr. Allan Wise, Colts Neck Stables’ chief veterinarian, farm manager and stable manager said that Laughing used to be extremely nervous and did not ship well, but one of their retired race mares named Funzionaire has helped her mellow and calm down this season. The proof is in the pudding, as two of her 2013 wins carry Grade 1 status.
“’Funzi’ goes everywhere with her,” said Cumberland, who was tending to the Filly & Mare Turf hopeful and Funzi in the adjacent stall. “They are best buddies who travel together, go out to the track together, jog together, and get turned out in the paddock every day together. They are totally bonded, so Alan had to ship them together.
“They told us when Laughing came to us that she was sulky and wouldn’t eat. Look at her now,” said Cumberland. “Having Funzi around definitely boosted her self-confidence. She’s blossomed and this year has been a big turnaround for her.”
Laughing will be Goldberg’s first Breeders’ Cup starter since Navesink finished fifth in the 2001 Mile. He won the 1990 Sprint with the Eclipse Award winning sprinter Safely Kept, who finished second in the 1989 edition of the race.
Marketing Mix – Glen Hill Farm’s Marketing Mix will bid to improve on her second-place finish in last year’s 1 1/2m Filly & Mare Turf.
“I think her advantage is her cruising speed and her stamina. Our filly is like a locomotive,” said Glen Hill president Craig Bernick.
The Canadian-bred 5yo daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of the Kris S mare Instant Thought was purchased when Glen Hill, which was founded in 1966, was in the process of rebuilding and reloading the breeding end of its prominent operation. The multiple Graded stakes winner is not only the stable star, whom trainer Tom Proctor termed “my favorite horse in the world”, but a celebrity in her own right.
She and Glen Hill Farm were profiled in the Aug. 6 edition of Forbes.com and she was “adopted” as the unofficial mascot by Market Share, which is a national marketing analytics company.
Romantica – see European report
Tiz Flirtatious – Trainer Marty Jones reported that Tiz Flirtatious was shipped from Betfair Hollywood Park to Santa Anita at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday following a 1 3/8m gallop under exercise rider Andy Durnin.
Jones has learned not to be deceived by the calm demeanor of the 5yo California-bred mare.
“She’s a very docile filly, always relaxed, and doesn’t get stirred up about much,” Jones said of the Pamela Ziebarth homebred. “But you put the saddle on for the race and she’s all business.”