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Tuesday, October 25, 2005      Contact: Breeders’ Cup Notes Team (516) 328-6017


TVG BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT NOTES

Attila’s Storm – Trainer Richard Schosberg kept his Sprint contender Attila’s Storm “in for a jog” on Tuesday morning due to the bad weather.  Schosberg has one of the big jogging barns on Belmont’s backstretch, which allows him to continue light training even in the harshest of conditions.
   “He jogged in the barn for 15 minutes, which is a good two miles,” said Schosberg.  “He had a super strong gallop yesterday and he’ll gallop tomorrow, when the weather is supposed to be better.”
   Schosberg acquired the 3yo son of Forest Wildcat through a transfer of several horses from John Destefano.  He considers Attila’s Storm to be the best so far.
   “This horse has talent,” said Schosberg Tuesday morning.  “The final time of his last race was outstanding and he won it pulling up.  He stalked in that race, which is a good thing.  He’ll make a run at Lost in the Fog.  He’s not going to give anybody an easy lead and he’s not just going to be a nuisance.  All he lacks is the experience.” 

Battle Won – Jay and Gretchen Manoogian’s 5 yo Honour and Glory gelding galloped 1 ¾ miles at Churchill on Tuesday and will ship to Belmont on Wednesday along with a large contingent of Kentucky-based runners.
   Battle Won, a career sprinter, has never run farther than seven furlongs, but is much more versatile on his surface and track condition, switching easily between turf and dirt and has won over an off track. Thus, trainer Charles Simon sees no problem with the possibility of a wet track on Saturday.
   “It shouldn’t be a problem,” said Simon. “He’ll run on anything.”
   Jockey Ramon Dominguez has the mount.

Elusive Jazz – Stony Oak Farm LLC’s Phoenix Breeders’ Cup winner was en route to Belmont Park from his Louisville base on Tuesday. He was on a Tex Sutton flight that originated in Los Angeles, stopped in Kentucky and was scheduled to land at Farmingdale airport mid-afternoon. Trainer Bobby Barnett will join his charge on Thursday.
   “He’s doing really well,” said Barnett, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 1998 with Answer Lively. “I think he’s getting real good for us. He’s doing well. He had a good work on Saturday and came out of it great. He’s peaking at the right time.”
   Jockey Robby Albarado, aboard for the first time in the Phoenix, has the return call on Saturday.

Gygistar – The 6yo gelding, finally getting his first Breeders’ Cup start three years after it was scheduled, hand-walked the shedrow for trainer Mark Hennig Tuesday after breezing 4f in 47 1/5 Monday.
   “He was the early favorite for the Sprint when he was three, but he grabbed his foot in the stall and tore a piece off” about two weeks before the event, Hennig said. “He ended up having to grow a new foot.”
   Since then, the trainer said, he’s been an “in-between distance horse. If the Cup had been at Churchill Downs or Hollywood I wouldn’t have been as apt to try it. But he has an affinity for this racetrack and that figured into our thinking.”
   Hennig said Gygistar would gallop the rest of the week if the track is fast and will jog if it’s muddy.
   “Mother Nature’s training today,” he added. “She does a pretty good job of training sometimes.”





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Imperialism – The husky gray walked the shedrow Tuesday morning after having put in a good gallop the day before at Belmont.
   Trainer/exercise rider Kristin Mulhall was up on the son of Langfuhr for a tour of Barn 27 that lasted for an hour.
   “He’s doing great,” Mulhall said. “Feeling good, liking where he is and wanting to race. That about covers it.”
   The trainer was asked about a possible “off” track affecting her charge on Saturday.
   “Not an issue with him,” she said. “He’ll run on most anything anytime. Just bring them on.”

Lifestyle – The daughter of Indian Charlie jogged 1 ½ miles over the main track as he moved a day closer to his start in Saturday’s Sprint.
The 5yo horse, owned by R and R King Stables and Wesley Ward, and trained by Ward, is scheduled for the same training regimen Wednesday, the trainer said. A start on Saturday will be the first for the horse since a second-place finish in an optional claiming race at Del Mar in August.

Lion Tamer – Like his three fellow barnmates that worked over the Belmont main track Monday, the Todd Pletcher-trained Sprint hopeful walked the shedrow and stayed out of the nasty weather in the New York area Tuesday morning.
   “He turned in a good work,” said Pletcher. “We weren’t looking for too much from him because he had worked kind of sharply last week. This was more of a maintenance work.”
   Lion Tamer will try to build on a third-place finish in the Vosburgh Oct. 1 in what was his first start after a four-month layoff. According to Pletcher, the plan for Saturday is clear as he prepares to take on the undefeated Lost in the Fog.
   “He’s a come-from-behind sprinter that’s going to need them to go flying out there early and all come back late,” he said. “He’s not going to have to worry about his post position. He’s probably going to drop back and make his move. He got a great run along the inside in the Vosburgh, and if he got the same thing this time, that would be great, but he’s probably going to make his run no matter where he ends up placed.”

Lost in the Fog – Harry Aleo’s undefeated sprinter Lost in the Fog simply walked the shedrow Tuesday morning, switching original plans that called for rest on Wednesday.  The 3yo colt will go to the track Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. instead to gallop.  Trainer Greg Gilchrist indicated that Lost in the Fog will not lose any training this week.
   Gilchrist has had one previous Breeders’ Cup starter: the filly Soviet Problem, who finished second in the 1994 Sprint.
   “This is fun,” he said Tuesday morning after conducting yet another television interview.  “This is why you do this (train horses).  If you didn’t like it, you might as well work in a gas station.”
   Still, Gilchrist has heard plenty from critics of Lost in the Fog.  To the naysayers, he says, “They’ll always keep saying, ‘Well, he hasn’t done this before and he hasn’t done that before.’  He has run against older horses before, just not the type we’ll face this Saturday.  If he wins, they’ll find something else to say.”
   The affable trainer doesn’t identify anyone specifically in the race that he is concerned about.
   “You never disrespect any opponent.  You just try as hard as you can,” he said.

Pomeroy – The Patrick Biancone trainee galloped 1 ½ miles on the Turfway Park Polytrack Tuesday, and Biancone said the 4yo colt will breeze there Wednesday.
   Biancone’s four Cup candidates will ship to New York Thursday afternoon.
   “Everything is going very good,” he said.

Silver Train – Buckram Oak Farm’s runner walked the shedrow Tuesday for trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr.  On Monday, Silver Train breezed a 'bullet' 5f at Aqueduct in 58 3/5. Silver Train enters the Sprint off a big win in Belmont Park's Jerome Handicap at a mile. Dutrow does not foresee a problem cutting the colt back to six furlongs in a race as tough and deep as the Sprint.
"I don't believe it'll be tricky for him," Dutrow said.  "He's classy, improving and he loves Belmont.  He had nicked himself yesterday (breezing) but he's fine.  I think we're being overly cautious because it's such a big race. He's doing good." 
Silver Train will jog Wednesday, then gallop into the Sprint.



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Taste of Paradise – The 6yo horse, set to be retired to stud next year, was scheduled to arrive Tuesday afternoon for the Sprint after a flight from California. He will provide the first Breeders’ Cup starter for trainer Gary Mandella, son of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, who has won six Breeders’ Cup races.

Wildcat Heir – The 5yo horse, who has had just one start in the last 11 months, stayed inside Tuesday morning, the day after he turned in a sharp final breeze for the Sprint.
   “There were too many things blowing around out there to take him out,” said trainer Ben Perkins Jr. “Hopefully the breeze yesterday put him on his toes for the race.”
Wildcat Heir tuned up for Saturday’s Sprint by breezing a half-mile in a swift 46 flat on Monday. Stewart Elliott, who was aboard for the drill, has the mount Saturday.
   Wildcat Heir, who won the DeFrancis Memorial last Nov. 20 at Laurel, made his only 2005 start on Aug. 7 at Monmouth Park, when he rolled to an easy score in the Teddy Drone Stakes, getting 6f in 1:08 2/5, and earning a season-high Beyer Speed Figure of 117.
   Wildcat Heir, bred and owned by New Farm, has been lightly raced because of a series of minor problems. He popped a curb early in the year, which delayed his 2005 debut, and then suffered an abscess in his left front foot in September, which kept him sidelined until he resumed training in early October.
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Thursday, October 27, 2005                   Contact: Breeders’ Cup Notes Team (516) 328-6017


TVG BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT NOTES

Attila’s Storm – Barry Schwartz and Double S Stable’s Sprint contender Attila’s Storm galloped on the Belmont training track Thursday morning and also schooled in the starting gate.

            Trained by Richard Schosberg, Attila’s Storm lacks the stakes experience of his competition, but posted a respectable Beyer Speed Figure of 106 in his last start.  Assigned odds of 30-1 by the morning linemaker, Attila’s Storm will break from post position two.

            Co-owner Schwartz, a former chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association and the CEO of Calvin Klein Inc. before that, is taking great pleasure in being a horse owner.

            “I’ve enjoyed racing all year…it’s been a good year for our stable,” said Schwartz.  “It is certainly culminating with having two horses in the Breeders’ Cup.”

            Schwartz also owns Nothing But Fun, who will run in the Distaff.  In previous years, Schwartz and partners were represented by Breeders’ Cup starters Noteasybeinggreen (10th in the 1998 Juvenile) and Three Ring (third in 1998 Juvenile Fillies).

            “People have said to me that someday I’d have one as good as Three Ring,” Schwartz said of the filly who holds a special place in his heart.

 

Battle Won – One day after arriving in New York from Kentucky, the Honour and Glory gelding schooled in the gate and galloped 1 ½ miles over the main track. Since a fifth-place finish in the Woodford Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 9 when he broke a tad slow, trainer Charles Simon has been working with his charge to have him sharp on Saturday.

            “He’s doing good,” said Simon. “He’s only broke slow a few times, but we’ve been working with him.”

 

Elusive Jazz – Stony Oak Farm LLC’s Sprint hopeful, who is under the care of assistant Mario Combento, jogged one mile and galloped one mile over the main Belmont track on Thursday. Trainer Bobby Barnett is scheduled to arrive from Kentucky tonight.

            “We took him through the paddock and he relaxed pretty good,” said Combento.

           

Gygistar – The 6yo gelding galloped 1 1/8 miles at Belmont Park Thursday. “He galloped well and came back good,” trainer Mark Hennig said.

 

Imperialism – The husky gray colt was out and about on a crisp Thursday morning, going trackside under trainer/exercise rider Kristin Mulhall at 6:30. The son of Langfuhr galloped around the big Belmont oval, leveling off through the lane for a blowout of about two furlongs, as he heads toward his date in the Sprint Saturday.

            Watching the proceedings was the horse’s groom, John “Short Man” Flakes, who has handled the stretch-running 4yo since he was purchased privately by L.A. auto man Steve Taub and brought to California from Florida in January 2004.

            “He’s doing good; really good,” said “Short Man,” whose perspective on horses and the racetrack goes back to 1960, the first year he groomed a Thoroughbred.

“He likes this track a lot. I’ve traveled with him for all his races – Kentucky, Maryland, Louisiana – and this is the place for him. He’s real comfortable here and he goes smooth around that track. I think he’s going to run big on Saturday.”

            Imperialism was scheduled to school in the paddock Thursday afternoon with the horses for Race 2. He’ll be handled Saturday by Victor Espinoza and break from post 10 in the 11-horse Sprint field.


Lifestyle – An excited Wesley Ward said of his Sprint candidate’s exercise Thursday morning, “He went so good, my toes are wiggling.”

That was inspired by the 5yo horse’s strong open gallop down the stretch at the end of a 1 ½-mile gallop over Belmont Park’s main track. “He was just outstanding,” Ward added.

“I’ll jog him on Friday and try to do the same thing on race day before I have to send him to the principal’s office [detention barn],” the trainer quipped.

 

Lion Tamer – Jockey John Velazquez knows he has a tough task taking on Lost in the Fog in the Sprint, but he says his mount for the six-furlong test is heading into the race in great shape.

            “I feel really fortunate to be so busy this weekend,” said Velazquez, who will have mounts in all eight Breeders’ Cup races – six for Lion Tamer’s trainer Todd Pletcher. “(Lion Tamer) is coming up to the race well. He comes from behind, so we have to do some work, but he’s doing great.”

            Lion Tamer galloped a mile on the Belmont main track Thursday and schooled in the paddock along with his seven other stablemates that will be in action Saturday.

 

Lost in the Fog – Harry Aleo’s undefeated Lost in the Fog galloped smartly twice around the Belmont main track Thursday morning with exercise rider Suzy Milne aboard.  Trainer Greg Gilchrist accompanied the even-money favorite to and from the track, while taking yet another phone call from a prominent breeding operation seeking to purchase the phenomenal sprinter.

Gilchrist said he receives calls on a regular basis from both domestic and international operations.

            “Mr. Aleo is not selling him,” he added.  “What’s he going to do with all that money?” he said of the 85-year-old real estate agency owner.

            Asked if there were any in the field that gave him worry, Gilchrist said, “Attila’s Storm and Wesley’s horse (Lifestyle) concern me a little.  And then there is the consummate Battle Won, who is always there.”

            But Gilchrist’s confidence in jockey Russell Baze has been unwavering and explained, “This horse breaks so hard…he wants to run so fast, so early that Russell actually helps him the first jump (out of the gate).  He never really sends him.  He (Lost in the Fog) gets in the gate and just points his head straight.”

 

Silver Train – Buckram Oak Farm’s Silver Train jogged Thursday morning at Aqueduct under exercise rider Gustavo Rodriguez.

Edgar Prado, who has ridden the 3yo colt in his past four races, has the call Saturday and will break from post position three in the Sprint.

“I am delighted with the post,” said trainer Rick Dutrow of Silver Train, who is the second choice on the morning line behind the undefeated Lost in the Fog.

Dutrow said Silver Train and Classic hopeful Saint Liam would train Friday morning at Aqueduct and leave at 11 a.m. to come to Belmont Park.

 

Taste of Paradise – Trainer Gary Mandella and owner and co-breeder David Bloom Thursday watched the 6yo horse exercise for the Sprint.

“He jogged six furlongs and galloped a mile and a sixteenth,” said Mandella after the drill under exercise rider Jesse Cardenas. “He galloped great.”

Winner of the Vosburgh Stakes here on Oct. 1, Taste of Paradise seeks to become the first Vosburgh winner to annex the Sprint since Artax in 1999.

Mandella and Bloom said that Taste of Paradise would probably race once more after the Sprint, probably in the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in November, before retirement to stud.

 

Wildcat Heir – The 5yo horse, who has had just one start this year, galloped a mile and a quarter around the main track Thursday morning under exercise rider Peter Lacey.

Trainer Ben Perkins was satisfied with his draw for the Sprint, which has him in post six, with favored Lost in the Fog to his outside in post seven.

“If he breaks sharp, he’ll be up in the first flight,” Perkins said. “Last year, we tried to get him to relax off the pace a little at the start of the season, and he runs well from just off it. But he can’t be too far back.

“There are so many good horses in the Sprint that if your horse has one move, he better make it the last move. When you get to the front in this race, there’s always somebody else coming at you.

“I give a lot of credit to Lost in the Fog,” Perkins said. “You’ve got to be a super horse to win every race wire-to-wire. But he’ll be tested here because horses will come at him early, middle and late.

“I know my horse is in the best shape he’s ever been,” the trainer said. “He only had a couple of works before the race at Monmouth, and now he’s been breezing the whole month.”

Wildcat Heir, who won the DeFrancis Memorial last Nov. 20 at Laurel, made his only 2005 start on Aug. 7 at Monmouth Park, when he rolled to an easy score in the Teddy Drone Stakes, getting 6f in 1:08 2/5, and earning a season-high Beyer Speed Figure of 117.

            The horse, bred and owned by New Farm, has been lightly raced because of a series of minor problems. He popped a curb early in the year, which delayed his 2005 debut, and then suffered an abscess in his left front foot in September, which kept him sidelined until he resumed training in early October.

 
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Friday, October 28, 2005                        Contact: Breeders’ Cup Notes Team (516) 328-6017


TVG BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT NOTES

Attila’s Storm – Longshot sprint contender Attila’s Storm schooled in the paddock Friday morning at Belmont Park and then jogged in the opposite direction on the main track in the company of trainer Richard Schosberg aboard the 13yo stable pony Buddy.  Exercise rider Tony Garramone, the leading apprentice jockey in New York in 1968, was on Attila’s Storm.

            Describing Attila’s Storm, Garramone said, “When he’s alone, he’s a lollipop.  But when he is put next to another horse, he’s a racehorse.  He is agile and athletic and has a competitive spirit.”

            Schosberg is no stranger to fast horses; he campaigned Affirmed Success to compete in four consecutive Breeders’ Cup races, twice in the Sprint.

            “We’re not here to spoil anybody’s fun,” he said, “but we just have a fast racehorse.”

 

Battle Won – Jay and Gretchen Manoogian’s internationally traveled sprinter wrapped up his preparations for Saturday by jogging one mile over the Belmont training track. He is scheduled to school in the paddock later today.

            “He’s great, never been better,” said a confident Charles Simon, who took over the training of Battle Won from Frankie Brothers in May 2004. “Everything has gone very smoothly. I don’t wish anybody else any harm, I just wish for luck for us.”

 

Elusive Jazz – The Phoenix Breeders’ Cup winner jogged one mile and galloped 1 ½ miles on Friday with three of four partners in Stony Oak Farm LLC watching on. Owners Jim Phelps, Frank Marshall and Lee Barbarito are in New York to watch their first Breeders’ Cup starter. Mike Poole is the fourth partner.

            The Stony Oak partnership formed after Marshall, one of the producers of “Seabiscuit,” met Phelps, the owner of Stony Oak farm near Paris, Ky., while shooting scenes for the movie at the farm. The partnership owns six horses, of which four have been stakes winners.

            “This is very exciting for us,” said Marshall.

 

Gygistar – Don’t look for the 6yo gelding to be to close to the lead Saturday.

            Seth Gregory, assistant to trainer Mark Gregory, indicated that when asked Friday what the stable needed to happen during the Sprint in order for Gygistar to win.

            “We need to see quick early fractions and the pacesetters backing up down the lane to leave us picking up the pieces,” Gregory said.

            “He’s doing fine,” the assistant added before Gygistar galloped 1 ½ miles on the main track. “We couldn’t ask for much better.”

 

Imperialism – The blocky gray had trainer Kristin Mulhall up when he went trackside at 9:15 a.m. Friday. The youngest (23) conditioner to ever saddle a horse for the Breeders’ Cup had her hands full with her “feeling-good” charge as he moved towards his date in Saturday’s Sprint.

            “He’s feeling awful good,” Mulhall said from the saddle on the walk back to Barn 27. “We went over to the paddock and he dragged me around there. He wants to go.”

            Mulhall followed up the paddock tour with a mile and one-half gallop around Belmont’s main track.

            Imperialism, who’ll be handled by Victor Espinoza and break from post 10 Saturday, was led back to the barn by his veteran groom, John “Short Man” Flakes.

            “We’ve had him over in the paddock the last couple of afternoons,” Flakes said, “and he’ll go back over for schooling again today. He’s a handful when he goes over there. He always is. He wants to do something. He thinks he’s going to race.”

 

Lifestyle – Following his strong open gallop on Thursday, the 5yo son of Indian Charlie jogged over the main track Friday morning in his penultimate exercise in preparation for Saturday’s TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Trainer Wesley Ward said his sprinter would follow the same training regimen on race day prior to heading to the Belmont Park detention barn to await the saddling call for the race, the fourth Breeders’ Cup race on the card and the sixth overall.

 

Lion Tamer – As the trainer of last year’s Sprint winner Speightstown, Todd Pletcher is offering favorite Lost in the Fog deference while outlining what it will take for his 2005 star to pull off the upset.

            “Obviously we have a lot of respect for (Lost in the Fog),” said Pletcher. “If he fires his best shot than we’re all probably running for second.”

            Speightstown was the second-choice in the wagering last year at Lone Star Park. This year the 38-year-old trainer knows the odds will be longer.

            “Lion Tamer is a one-run closer, especially in a sprint race, so we need everything to go just right as far as the pace scenario and then we have to avoid traffic along the way,” he said. “He’s in great form and doing well. It is just a question of whether he’s good enough to get everything to fall his way.”

 

Lost in the Fog – Harry Aleo was on the Belmont backstretch for the first time this week on Friday to see his undefeated 3yo colt Lost in the Fog gallop.  At age 85 and sporting a new knee after recent replacement surgery, he kept up with Lost in the Fog on his walk to the main track at 7 a.m.

            Aleo is enjoying Lost in the Fog’s 10-race win streak and has plans to race the colt at age four and five.

            “I want to give him every chance to be as good as he can be,” Aleo said.  “People love the horse and that’s what it’s all about.  Some horses, when they get good, they don’t get a chance to be as good as they can be.

“This is something that money can’t buy.  I’ve owned horses for 27 years and you dream of this.  But I never dreamed that I’d have the ‘wonder horse.’  If he wins this Saturday, I’ll jump out of the stands.”

Asked if Lost in the Fog deserves Horse of the Year consideration, Aleo responded, “Not only Horse of the Year, but horse of a lifetime.  What else can you ask of a horse?”

Lost in the Fog’s breeder, Susan Seper, was also present to see him gallop Friday morning.  Seper sold the colt’s dam, Cloud Break, just after his second victory.  Now, eight more victories later, does she feel any regret for selling the broodmare?

“No, I don’t feel regretful, because I sold the farm (Wildwood Farm) as well,” said Seper.

She informed that Cloud Break, now owned by Charles Deters, is in foal to Speightstown, the champion sprinter of 2004, and is to go through the sales ring next month at the Fasig-Tipton Sale in Kentucky.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist plans to take Lost in the Fog out to the main track for a light jog early Saturday morning, most likely before 6 a.m., to “keep him sharp.”

Asked if he gets anxious each time Lost in the Fog races, Gilchrist said, “I get the butterflies, but I try to not show that I’m nervous.  Do I feel pressure? Yeah, I’d be lying if I said no, but I bring it upon myself.  I’d hate for him to pick this one (the Breeders’ Cup Sprint) to get beat, but I’d tell you that the next time he runs.  And right now, 11 for 11 would sure sound good.”

 

Silver Train – Buckram Oak Farm’s Silver Train jogged Friday morning at Aqueduct under exercise rider Gustavo Rodriguez. The 3yo son of Old Trieste was scheduled to van to Belmont at 11 a.m. Friday.

            Edgar Prado, who has piloted Silver Train to victories in his past two starts at Belmont, has the call Saturday and will break from post position three.

            Trainer Rick Dutrow was asked what he hoped to see develop in the Sprint for Silver Train.

            “I’d just like to see him get a clean trip and stay in the clear,” Dutrow said.

 

Taste of Paradise — Owner and co-breeder David Bloom took a long road to return to his roots in New York with Taste of Paradise in the Sprint. “My grandfather, Irving Bloom, who was born in Brooklyn, took me to the track for the first time when I was five, and I saw Swaps run in California,” said Bloom, a Los Angeles attorney, Friday after watching Taste of Paradise jog 6f and gallop 1 1/16 miles on the main track under exercise rider Jesse Cardenas.

“It took me 2 1/2 years to get to New York,” added Bloom with a chuckle. “He was supposed to get on a plane for the Met Mile in 2003 and cast himself in his stall. We thought about the Met Mile again in 2004 but stayed at Hollywood Park to win the Ack Ack. This year he wasn’t quite ready for the Met Mile but we finally got out to win the Vosburgh (Stakes on Oct. 1).”

Bloom, who owns 15 Thoroughbreds, including three in training, always had high hopes for Taste of Paradise, a son of Conquistador Cielo, winner of the Met Mile and Belmont Stakes here. “I always had an inkling he was going to be a nice horse,” said Bloom. “His mother (Tastetheteardrops) was pretty well bred, and his grandmother, Loose Wire, was a Broodmare of the Year in New York.”

Trainer Gary Mandella, 33, will send out his first Breeders’ Cup starter in hopes of following in the footsteps of his father, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, winner of six Breeders’ Cup races.

“I think the biggest thing I learned from his (wins) that applies here is that you don’t let the pressure influence what you do with your horse,” said the younger Mandella. “You train your horse first. Everything else is secondary. You don’t train differently because people are around.”

Mandella learned to cope with big-race pressure when he saddled several out-of-town shippers as an assistant for his father, including Wild Rush in the Metropolitan Handicap here and Atticus in the Oaklawn Handicap.

Mandella realizes the stakes are high since Tasteofparadise will be retired to stud at the end of this year. “If he performs well tomorrow, he has a chance to be a stallion in a major market,” said Mandella.

 

Wildcat Heir – The 5yo horse galloped an easy mile around the main track Friday morning under exercise rider Peter Lacey, and trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. was delighted with the way his horse is coming up to the Sprint.

“He’s really doing well here,” Perkins said. “He’s on his toes, and he really wanted to go this morning. Peter kept him by himself on the outside of the track so he wouldn’t see another horse and take off.”

This will be Perkins’ fourth try in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, and fifth Breeders’ Cup starter. He saddled Delaware Township to finish 10th in 2000, then sixth in 2001.

“Wildcat Heir is a better horse than Delaware Township,” Perkins said. “He’s got more speed, and he can place himself better at the start. And he rebreaks when he switches leads in the stretch. I know he can do a quarter in 20 and change anytime you ask him.”

            The horse, bred and owned by New Farm, has been lightly raced because of a series of minor problems. He popped a curb early in the year, which delayed his 2005 debut, and then suffered an abscess in his left front foot in September, which kept him sidelined until he resumed training in early October.

            Stewart Elliott has the mount Saturday.

 
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