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Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Contact: Notes Team (847) 385-7472/7473
$1 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Grade I)
Bull Market/Kafwain/Vindication -- With exercise riders Dana Barnes, Pepe Aragon and Larry Damore, respectively, on Bull Market, Kafwain and Vindication, the Bob Baffert-trained trio for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile each galloped a mile and a half at Santa Anita on Tuesday morning.
Baffert was on his way to Arlington Park, where he will greet his seven Breeders' Cup horses, including the above-mentioned trio for the Juvenile, on Wednesday. The horses are scheduled to leave California at 4 a.m. (PT) on Wednesday.
Hold That Tiger/Tomahawk/Van Nistelrooy -- The three Aidan O'Brien-trained entrants for the 2-year-old race were due to arrive at Arlington Tuesday afternoon with the other Coolmore horses.
Hold That Tiger, impressive winner of the Grand Criterium at Longchamp in his most recent start on Oct. 6, is a Kentucky-bred by Storm Cat and thus expected to fare well in his first start on dirt. Mick Kinane is slated to ride.
Tomahawk is coming off a second just last Saturday (Oct. 19) in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, when he was beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Tout Seul.
Van Nistelrooy, a $6.4 million yearling purchase who is named for the Manchester United center-forward, was third in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot in his most recent outing on Sept. 28. The chestnut colt has top-notch dirt breeding as a son of Storm Cat - Halory, by Halo.
Listen Indy -- The 2yo colt arrived with the California flight Tuesday for trainer Richard Mandella.
Hall of Famer Mandella enjoyed the best day of his career in the 1993 Breeders' Cup, capped by a victory in the Turf by Kotashaan, en route to Horse of the Year honors for the Wertheimer brothers.
Mandella hopes to make another trip to the winner's circle for the Wertheimers with Listen Indy, a homebred by A.P. Indy who finished third in the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita in his last start Oct. 5.
"He's a steady-paced horse and should benefit from the mile and an eighth," said Mandella of the added Juvenile distance.
Lone Star Sky -- The Lane's End Breeders' Futurity runner-up had his final major tune up for Saturday's race on Tuesday, breezing a half-mile in 50 1/5 at Churchill Downs under jockey Mark Guidry. The Conquistador Cielo colt will ship to Arlington by van on Wednesday.
"He's excellent," said trainer Tom Amoss, who has been at Arlington working with TVG and received the news of the workout from his assistant Maurice Sanchez and Guidry. "The splits I got were 25 3/5 and 24 3/5, which was what we were wanting. He had the blinkers on. Mark told me he had plenty of horse the whole time and when they turned for home, he wanted to go. He came right back to him when he asked."
Marino Marini -- The Storm Cat colt was a surprise addition to the flight bringing eight Aidan O'Brien-trained horses to Arlington Tuesday afternoon. The Kentucky-bred is on the Preference List for the Juvenile, and O'Brien has three other colts entered in the race. Marino Marini was seventh in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket last Saturday (Oct. 19).
Most Feared -- The Arlington-Washington Futurity winner and one of only two colts with a start over the host track went back to the Arlington track on Tuesday after two days of walking and galloped 1 ½ miles. The Commanchero colt had his final workout on Saturday.
"He's doing great," said trainer Ronny Werner. "If there's a better, a faster colt then we'll get beat, but with this colt, over this track, at this distance, I like our chances. Having the race at Arlington certainly won't hurt. I noticed last year, my first year at Arlington, that horses with a start over the track had an advantage."
Six-time Breeders' Cup winning jockey Patrick Valenzuela has the mount.
Sky Mesa -- The strapping son of Pulpit was a handful for assistant trainer Donna Ward as she walked him around the barn at Arlington Park Tuesday morning following what she called "a pedestrian" workout on Monday.
The colt kicked up a stir and pulled her around the shedrow on his first few turns, but eventually settled into a more normal walk. In response to the "on the muscle" show, Ward said, "He's very bright today."
The undefeated 2yo will go back to the track on Wednesday for a gallop.
Toccet -- The colt galloped 1 ½ miles at Arlington Park Wednesday, and trainer John Scanlan, who is still in Maryland, said his assistant reported that the colt "loved" it on the track.
Scanlan confirmed that Toccet is actually named for Philadelphia Flyers player Rick Tocchet, despite the missing 'h'.
Wando -- Trainer Michael Keogh reported from Woodbine Racecourse Tuesday morning that his Juvenile contender Wando walked the shedrow following a 6f workout there on Monday. The colt will leave Canada Wednesday night on a van and is expected at Arlington Park on Thursday morning.
"His legs are cold and tight," said Keogh, a former jump rider in England who was an assistant to Canadian trainer Roger Attfield for several years before striking out on his own in 1993.
"The Juvenile is really something to look forward to," Keogh said. "His only races have been in Canada, but he won his second start so easily that we decided to later run him in the Grey Handicap -- it's a Breeders' Cup (endowed) race -- to see if he belonged. He galloped out well after that race, which was a mile and a sixteenth, and Richie (jockey Richard Migliore) said he was strong. He looks like he can get the trip. I trained his mother as well (Kathie's Colleen) and she won the Monmouth Oaks."
Wando will be Keogh's second Breeders' Cup starter, as he also trained Wando's sire, Langfuhr, who was eighth in the 1996 Sprint at Woodbine.
Whywhywhy -- Pat Day met the Mr. Greeley 2yo for the first time Tuesday and the pair breezed 4f in 52 4/5 at Arlington Park. Trainer Patrick Biancone said he caught the last furlong in 11 2/5 and timed him galloping out in 1:14.
"It's good; he's ready," Biancone said. "This was just an opportunity to meet the jockey. It's not like (meeting the promised) bride, but the jockey has to meet the horse. Their success depends on how they work together as a team.
"It is romantic," he joked, then added, "I think they love each other."
Day agreed with that assessment but in less flowery terms. "I was very, very pleased with his attitude. He has a wonderful mind. It's a testament to Biancone's work with the horse. He does a lot of work with a horse under tack before they go to the track. It's a different method (in Biancone's native France). It was fun being exposed to it in the barn this morning."
Zavata -- The son of Phone Trick galloped 1 ½ miles at Arlington. The colt is scheduled to work Wednesday but jockey Gary Stevens will not be at Arlington Park for the move because he is filming "Seabiscuit."
"It's OK," trainer Patrick Biancone said, "he's ridden the horse before."
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Monday, October 21, 2002
Contact: Notes Team (847) 385-7472/7473
$1 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Grade I)
Bull Market/Kafwain/Vindication -- This Bob Baffert-trained threesome for the Juvenile seems to have one common trait. They all like a good fight. "Bull Market is sort of a speed horse," Baffert said from Santa Anita today, as he galloped all of his Breeders' Cup horses in anticipation of shipping them to Arlington on Wednesday.
"Kafwain is just an honest, hard-hitting racehorse who likes to mix it up. Vindication is another tough horse who will get better as the races get longer.
"The only thing about them is that they can't make any mistakes. Like last time, Vindication broke awkwardly in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile. Bull Market got off slow in the Del Mar Futurity. You can't do that against these kind of horses in this kind of race. That's too much of an edge to give away." Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey has the mount on Bull Market, while Victor Espinoza and Mike Smith will ride Kafwain and Vindication, respectively in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Hold That Tiger -- The son of Storm Cat, winner of the Grand Criterium at Longchamp in his last outing on Oct. 6, will arrive Tuesday evening with the rest of the Aidan O'Brien-trained contingent. The Kentucky bred has won three of four starts in Ireland and France.
Listen Indy -- The A.P. Indy colt worked 5f at Santa Anita in 1:00 1/5 with regular rider Alex Solis. "It was just a nice little five-eighths," said trainer Richard Mandella.
The colt will be flown in Tuesday from California.
Lone Star Sky -- The Lane's End Breeders' Futurity runner-up and one of only two colts in the Juvenile to have raced at Arlington, galloped at Churchill Downs on Monday. The Conquistador Cielo colt will have a half-mile workout under jockey Mark Guidry on Tuesday before shipping north to Chicago on Wednesday morning.
Trainer Tom Amoss has added blinkers for the Juvenile and Tuesday's work will mark the colt's second in the new equipment.
"Tomorrow is just a maintenance work," explained Amoss. "Everything has gone well since his last race. He's had a chance to school in the gate with the blinkers and we've worked him in company with them. I don't look for it to be a fast work tomorrow, but I expect him to do it correctly."
Lone Star Sky enters the Juvenile with a record of 3-2-0 in five starts, including a maiden victory at Arlington.
Marino Marini -- The Kentucky-bred son of Storm Cat ran seventh in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket last Saturday (Oct. 19) and is currently on the Preference List.
Most Feared -- The Arlington-Washington Futurity winner walked the shedrow for the second straight morning following a 6f workout in a handy 1:12 1/5 at Arlington on Saturday.
"I was very happy with the work," said trainer Ronny Werner. "He went faster than we had expected, but he did it well within himself. He came out of the work with a slight temperature, but everything looks fine now. The blood work came back fine. We'll play it day by day as to when to send him back to track."
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela picks up the mount on the Commanchero colt.
Ontario -- The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt by Storm Cat finished sixth in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes last Saturday (Oct. 19), his seventh start of the season. He is on the Preference List.
Sky Mesa -- The unbeaten son of Pulpit turned in what assistant trainer Donna Ward called "a slow, pedestrian" 5f work in 1:05 Monday morning at Arlington Park in what figures to be his final tune-up for Saturday's Juvenile.
"Perhaps I cautioned Danny [exercise rider Danny Ramsey] too much. I didn't want the colt to go too fast this time," Ward said. "He went 59 [seconds for 5f] last week. I would have liked him to go a little faster today, but I'd rather have it a little slow than too fast."
Sky Mesa has been on the grounds since last week, and has acclimated well to the weather here, Ward said.
Edgar Prado retains the mount on the colt who has won all three of his starts, including the Hopeful at Saratoga and the Grade II Lane's End Breeders' Futurity.
Toccet -- The Awesome Again 2yo was flown from Baltimore-Washington International to Arlington Park Sunday, trainer John Scanlon said. The colt worked 7f in 1:27 easily on Friday at Laurel Park and will do nothing more than a "two-minute lick" later this week. Jorge Chavez will ride Saturday.
"He gets better every day," Scanlan said. "He's on his toes."
Tomahawk -- The son of Seattle Slew, who affirmed his current good form with a sharp second in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket last Saturday (Oct. 19), is due to arrive Tuesday evening with the other Aidan O'Brien-trained horses. The Kentucky-bred colt has one win and three seconds in four starts.
Van Nistelrooy -- The son of Storm Cat, who has three wins in five starts this season, is scheduled to arrive Tuesday evening with the Aidan O'Brien-trained contingent. The Kentucky-bred colt was third in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot last out on Sept. 28, but has a pedigree that should agree with his dirt debut.
Wando -- Canadian-bred Wando will van to Arlington Park from his Woodbine Racecourse headquarters in Ontario Wednesday night and is expected to arrive in the stable area early Thursday morning.
Trainer Michael Keogh will follow the van down in his own vehicle. Wando worked 6f at Woodbine Monday morning in 1:14.
Plans call for Wando to walk Thursday and then gallop and school in the Arlington Park paddock on Friday.
Jockey Richard Migliore, who rode the 2-year-old to victory in his last start, will be aboard again on Saturday.
Keogh has had one previous Breeders' Cup starter: Langfuhr, the sire of Wando, finished eighth in the 1996 Sprint at Woodbine.
Whywhywhy -- Galloped 1 ½ miles Monday at Arlington Park under regular exercise rider Jose Guerrero, trainer Patrick Biancone said. The son of Mr. Greeley is scheduled to work Tuesday.
The colt has been at Arlington since he left Saratoga Sept. 7. "I wanted to bring them [he traveled with Zavata] early so it would be like a home court," Biancone said.
Whywhywhy is named for Biancone's son. Like many children, the son asked why all the time as a young boy so the family started calling him Whywhy. That name wasn't available, though, so the colt ended up Whywhywhy. Pat Day will ride Saturday.
Zavata -- Whywhywhy's stablemate and opponent also galloped 1 ½ miles Monday at Arlington under Jose Guerrero, and he is scheduled to work Wednesday, trainer Patrick Biancone said. He will be ridden by Gary Stevens Saturday.
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