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Sunday, October 27, 2002
Contact: Notes Team (847) 385-7472/7473

Breeders' Cup: Sunday Notes Wrap-Up

CLASSIC

Came Home (10th, Classic) -- Trainer Paco Gonzalez stopped by Barn 10 before returning to his California base to check on Came Home, who closed out his career in Saturday's Classic.

"He hurt himself yesterday in his left front knee," Gonzalez said. "Mike (jockey Mike Smith) said he felt something going into the first turn and then going down the backside he felt his stride getting shorter and shorter."

Gonzalez said Came Home was scheduled to leave for Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., on Monday to take up stud duty in the Spring.

Dollar Bill (6th, Classic) - Trainer Dallas Stewart reported that Dollar Bill was "fine" the morning after his sixth-place finish in the Classic. The 4yo Peaks and Valley colt will return to his Churchill Downs base early this week. His connections are undecided about his future.

Evening Attire (4th, Classic) -- Trainer Pat Kelly expected better things from Evening Attire, but had to settle for fourth in the Classic. Sunday morning, Kelly figured out why his horse did not run a better race.

"He never got hold of the track," Kelly said. "The track wasn't quite muddy and it wasn't quite dry. I've heard a lot of trainers use words like 'sticky' and 'gooey.' Whatever it was, he just didn't have it, even though he kept trying and put in a little run.

"I don't know what we'll do next. We'll get him back to New York on Monday, then we will probably let him down and give him some time off."

Macho Uno (5th, Classic) -- Assistant trainer Russell Derdarian reported that Macho Uno came out of his Classic appearance with a few bumps and scrapes but was otherwise in good shape Sunday morning.

Winner of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Macho Uno finished fourth in last year's Classic.

Derdarian said plans were undetermined for Macho Uno.

Perfect Drift (12th, Classic) -- Although trainer Murray Johnson said he believes Perfect Drift's immaturity and keenness in the early part of the race cost him a better showing in the Classic, he may have found another reason when he discovered that the Dynaformer colt was missing a left hind shoe after the race.

"He's fine this morning," said Johnson. "He was stripped behind, so we're anxious to watch the race to see when it happened. I can't say if that had an affect because he was just too eager early. We'll look forward to next year."

Johnson said that Perfect Drift, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, would be considered for Churchill Downs' Clark Handicap on Nov. 29. He was scheduled to leave Arlington for his Louisville Trackside base Sunday.

Volponi (1st, Classic) -- The 43-1 winner cooled out perfectly and was shipped out from Arlington Sunday. He was due in New York about mid-afternoon, according to assistant Heriberto Cedano.

"He come out clean, no trouble," said Cedano, who returned home Saturday night.

Trainer P.G. Johnson, who was marking his 57th wedding anniversary Sunday, also was en route to New York.

In the post-race interview Saturday, Johnson confirmed that the son of Cryptoclearance would run next year with a season debut expected in late April or early May.

EUROPEAN REPORT

The Coolmore team of seven runners from Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships left Arlington Park at 7:30 Sunday morning for the airport and a direct flight back to Ireland and trainer Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle yard.

All came out of their races in good order according to International Racing Bureau. John Deere Turf hero High Chaparral, winner of the English and Irish Derby this year, is expected to campaign again next year.

NetJets Mile runner-up Rock of Gibraltar, winner of a record seven consecutive Group I races prior to Saturday's rough trip performance, is bound for stud duty at Coolmore in Ireland next spring. The son of Danehill may be a unanimous choice for champion European miler and likely have a following for European Horse of the Year honors.

Hawk Wing finished seventh in the Classic. The 3-year-old son of Woodman was a major player in the big races this year, but had to settle for second money four times in five starts before Saturday, including the English Derby behind High Chaparral. Hawk Wing is expected to run next year.

Completing the Coolmore contingent flying home Sunday were four 2-year-olds, led by Hold That Tiger, who finished a remarkable third in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile after spotting his rivals some five lengths after a poor start.

O'Brien indicated strongly after the race that he hoped to bring the son of Storm Cat back to the U.S. next spring as a Kentucky Derby contender. The other colts were Van Nistelrooy and Tomahawk, fifth and eighth in the Juvenile, and Marino Marini, who was scratched after being entered in a stakes run here on Friday.

Trainer Michael Stoute's pair of Golan, a disappointing sixth as the second choice in the Turf, and 3-year-old filly Islington, a good third in the Filly & Mare Turf, are due to fly back to Newmarket in England Monday night.

Golan, a 4-year-old colt by Spectrum, won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in late July in his first start of the year. The Turf was only his third start this year.

Plans called for Golan to make one more start this year in the Japan Cup in late November, but his dull performance Saturday may have his connections reconsider. He will be going to stud at Coolmore in Ireland when he is retired.

NetJets Mile winner Domedriver is due to fly back to France and trainer Pascal Bary's Chantilly yard on Tuesday with a possible start in the Hong Kong Mile in December under consideration. The 4-year-old son of Indian Ridge is expected to remain in training next year.

Three also-ran fillies from the Filly & Mare Turf will go in different directions. Irish 1000 Guineas winner Gossamer, a respectable fifth, will fly with the Stoute-trained runners back to England and trainer Luca Cumani's yard in Newmarket.

Turtle Bow, runner-up in the Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont and ninth in Saturday's race, will stay in training in the U.S. and race out of trainer Niall O'Callaghan's barn currently based at Churchill Downs.

French 1000 Guineas winner Zenda finished a dull eighth in the Filly & Mare Turf after a very good effort when second to Riskaverse in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in her American debut. The homebred daughter of Zamindar is bound for Juddmonte Farm in Kentucky to be bred next spring.

Dermot Weld-trained 3-year-old filly Dress To Thrill finished eighth in the Mile and returns to Ireland Tuesday. Wertheimer et Frere's 3-year-old colt Medecis finished ninth in the Mile for French trainer Christiane Maarek-Head, but will be sent to continue racing in California with trainer Richard Mandella.

Bobby Frankel Barn Report

Starine (first, Filly & Mare Turf), Banks Hill (second, Filly & Mare Turf), Medaglia d'Oro (second, Classic), Milwaukee Brew (third, Classic), Denon (fifth, Turf), Beat Hollow (sixth, Mile) and Aldebaran (11th, Mile) -- Each of Bobby Frankel's Breeders' Cup participants, including Filly & Mare Turf champ Starine, were reported to be in good order, according to assistant Ruben Loza.

"They all came out of their races in good shape," Loza said.

Frankel was booked on a noon flight back to Southern California.

"Plans for what's next will probably be made in the next couple of days," Loza said. "With the exception of Beat Hollow, they're all booked on a flight Tuesday morning to head back to California. Beat Hollow left [Sunday] morning for Kentucky. He's been retired to Juddmonte Farms."

When Starine won the Filly & Mare Turf, Frankel became the first owner/trainer to win a Breeders' Cup race in the Championship event's 19-year history.

Azeri (1st, Distaff), Dublino (10th, Filly & Mare Turf ) & Ballingarry (7th, Turf) -- Trainer Laura de Seroux said her horses were shipping back to California -- "where the weather is always nice" -- on Tuesday.

She said Azeri would get a vacation lasting up to about mid-December. She wanted to look at the Santa Anita schedule before deciding where the 4-year-old filly will race next.

"She can run steady. She's going to be weighted out of her division next year," de Seroux said. "The races (for distaffers) are all handicaps. It's all going to be up to the racing secretaries."

Reporters lined up early outside her barn and waited as long as 45 minutes to interview the personable and articulate trainer, who became just the second woman to train a Breeders' Cup winner with Azeri's 5-length triumph in the Distaff. (Jeanine Sahadi, with two Sprint victories, was the first).

The first question asked was whether Azeri deserves to be Horse of the Year even though she never raced against the males.

"Who else is there?" de Seroux asked. "Who else is there to give it to? She's simply the fastest filly in the world right now. You can't catch her early and you can't catch her late."

The first time Breeders' Cup winning trainer noted she watched the Classic with "avidity" because certain horses could knock Azeri out of Horse of the Year contention with victories in the $4 million race.

"I don't like for anyone to lose," she said, "but there were ones I hoped would win. Certainly Volponi was one of them."

She also was asked if, considering how fast Azeri raced, she now wished she had raced her in the Classic.

"That's all hindsight," she said. "I'm still glad we did it the way we did it, and I'll just leave this to your imagination."

De Seroux deflected questions about what achieving the victory meant to her personally. "I'm not egocentric," she said. "I don't feel I've done anything. I just feel blessed that she was dumped in my life."

She was happy, though, that fellow Southern California trainer Bobby Frankel, who ran 1-2 in the Filly & Mare Turf, said to her last night that he felt she had clinched the Horse of the Year title.

"We concentrated on the Breeders' Cup all year," she said. "We had handicaps all year so we had to be careful not to leave the genie out of the bottle. We trained her light, too. It's a joy to have a horse you can under-train because it leaves something inside."

De Seroux said she wore front wraps on the filly Saturday for preventive reasons only and credited her move to D. Wayne Lukas, who told her the track could be gritty and abrasive.

Despite her long unofficial news conference at her barn about 8 o'clock, she found fresh answers to similar questions at the Post-Breeders' Cup Breakfast. Among her best responses:

  • "We've been in handicaps all year. I don't want to be boastful, but we never let her run until yesterday."
  • Asked if the 1:09 3/5 Azeri ran the first 6f worried her, she said, "It didn't worry me; she's just that fast."
  • Asked if she'll try Azeri against males next year, she responded, "Are we out of our division (because of weights facing her in distaff handicaps)? I guess at some point we'll probably have to try it."
  • (Azeri) is a model of consistency and everything a racehorse should be. ... She's what the whole industry is breeding for. She's got speed, stamina and class."
  • Owner Michael Paulson said, "I wanted to put her in the Classic, but Laura talked me out of it."

Bonapaw (10th, Sprint) -- Owners James and Dennis Richard stopped by Barn 20 to check on Bonapaw, whose 10th-place finish in Saturday's Sprint was the worst of his 35-race career.

"We just got beat... couldn't find any excuses for it," Dennis Richard said before departing for New Orleans.

However, Bonapaw will not be heading to the Crescent City as fast.

"I think we are going to send him to New York for the Cigar Mile (Nov. 30 at Aqueduct)," Dennis Richard said.

Composure (2nd, Juvenile Fillies); Santa Catarina (3rd, Juvenile Fillies); Atlantic Ocean (9th, Juvenile Fillies) -- Trainer Bob Baffert nearly pulled off the upset in the Long John Silver's Juvenile Fillies, but Storm Flag Flying came back to collar Composure for the victory. Still, Composure and Santa Catarina turned in powerful efforts against the best filly of the division.

"Composure gave us a little thrill for about two seconds," Baffert said. "Then, that other filly found another gear. Composure keeps getting closer to her, though, and I think you're going to see a lot of those two next year. Santa Catarina ran real well, too, and Atlantic Ocean had a lot of trouble in her trip.

"I thought our fillies all ran well. It's just too bad that the other filly (Storm Flag Flying) was in there. She's just very good right now, but we're getting closer each time."

Crafty C.T. (3rd, Sprint) -- Trainer Howard Zucker was beaming Sunday morning after his first Breeders' Cup starter Crafty C.T. finished third in the Sprint on Saturday.

"I'm very proud of my horse...he's gallant," he said. "All day long yesterday, I got a lot of phone calls from people who knew how good the effort was. I'm very happy that for the first time (of participating in the Breeders' Cup), we didn't misjudge things. We finished ahead of a lot of good horses.

"He's shown me that he's a closing sprinter. With 'so-so' horses, he would be on the front end, but with these kind of horses he needs to close.

"This was going to be his final start of the year, but like I've said, he's at his peak right now and he'll be pretty hickory. And we're still looking for his first Grade I win. We're thinking of the Cigar Mile (Nov. 30 at Aqueduct)," he said.

Crafty C.T. will fly back to California on Monday.

Farda Amiga (2nd, Distaff) -- "She came back great, sound, and ate up," said Jose DeCamargo, co-owner of Farda Amiga, on Sunday morning. "The good point is that she came out well and walked well this morning. Even in the detention barn yesterday (after the race), she was very quiet."

Trainer Paulo Lobo said Sunday morning, "It was a tough race. I think she gave 200 percent of herself. No other horse during the day came from behind like her, maybe only Volponi. Azeri is a monster. I think she (Farda Amiga) lost to a Horse of the Year. I think she proved that she deserves the 3yo filly championship."

DeCamargo chimed in as well on the subject, "Azeri was really, really strong on the lead. When they came for home, I thought we would be second. If she (Farda Amiga) could beat Imperial Gesture, then maybe she would become the 3yo filly champion. Imperial Gesture has proven that she was a good 2yo and then a good 3yo, and she even beat older ones.

"We're here by luck," he said. "And it proves that with a small budget, you can do well."

Farda Amiga was purchased for $45,000 at the 2000 Keeneland September yearling sale in a decision that took only about three minutes, according to DeCamargo.

"We bought her based on her looks, her beauty."

Golden Apples (4th, Filly & Mare Turf) -- Golden Apples, a troubled fourth in Saturday's Filly & Mare Turf, was relaxing inside her Barn 18 stall Sunday morning at Arlington Park.

Trainer Ben Cecil and his staff were unavailable, but a nearby onlooker reported that all appeared to be well with the 4yo filly.

"I asked those guys, 'How's everything' and they said everything was fine," said John Shirreffs' assistant Felipe Rivera, who was stabled nearby to Cecil's Golden Apples.

Green Fee (5th, Mile) -- Green Fee arrived back at Belmont Park early Sunday morning, with trainer Dan Peitz arriving at around noon.

"We were very happy with how he ran," Peitz said. "He ran to his potential against the very best horses in the world. That's all you can ask of any horse."

Peitz said that the Mile was likely Green Fee's last race of the year.

Imperial Gesture (3rd, Distaff), Kazzia (6th, Filly & Mare Turf), E Dubai (11th, Classic) -- Assistant trainer Tom Albertrani said all three Godolphin runners exited Saturday's races in good order and were scheduled to ship to New York at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Albertrani said travel plans from there were undetermined as were their racing schedules.

Kona Gold (4th, Sprint) & Kalookan Queen (5th, Sprint) -- Kona Gold and Kalookan Queen, fourth and fifth, respectively in the Saturday's Sprint, were relaxing inside their Barn 18 stalls Sunday morning at Arlington Park.

Trainer Bruce Headley and his staff were unavailable, but a nearby onlooker reported that all appeared to be well with the duo.

"I asked those guys, 'How's everything' and they said everything was fine," said John Shirreffs' assistant Felipe Rivera, who was stabled nearby to Headley's runners.

Mandy's Gold (5th, Distaff) -- Mandy's Gold will leave Tuesday for her Delaware Park base and could possibly start once more this year, according to trainer Michael Gorham.

"She's fine, no problems," said Gorham. "I wish we had been closer to the pace, but Azeri proved to be the real deal. We'll take a look at the Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct the day after Thanksgiving and then she'll get a vacation. You'll see her again next year."

Most Feared (6th, Juvenile) -- Trainer Ronny Werner reported that Most Feared exited the Juvenile in good shape and that he and owner Tom Durant were looking forward to running him next year. The Commanchero colt was en route back to Churchill Sunday morning.

"He's good," said Werner, who was starting his first Breeders' Cup horses. "We feel good about the race, especially considering how the track was playing to speed. We're looking forward to running him next year.

"This has been a great experience. Like Bobby Frankel said, he learns something new every time he comes to the Breeders' Cup. We're going to use this as a learning experience and we hope to be back next year."

Orientate (1st, Sprint) & Day Trader (11th, Sprint) -- Trainer D. Wayne Lukas notched his 17th Breeders' Cup victory and second win in the Sprint when Orientate took the 6f race by a half-length over longshot Thunderello. The victory was the first Breeders' Cup win for Bob and Beverly Lewis as sole owners. (They were partners with Overbrook Farm and Gainesway Stable in owning 1994 Juvenile champion Timber Country.)

Both Orientate and Day Trader were loaded onto a horse van Sunday morning to head back to Churchill Downs.

"We've made no decision yet as to their next races," said Lukas Sunday morning, "but we are looking at the Cigar Mile (Nov. 30 at Aqueduct) for Orientate. Day Trader will run in a Churchill Downs stakes this fall."

On Orientate's year of competing over various distances and surfaces, Lukas said, "I was trying to find his niche in life. Earlier in the year we had other sprinters Snow Ridge and Yonaguska, as well as Day Trader. He (Orientate) was the most versatile, so we experimented with him. When it came to the Breeders' Cup, I let him do what he does best (sprinting).

"Going through the stretch, I felt we could run Thunderello down. And I felt like he has mile capabilities," he continued.

On winning another Breeders' Cup race, Lukas said, "We try to put everything into perspective. We've been blessed with good horses. We enjoy these horses. When it happens, it's a warm, fuzzy feeling...a great feeling."

Riskaverse (7th, Filly & Mare Turf) -- The margins between Riskaverse and victorious Starine were: 1 lengths, three necks, a half-length and a nose.

"That was a really tight finish," said trainer Pat Kelly. "We were taking a shot in there, but she just couldn't get any room. Then, she checked and that was it. She got off a little slow, but she never had any racing luck."

Kelly said he would ship back to New York on Monday. There were no immediate plans for Riskaverse's future.

Ruby's Reception (11th, Juvenile Fillies) -- Trainer Larry Jones reported, as he prepared to van his filly back to his Ellis Park base, that she came out of the race with a few "battle scars" and will get the rest of the year off.

"She has a little filling in her right front ankle, but it doesn't look too serious," said Jones. "She didn't look comfortable getting over track and she probably just wrenched it trying so hard. It shouldn't be something that a little TLC won't cure."

Starrer (4th, Distaff) & Sea Jewel (4th, Juvenile Fillies) -- Trainer John Shirreffs' Breeders' Cup participants were reported to be in good order following Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Starrer and Sea Jewel, fourth in the Distaff and Juvenile Fillies, respectively, were relaxing inside their stalls in Barn 18 Sunday morning at Arlington Park.

"We had a wonderful time in Chicago and the horses outran their odds," Shirreffs said from his Hollywood Park base. "Everybody was pretty happy.

"I talked to my assistant (Felipe Rivera) back in Chicago and they said that Sea Jewel is rearing up and is trying to pull the shank out of the guy's hands. Starrer was pulling him around, too. I think that means they both pulled up fine.

"We were really pleased with Sea Jewel. We just hope to see her develop into a nice three-year-old filly.

"And for Starrer, I think we'll try the grass with her next year. Tentatively, that's the plan. We'll she how she does on that." Both Starrer and Sea Jewel are booked on a flight to Southern California on Monday morning, according to Rivera.

Storm Flag Flying (1st, Juvenile Fillies) -- While the probable juvenile filly champion awaited a flight back to New York this afternoon, trainer Shug McGaughey was back at Belmont Park early Sunday morning, basking in the glow of one of the more impressive races of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Now undefeated in four starts, including three straight Grade 1 victories, Storm Flag Flying has given McGaughey a world of options, as well as something to look forward to for 2003.

"If she were a colt, people would already be talking about the Kentucky Derby," McGaughey said one day after the Storm Cat filly came again in the stretch to overtake Composure for a half-length victory in the Juvenile Fillies, covering the nine furlongs in 1:49 3/5.

"She's now won at a mile and an eighth and around two turns and beat the best of her division. And she was starting to draw off a little at the end, which would make you think that distance won't be a problem for her.

"She'll be nominated to the Triple Crown, but it is all going to depend on what kind of winter she has. She is going to get a good break here and then we'll see where she's at."

Storm Flag Flying kept alive a family tradition with her victory in the Breeders' Cup. Her dam, My Flag, was the 1995 Juvenile Fillies winner. My Flag's dam, Personal Ensign, won the 1988 Distaff to retire with a perfect 13-for-13 record. My Flag's sire, incidentally, was Hall of Famer and Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer.

Many in the sold-out Arlington Park crowd of 46,118, expected Storm Flag Flying to display one of her quirky traits, namely, freezing in the paddock. McGaughey had taken the precaution of schooling her in the paddock earlier in the week. Saturday, she was kept in the stall, shielded by the pony, and jockey John Velazquez was given a leg up when she entered the tunnel connecting the walking ring to the racetrack.

She was a perfect lady.

"Johnny (Velazquez) said that she was running green early on, and then when she got to Santa Catarina, she kind of stopped and started looking around," McGaughey said. "If you watch the race replay, you'll see her kind of fold her ears. But as soon as she saw Composure, that got her running again.

"I am very happy with her. You don't see many horses dig in and come back like she did. She ran a great race."

Summer Colony (eighth, Distaff) -- Edward Evans' Summer Colony was scheduled to leave Arlington Park to return to New York mid-morning, according to exercise rider Jose Sanchez.

Take Charge Lady (6th, Distaff) -- Take Charge Lady, the 3-to-1 second choice in the Distaff, was on a van back to Churchill Downs on Sunday to recover from a gutteral pouch infection discovered after the race.

"She's fine," said trainer Ken McPeek. "It should take about 10 days for the infection to clear up. We'll take a look at either the Falls City Handicap (at Churchill) or the Great State Challenge (at Sam Houston)."

The Tin Man (4th, Turf), Listen Indy (7th, Juvenile) -- Trainer Richard Mandella said both of his Breeders' Cup starters from Saturday were in good shape Sunday morning and would return to their California base Tuesday.

"They are both going to get a little rest and point for next year," Mandella said.

Thunderello (2nd, Sprint) -- The Sprint runner-up left Arlington Park at 6:30 Sunday morning to return to Belmont Park.

"He came out of the race tremendous. He was bucking and playing this morning," said trainer Scott Lake from Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. "He ran awesome yesterday. If he had not had the 1 hole, I think he would have been the winner. Being in the 1, we had to go and the filly (Carson Hollow) pushed us. If we had been in the four, five or six path and been able to sit off the speed ... I know he can rate ... with a softer trip, he would have been hard to catch."

Lake, who was making his debut in Breeders' Cup competition, said there were no definite plans for Thunderello's next start.

"It could be the DeFrancis Dash (Nov. 16 at Laurel), but that is pretty quick," Lake said. "I am not ruling it out, but we have to see how he comes back after this race."

Two Item Limit (7th, Distaff) -- Trainer Stephen DiMauro was on an early morning flight back to his South Florida base on Sunday morning, but his assistant Mike O'Neill was tending to Two Item Limit at the barn as usual.

"She got hit in the right eye with a dirt clod and it's a bit ulcerous," O'Neill said, pointing to the filly's eye. "She got hit with a lot of dirt, which is probably why she was so far back. And she had blinkers on already, so she probably couldn't see real well.

"We'll give her about five days here and the vet will evaluate her. There's a race for Illinois-breds at Hawthorne coming up ($100,000 Illini Princess Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth for fillies and mares 3yo and up on Nov. 9) that might be a consideration," he said.

Touch Tone (9th, Sprint) -- Trainer Ronny Werner reported that Touch Tone, who was already on his way back to Churchill Downs early Sunday morning with stablemate Most Feared, came out of the Sprint "pretty tired" and that he and owner Tom Durant are going to consider retiring him. Touch Tone only had one race prior to the Sprint following an 11-month layoff for knee and ankle injuries.

Vindication (1st, Juvenile); Kafwain (2nd, Juvenile); Bull Market (4th, Juvenile) -- It didn't take long for the British bookmakers to come out with their Kentucky Derby future book odds. After the race Saturday, Coral made Vindication the 8-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with Hold That Tiger (10-1), Kafwain and Sky Mesa (14-1) and Bull Market at (16-1). William Hill, meanwhile, put Vindication and Hold That Tiger as 8-1 co-favorites, with Kafwain at 12-1, with the others at 14-1.

"First of all, I want to thank my assistant, Jim Barnes, because he does all the work and I get all the credit," Baffert said. "Second, what's wrong with Vindication for Horse of the Year?

"Vindication wowed us with his race at Turfway (Sept. 14, Kentucky Cup Juvenile)," Baffert said. "He made that Arazi move on the turn, the kind of move that Point Given made. We knew he was something special then.

"Yesterday, (jockey) Mike Smith was in the zone. I told all of my riders to do what they wanted, just not get in the way of their horses. They weren't team riding; they were each trying to win. The only instruction I gave Mike was not get involved with Bull Market, because he is a very fast horse.

"Mike kept him out a little wide, and when they turned for home, Vindication just took over."

Baffert was reminded that no Juvenile winner has gone on to win the Kentucky Derby. Baffert countered, however, that for the first time, the Juvenile was run at a mile and an eighth, not a mile and a sixteenth.

"The mile and an eighth separates them," Baffert said. "They were pretty spread out at the end. At a mile and a sixteenth, you might get some speed horses that will last a little longer. I knew my horses would get the distance. We try to win the Kentucky Derby every year.

"I liked what our horses did. Kafwain is just a tough little horse who keeps on going. Bull Market has speed and got caught up in it early on. But they are all going to benefit from this race, and I have a few other juveniles that might pan out as well."

Westerly Breeze (6th, Juvenile Fillies) -- The Alcibiades winner will have the rest of the year off and will leave for Gulfstream Park later this fall to prepare for her 3yo season, according to trainer Carl Nafzger.

"She's good, came back fine," said Nafzger. "We don't have any excuses. We'll give her time to get her legs underneath her now."

Whywhywhy/Zavata (Juvenile, 10th, did not finish) -- Assistant trainer Yan Durespainre said Zavata was not injured but, rather, pulled up by Gary Stevens when it became obvious he could not compete the distance.

"It was too long, too early, too fast," Durespainre said. "He's a pure sprinter, and he didn't like the dirt in his face.

"With Whywhywhy, Pat (Day) rushed him early and on the first half he made one big run, but at the half-mile pole he was done. He couldn't keep up. He was passed by mostly bigger horses.

"Whywhywhy got a nasty looking cut on a back leg but it's not bad."

With Anticipation (2nd, Turf) -- With Anticipation, a strong runner-up to European invader High Chaparral in the Turf, vacated Barn 16 Sunday morning and boarded a private van destined for trainer Jonathan Sheppard's farm in West Grove, Pa.

"He seemed fine," Sheppard said. "I stopped by the barn [Sunday] morning before I headed to the airport. To me, the race he ran [Saturday] was as good as any race he's run. Why stop him when he's running so well? If he starts to tail off or run a few clunkers in a row, we'll pack it in. But this old guy holds his form pretty well.

"[High Chaparral] is obviously a superior horse. To beat all of the rest was great."

In the meantime, it's off to the farm for a little rest and relaxation.

"I won't set him down too much," Sheppard said. "On older horses, it's hard to bring them back again. We'll probably just keep him in light training for a couple of months. He should be back in full training by the first of the year."

With Anticipation will have company on the van ride to Pennsylvania.

"He's headed back to the farm along with the Augustin Stable's filly Totally Cosmic who ran fourth in the (Estrapade Handicap) on Friday," Sheppard said. "She came over from Europe and is headed back with us. She'll be prepared for a run with us next year."

Xtra Heat (6th, Sprint) -- Trainer John Salzman reported Sunday morning that Xtra Heat, sixth in the Sprint, came back in fairly good order.

"She's fine, but cut up and bruised a little bit, and a little body sore, but she's OK," he said.

"We have the sale to go to and we'll see what happens."

Xtra Heat is scheduled to be offered for auction at the Fasig-Tipton selected November mixed sale on Nov. 3 in Kentucky.

Salzman commented on the possibility of Xtra Heat not being sold, "There are plenty of races for her...there's definitely no shortage of races."

Xtra Heat was the Eclipse Award winning 3yo filly champion in 2001. Salzman is a partner with Kenneth Taylor in the ownership of Xtra Heat, who was purchased as a 2yo for just $5,000. She has earned over $2.2 million.

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