Monday, October 22, 2007
Achill Island – One of trainer Aidan O’Brien’s quintet for the Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and Saturday, Mrs John Magnier’s son of Sadler’s Wells is due into Newark International Tuesday evening with arrival at the Quarantine Barn on the Monmouth Park backstretch expected around 8 pm.If his blood work passes muster, Achill Island, who is one of three European-trained runners in the Juvenile Turf field, could go to the track Thursday morning.
Achill Island is only a maiden winner but was beaten just a half-length last out in Ascot’s Royal Lodge Stakes in September.
Annie Skates – see Juvenile Fillies
Austintatious – Trainer Brian Meehan did not ship Andy Rosen’s runner to Monmouth Park because the son of Distorted Humor had little chance of drawing into the oversubscribed Juvenile Turf. At 11th on the Preference list, it would have required a massive defection for him to draw into the field.
Cannonball – ninth on Preference list
Cherokee Triangle – The runaway winner of the Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs continued to train at his base at Churchill Trackside in Louisville on Monday and will be flown to New Jersey on Tuesday. The Cherokee Run colt worked Saturday, breezing 5f in 1:00 2/5.
“He’s doing good,” said trainer Mike Maker. “He had a good work and we’re all set.”
Jockey Robby Albarado, aboard for the last race, has the mount again on Saturday.
Cowboy Cal – sixth on Preference list
Domestic Fund – One of two Irish-trained runners in this year’s Breeders’ Cup not trained by Aidan O’Brien, Domestic Fund flew in from England Sunday evening, arriving at the Quarantine Barn about 8 pm.
Trainer Dermot Weld won a Leopardstown maiden race in August with the son of Sadler’s Wells before watching him finish second to Curtain Call in the Curragh’s Beresford Stakes.
Gio Ponti – “He galloped 1 ¼ miles this morning,” trainer Christophe Clement said from his Belmont Park base. “He will gallop every day and arrive on Wednesday. He will do some light training on Thursday and Friday.”
The lightly raced son of Tale of the Cat is undefeated in two tries and although his last win under Ramon Dominguez was a troubled trip, Clement has yet to determine what kind of horse he is. “I don’t know how good he is,” he said. “We will find that out after the race.”
Dominguez will be back in the irons.
Globetrotter – Trainer Graham Motion reported Monday morning that his undefeated 2yo who is listed third on the Preference list will not run in the Juvenile Turf.
“The owner and I decided that it was a little too much too soon at this point,” said Motion, whose colt won the Grey Breeders’ Cup at Woodbine in his last start.
Horse Doctor – Eighth on Preference list
Ibn Khaldun – Trainer Saeed bin Suroor kept the Godolphin runner at home in Newmarket rather than send him to Monmouth Park. The son of Dubai Destination was selected to the field for the Juvenile Turf but bin Suroor plans to run him in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Breeders’ Cup Saturday.
Moral Compass – The son of Grand Slam will not be entered in the Juvenile Turf when the entries are drawn on Tuesday. He was fifth on the Preference list.
“We ran him yesterday (Sunday),” Tagg said of the colt who had won his last start on grass. “We didn’t feel like he was ready for this kind of competition anyway.”
Nownownow – Fab Oak Stable’s Nownownow completed his major preparations for Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf by working 5f in 1:01 2/5 in company over the grass at Keeneland on Monday morning.
Julien Leparoux, who has ridden Nownownow in four of his five starts, was aboard for the work and will have the mount on Friday.
Trainer Francois Parisel said Nownownow would ship to Monmouth Park on Tuesday.
Old Man Buck – see Juvenile
Overextended – 10th on Preference list
Preachin Man – The Juvenile Turf contender had his first ever experience on grass, breezing an easy 4f in 53 over the Monmouth Park turf course on Monday with exercise rider Melvin Perez aboard. Although he has been based at Monmouth, under the care of Carol Roller, since finishing second in the Sapling on Sept. 2, it was his first time on the turf course.
“He looked like he handled the turf well,” said Roller, who is the assistant trainer for James Ryerson, but helping trainer Ronny Werner out until he arrives on Wednesday. “We just wanted something easy.”
Prussian – The son of the late great sire Danzig has won both starts impressively on grass for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The Saratoga maiden breaker, who will have Kent Desormeaux in the irons, breezed in 4f 2/5 at Saratoga’s Oklahoma Training Track.
Prussian won the Summer Stakes at Woodbine in his most recent start on Sept. 16 after making a belated debut in August. “He’s been working very well up there,” Mott said. “He’ll be shipping in on Tuesday.”
Shore Do – See Juvenile
Strike the Deal – Frankie Dettori won the 2004 Juvenile on Wilko for trainer Jeremy Noseda and will have his first mount aboard Strike the Deal for the same trainer in this year’s Juvenile Turf on Friday.
Like Wilko, Strike the Deal has had a busy season leading up to the Breeders’ Cup with seven starts at seven tracks for five jockeys in 2007.
Strike the Deal, by Van Nistelrooy, arrived on Sunday evening on a flight from England and could go to the track Tuesday morning if his blood tests come back negative from the USDA lab at Ames, Iowa.
Texas Fever – Trainer Michael Stidham confirmed on Monday that his 2yo son of Victory Gallop will run in Friday’s Juvenile Turf instead of Saturday’s Juvenile.
“He’s only run on Polytrack and we believe the turf race suits him best,” Stidham explained. “The pace of the dirt race will be hot, and we didn’t want to have to chase that. The way the turf sets up on paper, we should find ourselves relaxed and forwardly placed.”
Texas Fever’s last two works have come over the Keeneland grass course. He worked 5f in the company of the 3yo Sudden Inspiration on Saturday, stopping the timer in 1:01 2/5.
“Hilary (assistant trainer Pridham) was on him, and they broke off two or three lengths behind the filly,” Stidham said. “They went head to head at the top of the lane, he pulled away down the stretch, and galloped out real well.”
Garrett Gomez will ride the Kentucky Cup Juvenile winner for the first time on Friday.
“We were very happy to get him,” Stidham said. “We know he’ll put him in the race and make the right decisions.”
The Leopard – One of three Todd Pletcher-trained horses pre-entered for the inaugural Juvenile Turf on Friday, the Storm Cat colt worked a half-mile in 50 3/5, under jockey Edgar Prado, and in company with $16 million maiden, The Green Monkey. He will ship to Monmouth Park on Tuesday morning.
In his only turf start, The Leopard won the Pilgrim at a mile and a sixteenth at Belmont Park on Sept. 29.
“I was really pleased with his race on the turf,” Pletcher said. “And, he seemed to handle the soft turf (Sunday).” Prado, still recovering from a broken ankle suffered in a spill at Saratoga on Sept. 1, will not ride The Leopard on Friday; John Velazquez has the mount.
Why Tonto – Seventh on Preference list
Your Round – Second on the Preference list for the first running of the Juvenile Turf, he jogged 5f and galloped 1 1/4m Monday on the main track at Keeneland. Trainer Mark Hubley said the Distorted Humor colt will board a Tex Sutton charter to New Jersey on Tuesday. He’ll get his first look at the Monmouth track Wednesday.
Hubley said he has thought of Your Round as Breeders’ Cup material since he first saw him breeze as an unraced 2yo at Vinery South in May. ”That’s when I thought he’d be a good horse for this race,” he said.
Your Round breezed 5f on the main track at Keeneland Saturday under regular exercise rider Roosevelt Wood. Hubley said he was timed in 1:02 1/5.