Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Oct. 24-25
$1 million Grey Goose
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
1 Mile (Turf)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
April Pride (Tr: James Cassidy) – Trainer Jim Cassidy took over training the English-bred filly April Pride on Tuesday morning when she cleared quarantine at Hollywood Park and was vanned to Santa Anita.
April Pride was out on the turf course this morning for a 1m gallop with jockey David Flores aboard.
Cassidy said Flores will gallop April Pride again on Thursday to get to know her a little before riding her on Friday in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
April Pride had a maiden win and three seconds in stakes while racing for trainer Richard Hannon this season. Cassidy bought her two months ago on behalf of Forging Oaks Farm.
The daughter of Falbrav drew the rail for Friday’s race and will be stretching out to 1m for the first time.
Atka (Tr: Mike Harrington) – Atka, on the also-eligible list for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, has been declared out of the race after being cast in her stall at Hollywood Park Tuesday night.
Trainer Mike Harrington said the filly injured herself in the incident.
Beyond Our Reach (Tr: Tom Stack) – The Irish-bred filly Beyond Our Reach, still a maiden after three starts, was out for a jog on the main track Wednesday morning.
Tommy Stack, a former steeplechase rider, trains Beyond Our Reach, who finished third in a Group 1 stakes in August. Stack, who has been ill with meningitis, will watch the race on television as his son, Fozzy, saddles the filly on Friday.
“She’s a good filly at home,” said the 28-year-old Fozzy Stack. “I think she’s the only one with a Group 1 placing in the race.”
Beyond Our Reach starts from post 10. She will be ridden by Frankie Dettori for the first time.
“It’s not an ideal post, but we can’t do much about it,” Stack said. “At least we’ll have Dettori up.”
Stack said that Beyond Our Reach has been sold, and will join trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn after the Breeders’ Cup.
Consequence (Tr: Shug McGaughey) – Consequence galloped 1 1/4m before walking through the Santa Anita paddock on her way back to the barn area.
The 2yo daughter of El Prado, who broke her maiden at first asking in a Saratoga turf sprint in August, suffered through a wide trip in the Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park to finish fourth. Trainer Shug McGaughey said he expects the Phipps Stable’s homebred to offer a strong performance Friday.
“She had a good work at Belmont before she left and she had a great work here. I don’t think she could be doing any better,” said McGaughey, who has saddled nine winners of Breeders’ Cup events. “I think she’ll love this firm turf.”
John Velazquez will have the return mount aboard Consequence.
Emmy Darling (Tr: John Sadler) – Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Emmy Darling galloped 1 1/4m on Wednesday morning at Santa Anita under exercise rider Enrique Alfarez for trainer John Sadler.
Rafael Bejarano will ride Emmy Darling for the first time and break from post position five in a full field of 12 for the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
“The five is fine,” Sadler said of the draw for Emmy Darling, who will be making her turf debut.
Emmy Darling also had been pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies, but Sadler opted to try the grass with the daughter of Graeme Hall.
“She has worked well twice on the turf, and that’s the reason we chose that race,” Sadler said of Emmy Darling, whose final grass work was 59 4/5 on Oct. 17 for 5f.
Heart Shaped (Tr: Aidan O'Brien) – Heart Shaped has encountered trouble at the start of each of her three races since she broke her maiden in late May. Trainer Aidan O’Brien said he wouldn’t mind if the Storm Cat filly showed some patience and actually broke slowly for jockey John Murtagh on Friday.
“She was hitting the gates too quick in Europe,” O’Brien said. “The difference between European racing and American racing is that you want to hit them quick here.
“Sometimes a horse with a lot of speed, we try to get them to slow down because if they hit it quick, they’re in front. We were probably trying to slow her down a little bit. She’s a filly with a lot of speed. We’ll be very happy if she doesn’t break in front. In an ideal world, we’d prefer her to be breaking a little bit behind.
“She is a filly with a lot of speed and we’re not sure whether she can get a mile or not. Johnny will ride patiently and we’ll see what happens.”
Heart Shaped cleared quarantine Wednesday and trotted around the main track with the seven other O’Brien Breeders’ Cup runners.
Internallyflawless (Tr: Bob Baffert; ex. rider: Sarah Cillie ) – Charles Fipke’s Internallyflawless galloped 1 1/2m under exercise rider Sarah Cillie on Wednesday morning for trainer Bob Baffert.
Victor Espinoza was named to ride Internallyflawless, who is on the also-eligible list for the race and would need one defection to join the main body of the field.
Renda (Tr: Juan Arias) – Richard Rowan’s 2yo filly Renda got a chance to experience the Santa Anita turf course for the first time on Wednesday morning with her trainer, former jockey Juan Arias, aboard.
“I took her about 1 3/8 miles with a little open gallop to the stretch,” said Arias afterward. “It was smooth…the turf course felt like a carpet.”
On their way to the track, an onlooker called out, “Isn’t that the horse that the guy paid $11,000 for?”
Rowan, always decked out in a suit and tie, was following Renda and responded, “That would be me!”
“Oh, you’re the Puxa Saco guy!” the onlooker shouted.
“Yeah, I paid $8,500 for her, so this one should be a lot better, right?” replied Rowan.
It was an interesting exchange that underscored Rowan’s pride in his shrewd Thoroughbred acquisitions. He paid $8,500 for Puxa Saco as a yearling and she went on to earn more than $400,000 on the racetrack. He then sold her as a broodmare for $875,000.
To date, Renda has earned $107,093.
“I only buy fillies. They have more value,” Rowan said.
Saucey Evening (Tr: Graham Motion; ex rider: Alice Clapham) – Exercise rider Alice Clapham took Saucey Evening to the track Wednesday morning for a 1 1/2m gallop in preparation for her return to grass racing in the Juvenile Filly Turf.
The 2yo daughter of More Than Ready broke her maiden in her career debut, capturing a 5f turf race at Colonial Downs in June before being shipped to Southern California. She has run exclusively on synthetic surfaces on the West Coast in three starts, including a late-closing triumph in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita last time out.
“She won her first time out impressively,” trainer Graham Motion said. “When a 2-year-old wins that early on, you’re limited in the options in places to run. The fact that she’s a Cal-bred opened up doors for her.”
Saucey Evening drew the post position 11 for the Juvenile Filly Turf.
“It’s a worry. It’s definitely going to be a little bit of a handicap for her. But she was drawn outside for the California Cup and she overcame it,” Motion said. “It’s not a huge concern, but it is a concern. These races are hard enough to win as is, without having another handicap.”
Garrett Gomez has the return mount aboard Saucey Evening.
Sugar Mom (Tr: Wayne Catalano) – When Sugar Mom arrived in Wayne Catalano’s stable, the connections' goal was to break her maiden at Arlington. Little did they know that just a few short months later, they would ship her to California for the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
“We had her for three weeks, and she trained extremely well,” Catalano said. “You win races by entering in the right spot. Her Churchill form was OK, but she lost for $30,000 (maiden claimer). So we put her in for $40,000. She almost fell on her head, but she still won very impressively.”
She’s progressed rapidly since that win, “annihilating them” in a first-level allowance in her first route try, in advance of a late closing score in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies, running her record over synthetic tracks to a perfect three for three.
“Stevie (Leving, racing manager for owner Frank Calabrese) says she has a pedigree for grass, so it’s worth taking a shot (in the Breeders’ Cup),” Catalano said. “I worked her on the grass myself (Arlington Park on Sept. 22), and she got over it great. We were going to run in the Miss Grillo (on turf at Belmont), but they had bad weather and postponed the race. That’s when we turned our attention to Turfway (and the Kentucky Cup).”