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


NETJETS BREEDERS’ CUP MILE NOTES

Ad Valorem – The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt, who will be looking for his fist 2005 victory in Saturday’s Net Jets Breeders’ Cup Mile, is due to arrive at Belmont at 5 p.m.Tuesday afternoon after a flight from Ireland. He will remain in quarantine for 24 to 36 hours
   The 3-year-old son of Danzig, who races in the colors of Susan Magnier, was sixth in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland last out on Oct. 8 and returned to Ireland after the race. Kieren Fallon has the mount on Saturday.

Artie Schiller – The 4yo son of El Prado has been regarded as one of the country’s very best turf performers during the past two years. However, a Grade 1 victory has somehow eluded Artie Schiller.
   “It’s been very frustrating,” said trainer James Jerkens. “If he retires without a Grade 1 race, I’ll consider it a personal failure.”
   If Artie Schiller is going to emerge from the Mile with his initial Grade 1 success, he will certainly have earned it, facing the likes of Leroidesanimaux, who is riding an eight-race winning streak.
   “If you take both horses’ best races, it doesn’t look like (Artie Schiller can win),” said Jerkens, whose Mile contender jogged under the shedrow Tuesday morning. “But his last race was one of his best, which is really good to see coming into such a big race.”

Funfair (GB) – Trainer Graham Motion has been pleasantly surprised by Funfair’s 3-for-3 record this year since being imported from England, but the 6yo gelding’s affinity for American racing was plain to see.
   “He certainly looked like he’d be suited to racing here. That’s easy to say after he’s won his three races, but he’s an American-made horse. He’s built strong and he’s got a tremendous burst of speed when he’s asked,” said Motion. “I don’t know how he’ll stack up in the Mile, but he’s earned the chance.”
   Funfair, who jogged over the trails at Fair Hill Training Center Tuesday morning, had won only three of 13 starts in England.
   “It just might be the age thing. A lot of horses get good the older they get,” Motion said. “The horse was very well taken care of (in England). He was a relatively fresh 5yo when I got him.”

Gorella (FR) – The 3yo filly breezed 4f in 47 3/5 on the Polytrack at Turfway Park Tuesday.
   “Everything is very good. I’m very pleased,” said trainer Patrick Biancone, who has been training a total four Cup contestants at Turfway.
   The quartet will be flown to New York on Thursday.

Host (CHI), Limehouse – Both Todd Pletcher trainees for Saturday’s Mile walked the shedrow under tack Tuesday in the relative comfort of their Belmont Park barn.
   Host will try to follow up his come-from-behind victory in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. He was supplemented to the race for $300,000 by owner Eugene Melnyk.
   Limehouse was fifth in the Kelso Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Belmont Oct. 2 in his most recent start for Dogwood Stable.

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Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) – The likely favorite for the Mile Saturday toured the big Belmont oval one time Tuesday morning, jogging on the sealed strip under trainer Robert Frankel’s exercise rider Nuno Santos.



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   The flashy chestnut, who could become the first Brazilian-bred to win a Breeders’ Cup race, had drilled four furlongs in company on the inner turf course Monday in 50 4/5. His Tuesday exercise, accomplished shortly after 6 a.m., was done over a sealed strip amid rains and wind gusts.
   The Candy Stripes horse will be handled by John Velazquez on Saturday as he attempts to extend an eight-race winning skein.

Majors Cast (IRE) – The son of Victory Note arrived at Belmont Park on Tuesday morning after a flight from England. He remains in quarantine for 24 to 36 hours.
   Jeremy Noseda trains the 4yo, who was third in the Prix de Moulin de Longchamp last out on Sept. 4. He is owned by Susan M. Roy.

Sand Springs – The 5yo mare will run in the Mile mostly because she is a specialist at the distance, but trainer Bill Mott offered another factor in his uncharacteristic decision to run a female against males.
   “She’ll be retired, that’s one reason we’re stepping up,” said Mott, noting that the 1¼-mile distance of the Filly & Mare Turf is too long for the daughter of Dynaformer.
   Sand Springs, who had earned Grade 1 credentials in the Diana after being switched to Mott’s stable this year, walked Tuesday morning after working a half-mile in 48 seconds Monday.

Singletary – The defending Mile champion was scheduled to be flown here from California on Tuesday afternoon. Trainer Don Chatlos Jr., who arrived Monday night, said the training regimen of the horse the final three days would depend on weather and track conditions.
“I don’t know if he will go on the grass or dirt,” said Chatlos. “He could even go on the training track. He doesn’t have to do much. He’s come too far to make any mistakes now.”
Singletary worked 5f in1:02 3/5 Sunday at Hollywood Park. “He’s feeling good; he couldn’t be coming into it in any better shape,” said Chatlos of the horse’s final race before retirement to stud. “There was no pressure to come again. If he hadn’t turned in a good performance in the Oak Tree Breeders’ Cup Mile (which he won), we wouldn’t be here.”

Three Valleys – The Juddmonte Farms’ runner was a jogger Tuesday, out at 6 a.m. for a once-around the Belmont Park mile and one-half oval with exercise rider Orlando Tiapia aboard.
   It was wet, cold and windy and the track was sealed to ward off the affects of the nor’easter that blew in Monday night, but the Diesis 4yo went on about his business.
   Three Valleys, a winner of two of his four U.S. starts for trainer Robert Frankel since coming stateside from England last year, will have the services of California rider Patrick Valenzuela for his try in the Mile Saturday.

Valixir (IRE) – The Andre Fabre-trained colt was out for a jog on the training track Tuesday morning after clearing quarantine.
   The son of Trempolino, who has won stakes in France and England this season, was fifth last out in the Prix de Moulin de Longchamp. Christophe Soumillon, his regular rider this year, will be aboard the Aga Khan-owned runner Saturday.

Whipper – The 4yo colt, who tired to finish 10th in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile, came out of the barn after clearing quarantine to stretch his legs on the main track in company with Turf contender Bago.
   Robert Collet trains the Kentucky-bred by Miesque’s Son, who won a stakes at Deauville in August for his only 2005 score. John Murtagh will have the mount Saturday. Whipper is owned by Richard Strauss.
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Thursday, October 27, 2005                   Contact: Breeders’ Cup Notes Team (516) 328-6017
 

NETJETS BREEDERS’ CUP MILE NOTES

Ad Valorem – The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt, who will be looking for his first 2005 victory in Saturday’s Net Jets Breeders’ Cup Mile, cleared quarantine Thursday, but remained in his stall awaiting the arrival of trainer Aidan O’Brien.

            The 3yo of Danzig, who races in the colors of Susan Magnier, was sixth in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland last out on Oct. 8 and returned to Ireland after the race. Kieren Fallon has the mount on Saturday.

 

Artie Schiller – Trainer James Jerkens expressed pleasure with Artie Schiller’s tune-up for the Mile, a 3f breeze in 36 2/5 seconds over the Belmont Park training track Thursday morning.

            The 4yo son of El Prado, who galloped out 4f in 49, will attempt to rebound from a 12th-place finish as the favorite in last year’s Mile, in which he had to be steadied on both turns at Lone Star.

            “It was terrible. It left me with a bad feeling, when he didn’t have a chance to run his race,” Jerkens said.

Artie Schiller’s chances for victory on Saturday may be determined during the early stages of the Mile.

“His best races have been when he’s up there on the pace on his own. When he’s on the bridle, that’s usually a good sign,” Jerkens said. “When the turf is soft, he doesn’t seem to fall into the bridle as quickly, but most horses are like that.”

Artie Schiller impressed his trainer the most with his victory over Silver Tree in the Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga.

            “I thought when he wore that horse down in that Saratoga race, he was as determined as I’ve ever seen him,” said Jerkens.

 

Funfair (GB) – Funfair has won all three of his starts for trainer Graham Motion after enjoying only modest success in England, but the 6yo gelding is still a bit of a mystery horse in the Mile.

            “I think to the handicappers and myself, he’s an unknown quantity,” Motion said. “I really don’t know how good he is. I don’t know if he’s up to the task (in the Mile), but he’s done everything I’ve asked of him. When he beat Artie Schiller (in the Kelso Breeders’ Cup), he showed he belongs in the race.”

            Funfair galloped 1 ½ miles on wood chips at Fair Hill Training Center Thursday morning before being loaded onto a van bound for Belmont Park.

 

Gorella (FR) – The Patrick Biancone-trained 3yo filly had some “light exercise” at Turfway Park Thursday morning before boarding a flight to New York, assistant Pierre Bellocq said. She traveled with Biancone, Stream Cat (Juvenile) and Angara (GB) (Filly & Mare Turf) Bellocq added.

            Bellocq said he expected them to arrive at Belmont Park about 2:30 p.m. They will be stabled in Barn 17.

 

Host (CHI) – The upset winner of the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in his last start had a relatively relaxing morning Thursday for trainer Todd Pletcher.

            After galloping a mile on the Belmont main track, the winner of the 2003 Chilean 2,000 Guineas went for a few leisurely turns in the paddock while three of his seven fellow Breeders’ Cup entrants and stablemates acted up in the saddling session.

            Jockey Rafael Bejarano will once again team with Host Saturday.

 

Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) – The 7-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s Mile went trackside Thursday morning following the break at 8:45 in company with stablemate Megahertz (GB), who will run in the Filly & Mare Turf.

            “Leroy,” as he’s known around the Robert Frankel barn, galloped strongly for about 1 3/8 miles over the Belmont Park oval under exercise rider Nuno Santos. The trainer also has scheduled an afternoon visit to the paddock for his Brazilian-bred horse by Candy Stripes.

            Hall of Famer Frankel, who is training several Brazilian horses brought his way through his Leroidesanimaux connection, was asked if he found the South Americans any different to deal with.

            “They’re just like any other horses,” Frankel said. “They come to me well trained already and they’re usually ready to go right to running. I train them just like I’d train any horse.”

            And Leroidesanimaux?

            “He’s a good-sized horse; he’s broad but not huge,” Frankel said. “He’s got big hindquarters; he’s strong. The thing that makes him so special is that he tries so hard. He’s so competitive. He wants to outrun you; he wants to beat you. When a horse has that….”

            Frankel was asked about life beyond the Breeders’ Cup Mile for the 5yo, who is coming into the race off eight straight victories.

            “The plan right now is to run him through next July, then have him start a stud career in Brazil,” the conditioner noted. “But that isn’t in stone. Things can change.”

            Leroidesanimaux will break from post 11 under John Velazquez in the 12-horse field.

 

Limehouse – After drawing the 12 post on the far outside of the Mile field, owner Cot Campbell expressed disappointment with the assignment and luck.

            “The outside post position would not have been my selection for Limehouse, even though he is a handy sort with an adaptable running style,” said Campbell, managing partner of Dogwood Stable. “Coming out of the elbow on the outside is going to make him take a little of the worst of it. If the name of the game in turf racing is to save ground, we’re getting off to a bad start.”

            Limehouse will be making just his second career turf start, and recent weather conditions had Campbell dismayed as well.

            “The first turf race of his life was in the Kelso and he ran quite promisingly,” he said. “It was on firm turf, so we’re not particularly anxious to experiment now with soft ground, but presumably that is what we’ll have.”

            Jockey Jose Santos will be aboard Limehouse in Saturday’s race.

 

Majors Cast (IRE) – The son of Victory Note galloped once around the inner turf course Thursday morning, and is scheduled to do the same Friday.

            “He finished his work at home before coming here,” said trainer Jeremy Noseda.

            Noseda, who saddled Wilko to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year, said he feels his horse has as good a chance as any in the Mile.

            “I have huge respect for the favorite (Leroidesanimaux),” Noseda said, “but other than that, this is not a vintage group. None of the best milers in Europe are in the race.”

            Noseda said he had modest expectations for Wilko last year.

            “I thought he could make up some ground and pick up the pieces to be third,” the trainer said. “We were delighted when he won.”

The 4yo Majors Cast, who was third in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp last out on Sept. 4, is owned by Susan M. Roy. He goes from post seven in the Mile with Frankie Dettori up.

 

Sand Springs – After his other four Breeders’ Cup entrants had their morning exercise, trainer Bill Mott sent Sand Springs to the pony track on the Belmont Park backstretch for a canter to prepare for a clash against males in the Mile.

            “She’s put on a lot of weight. She’s probably bigger than a lot of the boys,” Mott said. “It’s not like we want to run her against the boys in the Mile, it’s just that the mile distance suits her better than a mile-and-a-quarter.”

The 5yo mare will likely be making her last start

 

Singletary – Trainer Don Chatlos sees the stars aligning his way again for the defending Mile champion, who galloped Thursday on the main track.

“The White Sox got it done last night,” said Chatlos, who grew up on the south side of Chicago and celebrated the baseball team’s first World Series victory since 1917.

Chatlos also learned of another positive omen. “A friend of mine in San Francisco called me yesterday and said he was walking down the street, and Mike Singletary was standing there right in front of him,” said Chatlos.

Singletary, the Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears after whom the 5yo horse is named, is an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

Chatlos was surrounded by several members of the Little Red Feather Racing Stable that own the horse. Many wore Singletary’s Chicago Bears’ jersey with the number 50.


On hand were managing partner Billy Koch, David and Bruce Corwin, Marc Madnick, Josephine Galley, Josh Merliss, Joe Rosen, Barry Fadem and Richard Lichtenstein in addition to several friends whom Koch labeled “the entourage.”

Regular exercise rider David Meah was impressed with the horse’s drill. “He jogged back to the three-quarter pole and galloped a mile and an eighth,” said Meah. “I let him stretch his legs and got a little wind into him. He’s in real good form. He stretched my arms a little bit.”

Chatlos echoed the rider’s sentiments. “It was an easy gallop, and he looked really good. We’re ready. All the serious work was done at home. I tell all these guys the interviews before the race don’t mean anything. It’s the interviews after the race that mean something.”

Singletary seeks to join Miesque and Lure as the only horses to repeat victories in the Mile. “If the repeat happens, it would be very exciting if it happened at Belmont Park,” said Chatlos. “Growing up in Chicago, my heroes as trainers were from Belmont: Allen Jerkens and LeRoy Jolley.”

 

Valixir (IRE) – The colt was out for a jog on the training track Thursday morning with Elizabeth Fabre, wife of trainer Andre Fabre, supervising the exercise. He visited the paddock before returning to the barn.

            The son of Trempolino, who has won stakes in France and England this season, was fifth last out in the Prix de Moulin du Longchamp.

Christophe Soumillon, his regular rider this year, will be aboard the Aga Khan-owned runner Saturday.

 

Whipper – The 4yo colt, who tired to be 10th in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile, will be a stronger runner this year, trainer Robert Collet said Thursday morning.

            “He’s better at this point than he was last year,” said Collet. “When he came to the U.S. last year, he had a urinary infection. He was treated with Lasix (a diuretic) for the race, which only made things worse because he had to urinate so often.”

            This time, Collet said, Whipper is ready to roll.

            “He is training very well,” Collet said, “and we’re out for revenge.”

            The trainer said Whipper should appreciate the soft going expected for Saturday.

            “The softer the better for him,” Collet said.

            John Murtagh, who has ridden North American stakes winners for Collet in the past, will ride Whipper for the first time Saturday.

            This will be the 19th and final career race for the colt by Miesque’s Son, who is scheduled to go to Ballylinch Stud in Ireland after the Breeders’ Cup.

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

NETJETS BREEDERS’ CUP MILE NOTES

Ad Valorem—Trainer Aidan O’Brien’s representative in the Mile galloped on the inner turf course Friday morning under stable rider Kieren Fallon. O’Brien watched the exercise and reflected on the likely condition of the main turf course later.

            “In an ideal world he would like fast ground,” he said. “I don’t know how bad it’s going to be, but it’s not going to be as bad as European soft ground. Ad Valorem has been crying out for nice ground all year, and he’s had no luck the whole year. He was slowly away at Keeneland (in the Oct. 8 Shadwell Turf Mile), but he came home really well.”

 

Artie Schiller – Trainer James Jerkens has developed a strong bond with Artie Schiller, whom he regards as the best horse he’s trained since opening a public stable in 1998.

“We’ve been through a lot together since his two-year-old year,” said Jerkens, who’ll saddle the son of El Prado for the Mile. “He’s a very special horse. He’s become part of the family.”

The Jerkens family is a close-knit family. Jerkens had worked as an assistant to his father, Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, for 20 years before going out on his own.

“We were always so busy and always going here and there that one year went into the next. The next thing I knew it was 20 years,” Jerkens said.

Garrett Gomez will replace the injured Richard Migliore aboard Artie Schiller, who walked under the shedrow after working 3f in 36 2/5 over the training track on Thursday.

 

Funfair – The 6yo English import has come into his own since joining Graham Motion’s stable this year, winning all three starts to earn his way into the Mile.

“Some six-year-olds – look at Better Talk Now – get good. We’re quick to pass judgment on our two-year-olds and three-year-olds, when sometimes they won’t get good until they’re 5 or 6,” said Motion. “If they stay sound and are well managed by their owners, they tend to develop the older they get. Even Film Maker I thought got better with age.”

            Funfair, who galloped 1 1/4 miles over the Belmont inner turf course Friday morning after arriving from the Fair Hill Training Center Thursday, took his trainer by surprise.

            “I have to be honest. I can’t say I was overly impressed with him while watching him breeze the first time,” Motion said. “But a horse has to have a tremendous turn of foot over here, and he has that. And he has a good attitude. He’s relaxed and very manageable.”

            Edgar Prado, who guided Funfair to a narrow victory over Artie Schiller in the Kelso Breeders’ Cup over the Belmont turf in his last start, will return to the saddle.

 

Gorella (FR) – Trainer Patrick Biancone was asked Friday why he was racing his 3yo French import against males in the Mile.

            “When she came to me, she had beaten them already in Europe,” he said.

            “She was just coming to form before the QE II [Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup] and I told the owners if she did come to form we might have to go for the big dollars.

            “She has improved from that, and I think she has a shot.”

            Gorella jogged 1 ¼ miles the morning after shipping here from Turfway Park.

 

Host (CHI) – Trainer Todd Pletcher is hopeful the winner of the 2003 Chilean 2,000 Guineas can wrap up an already successful comeback from ankle surgery with a Breeders’ Cup victory.

            “I think he’s absolutely coming up to this race as well as he can be based on the way he’s training,” said Pletcher. “He’s in really good form.”

            The 5yo winner of eight career races, including the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in his last start, missed eight months this year after having a chip removed from his left front ankle.

 

Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) – The Mile favorite was out after the 8:15 renovation break Friday morning for a 1 3/8-mile gallop around the main Belmont oval under exercise rider Nuno Santos.

            Trainer Robert Frankel also had the 5yo chestnut – who’ll be ridden by John Velazquez and break from post 11 Saturday – do some familiarization at the starting gate.

            “I had the kid take him to stand in the starting gate,” the Hall of Fame conditioner said. “I want to make sure he breaks well.”

            Frankel also said he’d consider taking his Brazilian-bred charge to the paddock during the races Friday afternoon for some schooling.

            “He’ll go to the track tomorrow morning, too,” he added. “Early.”

 

Limehouse – The 4yo Dogwood Stable color-bearer will make just his second start on turf after 19 previous dirt starts and a trip down the Triple Crown trail in 2004, but there were enough positive signs for his trainer, Todd Pletcher, to give him a shot at his first career turf win in the Mile.

            “We haven’t had to do anything with him to get ready for the switch in surfaces beyond the obvious,” said Pletcher. “We started breezing him on the turf and as soon as we did he really livened up and started coming around.”

            No horse has made the Breeders’ Cup Mile their first career grass win. Prized’s victory in the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Turf is the only time a horse made a Breeders’ Cup grass race their first turf victory.

 

Majors Cast (IRE) – The son of Victory Note galloped once around the training track Friday morning under the supervision of trainer Jeremy Noseda.

            Noseda, who saddled Wilko to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year, remains confident his horse has as good a chance as any in the Mile.

The 4yo Majors Cast, who was third in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp last out on Sept. 4, is owned by Susan M. Roy. He won three of his five starts in Dubai last winter and spring before returning to Europe in July. The colt has never been worse than third at the 1m distance. Frankie Dettori rides him for the first time Saturday.

 

Sand Springs – The 5yo mare will make her first start against males in the Mile with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey aboard.

“If I feel good about one thing, it’s that Jerry’s been on all the horses and knows the course, which is obviously very important,” said Mott, who will also give Bailey a leg-up on Shakespeare (Turf) and Sweet Symphony (Distaff). “It’s one less thing you have to be concerned about.”

Sand Springs cantered over the Belmont Park pony track Friday morning.

 

Singletary – “He’s feeling awesome,” said exercise rider David Meah after the defending champion galloped 1 1/8 miles on the main track Friday for the Mile.

“Normally, it takes him a half-mile to get going, but today after one furlong he was pulling me around. He’s in good form and ready for ‘Leroy’ (morning-line favorite Leroidesanimaux). He just finished galloping and saw ‘Leroy’ and they eyeballed each other. Hopefully they will eyeball each other again Saturday at the quarter-pole when Singletary goes by him to win.”

Trainer Don Chatlos Jr. said a leaner Singletary, 5, will defend honors in his racing farewell. “He’s a good 50 to 60 pounds lighter than when he won last year,” said Chatlos. “He got even heavier last winter. I couldn’t train him because of all the rain and I missed his prep for the Kilroe (his return in March, when he finished seventh behind winner Leroidesanimaux at Santa Anita).

“I would have loved to race ‘Leroy’ when Singletary won the Arcadia Handicap in April. Once I realized he was a year older and his metabolism had slowed down, I monitored his diet much more carefully. I cut back on his feed by about one-third.

“At Del Mar, I put him on wood shavings so he wouldn’t eat the straw. It’s amazing how much he changed in one year. Last year, two or three works and you could see him start to tuck up.”

Chatlos was not sure what to make of the condition of the turf. “It poured the night before the Breeders’ Cup at Lone Star last year and he won,” said Chatlos. “But that turf course was a lot like Santa Anita and a lot different than here.”

Chatlos and the horse that put him on the map are ready for a sentimental swan song. “A little easy jog tomorrow morning at 5:30, and that’s it,” said Chatlos.

 

Valixir (Ire) – The colt was out for a jog on the main track Friday morning with Elizabeth Fabre, wife of trainer Andre Fabre, supervising the exercise.

            The son of Trempolino, who has won stakes in France and England this season, was fifth last out in the Prix de Moulin de Longchamp.

Christophe Soumillon, his regular rider this year, will be aboard the Aga Khan-owned runner Saturday.

 

Whipper – The 4yo colt, who faded badly after a fast start to finish 10th in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile, galloped on the main track Friday morning as he prepares for another try in the race.

            Trainer Robert Collet said the colt, who was bothered by a urinary infection last year, is ready for a top effort in this year’s Mile, which will be his final start before going to stud in Ireland.

            “He’s better at this point than he was last year,” said Collet. “He is training very well, and we’re out for revenge.”

            Whipper was treated with Lasix last year, which exacerbated his urinary problems. He runs without the medication this time.

            John Murtagh, who has ridden North American stakes winners for Collet in the past, will ride Whipper for the first time Saturday.

            This will be the 19th and final career race for the colt by Miesque’s Son, who is scheduled to go to Ballylinch Stud in Ireland after the Breeders’ Cup.

 
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