Capo Bastone/Monument – Capo Bastone and Monument galloped with a group of John Sadler trainees in the early morning fog to Sadler's satisfaction.
It will be the second time for Sadler to send out horses for two clients in the same Breeders' Cup race. He saddled Noble Court for Joy Ride Racing and Get Funky for Keith Abrahams in the 2009 Turf Sprint.
Capo Bastone is owned by the Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners syndicate headed by Aron Wellman and Lee Midkiff of Del Mar, Calif. Monument by the C R K Stable of Lee and Susan Searing of Arcadia, Calif.
"Monument has come up through the Cal-bred program, he's a homebred and with not a huge field we're hoping that he can pick up a piece of it (the purse) if he runs well," Sadler said. "We've always liked Capo Bastone and we've run him in the biggest races here on the West Coast and expect he'll run very well on Saturday.
"They have different running styles, so that's no problem. Monument will be up close to the pace, like he was in (winning) the Cal Cup. Capo Bastone we see having more of a middle trip."
Dynamic Sky –“Just great. He went really great this morning,” was how trainer Mark Casse pronounced John Oxley’s contender for the Juvenile after Dynamic Sky galloped 1 1/2m. “Then he settled in and he relaxed and was perfect in the gate. He looks good.”
Casse sends out five Breeders’ Cup hopefuls this year and is looking for his first victory after 10 previous tries. The combination of Casse and Oxley, who also owns Juvenile Fillies contender Spring in the Air, came close in 2010 with Delightful Mary, who finished third in the Juvenile Fillies. Oxley’s Beautiful Pleasure, one of his seven previous starters in the World Championships, won the 1999 Distaff (now Ladies’ Classic) when she was trained by John Ward.
Oxley purchased Dynamic Sky for the bargain price of $25,242 from the 2011 Canadian Thoroughbred Society September Yearling sale and the colt already has won $218,115 in three starts in which he never has failed to hit the board.
Fortify – Godolphin Racing’s Fortify is on target for a start in the Juvenile after galloping 1 1/2m Wednesday morning at Santa Anita.
Fortify’s triumph in his debut at Saratoga last August wasn’t totally expected by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
“Not so much, because we just don’t win first time out,” said McLaughlin, whose young horses tend to get better with a start or two as experience. “But we liked him a lot and knew he had ability.”
Fortify was beaten by Juvenile morning-line favorite Shanghai Bobby in his next two starts, but McLaughlin expects that his 2yo colt will move forward in his first start around two turns in the 1 1/16m Juvenile.
“He just covers a lot of ground. He’s a big, strong horse and we think he wants further,” McLaughlin said. “But I’m sure other people also think their horses want the mile and a sixteenth, but we do think he likes it. Some of it is just being hopeful. We’ve got to come up with a way to beat Shanghai Bobby.”
He's Had Enough – The Tapit colt galloped 1 1/2m at Santa Anita Wednesday with exercise rider Jonny Garcia.
"Both He's Had Enough and Know More (entered in the Juvenile Turf) are talented horses with good minds," said trainer Doug O'Neill. "Ninety per cent of the battle is 'Can they handle the pressure?' and they both seem able to handle it."
O'Neill scored his first Breeders' Cup victory with Stevie Wonderboy in the 2005 Juvenile.
Power Broker/ Title Contender – Trainer Bob Baffert has a pair to run in the Juvenile Saturday afternoon, one from the inside and the other from the out. Both 2yos are owned by Gary and Mary West and both are sons of the A.P. Indy stallion Pulpit.
The chestnut colt Power Broker drew the outside in the nine-horse lineup for the 1 1/16m race, while the dark-hued Title Contender drew the rail.
The trainer is already on the record as saying he will “force the issue” with Title Contender.
“He’s a high cruiser,” Baffert said Wednesday morning after watching his two colts gallop from trackside at Santa Anita. “He’s got that natural speed. And we’re down in the one hole with him, so he’s all but got to go.
“Power Broker is doing good,” he added. “A lot of what happens with him and all these horses is how the track is playing. So far at this meet it has been fair. It has some bounce to it. I’ve had horses win in front and win coming from the back.
“But you’ve got to be careful with talk about the track. I know the first week here everyone was saying it was a ‘speed-biased track.’ But that isn’t necessarily so. I had a horse win the first week from way in the back. He was just a good horse.
“Sometimes, you know, you’ve got guys training the heck out of real good horses and they win in a certain style. It’s not always the track playing a certain way. More often it is the horse and how he’s been trained.”
Shanghai Bobby – The morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Juvenile arrived on a flight from New York at noon Wednesday and would likely get his first look at Santa Anita on Thursday morning.
“It’s his first time going two turns,” said assistant trainer Mike McCarthy. “It’s going to be very exciting. Obviously, there’s a championship on the line. If he were to jump up and win, you’d have to think he’d probably be the champion 2-year-old. His record (4-for-4) speaks for itself.”
Pletcher won the 2010 Juvenile with Uncle Mo, one of three victories he posted at Churchill Downs in the 27th edition of the Breeders’ Cup.
Speak Logistics – Speak Logistics galloped the main track at Santa Anita Wednesday morning, although the son of High Cotton went to the track a bit earlier than in the past days.
“We had been going right after the track reopens, but with the fog this morning, we didn’t want him out there with all that traffic so we got him out early,” said Frankie Perez, assistant to trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. “It wasn’t much; just another light gallop. He’ll go back out again tomorrow, although it will be up to Eddie to decide what time. He gets in later today.”