$4 MILLION LONGINES BREEDERS’ CUP TURF
Ashleyluvssugar – The Peter Eurton trainee Ashleyluvssugar went to the main track at 5 a.m. and galloped 1 1/2 mile under exercise rider Eddie Inda.
Da Big Hoss – After shipping in Monday from the Kentucky base of trainer Mike Maker, Skychai Racing’s Breeders’ Cup Turf contender Da Big Hoss left Barn 56 mid-morning and jogged a lap over Santa Anita’s main track under the watchful eye of assistant Laz Guerra. Trainer Mike Maker is scheduled to arrive Tuesday afternoon.
Ectot – Al Shaqab Racing and Gerard Normand’s Ectot arrived from New York Tuesday along with several other Todd Pletcher-trained Breeders’ Cup entrants.
The 5yo son of Hurricane Run joined the Pletcher stable this year after earning Group 1 credentials in Europe. He earned Grade 1 credentials in the U.S. with a five-length victory in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Oct. 1.
“It was his third start off an extended layoff. In his second start we went in a three-turn race and he got maybe just a tick tired. I think we learned a couple things about him, equipment-wise and shoeing-wise. We tweaked for the third start,” Pletcher said. “He really liked the Belmont turf course that day. (Jockey) Jose (Ortiz) did a nice job of getting him to settle and ration his fractions. He delivered a powerful performance.”
Flintshire – Juddmonte Farms’ 6yo homebred Flintshire was shipped from Belmont Park to Santa Anita on Tuesday. He and Chad Brown stablemate Money Multiplier left the barn at 5:30 a.m. ET to begin the cross-country journey.
During his distinguished international career that has taken him from Europe to Asia, Dubai and North America, he has earned $8.9 million and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Turf. Two years ago at Santa Anita, he was the runner-up to Main Sequence in the 2014 Turf.
Metaboss – Metaboss galloped over the turf course after drawing the outside No. 13 post with morning line odds of 30-1. “I wasn’t too pleased about the draw. We’re stuck out there in the outfield,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “Rafael (Bejarano) is going to have to find a spot for him to tuck in down the hill, get him relaxed and do what he does best, make a late run.”
Money Multiplier – Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s 4yo ridgling Money Multiplier was shipped from Belmont Park to Santa Anita on Tuesday. He and Chad Brown stablemate Flintshire left the barn at 5:30 a.m. ET to begin the cross-country journey.
The son of Lookin At Lucky has yet to win a graded stake in his 14-race career, but he was second in three G1 races this year. He drew post nine in the field of 13 and is 20-1 on the morning line. Hall of Famer John Velazquez will ride.
$2 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP MILE
Ironicus – Stuart Janney III’s Ironicus was scheduled to arrive from New York Tuesday for a start in the Mile for trainer Shug McGaughey.
Midnight Storm – Multiple graded-stakes winner Midnight Storm walked the barn area after breezing 4f on Monday. Midnight Storm drew the No. 13 post in a field of 14 with morning line odds of 12-1. “A little further out than I’d like,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “The one good thing is that we’re definitely well outside the speed. I like where the other main speed (What a View) drew on the rail.
Miss Temple City, Ring Weekend – Sagamore Farm and Allen Rosenblum’s Miss Temple City was en route to Santa Anita Tuesday. Trainer Graham Motion is scheduled to be on hand at Barn 86 Wednesday morning.
St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Ring Weekend galloped 1 1/2m under assistant trainer Alice Clapham Tuesday morning at Santa Anita.
Photo Call – Teresa Viola Racing Stables’ Photo Call arrived at Santa Anita Tuesday for a start in the Mile. The Todd Pletcher-trained 5yo, who defeated defending Mile champion Tepin in the First Lady at Keeneland Oct. 8, had been pre-entered in the Filly & Mare Turf, as well as the Mile.
“Ultimately, it was the mile (distance). It was her best performance in her last race going a mile. The time stacked up very favorably to the Shadwell (Turf Mile),” Pletcher said. “Fillies have had a lot of success traditionally in this race. It was her lifetime-best performance going a mile, beating a horse as accomplished at Tepin. It was, ‘Don’t try to overthink it.'”
Tepin – Defending Breeders’ Cup Mile champion Tepin saw the Santa Anita track for the first time since arriving Monday morning. The Mark Casse-trained 5yo daughter of Bernstein went out in company with stablemate Victory to Victory, who runs in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, at 5:30 a.m. and jogged a mile. Owned by Robert Masterson, she will be ridden by regular pilot Julien Leparoux from post eight in the 14-horse Mile and is the 3-1 morning-line favorite.
“She loves going different places and travels better than the rest of us,” Casse said. “She has a great post. It looks like there’s a fair amount of speed in there, so that’s good. Tepin is very versatile and her last race we would have obviously liked to have won, but once we won at Royal Ascot, this was our main objective.”
Tourist – WinStar Farm, Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber’s Breeders’ Cup Mile contender Tourist continues to impress in the mornings. The Bill Mott-trained 5-yo son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow left Barn 59 under assistant trainer Rodolphe Brisset and galloped an easy lap around the Santa Anita main course. Assigned morning-line odds of 15-1, Tourist drew post five of 14 horses and will be ridden by Joel Rosario.
“He drew well,” Mott said. “I doubt he would be on the lead, but he can if no one wanted it.”
Saturday’s Mile will be Tourist’s third consecutive attempt in the race. He finished 13th with a troubled trip at Santa Anita in 2014 and steadied before finishing eighth at Keeneland in 2015. A versatile sort, he has won stakes events from on the lead, stalking and closing.
$2 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF
Al’s Gal – The E.P. Taylor winner arrived Monday with her stablemate Da Big Hoss and jogged for the first time Tuesday. Trainer Mike Maker was to arrive Tuesday afternoon.
Avenge – The 4yo War Front filly walked today following a swift 5f breeze on Monday.
Her jockey Flavien Prat expressed happiness with her post position. “I got a great post. Four is perfect. Not too inside or too outside, I got a choice, so is perfect.”
Catch a Glimpse – Gary Barber, Michael James Ambler and Windways Farm’s Catch a Glimpse will attempt to earn her second Breeders’ Cup trophy when she takes on older fillies and mares for the first time in the Filly & Mare Turf on Saturday. A winner of last year’s Juvenile Fillies Turf, the daughter of City Zip has earned more than $1.1 million in 2016, including a victory in the Belmont Oaks at this 10-furlong trip. In an uncharacteristic effort, the Mark Casse trainee was seventh of eight last out in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 15.
“We felt like the last race was so bad it couldn’t be true,” Casse said. “She had trained so well beforehand and looked great going in, so we really didn’t have any excuse. Had she been beaten a length or two I would have thought maybe she just wasn’t good enough, but we know she’s much better than that.
“The other thing is that we had the ‘Win and You’re In’ — though we have passed on those before, including Noble Bird and Pretty City Dancer and those paid off — and after a conversation with the owner we thought we would see how she trains and make a decision,” Casse continued. “She’s trained well and as good as she’s ever trained, so our feeling is also that she’ll really like this turf course and she’s also going to get a few months off – win, lose or draw. So we thought we would give it a shot, though we know it’s a tall task. If she brings her ‘A’ game, she’ll be tough.”
In her career thus far, Catch a Glimpse is eight for 11, with stakes victories at six tracks. Usually on the lead, she drew favorably in post two of 13 fillies and mares, while assigned 12-1 odds. Javier Castellano picks up the mount, as regular rider Florent Geroux opted to ride Sea Calisi.
“There’s a fair amount of speed in the race, but that’s speed going a mile and a quarter. She has mile speed and I think she is the speed of the speed. Our plan is to be that speed. We’re going to get up and go.”
Lady Eli – Sheep Pond Partners’ once-beaten filly was shipped from Belmont Park to Santa Anita Park on Tuesday. She was part of a group of four horses trained by Chad Brown that left the barn at 5:30 a.m. ET for the journey California.
Two years ago at Santa Anita, Lady Eli won the Juvenile Fillies Turf, the third of six wins to start her career. She missed more than a year while dealing with a case of the life-threatening disease laminitis and did not return to competition until Aug. 27 at Saratoga. She was beaten in her comeback race, the Ballston Spa, but captured the Flower Bowl on Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
Even though she has been limited to two starts this year, Lady Eli is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. She will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., who has been up for all eight of her career starts.
Kitcat – The mare went to the training track with a pony at 6 a.m. and galloped two laps comfortably with exercise rider Cristian Marin as she moved a day closer to Saturday’s Filly & Mare Turf.
Sea Calisi – Martin Schwartz’s 4yo daughter of Youmazin spent much of Tuesday in transit from Belmont Park on Long Island to Santa Anita. She was part of the group of four horses trained by Chad Brown that left the barn at 5:30 a.m. ET.
The French-bred is a graded stakes winner in Europe and North America. She drew post one in the Filly & Mare Turf and will be ridden by Florent Geroux.
Sentiero Italia – Godolphin Racing’s homebred has had a light campaign leading up to a second appearance in the Filly and Mare Turf. She has raced just three times since finishing fourth in last year’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin watched the the Medaglia d’Oro filly gallop 1 1/4 miles under exercise rider Rob Massey Tuesday morning. McLaughlin said she will school in the gate this week.
Zipessa – Empyrean Stables’ Zipessa, who exits a second as the favorite in the Rodeo Drive over the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf course and distance, left Barn 38 mid-morning for trainer Mike Stidham and proceeded to gallop 1 1/2 miles over the Santa Anita main track.
Third two races back in the Beverly D. at Arlington, the graded stakes-winning filly finished up her preparations Oct. 29 with a 5f turf breeze in 1:02 3/5 at Keeneland. Assigned 20-1 morning-line odds, Zipessa reunites with Joe Bravo, who was aboard in the Beverly D. and will break from post six in the 13-horse Filly & Mare Turf.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained consignment of 12 Breeders’ Cup runners arrived at the Santa Anita quarantine barn at 8:20 Monday night, and all were reported to have taken the flight well. These horses should clear quarantine Wednesday afternoon, and are expected be seen out on the track Thursday morning.
The rest of the European Breeders’ Cup runners cleared quarantine Monday afternoon and all stretched their legs out on the Santa Anita track Tuesday morning.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses (Breeders’ Cup Turf), with work rider Kevin Richardson in the saddle, led stable companion Queen’s Trust (Filly & Mare Turf) out on to the turf track shortly after 7:30. They were followed out, by the Charlie Hills trained Dutch Connection, and Limato (Henry Candy), who will both line up in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Mile, and were accompanied by the Hugo Palmer-trained Home of The Brave who contests the Turf Sprint.
All the horses started off with by walking and trotting before doing a steady canter down the home stretch. Afterward Hugo Palmer said, “This morning couldn’t have gone better, and I’m very pleased with my horse. I think the Sprint is the better option for him rather that the Mile. If he runs to his best, then I think he can be in the mix, but his best in the Mile might still not be good enough.”
The Japanese Filly & Mare Turf contender Nuovo Record also joined the European horses on the turf having completed a circuit of the training track. The daughter of Heart’s Cry also did a steady canter around half a circuit of the track.
Whilst the horses that had been out on the turf track were returning to the barn via the paddock the Joseph O’Brien-trained Intricately (Juvenile Fillies Turf) was getting ready to go out on to the main track with the trainer’s younger brother Donnacha O’Brien in the saddle.
Despite having a pony alongside with Joseph O’Brien in the saddle, the daughter of Fastnet Rock was at first reluctant to go out on to the track, but soon got going after being led out by the trainer’s mother, Anne-Marie O’Brien.
She walked and then cantered for a circuit and a half to get used to her new surrounding and then returned to the barn. “She got a little anxious waiting at the gap, but she was fine after that,” Anne Marie said.
Joseph O’Brien who is having his first Breeders’ Cup runner as a trainer reported the filly to be in good shape and when asked by reporters if he missed being a jockey he replied, “The last few months I was riding became quite hard weight-wise. I don’t really miss it (the riding) and I love training now.”
Following Intricately out on to the main track were the two French horses, the Francis-Henri Graffard trained Karar, and Christophe Ferland’s Cavale Doree, along with the German raider Spectre.
Spectre was also slightly reluctant to go out on to the track and was also led out on to the dirt. The three all stretched their legs with routine canters on the main track.
Ferland and Cavale Doree will have the assistance of U.S.-based French jockey Flavien Prat in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. The Ferland/Prat combo tasted success at the highest level back in 2013 when winning the Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc Sunday at Longchamp with the 2yo filly Indonesienne.
Karar (Turf Sprint) especially pleased the traveling head-lad Anthony David who reported the son of Invincible Spirit to be in “great shape”.
Mondialiste, with Fergal Davis in the saddle also went out on to the dirt track with stable companion Suedois (Turf Sprint). Both horses appeared in good shape after their eleven-hour flight, with Arlington Million winner Mondialiste especially was on his toes. They both did steady canters around a circuit of the track.
The Simon Crisford-trained Rodaini (Juvenile Turf) was the final European horse to go out, having no more than a gentle canter before returning to the barn.