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Friday, October 25, 2002
Contact: Notes Team (847) 385-7472/7473
$1 million NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint (Grade I)
Bonapaw -- Dennis and James Richard's Bonapaw walked the shedrow Friday morning under the watchful eye of trainer Norman Miller.
"The Breeders' Cup is great when you can have an Xtra Heat, who was bought for $5,000 and 'Boney' who went for $6,500," Miller said. "It gives the little guy the dream of getting the big horse."
Bonapaw is not only Miller's big horse; presently he is Miller's only horse.
Miller was asked what the key would be to success in the NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint for Bonapaw.
"He has to relax and run his race, Gerard (jockey Gerard Melancon) will have to let him put himself into the race, and hopefully, we are no more than 4 lengths out of it," Miller said. "If we find ourselves on the lead coming out of the turn, I'm happy with that. We are leaving it up to Gerard when to give it the gas."
Miller was asked what an off track would do to Bonapaw's chances.
"It wouldn't bother us at all," Miller said. "He has run three times on an off track and won two."
Carson Hollow -- The New York-bred Carson Hollow jogged Friday morning over a sloppy Arlington Park track.
"She seemed to find the track condition OK, just like everybody else, I guess," said trainer Richard Dutrow.
Carson Hollow is 5-for-6 in her career, which includes an allowance victory over a muddy surface at Aqueduct in her second start. A winner of three stakes races, Carson Hollow would be undefeated if not for a heartbreaking nose defeat by You in the Test at Saratoga.
It was Dutrow's brother, Anthony (who is also a trainer, based in Maryland), who suggested the purchase of Carson Hollow. She was bought privately for $75,000 after failing to reach her reserve of $80,000 in the 2001 Keeneland 2yo in training sale. Because she is a New York bred, it made the most sense for her to be sent to Dutrow at his New York base.
Crafty C.T. -- Trainer Howard Zucker sent out Carl T. Grether's Crafty C.T. for a gallop Friday morning.
"He seemed to like the 'slop' pretty good," said Zucker. "We don't have the chance to train in the slop in California that much, because they close the main track at Santa Anita when it rains too much.
"He was bucking and playing, really putting on a show," he said about Crafty C.T. "The cool weather and water woke him up. He seemed happy to go to the track. We schooled him in the paddock, too. He's acclimated now and I think this track is similar to the training track back home, which is good."
Day Trader -- Mike Maker, assistant to trainer D. Wayne Lukas, reported that Day Trader galloped over the Arlington Park track Friday morning and indicated that everything looks to be on schedule with the winner of the Kentucky Cup Sprint.
Disturbingthepeace -- The 4yo California-bred gelding galloped about 1 ¼ miles Friday with exercise rider Rhett Fincher.
Trainer Darrell Vienna liked the versatility of the horse in a lineup dominated by front-runners. "He could be anywhere from on the pace to three or four lengths off it," said Vienna.
"He will be fresh," added Vienna, feeling a 10-week break since his last race will be to his advantage. Not worried about the horse being rusty, Vienna can recall sending out Gilded Time to a third-place finish in the 1993 Sprint off a year layoff.
Vienna bought Disturbingthepeace as a maiden in May 2001, from Bud Johnston at Old English Rancho in California as part of a five-horse package for David Milch. "His blaze was like a light in a dark stall," said Vienna of his discovery.
Vienna said the horse became more focused after he was gelded shortly after the purchase. The trainer realizes he will have a big stall to fill since Disturbingthepeace is on the auction block at Keeneland Nov. 3 as part of the Milch dispersal.
"He's brand new; he's still learning how to run," said Vienna. "If somebody buys him, he's getting a heckuva racehorse. Unless David has a change of heart, he will be gone."
Vienna has a busy post-Breeders' Cup travel schedule. He will leave immediately for the Tattersalls sale at Newmarket, at which he bought Mile entrant Nuclear Debate last year. After a return to his home near Los Angeles, he will leave again for Kentucky to attend the Keeneland sale from Nov. 2-4.
Kalookan Queen -- The 6yo mare galloped about one mile with trainer Bruce Headley Friday. Eugenio Gonzalez arrived to assist groom Juan Soto, who also grooms Kona Gold. Gonzalez will concentrate on the mare Saturday.
Kona Gold -- The gelding galloped about one mile with trainer Bruce Headley, convinced there is more gold than old in the legs of the 8yo.
Groom Juan Soto has been the veteran's regular groom during his entire career as he applied the final touch on a record fifth Breeders' Cup start for the horse.
Soto wore a black baseball cap with the gold numbers 1:07.77 in reference to Kona Gold's Breeders' Cup and Churchill Downs record time for six furlongs in the 2000 Sprint.
Jockey Alex Solis, who posted his only Breeders' Cup victory in 36 tries in that race, honored the horse with a vanity California license plate "KONA 107."
Soto, who has worked as a groom for 25 of his 40 years, warned that the old warrior is training better than ever. "This is the best he has ever looked," said Soto. "He's coming up to this race a lot like he did at Churchill Downs two years ago. He feels really good. It's a tough race, but this is a tough horse."
Orientate -- Mike Maker, assistant to trainer D. Wayne Lukas, said that Orientate galloped Friday morning in making his final preparations for the Sprint.
Orientate and Day Trader are Lukas' only entrants in this years Breeders' Cup. Lukas is the all-time leading Breeders' Cup trainer in terms of starters, wins, and money won and he has participated in every Breeders' Cup. Noteworthy is the fact that this year is the first year that Lukas does not have a starter in the Juvenile or Juvenile Fillies.
Swept Overboard -- A gleeful Craig Dollase reported his 5yo gray sprint star "loved" the wet going Friday morning as he galloped 1 ¼ miles on the main track as his preparation went forward for Saturday's Sprint.
"He loved the track," the enthusiastic young trainer said. "He has the breeding [sire is End Sweep] to like it. He had a good, brisk gallop and went well. It was visually impressive. We're good to go."
A victory in Saturday's Sprint would give Dollase a second Breeders' Cup Sprint championship. He became the Breeders' Cup's youngest winning trainer, at 27, when his Reraise captured the 1998 Sprint.
Whatever happens Saturday to Swept Overboard, who finished fourth in last year's Sprint, it will be his last race and Dollase will bid him goodbye, as he goes to the stud barn at Shadai Farm in Japan to take the place of his sire, who died this year.
"It's tough to lose a great competitor like him, but he's been very good to us," Dollase said, "but I hope I'll be getting some more good ones."
Thunderello -- Charles Mady's Thunderello, with five starts the lightest raced entrant in the Sprint, jogged a mile and an eighth on the main track at Arlington Park with exercise rider Carl Keegan up.
Thunderello shipped in from Philadelphia Park on Thursday.
A 50-1 proposition on the morning line, Thunderello will break from post position 1 under Edgar Prado.
"He's just got to break sharp," trainer Scott Lake said when asked what would give Thunderello the best chance to spring an upset Saturday.
"He's got the rail and I think he is faster than any horse in the race early on. We have been trying to slow him down off the pace a little bit, but now that we are in the 1 hole, we are going to send him."
Thunderello never has raced on an off track, and as a steady drizzle fell Friday morning, Lake was asked what an off track would do to his colt's chances Saturday.
"A deep track, I don't think he'll like," Lake said. "But if it is kind of wet-fast, I think he will like that."
Touch Tone - Calling upon his experience as a former Quarter Horse trainer, Ronny Werner walked Touch Tone around the shedrow of his barn for the second straight day.
"The plan is to pump him up," said Werner. "He's doing really well."
Wake At Noon -- The 5yo Cure The Blues horse, who will be seeking his third consecutive victory, jogged once around the track in his final preparations for Saturday's race.
"He's feeling good this morning," said David Katryan, trainer Abraham Katryan's brother and assistant as he dodged kicks from the Sprint starter. "He really seems to like it here."
Xtra Heat -- Trainer and co-owner of Xtra Heat John Salzman reported Friday morning, "She galloped a little more than a mile and a half. It was wet out there. I suppose it will be fast by race time tomorrow.
"She ran once, according to the paper (Daily Racing Form) anyway, over an 'off' track, but it was actually drying out. And she won (Genuine Risk Handicap, track "good").
"I have worked her in the mud several times," he continued. "I think she'll run her race no matter what. She'll run on anything."
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Thursday, October 24, 2002
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$1 million NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint (Grade I)
Bonapaw -- With co-owner Dennis Richard looking on, Vosburgh winner Bonapaw went once around the damp Arlington Park track in the company of a pony with trainer Norman Miller up.
Miller said he takes Bonapaw out with the pony for training to follow the same program daily except for his works, the final one a 57 4/5 bullet here Oct. 14.
"Since I have been doing that, he hasn't lost a race," Miller said. "When he goes around the right way, he knows it is time to go, and he is too hard on himself. We have him in the mind-set now of going the wrong way each morning and he is more relaxed and saves his energy."
Bonapaw, 6-1 on the morning line, will break from post position 8 under Gerard Melancon.
Carson Hollow -- The 3yo filly will take on the boys for the first time in her career when she goes to the post for the Sprint.
"She's trained against the boys, though," said trainer Richard Dutrow Thursday morning.
Carson Hollow jogged Thursday morning at Arlington Park.
"She's all set to go. There will be no training for her on Friday," said Dutrow. "She is so easy to train in every way. What's interesting is how she changed after she got beat in the Test. She became more aggressive and she is so much more into being a racehorse. In that race, John (jockey John Velazquez) had to ask her to run. He never had to do that before.
"We're extremely confident that she's going to run her race. In the paddock for her last race (the Floral Park Handicap), the way she carried herself, the look in her eye...you could tell she was ready. She wants to be competitive."
Carson Hollow is Dutrow's first Breeders' Cup starter.
Crafty C.T. -- Trainer Howard Zucker has been a busy one-man show since arriving with Crafty C.T. from California on Tuesday. He's been serving as trainer, groom and hotwalker for his Sprint contender and is looking forward to the arrival of his foreman on Friday afternoon to get some relief.
"He galloped this morning, he had to," said Zucker. "He will gallop again on Friday...he's a handful right now.
"He's enjoying the cooler weather. You have to really pay attention, though, to the horses when it's cooler. They burn a lot of calories trying to keep warm. You look at the horse and think that he's bucking and kicking around feeling good, but he's expending a lot of energy, too."
Zucker had not mapped out the Sprint for Crafty C.T. for very long.
"It was only after his last couple of races that we decided to run him in here. He's peaking right now and we felt that he deserved to be here."
Day Trader -- Day Trader, who drew the extreme outside post position (13) in the Sprint, arrived at Arlington Park on Wednesday from Churchill Downs and galloped Thursday morning under the supervision of trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
"They both (Day Trader and Orientate) shipped in well," said Lukas, "and they galloped over the track well today. The track was sealed and it looked like they handled it. There are no hiccups, so far."
Day Trader is owned by the racing and breeding operation Overbrook Farm (William T. Young). Overbrook Farm has had Breeders' Cup success in the past with Flanders, Boston Harbor and Cat Thief. Day Trader is a son of Phone Trick, who is the sire of Breeders' Cup winners Favorite Trick and Phone Chatter.
Disturbingthepeace -- The 4yo gelding jogged and galloped about 1 ¼ miles under exercise rider Rhett Fincher, accompanied by a stable pony Thursday. He was scheduled to school in the paddock during the fifth race.
"We're very happy with the post (3)," said Scott Chaney, assistant to trainer Darrell Vienna. "He should be in a good stalking position."
Disturbingthepeace will be sold as part of the David Milch dispersal Nov. 3 at Keeneland.
Kalookan Queen -- The 6yo mare, who arrived Wednesday from California, galloped one mile on the main track Thursday under trainer Bruce Headley. Juan Soto serves as her groom.
"Kalookan Queen is coming into the race like Xtra Heat, off racing fitness," said Headley in reference to a victory over males in the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita Oct. 5.
"She's going to be real close to the pace," said Headley. "I'd rather have an outside post with her, but I don't have it." She drew post 2 in a 13-horse lineup.
"She was really full of herself this morning," said Headley. "She has all the physical things you need. She's kind of a monster mare."
Owner Luis Asistio, a native of the Philippines who named the mare after his hometown of Kalookan, arrived from his home in Arcadia, Cal., with his wife, Mariles.
Kona Gold -- Trainer Bruce Headley was happy with the condition of his duo of California sprinters he calls "The King and the Queen," 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse Award-winning sprint king Kona Gold and multiple graded-stakes-winning mare Kalookan Queen.
The 8yo gelding galloped a mile in his first look at the main track under Headley Thursday. Regular groom Juan Soto is back for a fifth time with the venerable sprinter who will set a Breeders' Cup record with his fifth start and seeks to become the first two-time winner of the Sprint and the oldest horse to win a Breeders' Cup race.
"He feels like a million bucks and is raring to go," said co-owner Headley in front of his wife Aase and co-owner Andrew Molasky by Barn 18. "His post (9) is good. He won from post 10 two years ago (in Breeders' Cup and Churchill Downs track record time of 1:07.77 for six furlongs). He's a good stalker. He should be three or four lengths behind. He's always been good from off the pace."
Headley credited several things to the longevity of the horse. "He's easy to train," said Headley. "He's not a horse than runs off. He's not a worrier. He's very calm in the paddock. He doesn't sweat much. He works five furlongs in 57 and doesn't blow."
Kona Gold did not start racing until 4 because of a chipped knee at 3. "His bones are more set at 4," explained Headley. "He must have a great set-up inside with his organs.
"He's a very unusual animal with a temperament all his own," continued Headley. "He's very intelligent. He likes to go to the gap and stand and watch."
The popular horse has developed a large fan club. "He gets fan mail," said Headley. "I had three little kids on him last year when I laid him up in my backyard."
Headley is optimistic that Kona Gold's racing days are far from over. "It's not how fast: it's if you last," said Headley, waxing poetic.
And when Kona Gold is one day retired? "I'll probably ride him around for another 10 years (as a stable pony)," said Headley.
Orientate -- Millionaire sprinter Orientate arrived at Arlington Park from Churchill Downs on Wednesday and galloped Thursday morning for top Breeders' Cup trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Orientate is a son of Mt. Livermore, who was third in the 1985 Sprint and is also the sire of 1992 Juvenile Fillies winner Eliza. His dam, Dream Team, was third in the 1987 Juvenile Fillies. Lukas trained them both.
In 18 lifetime starts, Orientate has competed at eight tracks in five states. His races have taken him from California to New York, Indiana, Kentucky and Florida.
Lukas has had runners in every Breeders' Cup since the Championship day was created in 1984. His record over the 18 years is 135-16-20-14 with earnings of $18,015,600.
Swept Overboard -- A smiling trainer Craig Dollase expressed enthusiasm for his Sprint prospect following a 1 ¼-mile gallop at Arlington Park Thursday morning. "He went real well," Dollase said, adding that his 5yo son of End Sweep would be on the same schedule Friday.
"He's happy and healthy," Dollase said. "There will be a good pace and that will work for us. He'll probably lay in mid-pack, within striking distance. As for the pace, the faster the better."
Dollase looks on Swept Overboard's fourth-place finish in Santa Anita Oak Tree's Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap as a chance for the horse to improve for Saturday's race. "We had a little setback after the Met Mile (which he won handily) with a minor ankle injury, so he probably needed that race (in the Ancient Title). He has rebounded really well."
Thunderello -- Charles Mady's Thunderello, never worse than second in five career starts, arrived at Arlington Park Thursday afternoon from his home base at Philadelphia Park.
Thunderello drew the rail for the Sprint under Edgar Prado and is 50-1 on the morning line.
Touch Tone -- The Phoenix Breeders' Cup runner-up Touch Tone walked the shedrow on Thursday in an effort to "pump him up" for Saturday's Sprint, according to trainer Ronny Werner.
The 4yo Pick Up The Phone colt will be making only his second start of the year in the Breeders' Cup following an 11-month layoff. Last year, he held his own against the top three-year-olds, including a second to Point Given in the Haskell Invitational. Touch Tone will break from post five in the Sprint.
"He's doing great," said Werner. "I like our post location, I just wish the filly (Xtra Heat) wasn't to our outside again. That's how it was at Keeneland and it probably hurt us."
Wake At Noon -- Trainer Abraham Katryan sent his Highland Handicap winner to the Arlington track for a 1 ½ mile gallop on Thursday. The 5yo Cure The Blues horse will be seeking his third consecutive victory.
"This horse always comes to play," said Katryan. "He comes to run every time. We like our horse because he's run well against horses like More Than Ready and Left Bank. We gave him a break over the summer and it really seemed to do him good. He appears to be at his peak right now."
Xtra Heat -- Trainer John Salzman reported that Xtra Heat "galloped once around the racetrack" Thursday morning and that "everything's fine."
Salzman is a partner with Kenneth Taylor in the ownership of Xtra Heat, who was purchased as a 2yo for just $5,000. To date, she has earned $2,223,305.
"We bought her to sell, really. Obviously, she has brought us back more profit than we thought. How could you imagine it? Not in my wildest dreams," he said of the return on the investment.
Xtra Heat is scheduled to be offered for auction at the Fasig-Tipton selected November mixed sale on Nov. 3 in Kentucky.
"I've got no idea how much she'll bring," said Salzman. "My retirement fund hopes it's a lot. We're not rich people. And I'm not going to enter the breeding business. I'll let the 'big' boys do that.
"We're sentimental with the horse," he said of the impending sale of Xtra Heat. "But this is business, not pleasure."
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