Wednesday, October 26, 2005 Contact: Breeders’ Cup Notes Team (516) 328-6017
WEDNESDAY BREEDERS’ CUP NOTES
Alkaased – The colt went to the track Wednesday morning but was a late withdrawal from the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf when a blood test proved unsatisfactory to trainer Luca Cumani.
“His blood was bad this morning,” Cumani said.
Keeneland Kat – George and Lori Hall’s filly was withdrawn from the Alberto VO5 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Wednesday morning because of a respiratory ailment.
“She scoped clean after her breeze on Monday,” said trainer Kelly Breen, “but after she galloped this morning, she wheezed and coughed a couple of times. She wasn’t 100 percent this close to the show, so the only thing to do was scratch. We don’t want to take any chances with her.”
Breen said the Hennessy filly came out of the Frizette Stakes on Oct. 8, in which she ran third, with an elevated white blood count and running a bit of a temperature.
“We thought we could clear it up in the three weeks between the Frizette and the Breeders’ Cup,” Breen said. “Last Wednesday, her blood count was at its worst, but then she started to get better.
“She was well enough to breeze Monday (3f in 37 2/5) and she scoped clean when she came back. Everything looked great. Tuesday, she stayed in the barn because of the bad weather, and we took her out this morning for a gallop. She looked fine when she came back, but then she started to wheeze and she coughed a couple of times.
“It’s a big letdown to get this close and have to scratch,” the trainer said. “She would have been my first Breeders’ Cup starter.”
Happy Ticket – Trainer Andrew Leggio, Jr. arrived at Belmont on Tuesday from New Orleans and was at the track Wednesday morning to oversee Happy Ticket’s 4f workout on the training track in 46 2/5.
“We worked her after the break and she worked pretty awesome,” said the 71-year-old Louisiana native. “Everything has been perfect so far. She’s all business.”
Happy Ticket, who is 10-for-12 lifetime, drew the seven post in a field of 13 in the Distaff. “I like it (the post position), too.”
Pomeroy – The Patrick Biancone trainee, owned in partnership by Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, was declared out of Saturday’s Sprint after he returned lame in the left front from a 4f breeze on Turfway Park’s Polytrack Wednesday.
“It looks like it’s in his foot,” Biancone said, “but we’re not sure yet.”
Clockers timed the move in 49 3/5.
“He worked all right, not really good,” the conditioner said.
Stream Cat – Breezing on Turfway Park’s Polytrack, the Kentucky Cup Juvenile winner covered 4f in 48 2/5, fastest work at that distance on that track Wednesday. “It was a very good work,” trainer Patrick Biancone said. The colt ships to Belmont with two other Biancone trainees on Thursday.
Three Valleys – The Juddmonte Farms’ colt scheduled to run in Saturday’s NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile, was not entered for the race Wednesday morning at Belmont Park when trainer Robert Frankel said he was concerned about his horse’s health.
“He’s been fighting a cough and he’s got mucus,” the Hall of Fame conditioner said. “As simply as I can put it, he’s not right. I can’t run him in a race like this right now.”
Three Valleys, who had Patrick Valenzuela slated to ride in the Mile, has won two of his four U.S. starts and more than a half-million dollars. Frankel indicated that the horse might be shipped to California for a possible future start in the Hollywood Park fall meeting.
Frankel will saddle the 7-5 morning line favorite in the Mile in TNT Stud’s Brazilian star Leroidesanimaux (BRZ).