Bridgetown – The 5yo son of Speightstown galloped over the track at Santa Anita Tuesday morning in preparation for Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
This will be the third Breeders’ Cup appearance for the Todd Pletcher trainee, who will be stretching out to 6 1/2f, his longest race since 2009. Bridgetown was second in the Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita that year going a mile. He was fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in 2010 at Churchill Downs.
“The horse has worked well here,” Pletcher assistant Mike McCarthy said. “He’s very consistent. This distance is a little bit of unchartered territory for him, but he ran well here at a mile as a 2-year-old, so this distance shouldn’t be a problem.”
Bridgetown is coming to the Turf Sprint on a two-race win streak with his most recent victory coming in the Woodford at Keeneland. He drew post 9 in a full field of 14 for the Turf Sprint with John Velazquez to ride.
California Flag – The Turf Sprint winner in 2009, the last time the race was run down Santa Anita's unique hillside course, jogged on the training track two days after a 4f workout in 46 1/5 that was the fastest of four on the day.
Trainer Brian Koriner said the 8yo gelded son of Avenue of Flags will jog on the training track again Wednesday, walk Thursday, and jog easily again on Friday before Saturday's race.
California Flag drew post 1 in the field of 14 and will break from the inside spot for the first time in a 26-race career.
“It doesn't bother me that much," Koriner said. "He's won from post three twice, and that’s only two spots over. Now we don't have to worry about getting pinched (between horses), or if he doesn't break right getting run over. There's only one horse to his outside and he'll be fine. It's no big deal and it might even work out to his advantage.”
Camp Victory – The Turf Sprint starter galloped at Hollywood Park Tuesday morning then shipped to Santa Anita’s Barn 28 shortly thereafter in the company of stablemate Obviously. Both horses are trained by Mike Mitchell.
Camp Victory, a 5yo gelding by Forest Camp, will break from post 2 in the Turf Sprint with jockey Julien Leparoux, who is scheduled to marry Mitchell’s youngest daughter Shea in December.
Chosen Miracle – The speedy daughter of Ghostzapper, 2004 Classic winner and Horse of the Year, galloped 1m on the main track Tuesday as he progressed toward Saturday’s Turf Sprint.
“I love the way he’s going right now,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.
Corporate Jungle – Gary and Mary West’s colt tries sprinting in the Turf Sprint after running at a mile or more on the turf in his first 10 career starts.
The son of Giant’s Causeway was second behind Wise Dan in the Fourstardave at Saratoga on Aug. 11.
Trainer Chad Brown said he decided to run the colt in the about 6 1/2f race that begins on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.
“He’s doing really well,” Brown said. “He likes firm turf and I think the cutback will suit him.”
Great Attack – Houyhnhnm Stable’s Great Attack jogged early Tuesday morning at Santa Anita with exercise rider Lindsey Molina aboard.
Trained by Wesley Ward, Great Attack is listed at 10-1 on the morning line for the Turf Sprint and will break from post position 7. Joel Rosario, who rode Great Attack to victory in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint in May at Churchill Downs, has the mount Saturday.
Great Attack, who finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint last year going 5f, has not raced since the May victory and Ward said the 5yo son of Greatness came out of the race with a foot bruise “and it’s taken all this time to get him back.
“He was about ready to run in the Woodford (on Oct. 6 at Keeneland), but our ultimate goal is the Breeders’ Cup and I thought it best that we train him into it,” said Ward, who gave Great Attack five grass works at Keeneland before shipping to California.
“I didn’t want to send him early to California because the turf is hard out there. The turf at Keeneland is really easy and kind on his feet, plus it’s deeper so you get a lot more out of the work.”
Great Mills/ Unbridled's Note – The two Turf Sprint contenders walked the shedrow of trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn Tuesday morning following 4f works Monday.
“They’re all in fabulous shape after yesterday,” Asmussen said. “I love how they’re all doing. They’ve all come back good. Now, they better all run as well as they’ve been training.”
Reneesgotzip – Trainer Peter Miller sent his Turf Sprint prospect through her 1 1/2m routine Tuesday at her Hollywood Park home base as she moved a step closer to her Wednesday arrival time at Santa Anita.
Miller expressed optimism over the 3yo filly’s post position (7) for the 6 1/2f dash down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, noting particularly that she will be among the last to load, thereby having to stand and wait for less time than most.
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