Monday, October 22, 2007
After Market – The husky 4yo went trackside at 7 a.m. Monday at Monmouth Park with trainer John Shirreffs a most-interested observer. The homebred colt – a product of a mating between the preeminent sire Storm Cat and Pam and Martin Wygod’s stakes star Tranquility Lake – was a picture when he started his 3m gallop, but was wet and lathered when he finished the exercise.
“It’s the Storm Cat in him,” Shirreffs noted as his wide-bodied, multiple-stakes winner came off the 1m dirt oval. “He can get hot; they all get hot. We don’t worry about it.”
After Market had shipped from his California base last Saturday for his date this Saturday in the NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile. His trainer shipped in Sunday night.
“It’s a good-looking racetrack,” Shirreffs stated when asked about Monmouth Park. “This will be a first for me; the first time I’ve ever saddled a horse here. I’m looking forward to it.”
What the conditioner is not looking forward to is the possibility of rain and a wet turf course on Saturday.
“It’s up to the boss (Martin Wygod) of course, but I’m fairly certain we’d be a bye-bye if they have a wet course for the race,” the trainer said. “He just won’t handle it. One way or another, race or no race, the plan is that he’s off to stud after Saturday.”
After Market was scheduled to run as one of the favorites in the Arlington Million in August and was in Illinois for the event, but when the course came up wet, he was scratched and returned to California.
Thus far, After Market has won eight of 13 starts, including six Graded stakes. He has run strictly on turf. He’ll be handled on Saturday by his regular partner Alex Solis.
Cosmonaut – Flying Zee Stable’s Cosmonaut galloped on the main track at Keeneland on Monday morning according to trainer Francois Parisel.
Parisel plans to ship Cosmonaut to Monmouth Park on Wednesday for the NetJets Mile, where the 5yo son of Lemon Drop Kid will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.
Leparoux has partnered Cosmonaut 10 times with two victories. The most recent pairing came in the Shadwell Turf Mile in which Cosmonaut finished second to Purim at Keeneland.
Excellent Art – While Breeders’ Cup Turf runner Dylan Thomas is trainer Aidan O’Brien’s marquee horse for this year’s Breeders Cup World Championships, many European horsemen are of the opinion Excellent Art could shine in the Mile. The consistent son of Pivotal has won Royal Ascot’s St James’s Palace Stakes and been narrowly defeated in two other Group I races in his last three starts.
Excellent Art is due to arrive at Newark International on a flight from Shannon, Ireland, Tuesday evening along with O’Brien’s four other intended Breeders’ Cup starters. Upon clearance of their blood tests by the USDA lab in Ames, Iowa, they could go to the track Thursday morning.
George Washington – see Classic
Host – Of all his horses pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, trainer Todd Pletcher believes this 7yo Chilean-bred son of Hussonet, who is first on the Preference list, will need the most racing luck.
“That day, he is going to need a smooth trip so he can make his one run,” Pletcher said after Host jogged a mile on Belmont Park’s training track Monday morning. “Monmouth is a smaller track than Belmont, and the turf course is tighter, so he needs to have everything go his way. Still, he has won at Monmouth (the Elkwood on May 26).”
Garrett Gomez will ride Host, who will leave for Monmouth Park on Tuesday morning.
Icy Atlantic – see Turf
Jeremy – Trainer Sir Michael Stoute has won a pair of Breeders’ Cup Turfs and the Filly and Mare Turf four years ago with Islington, but never a Breeders’ Cup Mile. His greatest disappointment came in 1987 when favored Sonic Lady could finish only third to Miesque.
The Newmarket-based conditioner is back this year with his 27th Breeders’ Cup runner and hopes to avenge that 1987 defeat with Mrs. Betty Moran’s Jeremy.
The 4yo son of Danehill Dancer, a Group II winner this year in England under Frankie Dettori, shipped to Monmouth Park on Sunday from Stansted, England, arriving at the Quarantine Barn around 8 pm. Subject to Jeremy’s blood clearing testing at the USDA lab at Ames, Iowa, he could go to the track Tuesday morning.
Dettori will have the mount on Saturday.
Kip Deville – Kip Deville, bound for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, will breeze a half mile Tuesday over Aqueduct’s turf course. The Oklahoma-bred will ship to Monmouth Park Wednesday. Jockey Cornelio Velasquez has the mount Saturday.
“We’ve had some fun with Kip Deville,” said trainer Rick Dutrow, who has saddled the colt to victories in a few stakes, notably the Frank Kilroe in March. “When he wins he wins at the wire. He’s an exciting horse to watch. A mile is his game.”
Dutrow had planned on working Kip Deville today, but said the horse “had a little bit of filling in his front pastern.”
“We’re treating it and he’s going to be a hundred per cent by tomorrow,” Dutrow said.
Lewis Michael – see Dirt Mile
My Typhoon – Trainer Bill Mott is expected to take on males on the grass in the Mile rather than run in the Distaff against her own gender. The 5yo mare worked 48 2/5 for 4f on Monday at Belmont on the main track.
“She went very well,’’ said Mott, who will be seeking his sixth Breeders’ Cup victory. “She’s had a little bad luck lately.”
My Typhoon stumbled from the gate in both the Flower Bowl at Belmont and the Ballston Spa at Saratoga and finished out of the money in her last two starts following three consecutive victories.
The Giant’s Causeway mare has bankrolled $1.1 million on the grass and was sixth in last year’s Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs.
Nobiz Like Shobiz – The 3yo son of Albert the Great galloped 1 1/8 m at Belmont on Monday and will breeze a half-mile Tuesday in his final work before taking on elders for the first time in the Mile.
“He’s really doing well,’’ said trainer Barclay Tagg, who will be saddling his first Breeders’ Cup horses since Funny Cide ran in 2004 in the Classic. “It’s a tough race, but I’m really pleased he’s done that well (3-for-3 on turf). We thought he’d be good on grass.”
Tagg said he will ship Nobiz Like Shobiz and stablemate Tale of Ekati to Monmouth on Thursday. John Velazquez will ride Elizabeth Valando’s colt for the first time.
Precious Kitten – The ultra-consistent filly – first or second in 14 of her 17 lifetime starts – walked her shedrow at Keeneland Monday morning after having turned in her final drill of 48 3/5 on Sunday at the Kentucky track for her Breeders’ Cup start this coming weekend.
A question still looms with the homebred daughter of Catienus: Does she go in the Mile and tackle the colts, or run in the Filly & Mare Turf? Both races are worth
$2 million, but in the former the distance will be eight furlongs, while the latter goes at 11.
“I’m leaning toward the Mile,” said the 4yo’s conditioner, Hall of Famer Robert Frankel, speaking by phone from his California headquarters. “I’ve got to talk to Ramsey (owner/breeder Ken Ramsey), but that is likely the way she’ll go.”
In a sparkling career that has seen her earn more than $1.1-million, Precious Kitten has never run farther than nine furlongs. She also never has run against males.
Frankel confirmed that Rafael Bejarano, who has ridden the filly nine times previously, would ride Saturday.
Purim – The upset winner of the Shadwell Turf Mile last out at Keeneland will arrive on Monday afternoon. Trainer Tom Proctor said that the 5yo horse worked Sunday in Kentucky and will not have a scheduled workout the rest of the week.
“He worked good yesterday and he’s doing good so we won’t do much,” he said. Jamie Theriot, who has ridden Purim in his last five starts and won the first Grade I race of his career in the Shadwell Turf Mile, will get the call.
Rabatash – “It would have been too tough a spot,” trainer Baclay Tagg said of the European turf horse who was not selected to the main body of the Mile field in the pre-entries.
Rebellion – While trainer Graham Motion waited to find out if Rebellion, third on the Preference list, will draw into the Mile field, the 4yo galloped 1 1/2m under exercise rider Laird George Monday morning at Keeneland.
If Rebellion, a winner of three of four starts this year, does get into the Mile, he will ship to Monmouth on Thursday and will be ridden by Eibar Coa.
Remarkable News – Trainer Angel Penna Jr. said Monday that Remarkable News breezed on Belmont Park’s turf course in 1:02 2/5 on Sunday and that the course was “a little soft”.
He’ll arrive on the grounds on Wednesday afternoon with stablemate Shamdinan, who will run in the Turf. Remarkable News will gallop for the rest of the week up to the race. Regular rider Ramon Dominguez will keep the mount.
Silent Name – The Japanese-bred son of American champion Sunday Silence galloped at Hollywood Park Monday morning and will turn in his final Breeders’ Cup drill there Tuesday, according to trainer Robert Frankel.
“He’ll either go a half or five-eighths,” the Hall of Fame conditioner said. Frankel is currently at his California headquarters overseeing his west coast string. The 5yo horse is scheduled to ship from Ontario Airport near Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The trainer noted that rider Kent Desormeaux would be aboard Silent Name in the Mile. It will be the bay’s 22nd start, but the first time he’s partnered with the Hall of Fame rider.
Trippi's Storm – Trainer Stanley Hough said that Trippi’s Storm would breeze 5f at Belmont Park at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and ship to Monmouth Park on Wednesday. The 4yo will gallop at Monmouth on Thursday and Friday.
Hough will be here on Thursday.
Winner of the Kelso Handicap last out, Trippi’s Storm will again be ridden by jockey Javier Castellano in the Mile.