Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov. 5-6
$1 Million Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade II)
1 Mile (Turf)
Monday, November 1, 2010
Allure d'Amour – The last of trainer Todd Pletcher’s 11 Breeders’ Cup entrants arrived at Churchill Downs on Sunday and galloped for the first time Monday in preparation for Saturday’s Juvenile Fillies Turf.
“She got here in good order and had a nice gallop over the track,” Pletcher said. “She breezed at Belmont before she left (4f in 52-flat on dirt on Friday).”
John Velazquez will be aboard the daughter of Giant’s Causeway for the third time. She broke her maiden on yielding turf at Belmont less than three weeks ago (Oct. 17).
Fancy Point – The 2yo daughter of Point Given left Florida on a horse van at 4:30 a.m. Monday and is expected to arrive at Churchill Downs later that afternoon. Trainer Will Phipps said he’s bringing an allowance contender named Doe Run, who is slated for a Thursday race, and his stable pony, Joker.
“If she’s separated from him she gets a little nervous,” Phipps said of the filly’s relationship with the pony.
Fancy Point won the P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 1, and was then third in Belmont’s Miss Grillo on Oct. 3 for Kinsman Stable. She turned in her last work at Hunter Farm, a training center in Ocala, Fla., on Oct. 23 going 5f in 1:04 3/5.
“It was an excellent work,” Phipps said. “We’ll see how she ships and take things from there; we might jog a turn tomorrow morning or we might shedrow her a day.”
Jockey Kent Desormeaux has the mount.
Flood Plain – The Juddmonte Farms homebred walked the quarantine barn Monday morning. The filly arrived on a flight from Europe Saturday evening and is expected to clear quarantine later Monday. She will make her first visit to the track Tuesday morning.
John Gosden trains the Orpen filly, who broke her maiden over seven furlongs at Salisbury on Oct. 11 and returned 12 days later to finish second in the listed Radley at Newbury.
Jordy Y – see Juvenile Fillies
Kathmanblu – The Jessamine Stakes winner, one of four Breeders’ Cup entries for Ken McPeek, jogged 1m and then galloped 1m at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Julien Leparoux will ride on Friday.
More Than Real – A fast-closing second in the 1m Natalma at Woodbine, the daughter of More Than Ready completed her works on Saturday with a 4f move on the Churchill turf in 49 4/5.
"She came out of it in good order," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "She's a filly with a lot of promise."
Owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, the Saratoga maiden breaker will have the riding services of Garrett Gomez.
New Normal – The daughter of Forestry, who comes into the Juvenile Fillies Turf off two victories on grass at Woodbine, is being vanned to Kentucky and will arrive Tuesday along with trainer Mark Frostad.
New Normal prevailed in the Natalma, her first stakes try, on Sept. 18 and has been breezing at Woodbine since. Javier Castellano, who was aboard in the Natalma, gets the call again.
The filly, owned by breeder R.S. Evans, broke her maiden at Woodbine on Aug. 28 after running fourth in her debut that month.
Nina Fever – This 2yo daughter of Borrego brings a four-race win streak into Friday’s Juvenile Fillies Turf for trainer Wesley Ward, who bought the filly for $32,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.
The filly went for a gallop on the Churchill Downs turf course on Monday as her preparation for Friday’s race heads into the homestretch. Ward will be at Churchill Tuesday to oversee the rest of the filly’s work toward her Breeders’ Cup appearance.
She finished her serious training Sunday working in company with stablemate Madman Diaries at 5f on the grass. She was clocked in 1:03 3/5.
Quiet Oasis – Trained by Brian Meehan and owned by the Sangster Family, Quiet Oasis comes into the race off a fourth-place finish in the Park Stakes at the Curragh on Sept. 26. She arrived Saturday and after walking the shedrow for two days is expected to clear quarantine on Monday afternoon and go to the track for the first time on Tuesday.
Tale Untold – The Tale of the Cat filly, trained by Richard Hannon Jr., walked the quarantine barn Monday morning. She arrived on a flight from Europe Saturday evening, is expected to clear quarantine later Monday, and will make her first visit to the track Tuesday morning.
American Marc Keller, owner of the recently retired Grade 1 winner Grand Couturier, purchased the filly in early September. Plans call for her to remain in the U.S. after the Breeders’ Cup and be handled by Keller’s New York trainer, Robert Ribaudo.
Tale Untold, who is out of the Rahy mare Bank on Her, broke her maiden by five lengths and has since had three narrow losses. She was fifth, beaten 1 3/4 lengths in the listed Dick Poole Stakes, then finished second by a nose in two restricted stakes at Newmarket.
Theyskens' Theory – see Juvenile Fillies
Together – Together arrived on Saturday from Europe and has walked the shedrow on each of the two days since. Expected to clear quarantine by late Monday afternoon, Together shipped well, according to Pat Keating, head lad for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
“We couldn’t be happier,” he said. She will go to the track tomorrow morning.
Winter Memories – The Miss Grillo winner trained by Jimmy Toner jogged once around the main track at Churchill Downs Monday morning.
Toner is scheduled to fly from New York to Louisville Monday to watch the filly gallop Tuesday morning. Jose Lezcano will ride the unbeaten filly out of Memories of Silver, bred and owned by Phillips Racing Partnership.
Winter Memories broke her maiden at Saratoga on Sept. 3 and added the Miss Grillo to her resume on Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.
Wyomia – The daughter of Vindication will be after her first turf victory in Friday’s race after winning two straight on Polytrack, including the Mazarine Stakes last out. She is vanning from Canada and will arrive Tuesday at Churchill Downs.
Dan Vella trains Wyomia, who finished fifth behind New Normal in her only turf try, a maiden race on Aug. 28. The filly gets a new rider for Friday, with Vella giving the call to Rafael Bejarano.