Flotilla – see European report
Infanta Branca – see European report
Kitten's Point – Augustin Stable’s Kitten’s Point galloped 1 1/2m under exercise rider David Nava Tuesday morning before walking through the Santa Anita paddock on her way back to the barn three days before the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
“She’s handling everything really well,” said Alice Clapham, assistant to trainer Graham Motion.
Kitten’s Point broke her maiden in her debut at Presque Isle Downs in September before falling a nose short of catching Moonwalk in the Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland.
Moonwalk/Sustained – Paul Pompa Jr.’s Sustained was the last horse of trainer Dale Romans’ six Breeders’ Cup contenders to train Tuesday morning and the trainer was very happy with what he saw, especially since the filly had been fighting a minor foot issue.
“I think we’ve lucked out and gotten her over the foot thing,” Romans said. “It was just a little bruise. I don’t know if she’ll be able to overcome her post (14), but I do think she’ll be ‘Queen of the Turf’ next year. She’s a nice filly.”
Stablemate Moonwalk, who enters the race off a win in the Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland, galloped earlier in the morning.
Sky Lantern – see European report
Spring Venture – Spring Venture is one of two 2yo fillies sired by Spring at Last and trained by Mark Casse that is running in this year’s Breeders’ Cup, but everyone around the barn can tell her from the other one, and it isn’t only because Spring Venture is a chestnut and Spring in the Air is a bay horse.
“Spring in the Air is as sweet as she can be, but Spring Venture is so mean, she will take your head off,” Casse said. “Yesterday at feeding time, we heard all this squealing and commotion and her groom came running out of her stall. She’s quite a handful.”
When Casse was reminded that his retired Canadian Horse of the Year and Canadian Filly Triple Tiara winner Sealy Hill, the runner-up in the 2008 Filly & Mare Turf, also had a nasty temperament, he said, “I hope she can run like Sealy Hill. To be honest, this filly has already done more at this point than Sealy Hill had.”
Spring Venture galloped on Tuesday and will school in the paddock this week.
Tara From the Cape – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Debmar Stables, and Gary Barber’s daughter of Leroidesanimaux galloped at Santa Anita Tuesday morning in advance of Saturday’s Juvenile Fillies Turf.
“Tara’s coming into this race a little under the radar,” said Aron Wellman, president of Eclipse. “We bought her after she broke her maiden going 4 ½ furlongs on Polytrack at Woodbine and transferred her to Todd (Pletcher).
“She won a stake (Greene Memorial) going two turns on the grass the first time. She came back and ran a very creditable third in the P.G. Johnson (Saratoga) and wasn’t beaten much by Watsdachances, who I think will be one of the top choices in this race.”
Her last start was her first out-of-the-money finish, a fourth in the Alcibiades on the Polytrack at Keeneland on Oct. 5.
“It was a very good fourth,” Wellman said. “On numbers she fits, and I think that she will be best at a flat mile on the turf. We’re happy with the post position (8) and we’re happy to have Johnny (Velazquez) on her. I think everybody in the camp believes that she’ll outrun her odds (12-1). It’s a very tough race, but she’s doing as good as she can be doing, and we’re kind of hoping to sneak up on people.”
The Gold Cheongsam – see European report
Waterway Run – see European report
Watsdachances – Since arriving from Ireland this summer, the Diamond Green filly has won a pair of stakes for trainer Chad Brown, the P.G. Johnson and the Miss Grillo.
Brown sent Watsdachances to the track to jog Tuesday morning. The filly breezed Sunday at Belmont Park and shipped from Newburgh, N.Y., Monday ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.
In 2008, Brown won with his first Breeders’ Cup starter, Maram, in the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita. This year, Brown has six Breeders’ Cup horses entered. Five of the six are turf runners. Three of the five are 2yos, Watsdachances, and two Juvenile Turf horses, Noble Tune and Balance the Books.
“My three 2-year-olds I brought out here are doing great,” he said. “They’ve all won their prep races coming in here, which you love to see. I’m looking forward to running them.”