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Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Contact: Notes Team (847) 385-7472/7473
POST POSITION DRAW QUOTES
Bob Baffert (War Emblem, Classic, Post 3) -- "All of my horses shipped in today (from Santa Anita, arrived at Arlington at 10:30 a.m. Central) and everybody looks great. I'm not surprised that War Emblem is the favorite; he's got the best trainer. Seriously, I think he deserves to be the morning line favorite. He has the best credentials in the field. He is the Kentucky Derby winner, and people like that. Then, he won the Preakness and the Haskell. He is a big fan favorite.
"War Emblem will be on the lead. He is the kind of horse that lets you know how he's feeling. He was tired after the Triple Crown and that's why we gave him the time we did. The Pacific Classic was a mistake; that wasn't him. Right now, he is happy and feeling good. You can see it. I would love to see him get out there, get on the lead and then have another horse come after him and we'll see what happens. This is the first time I've come to Breeders' Cup feeling this confident. I feel that we've really done our homework and we've got horses that are fit, sound and happy."
Dallas Stewart (Dollar Bill, Classic, Post 4) -- "It's perfect. We're happy."
Bobby Frankel (Medaglia d'Oro, Classic, Post 7; Milwaukee Brew, Classic, Post 12; Denon, Turf, Post 1; Banks Hill, Filly & Mare Turf, Post 5; Starine, Filly & Mare Turf, Post 11; Beat Hollow, Mile, Post 2; and Aldebaran, Mile, Post 7) -- "I was happy with the draw. I'm in good shape [with Medaglia d'Oro in the Classic]. Milwaukee Brew is a slow horse that will drop back anyway; we're forced to do that with him, which is good. I like that E Dubai is in the one-hole because there will be some pace in the race and I'm outside of the two speeds (E Dubai and War Emblem), so that's good for me.
"I thought he (Medaglia d'Oro) would be favored with his recent form. His (War Emblem) form is not that good right now, you know. It's not that big a deal. As a handicapper -- I'm a handicapper -- I would have made him (Medaglia d'Oro) the favorite. We'll just have to see who the public makes the favorite.
"The only horse that maybe didn't draw good was Starine [in the Filly & Mare Turf], but she's got time to tuck in anyway. But I drew pretty good in all of the races. I'm very happy.
"I'll tell you what, I'm really lucky and fortunate. I can't make any excuses for my horses. As of this morning, they all look 100 percent."
Pat Kelly (Evening Attire, Classic, Post 8) -- "I'm glad that Rock Of Gibraltar went in the Mile instead of the Classic. To tell you the truth, I was scared of that horse. Post 8 is fine with us; he comes out of it anyway. My horse is doing so well right now. All I have to worry about is keeping him that way."
Bob Baffert (Atlantic Ocean, Post 9; Composure, Post 3 and Santa Catarina, Post 1, Juvenile Fillies) -- "Damn, Storm Flag Flying drew Post 4. I was hoping she wouldn't show up.
"The distance is the problem for all of them in this race. It is a very tough race.
"I would have liked to have seen Santa Catarina draw a little farther outside. She is a very good filly and she has a lot of class. She also runs for the nicest man in the business, (owner) Bob Lewis. I think with this race in particular, it is going to be a case of getting out there and seeing who can go that far."
Laura de Seroux (Azeri, Distaff, Post 4) -- "I think it's perfect. I'm going to let Azeri run her style: it will be up to Mike (jockey Mike Smith). Obviously with Imperial Gesture to our outside, she's going to take us on. Take Charge Lady is in a perfect position (PP 8) to take a hold. Azeri ships every time she runs (from San Luis Rey Downs). She enjoys the whole process and gets more attention for a big day like this. She galloped on the main track this morning and was super."
Laura de Seroux (Ballingarry, Turf, Post 2) -- "I just laid my eyes on him for the first time yesterday, but I have seen tapes of him. His performance was great at Woodbine, which makes me confident he will perform well here, because the turf courses are similar. He gets out of quarantine today at 2 p.m. He's fresh and strong and loves to travel. He will just canter up to the race."
Norman Miller (trainer Bonapaw, Post 8, Sprint) -- "I am very happy, it is a very good spot. We wanted to be from the middle to the outside, but not too far outside. I'm pleased. The rider (Gerard Melancon) is pleased and the owners (Dennis and James Richard) are pleased."
Mel Stute (Buffythecenterfold, Juvenile Fillies, Post 8) -- "Everything's been going fine so far. She seems to be doing fine. It's a little different temperature for her, but she seems to be handling it fine. She cleaned up her dinner last night, and she jogged today (Wednesday) and handled things well. The post position is fine. I'm in a spot where I don't have to go [to the front]; I can do whatever I want to do. I see her laying second or third; it all depends on the pace."
Howard Zucker (Crafty C.T., Sprint, Post 11) -- "We were looking for a little outside draw, so we're pleased."
Tom Albertrani (assistant trainer of Godolphin Racing's E Dubai, Imperial Gesture and Kazzia): "Imperial Gesture (5 in the Distaff), got an excellent draw. E Dubai (1 in the Classic) has enough speed that he'll overcome that. Kazzia (12 in the Filly & Mare Turf) should have no problem from the outside."
Paulo Lobo (Farda Amiga, Distaff, Post 3) -- "It's a good post position. Now, I'm going to study. She has only one style, to come from off the pace."
Dan Peitz (Green Fee, Mile, Post 6) -- "We were the last ones to get in and I am happy we're in. We were supposed to leave (Belmont Park) Thursday morning at eight but I think a few things have been changed around. We might not get out until nine. I am leaving commercially early tomorrow morning and should be there before the horse. He is shipping with his groom, Alberto Nalazco, and he'll gallop at Arlington on Friday."
Luca Cumani (Gossamer, F&M Turf, Post 7) -- "We thought the filly race would be the better spot (Gossamer was also pre-entered in the Mile) for several reasons. One, I'd just as soon avoid running against Rock of Gibraltar. Also, with the full field, there was more risk of her drawing an unfavorable post. In the filly race, she drew well. This is her first time racing beyond a mile, but if she's ever to get a mile and a quarter, she'll get it here, where the going is on the quick side of good."
Mike Dillon (racing manager to Sir Alex Ferguson, part owner of Rock Of Gibraltar, by phone from trainer Aidan O'Brien, Hawk Wing, Classic, Post 10, Rock of Gibraltar, Mile, Post 10, Landseer, Mile, Post 13, High Chaparral, Turf, Post 5, Hold That Tiger, Juvenile, Post 3, Van Nistelrooy, Juvenile, Post 7, Tomahawk, Juvenile, Post 11) -- "He's (O'Brien) not bowled over by the draw for "the Rock." It's a very short run to the bend and if he gets shuffled wide, he'll be at a disadvantage. If they break and go fast to the bend and he can drop in, then that's okay, but he's a horse that likes to follow the pace rather than make it and if there's no gallop to the bend then he could be edged out. Landseer has a very difficult draw. It's nigh on impossible (to win) from there."
Bob Baffert (Kafwain, Post 2, Bull Market, Post 5 and Vindication, Post 6, Juvenile) -- "All the questions about distance, two turns and the crowd are questions that will be answered on Saturday. No one knows what's going to happen. This race is a mile and an eighth, which is going to be too long for a lot of the horses in this race. At this time of year, a mile and a sixteenth for a two-year-olds is probably the right distance. You are going to see horses staggering at a mile and an eighth. It's going to look like Mardi Gras.
"The thing about the Breeders' Cup is that you have to fire your best on that day. You run these same races again in three weeks, and you will probably have a different outcome. I feel like my horses are coming in the right way. I feel like they've been prepared as best as they could my way."
Michael Gorham (Mandy's Gold, Distaff, Post 6) -- "We're happy. We can do want we want from here. The speed is on the inside of us and it will dictate what we're going to do. She can tuck in on the turn from and get into position."
D. Wayne Lukas (Orientate and Day Trader, Sprint, Posts 10 & 13) -- "I'm happy to get outside the natural speed."
Pat Kelly (Riskaverse, Filly & Mare Turf, Post 1) -- "Hey, 1 has been my lucky number with her. She won the Queen Elizabeth from post 1. She's handled soft and firm courses and she has been coming along well."
Larry Jones (Ruby's Reception, Juvenile Fillies, Post 6) -- "I was hoping for the five hole so that we'd be last to load, but I'm happy with the six. Xtra Heat and Vindication drew the six for their races, so we're in good company. I'm just happy we didn't draw the rail. We've had the rail in our last three races and it really hurt us in the Turfway race (second-place finish in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies."
Shug McGaughey (Storm Flag Flying, Juvenile Fillies, Post 4) -- "The post draw was perfect for me. Being in an outside post going 1 1/8 miles going two turns would not have been ideal. I've been in this game too long to worry about post positions but this worked out well. The distance of this race should be to her advantage. Her mother (My Flag) won at 1 ½ miles and her breeding suggests that she'll get the distance. You never know until they run. Still, I wish that this race was 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park this year."
John Ward (Sky Mesa, Juvenile, Post 9) -- "The draw looks good to me. We're not completely outside, but we're far enough out to be safe into the first turn. We might give up a step or two if it gets wide, but we shouldn't get in any bad tangles. It should put us in a very good position when we turn down the backside. I think it came out well. I think our competition seems to have a bit of a problem. Whywhywhy drew the one hole, and I think he's one of the main guys in there."
What about the size of the horse? "He really fills up a stall. He is a big animal for a 2yo, and you don't really don't realize it until you walk some of the 4-year-olds past him. He's a very big, strong animal, and as far as maturity goes, I don't think you'll see him get much bigger. He's probably at the outer edge of his growth pattern."
John Oxley (owner Sky Mesa, Juvenile, Post 9) -- "We are tremendously excited to be here at Arlington and to be in this race. He's got a perfect record to date, he looks the part and I love his pedigree. We couldn't be happier with our horse at this time. We were hoping for a post between 4 and 9, so I think we're pleased with that."
Craig Dollase (Swept Overboard, Sprint, Post 12) -- "I'm happy with the draw. I'd like to have been a little more inside, but it looks like the speed is on the inside of us - Xtra Heat and Orientate. That makes us happy. He'll be sitting mid-pack and making his one run."
Kenny McPeek (Take Charge Lady, Distaff, Post 8) -- "It's fine. I'd rather have an outside post because she'll run well from on the outside. I definitely didn't want the one or two whole."
Stephen DiMauro (Two Item Limit, Distaff, Post 1) -- "Post one. We get the shortest distance around, right? It makes no difference, she's going to drop back anyway. If she were speed, then I'd worry about which post she got."
Abraham Katryan (Wake At Noon, Sprint, Post 7) -- "It's lucky number seven. He'll run good from there."
Patrick Biancone (Whywhywhy and Zavata, Juvenile, posts 1 and 10 respectively) -- "For Whywhywhy the post is perfect; for Zavata it could be worse. In a field of 14 it's better to be 10 than 14. Now it is the jockeys' business. We have two great jockeys [Pat Day on Whywhywhy and Gary Stevens on Zavata] and that will make the difference anyway."
John Salzman (Xtra Heat, Sprint, Post 6) -- "That's fine. I told my wife and owners that six would be fine. But I had my mind made up that whatever we got would have to do."
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