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Breeders' Cup News & Notes

Judy the Beauty blazes in five-furlong work

Judy the Beauty, shown winning the Madison, lit up the Keeneland main track on Monday in advance of the BC Filly & Mare Sprint (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Trainer Wesley Ward's Judy the Beauty, winner of the Madison at Keeneland and two other stakes this season, tuned up for an expected start in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on November 1 by working five furlongs on Keeneland's main track in :57 4/5 Monday morning.

Judy the Beauty started nine lengths in back of two workmates and while racing three wide closed the gap to two lengths at the wire. She covered the first three-eighths in :34 3/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:11 4/5. The five-furlong time was easily the best of 10 for the morning and the fastest morning clocking at the distance for the meet that began October 3.

Bourbon Courage worked five furlongs in :59 3/5 and in the process earned a trip to California for the Breeders' Cup.

Working on his own after the renovation break, Bourbon Courage produced an opening three-eighths in :36 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 4/5.

Judy the Beauty, who also won last year's Thoroughbred Club of America here, finished second to champion Groupie Doll in last year's Filly & Mare Sprint.

"After this work, we are going to give it a shot," trainer Kellyn Gorder said. "We are going to pre-enter in the Sprint and the Dirt Mile with the Sprint being our first preference. He will leave tomorrow and have his next work there on Monday. Ricardo Santana Jr. will have the mount."

Bourbon Courage won the 2012 Super Derby and has placed in seven other graded stakes in compiling a record of 19-4-5-5 for earnings of $975,877. The five-year-old son of Lion Heart won an opening-day allowance race at Keeneland October 3 and following that win Gorder had penciled in the Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct on November 29 as a possible next start.

Four other prospective Breeders' Cup horses worked five furlongs for Ward over a firm turf course.

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint hopefuls No Nay Never and Richies Party Girl worked together with No Nay Never, winner of the Woodford, starting about a half-length in front and finishing 2 1/2 lengths in front in 1:03 1/5. Richies Party Girl was clocked in 1:03 3/5 over course in which the dogs were out about five paths off the rail. Both were clocked in :39 3/5 for their first three furlongs.

Immediately following those two, Hootenanny (Juvenile Turf) and Sunset Glow (Juvenile Fillies Turf) worked together.

Hootenanny started two lengths in front and finished four in front in 1:01 2/5 after an initial three-eighths in :37 2/5. Sunset Glow was timed in 1:02 1/5 with the same internal fraction.

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Baffert brigade highlights Santa Anita worktab

Defending Breeders' Cup Sprint champion Secret Circle and unbeaten stablemate Indianapolis motored six furlongs in company on Monday, firing a bullet 1:10 2/5 from the gate at Santa Anita.

According to Daily Racing Form, Indianapolis may have just earned himself a tilt against Secret Circle in the November 1 Sprint. The Bob Baffert colt extended his record to three-for-three in a September 26 allowance over the track, his first start back from an eight-month layoff.

Baffert's contender for the Classic, Haskell and Penn Derby romper Bayern, covered his six panels in 1:12 1/5. He worked in company with American Pride, who recorded the same time.

FrontRunner and Del Mar Futurity star American Pharoah ripped five-eighths in a bullet :58 3/5 in preparation for the Juvenile. His workmate from the Baffert barn, Front Range, finished in :58 4/5.

The John Sadler-trained Iotapa tuned up for the Distaff by drilling six furlongs in 1:12, while Classic hopeful Majestic Harbor zipped in 1:11 3/5 for Sean McCarthy, and his expected rival Footbridge posted 1:13 for Eoin Harty.

For Steve Asmussen, Sprint contender Mico Margarita sped five panels in :58 4/5, and Turf Sprint candidate Unbridled's Note clocked :59 3/5.

Dale Romans sent out Flying Tipat, who hopes to get into the Juvenile Fillies Turf, for a five-furlong move in 1:03 3/5. The recent maiden winner is a full sister to 2009 Juvenile Fillies winner Tapitsfly.

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Magician confirmed for Turf title defense

Magician spearheads the Ballydoyle squad, which includes a trio of juveniles (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Reigning Breeders' Cup Turf champion Magician will return to Santa Anita to seek a repeat in the 1 1/2-mile prize November 1, trainer Aidan O'Brien has told Racing Post.

The Ballydoyle handler went on to outline Breeders' Cup plans for his two-year-old squad, mentioning last-out Weld Park winner Qualify as his intended runner in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Champagne runner-up War Envoy for the Juvenile Turf and Blenheim hero The Great War for the "Juvenile Dirt."

Compatriot Dermot Weld also confirmed to Racing Post that Mustajeeb is set for the Breeders' Cup Mile. Victorious in the Jersey at Royal Ascot back in June, Sheikh Hamdan's homebred was withdrawn from last Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II on account of the testing ground at the Berkshire venue.

Weld added, however, that Tarfasha was not certain to advance to the Filly & Mare Turf.

Juddmonte homebred Commemorative is bound for the Juvenile Turf, Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe told PA Sport. The winner of the October 11 Autumn Stakes was originally penciled in for Saturday's Racing Post Trophy, but the prospect of unsuitably soft going led to a reroute to Santa Anita.

"Commemorative will go to the Breeders' Cup," Grimthorpe said. "We had considered the Racing Post Trophy, but we feel that he'll always be seen to best effect on nice ground and he's unlikely to get that. So because of the ground, and $1 million, he'll go to America for the Juvenile Turf."

Baltic Baroness has been ruled out of consideration for the Filly & Mare Turf, according to a Monday report in Paris Turf. Since her rallying victory in the Prix Vermeille, the Andre Fabre mare has met with a setback.

Also as reported earlier by Paris Turf, L' Amour de Ma Vie is in the mix for the Filly & Mare Turf as well as the Distaff. The Pia Brandt trainee is best known for taking the Balanchine during the Dubai Carnival.

Sunday's E.P. Taylor winner Just the Judge will definitely head to California for a tilt at the Filly & Mare Turf.

"The plan is for her to ship down to California Thursday to prepare for the Breeders Cup," trainer Charlie Hills commented on his website. "It's a tight time frame, but she seems to be thriving on traveling and we just have to hope the race and the traveling doesn't take too much out of her. The team headed by Geoff Snook have done a tremendous job so far, and as one of the most experienced traveling head lads around she's in good hands with him."

Irish highweight Fiesolana has several Breeders' Cup options available according to trainer Willie McCreery. The Flaxman Stables colorbearer is already assured of a berth in the Filly & Mare Turf, secured by taking the Matron on Irish Champions Weekend, but would prefer to get into the Mile.

"She's in great form," commented McCreery. "We're just getting all the travel arrangements ready for a tilt at the Breeders' Cup. The Mile is first choice, but we might not get in it, so we're keeping in both at the minute. The weather over here is quite warm for the time of year, so it's quite good for fillies. She seems happy with herself, so we're going to give it a go. She's likely to fly out Saturday."

Daily Racing Form confirms that Osaila will contest the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Trained by Richard Hannon, the Al Shaqab colorbearer has captured the Princess Margaret and Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Fillies Trophy.

Monday's pre-entry deadline also sparked social media announcements from connections.

Filly & Mare Turf candidate Dayatthespa has also been cross-entered to the Mile, Peter Bradley of Bradley Thoroughbreds tweeted.

Living the Life is cross-entered to both the Filly & Mare Sprint and the Turf Sprint, Hank Nothhaft of HnR Nothhhaft Horse Racing posted on Facebook.

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Racing Headlines

Ballydoyle accounts for seven of 13 left in Racing Post Trophy

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has won the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on seven occasions and Aloft, Giovanni Canaletto, Hans Holbein, Jacobean, Order of St George and Royal Navy Ship are all possibles at the six-day stage, in a possible field of 13, for Saturday's renewal for of the final Group 1 event of the British flat season.

Andrew Balding's Elm Park heads the opposition following his Royal Lodge Stakes success, while Godolphin could be represented by Best of Times.

Cock of the North could bid for an amazing double having won the Brocklesby at the track back in March and Sir Mark Prescott has Celestial Path as a possible. Victorious at Haydock and York, jockey Luke Morris would like to see a few dry days for Celestial Path.

"Hopefully if the ground dries up he'll have a good chance on Saturday," the jockey said.

Richard Hannon Jr. looks likely to win the trainer's championship in his first full season with a license and he has Tupi entered for the race, with title rival John Gosden responsible for Snoano.

William Muir has supplemented Restorer after his fine run in the Autumn Stakes, but connections of Commemorative, winner of that race, decided against doing the same. The Lambourn trainer said the decision to supplement was quite an easy one to take.

"The owner has had a great season with Stepper Point and this lad won a Bobis race so the money was in the pot," Muir said. "He ran a great race at Newmarket and likes cut in the ground so we thought why not.

"At Newmarket I thought the ground might be a bit quick for him, so if that's the case and he was still able to run so well, I expect him to improve a good bit on softer ground. Certainly the way he won at Ffos Las suggested he liked getting his toe in. I know they think a lot of the winner (Commemorative) but he needs fast ground."

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Al Kazeem, G Force aim for Hong Kong

Al Kazeem has made a remarkable return from stud duty (Frank Sorge/
Last year's triple Group 1 winner Al Kazeem is in line for a trip to Hong Kong following his gallant effort in defeat at Ascot behind Noble Mission in last Saturday's Champion Stakes.

The Roger Charlton-trained six-year-old returned to training this season having proved subfertile at stud, and has gradually rediscovered his best form, finishing just over five lengths behind Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe before going down fighting to Noble Mission in the Champion.

"We will consider going to Hong Kong with him in mid-December to run in either the Hong Kong Cup over 10 furlongs with a first prize of nearly £1.1million or the Longines Hong Kong Vase over 12 furlongs," said Charlton on his website Monday. "I have always been of the opinion that he is better suited going right-handed, as his record suggests. He is likely to remain in training next year and races like the (Prix) Ganay and the Tattersalls Gold Cup could be on his agenda in the spring.

"Al Kazeem happily led the string out this morning, as he always does, and his regular rider James Horton reported him to be in fine form, and suggested that you wouldn't know that he had had a race! What a remarkable horse."

Also pointing for Hong Kong is Group 1 winner G Force, who will try to bounce back to form in the Hong Kong Sprint December 14 following a disappointing display at Ascot in the British Champions Sprint Saturday. The David O'Meara-trained three-year-old never was in a challenging position from his wide draw and struggled in the testing conditions, finishing last behind Gordon Lord Byron.

G Force had beaten the Irish raider when winning the Sprint Cup at Haydock in his previous start. The Middleham Park Racing colt is reported to be none the worse for the experience and will now be prepared for the Group 1 at Sha Tin, in which Eddie Lynam's Sole Power was second last year.

"It looked to be a race dominated by the draw," commented Nick Bradley, bloodstock manager to Middleham Park Racing. "We probably won't run him on that ground again. After 200 yards I thought he was a 100-1 shot. He's fine, it happens and we move on.

I believe he's got an entry for Hong Kong. He was fine going into Ascot, he's fine after Ascot, so Hong Kong is the plan and he'll start off at Royal Ascot next year."

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In brief

Last year's Garden City S. (G1) heroine Alterite (Literato) has been added to the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale scheduled for December 6-9 at Deauville. The Martin Schwartz-owned bay was a listed winner and Group 1-placed in the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1) for her breeder Ecurie la Vallee Martigny and in 2013 added another listed score and an additional Group 1 placing in the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-G1) for Schwartz. Trained by Chad Brown in the United States, Alterite finished second in Keeneland's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) in October 2013 after her Garden City score and was third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at Santa Anita. Her record stands at 15-4-3-2 and $802,297 in earnings. From the first crop of Literato, Alterite is the first foal out of Ana Luna (Dream Well) and her third dam has produced multiple French Group 3 winner Celimene (Dr Fong) and stakes-winning stakes producer Lunaska (Ashkalani). The catalog for the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale will be available at October 31...

Connections of Slade Power (Dutch Art) are hoping the five-year-old can sign off his career on a high in the VRC Sprint Classic (Aus-G1) at Flemington November 8. The Edward Lynam-trained entire who races for Mrs. Power will take on the best of the Australian speedsters in their backyard before retiring to Darley's Kildangan Stud in Ireland. Slade Power has proved himself the top dog over six furlongs in winning all his three starts this year, including the Diamond Jubilee S. (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot and the July Cup (Eng-G1) at Newmarket. "His weight is good, his bloods are good and he looks fabulous and they are all very happy with him," Lynam told At The Races. "I'll be over there next weekend and hope I don't mess it up. Thankfully he's going to stand in Kildangan. From the minute they (Darley) came in, they were very kind to us and basically let us run him in what we wanted to. We won the Darley July Cup for them which was great and they've been 100 percent behind us and he's going to stand here in Ireland, so that's great. If he wins I'll really enjoy it. If he doesn't I won't." Commented Slade Power's rider Wayne Lordan, "I leave Saturday to go there. He runs in a barrier trial out there midweek and then runs there November 8, so I'm really looking forward to it. It's something different and exciting. It's going to be his last run before he goes to stud and would be great to go out on a good note after such a good year."...

Gulfstream Park announced Monday it received a record 5,356 applications for the 3,800 stalls available at Gulfstream, Palm Meadows and Gulfstream Park West for its Championship Meet, which begins December 6. The meet will feature 67 stakes races -- 37 graded -- with purses totaling a record $11.25 million. "We're delighted so many of the country's top horsemen want to race at Gulfstream and stable at one of our three facilities during the winter season," said Gulfstream's Vice President of Racing P.J. Campo. "We've planned ahead for the Championship Meet by refurbishing the main track at Palm Meadows, doing extensive renovations to barns at Gulfstream Park West, and now working on the turf course and main track at Gulfstream Park. Obviously, we'll do everything we can to accommodate as many horsemen as possible..."

Nominations to this year's $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) close on Saturday. The race offers a $600,000 first place prize as well as qualifying points in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series. Last year, a record number of 316 horses were nominated, including that of eventual winner Rise Up from the barn of Tom Amoss. This year's race is once again expected to attract another high number of nominations from horsemen all around the country. Delta Downs will host the 12th running of the 1 1/16-mile event on November 22, along with seven other stakes races. The entire program will feature more than $2.3 million in total purse money. There will be a special first race post time on Jackpot Day of 1:15 pm (CST). To nominate a horse to this year's $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot, contact racing secretary John Simon at 1-800-589-7441, ext. 1200.

Carryover Watch

For Tuesday or Next Raceday

WOODBINE:   High 5 -- $209,916
HAWTHORNE:   High 5 -- $28,159
BELMONT:   Pick 6 -- $27,597
LAUREL:   Pick 5 -- $11,683

Trainer Stats


Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
Scott D. Mullins   16   7   44
Douglas W. Danner   28   12   43
Thomas Drury, Jr.   19   8   42
Gary Simpson   17   7   41
Chris Richard   27   11   41
Salvador Arceo   25   10   40
Domingo Chacaltana   15   6   40
Rick Wiest   15   6   40
Larry R. Reed   33   13   39
Gil Matos   28   11   39
Alfredo Velazquez   16   6   38
Keith Nations   19   7   37
Anthony F. Rini   42   15   36
Kirk Ziadie   40   14   35
Ramon Preciado   77   26   34
J. Larry Jones   36   12   33
David Walters   36   12   33
Marcos Zulueta   36   12   33
C. R. Trout   27   9   33
Carl Norman Anderson   18   6   33
Vickie L. Foley   15   5   33
Eleuterio Martinez, Jr.   15   5   33
Rigoberto Velasquez   49   16   33
William D. Cowans   43   14   33
Irene Britton   31   10   32

Trainer/Jockey Stats


Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
Chris J. Englehart/J. M. Rohena   15   8   53%
Ramon Preciado/Roberto Alvarado, Jr.   31   16   52%
Chris M. Block/Florent Geroux   16   7   44%
Cathal A. Lynch/Jose Delgadillo   16   7   44%
Kiaran P. McLaughlin/Irad Ortiz, Jr.   16   7   44%
Nabu Morales/Walter De La Cruz   35   15   43%
David Walters/Jose Montano   21   9   43%
Jorge Navarro/Eddie Castro   26   11   42%
Kirk Ziadie/Edgard J. Zayas   19   8   42%
Robertino Diodoro/Geovanni Franco   36   15   42%
Scott Becker/Rafael Manuel Hernandez   17   7   41%
Wayne M. Catalano/Shaun Bridgmohan   15   6   40%
McLean Robertson/Michael Ritvo   23   9   39%
Sandra Marie Adkins/Walter De La Cruz   26   10   38%
Douglas W. Danner/Geovany Garcia   21   8   38%
Scott E. Young/Belen Quinonez   21   8   38%
Timothy C. Kreiser/Edwin Gonzalez   29   11   38%
Karl Broberg/Colby J. Hernandez   66   25   38%
Greg Tracy/Scott Williams   16   6   38%
Jon G. Arnett/Norberto Arroyo, Jr.   27   10   37%
Greg Tracy/Rico W. Walcott   36   13   36%
Gustavo Delgado/Edgard J. Zayas   28   10   36%
M. Anthony Ferraro/Pedro A. Rodriguez   45   16   36%
Jose Corrales/J. D. Acosta   17   6   35%
Michelle Nevin/Jose L. Ortiz   17   6   35%
Rigoberto Velasquez/David G. Lopez   17   6   35%
Dennis Ward/Jose L. Alvarez   17   6   35%

At a Glance
Avg. Winning Odds: 7.02 - 1
Favorite Win%: 30%, Favorite Itm%: 67%
Daily Double119.02
Pick 3963.16
Pick 66,727.40
Pick 45,381.86
Pick 525,363.70
Pick 9119,803.60
Super High Five Jackpot12,747.80
TRACK BIAS MEET(10/03 - 10/18)
Distance #
5.5fDirt 12 33% E Rail
6.0fDirt 30 20% S Outside
1m 70yDirt 13 0% P Outside
1 1/16mDirt 20 15% E/P Outside
Turf Sprint 1 0% E/P Middle
Turf Routes 9 22% P Outside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(10/12 - 10/18)
Distance #
5.5fDirt 6 17% E/P Rail
6.0fDirt 11 0% S Outside
1m 70yDirt 4 0% P Rail
1 1/16mDirt 10 20% S Outside
Turf Sprint 0 0% - na
Turf Routes 0 0% - na
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Hinsley David H. 6 3 0 0 17.35 1 12%
Cristel Mark J. 9 3 0 2 27.74 0 11%
Butler Gerald W. 2 2 0 0 6.10 0 14%
Block Chris M. 5 2 1 0 4.06 1 17%
Granitz Anthony J. 6 2 1 1 5.45 2 13%
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Esquivel Emmanuel 18 6 3 1 7.17 3 15%
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Haran John 28 0 3 2 39.26 1 7%
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.56 - 1
Favorite Win%: 33%, Favorite Itm%: 74%
Daily Double116.26
Pick 31,174.32
Pick 637,893.75
Pick 48,132.11
Pick 519,790.78
Super High Five28,088.03
TRACK BIAS MEET(09/26 - 10/19)
Distance #
5.5fDirt 14 36% E Rail
6.0fDirt 30 33% E/P Outside
1 MileDirt 12 42% E Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 15 47% E Rail
DnTf Sprint 18 39% E Outside
Turf Routes 28 21% E Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(10/13 - 10/19)
Distance #
5.5fDirt 5 20% E Middle
6.0fDirt 9 44% E/P Outside
1 MileDirt 5 40% E/P Rail
1 1/16mDirt 3 100% E Rail/Ins
DnTf Sprint 5 40% E/P Outside
Turf Routes 9 33% E Rail/Ins
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Palma Hector O. 5 3 0 1 8.08 1 12%
Callaghan Simon 7 3 1 2 7.40 1 14%
Pender Michael 4 2 1 0 25.93 1 14%
Spawr William 5 2 1 1 3.70 0 18%
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Trujillo Elvis 26 8 2 2 13.72 1 14%
Pereira Tiago Josue 12 3 2 2 17.67 1 9%
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Cerin Vladimir 11 0 1 2 11.46 3 13%
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Antongeorgi III William 14 0 4 0 18.04 0 12%
Quinonez Alonso 12 0 1 2 26.47 0 7%


MONDAY:   Laurel Park and Remington Park
TUESDAY:   Hawthorne and Santa Anita Park
WEDNESDAY:   Indiana Grand and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park West
FRIDAY:   Belmont Park and Keeneland

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Tuesday

Finger Lakes   (5th) Trojan Warhorse, 3-1
    (7th) Call Me Sis, 5-1
Indiana Downs   (1st) Cupcake Justice, 3-1
    (7th) Brenda's Gold, 3-1
Mountaineer   (1st) Play N Truth, 5-1
    (7th) Ty's Legacy, 8-1
Parx Racing   (2nd) Golden Bucket, 5-1
    (4th) Lady Mickelson, 4-1


For Tuesday

INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $36,000 alw, 3&up, 1m (9TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $20,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 1m (6TH); $20,000 alw, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
PARX RACING (12:25): $37,000 alw, 3&up, 7f (8TH).

*all times Eastern

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