Monday, October 22, 2007
All My Loving – The 3yo Sadler’s Wells filly is scheduled to arrive at Newark International Airport on a flight from Shannon, Ireland, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 with the other four horses trained by Aidan O’Brien who have been pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The O’Brien horses are expected to reach the quarantine facility at Monmouth Park by 8 p.m.
Blood will be drawn on arrival at Newark and if the USDA tests conducted at Ames, Iowa, are negative, All My Loving will likely be cleared to go to the track on Thursday.
All My Loving finished third Sunday in the Barathea Finale Stakes, a 1 ˝ m listed stakes at Curragh in Ireland. O’Brien has kept the bay filly busy since she returned from a two-month break from competition this summer following third-place finishes in the English Oaks and the Irish Oaks. The Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf will be her fifth race since she finished second by a neck in the Park Hill Stakes. She was second in the listed EBF Harvest Stakes on September 28, and was ninth of 10 as the favorite in the Prix de Royallieu on Oct. 6.
Argentina – The Sadler’s Wells mare, so close yet so far away in her eight U.S. starts, merely walked the shedrow at Belmont Park after drilling six furlongs in 1:17 Sunday morning in anticipation of her go Saturday in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Hall of Fame trainer Robert Frankel noted that Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux would handle the Irish-bred 5yo.
Argentina has two seconds and three thirds – along with a fourth and a pair of fifths – in her stateside starts, all against graded stakes company.
Arravale – The 4yo filly by Arch completed her preparations for the Filly & Mare Turf by breezing a sharp 5f in 58 2/5 over Polytrack at Woodbine Monday morning. She galloped out 6f in 1:10 4/5, making trainer Mac Benson a happy man.
“She’s right on target,” he said. “I was really happy with the way she breezed this morning.”
Arravale, who won Grade I stakes in California and Canada last season but is winless in four trips this year, will ship to Monmouth by van Tuesday morning, a 12-hour ride from Toronto. Benson’s assistant, Barbara Przedrzymirska, will be in charge of the filly until Benson arrives Friday.
Arravale will have regular rider Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard in the Breeders’ Cup.
Danzon – Joseph Allen’s Danzon completed her final major preparations for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf by working 5f in 1:02 over the Polytrack at Keeneland on Monday morning. Julien Leparoux, who will partner Danzon at Monmouth Park on Saturday, was aboard for the work.
“She breezed very good this morning,” trainer Francois Parisel said of Danzon’s second work since winning the Kentucky Cup Distaff on Polytrack at Turfway Park on September 29.
Danzon is scheduled to ship to Monmouth Park on Wednesday.
Honey Ryder – An easy 1 m jog on Belmont Park’s training track on Monday morning was all trainer Todd Pletcher wanted from the 6yo Lasting Approval mare, who breezed five furlongs in 1:03.41 on Belmont’s soft inner turf course on Sunday. She will ship to Monmouth Park first thing Tuesday morning.
“She is the filly or mare version of English Channel,” Pletcher said. “She’s consistent. She handles any type of ground and runs well at a mile and three-eighths to a mile-and-a-half.”
Third last year in the Filly & Mare Turf, Honey Ryder will be ridden by John Velazquez. Lahudood – Lahudood galloped 1 1/8 m at Belmont Park with exercise rider Renzo Morales up.
It marked the first day back at the track for Lahudood, who had worked 5f in 59 4/5 on Belmont’s main track Friday morning.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Lahudood would train the next three mornings at Belmont Park and then ship to Monmouth Park around mid-morning on Thursday.
Alan Garcia, who rode Lahudood to victory in the Flower Bowl in the filly’s most recent start, has the call in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Nashoba's Key – The 4yo filly, unbeaten in seven starts, galloped at Santa Anita Monday and will be shipped east Wednesday, according to trainer Carla Gaines.
“She was not successful biting anybody this morning but she got an A for effort,” said Gaines of the California-bred filly with a mean streak to match her winning streak. She has left a few scars around here.”
Gaines explained her decision to ship the filly late. “There are environmental changes, and the weather is less predictable there,” said Gaines. “I want to keep her in a normal routine. She has never been on a plane but she’s easy to train and vanning has never been a problem.”
Gaines will make her first trip to Monmouth with her first Breeders’ Cup entrant and expresses confidence. “She has won on turf and Cushion Track and that deep gluey Polytrack at Del Mar,” said Gaines. “She has handled everything they have thrown at her.”
Nashoba’s Key has never raced outside California but grade 1 victories on both turf and synthetic surfaces have stamped her for class, according to Gaines. “There will be competition from some nice fillies from Europe, but I think she’s ready for that endeavor. She’s trained fantastic since her last win in the Yellow Ribbon (Stakes on Sept. 29).”
Gaines said the filly would be accompanied by foreman Gustavo Benitez, exercise rider Tony Rubalcava and the filly’s pony, Hootie. “I’m trying to keep everything the same,” explained Gaines, who will follow on Thursday with owner-breeder Warren Williamson. *** Raid – see Distaff
Passage of Time – The Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner arrived at the quarantine facility at Monmouth Park Sunday evening after a flight from Great Britain to Newark International Airport.
Blood was taken upon her arrival at the airport. If blood tests conducted at the USDA laboratory in Ames, Iowa, are negative she will be permitted to leave quarantine and visit the track on Tuesday morning. Passage of Time, a 3-year-old daughter of Dansili, bred in Great Britain at owner Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, will be ridden for the first time by Ramon Dominguez on Saturday.
Passage of Time is trained Henry Cecil, who has not had a Breeders’ Cup starter since 1998. Cecil saddled Eltish, who was second in Juvenile in 1994, and Indian Skimmer, who was third in Turf in 1988.
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Simply Perfect – The dual Group 1 winner trained by Jeremy Noseda arrived at the quarantine facility at Monmouth Park Sunday evening after a flight from Great Britain to Newark International Airport.
Blood was taken upon her arrival at the airport. If blood tests conducted at the USDA laboratory in Ames, Iowa, are negative she will be permitted to leave quarantine and visit the track on Tuesday morning.
Simply Perfect and stablemate Strike the Deal, who is pre-entered in the inaugural running of the Juvenile Turf on Friday, were members of the group of nine horses who traveled from Europe on Sunday.
“Both horses shipped in nice and are fine,” said Noseda’s assistant, Dave Bradley. “They’re bright and perky this morning. I’m sure they’ll only do some light work when they go to the track.”
Simply Perfect completed her 2yo season with a victory in the May Hill Stakes and a 1 ˝-length triumph in the Fillies Mile at Ascot. She has run five times this year, all in Group 1 races, and recorded a win in the Falmouth Stakes on July 11 at Newmarket.
Timarwa – The Aga Khan’s 3yo Daylami filly arrived at the quarantine facility at Monmouth Park Sunday evening after a flight from Great Britain to Newark International Airport. Blood was taken upon her arrival at the airport.
If blood tests conducted at the USDA laboratory in Ames, Iowa, are negative she will be permitted to leave quarantine and visit the track on Tuesday morning.
John Oxx trains Timarwa, who won the Denny Cordell Stakes at Gowan Park in Ireland on October 5.
Jockey Michael Kinane is scheduled to ride Timarwa in the Filly & Mare Turf on Saturday.
Wait a While – Wait a While jogged a mile on the fast Belmont Park training track, after working 5f in 1:04 on Sunday. She will ship to Monmouth Park on Tuesday morning, and trainer Todd Pletcher will be paying special attention to the weather forecasts for the Jersey shore.
“You never want to scratch out of a race that you think you have a decent shot in,” Pletcher said. “I don’t think she likes soft turf, but I am sure that the turf course at Monmouth won’t be as chewed up as the turf here at Belmont. It may come down to a tough decision.”
Jockey Garrett Gomez has the mount on Wait a While.