Breeders' Cup News & Notes
Shared Belief outworks stablemates going six furlongs
Shared Belief, in his longest workout leading up to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, drilled six furlongs in 1:14 2/5 handily on Golden Gate Fields' Tapeta racing surface Tuesday.
Shared Belief will be the favorite in the Classic, the main event of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita. A 1 1/4-mile test for three-year-olds and up, the Classic is run on November 1.
With jockey Russell Baze up for Tuesday's work, Shared Belief recorded splits of :13, :25 2/5, :37 1/5, :49 3/5, and 1:02 3/5. Shared Belief galloped out seven furlongs in 1:27 2/5.
"The track is always dead on Tuesdays, so that's a good time," said Sherrie Wolfe, head clocker at Golden Gate Fields.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had Shared Belief work in company with two other horses from his barn, Prodicious Facts and Hard to Please. Shared Belief spotted Prodicious Facts and Hard to Please a four-length head start, rallied inside of Prodicious Facts coming into the stretch and pulled away from his stablemates down the stretch.
"It was a great work," Hollendorfer said. "We had him come up the rail today and we're very pleased with how everything went."
Hollendorfer said Shared Belief will have his final work for the Classic next Tuesday at Golden Gate Fields and then ship to Santa Anita.
"He'll work a half-mile," Hollendorfer said.
Undefeated in seven starts, Shared Belief is a three-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride who has five stakes victories -- three of the Grade 1 variety -- and $1,552,200 in earnings. He was the champion two-year-old male last season.
Judy the Beauty blazes in five-furlong work
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.
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.
Magician confirmed for Turf title defense
"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.
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."
Al Kazeem, G Force aim for Hong Kong
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."
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 www.arqana.com 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.
For Tuesday or Next Raceday
SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK
OCTOBER 22, 2014
by John Mucciolo
There was no graded action at The Great Race Place this past week.
From a total of 34 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 38 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 59 percent of the wins. From 22 frays contested on the dirt oval, six animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (27 percent), while four of the 12 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (33 percent).
Speed looked to be pretty good on both ovals this past week, especially on the weekend. Turf speed was very good as well, with four winners leading at each call on the lawn and a few others sitting second or third en route to victory. There were two downhill dashes and two routes.
Of the six who rolled home in wire-to-wire fashion on the dirt, four came in sprints and the other pair in two-turn races. We didn't think there was a strong bias so to speak, but being close was a bit advantageous as it often is at this venue at this time of year.
HORSES TO WATCH
2ND -- BETTY'S BAMBINO (Unusual Heat) rolled home to another fine performance on the downhill course, this time tracking the pace and pulling clear to a monstrous tally for trainer Peter Eurton. The four-year-old gelding must be stakes-bound next time in this form cycle.
4TH -- NIGHTTIMING (Pioneerof The Nile) finally broke through after a few close defeats in this turf test for trainer Kristin Mulhall. The three-year-old filly didn't beat a great field but leveled off nicely in the lane and could be a player with winners in her return.
5TH -- PULMARACK (Lucky Pulpit) made a decisive move in early stretch after contesting a swift early pace and cruised home to graduate for Jerry Hollendorfer. The California-bred didn't come home that swiftly but was not abused, either, and could be a player right back when facing allowance types next out.
6TH -- PAULINA'S LOVE (Mizzen Mast) tracked near midpack and made a solid run in the lane to be second in a pretty good debut showing under Corey Nakatani. The juvenile filly goes for a barn that rarely wins first out, so this effort was very positive in our view.
7TH -- UNBLUNTED (Sharp Humor) swung four-wide into the stretch and inched clear in posting a fine maiden tally for Mike McCarthy. We thought the colt beat a field with some solid prospects in it, so we will keep an eye on this one going forward for sure.
The well-bred CYRUS ALEXANDER (Medaglia d'Oro) showed speed from the outside post and his third-place finish at first asking was solid for Hollendorfer. Expect the colt, who is kin to Kentucky Derby winner and top young sire Super Saver, to improve off of this and we are excited to see him try two turns going forward.
6TH -- RED OUTLAW (Tribal Rule) ran his win streak to six to start his career and it's surely time to take the Peter Miller pupil seriously. The gelded sophomore went fast early and late in making easy work of a decent field under Edwin Maldonado.
7TH -- WINDY FORECAST (Stormy Atlantic) didn't score at first asking when well received, but the Simon Callaghan trainee left little doubt in her dirt bow with an excellent maiden tally under Joe Talamo. The juvenile filly was pricey and might live up to that purchase with steady growth.
A Look Ahead
Saturday will play host to the $100,000 Autumn Miss S. (G3) for sophomore fillies on the turf.
Top Speed/Class ratings
TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS
(through October 20, 2014)
Note: Figures are for North American-based racing
At a Glance
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