Capo Bastone to train up to BC Turf Sprint
"Capo Bastone has breezed very well on the turf and the downhill layout of the hillside turf course at Santa Anita is absolutely a made-to-order design for his late-running style," Wellman added. "Although it's technically a 6 1/2-furlong race, due to its configuration, the course plays much closer to a mile and come-from-behind elongated sprinters tend to be extremely effective in this race."
Joel Rosario has committed to riding Capo Bastone in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Rosario has ridden Capo Bastone once before and that was to a third-place finish in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Of the switch in jockey from Irad Ortiz Jr., who piloted Capo Bastone to his King's Bishop triumph to Rosario, Wellman explained, "Irad rode a flawless race in the King's Bishop. There is no disputing that and we are grateful for the spectacular ride he put up that day. However, the downhill turf course at Santa Anita is the most unique configuration of any race in America. Familiarity with the nuance of the circuit is absolutely critical for a jockey. Timing as to how to maneuver and when is emphasized beyond articulation. So, for this race, we thought it important to have a jockey who had plenty of prior big race experience over the course and Joel fit the bill."
On Saturday, Capo Bastone had his first published workout since the King's Bishop when he breezed a half-mile in company with Verrazano in :49 at Belmont Park.
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