Artigiano – see European report
Balance the Books/Noble Tune – Trainer Chad Brown sent his colts out for some light exercise Tuesday morning, about 24 hours after they arrived from New York.
“Everyone is doing great,” Brown said. “I’m in a very lucky spot. I brought six horses out here and they’re all doing really good. I’m not taking anything for granted. They could all run great and none of them win. That’s how the Breeders’ Cup goes.”
Balance the Books, owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence has been very competitive in his three career starts. He was beaten a half-length in a maiden race at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 4 and came back 26 days later to beat Joha by a head in the With Anticipation. Brown sent him to Keeneland, where he finished first in the Bourbon by a nose.
Noble Tune has been a convincing winner in both of his races. He broke his maiden by 3 1/2 lengths at Saratoga Race Course on the closing day of the season, Sept. 3, and won the Pilgrim by 2 1/2 lengths on Oct. 8 at Belmont Park. The Unbridled’s Song colt is co-owned by Martin Schwartz and Dell Ridge Farm.
Brown Almighty – Brown Almighty shipped into Santa Anita late Sunday afternoon and has settled in nicely according to his trainer Tim Ice.
“He’s in (trainer Richard) Mandella’s barn,” Ice said. “He looks great, he ate up and he went out Monday morning on the main track.”
On Tuesday, the son of Big Brown went to the turf for a 1m gallop. Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who will be riding Brown Almighty for the first time Saturday, let the colt open up a bit down the lane.
Dry Summer – An outside post [No. 11] for the 2yo son of Any Given Saturday doesn’t bother trainer Jeff Mullins, and for good reason: “He won at Del Mar [Oak Tree Juvenile Turf] from the 10 hole,” said Mullins.
The trainer dismisses Dry Summer’s last start, the FrontRunner Stakes on the Santa Anita main track this way: “There was no way to close on the frontrunners that day. You had to be on or near the lead to have any chance.”
In his two victories, Dry Summer has come with a rush through the stretch to overtake the leaders.
The ridgling was bought for $120,000 at the Ocala Breeders Sale of 2yo horses in training by longtime Mullins clients Michael House and Sam Britt.
Dundonnell – see European report
Fantastic Moon – see European report
George Vancouver/ Lines of Battle – see European report
Gervinho – The Cal-bred trained by Carla Gaines is 2-for-2 lifetime, including a victory at 1m over the Santa Anita grass course in the Zuma Beach Stakes as a final prep for the Juvenile Turf.
“He’s a big, mature guy that is way more mature physically and mentally than many 2-year-olds,” the trainer said. As for the race, itself, Gaines said, “In a race like this, it’s all about the trip.”
The son of Unusual Heat has handled whatever trip he’s had to deal with so far, generally running in mid-pack before unleashing a major rush down the stretch to get the win.
Know More – The Lion Heart colt galloped 1 1/4m Tuesday at Santa Anita with exercise rider Tony Romero.
"He's so versatile," said trainer Doug O'Neill of the colt who won the Best Pal Stakes on Polytrack and finished second in the FrontRunner Stakes here on dirt. "We thought his best chance to win would be on turf. That's not to say he's not a dirt horse, but that this would be the best place for him."
Asked about post 13, O'Neill replied, "We made post 19 work for us at Churchill Downs (with I'll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby). No problem. We'll mow them down late."
Rising Legend – The 2yo son of Rock of Gibralter, the lone also-eligible in the race, cleared quarantine on Monday after being shipped in from England and was given an orientation jog over the Santa Anita turf course on Tuesday morning at 9:30.
"He's on the also-eligible list, but he could draw in, especially with the weather and horses coming in from other places," trainer John Sadler said.