BREEDERS' CUP NOTES
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BC Notes - 31 Oct
LOUISVILLE, KY - Following is the daily report on some of the Chicago-related horses running in the Breeders' Cup races on Saturday, Nov 4, at Churchill Downs.
Lu Ravi - Fujita Yoshio's Lu Ravi was one of the first horses on the track Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs, galloping 1¼ miles under Joe Deegan. Lu Ravi has competed in three Grade I races in her career with two seconds and a sixth in the one-turn Ruffian in her last start, but trainer Carl Bowman does not feel she is not a Grade I caliber mare. "She has been second in two of the three races, so I think that's a pretty good record," said Bowman, 49, who has 24 horses stabled at Churchill Downs.
"She has beaten a number of Grade I stakes winners -- Beautiful Pleasure, Tap To Music, Silverbulletday -- and I think her quality as a Grade I filly is just reinforced with some of the races she has run in. The Molly Pitcher and Delaware Handicaps (which Lu Ravi won) were not Grade Is, but at the time, three of the top six fillies in the country ran in both races. So I would say they were probably stronger than some of those races Beautiful Pleasure ran in. With the exception of her, you look at some of the other races those fillies were running in and although they were Grade Is, they were not very deep."
Filly and Mare Turf
Snow Polina - Of trainer Bill Mott's 31 Breeders' Cup starters, 14 were owned by the late Allen Paulson and Madeline Paulson. This year, Mott has eight Breeders' Cup hopefuls, each for a different owner, including Gary Tanaka's Snow Polina.
"We've got the same number of horses -- 100 -- but the owners change," said Mott. "With Mr. Paulson having passed away, it kind of opens it up for others. There's a turnover. I guess I'm proud of the fact we have repeat business."
Snow Polina, a 4yo daughter of Red Ransom, walked the shedrow Tuesday morning and will school in the paddock later this week, probably Thursday.
Caressing - Carl Pollard's Caressing finalized her preparations for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with a strong 5 fur. workout in 58 3/5 on Tuesday.
"She went nice," trainer David Vance. "She looked comfortable going over the track. I sent another horse with her early. She didn't really need it, but I wanted to get her into the game."
The 2yo Honour and Glory filly, most recently second to fellow Juvenile Fillies contender Thunder Bertie in the Arlington-Washington Lassie, will walk on Wednesday and then gallop up to the race.
She's A Devil Due - Trainer Kenneth McPeek currently has 22 horses stabled at Churchill Downs, but it is Brian Griggs and Mike Goetz's undefeated 2yo filly She's A Devil Due that is commanding the attention at the barn. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Devil His Due walked in the paddock today and then galloped 1½ miles, continuing her preparation for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
"She went excellent and loves this racetrack," said McPeek. "We're going to breeze her on Thursday three-eighths, probably after the [renovation] break."
McPeek is one trainer who doesn't seem to be too concerned about tomorrow's post position draw.
"The draw is not that important to us. She comes from off the pace anyhow," he said.
McPeek has run 2-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup before, both at Churchill Downs: Grand Deed in the Juvenile Fillies in 1998 (7th) and Tejano Run in the Juvenile in 1994 (3rd).
Thunder Bertie - Bernie Flint, perennially a leading trainer in Kentucky, was back in town following a trip to California to oversee the final preparations of his Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies contender, Thunder Bertie, who galloped two miles on Tuesday.
The 2yo Thunder Gulch filly enters the Juvenile Fillies on a two-race win streak, including the Arlington-Washington Lassie.
Trailthefox - This colt galloped with trainer Patrick Biancone watching. The appearance of Biancone was far different from the time when he guided the filly All Along to a Horse of the Year title in 1983. He trained his stable in France then, and twice a week, would catch the early Concorde flight from Paris to New York where he would have a car waiting for a drive to Belmont then to suprvise her workouts.
"Those were the days," he said. "I don't think about Concordes these days. I had no idea how much they cost and I didn't care. I didn't pay the bills, I would train, and then catch the 11 a.m. plane and get to Belmont at 8 a.m."
All Along won an unusual triple of turf races, one each at Woodbine, Belmont and Laurel in earning championship honors.
Biancone is excited about the prospects of Trailthefox Saturday. "These 2-year-olds really are babies," he said. "So you've got have a good rider and some good luck. Who gets the trip is important."
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