HIGHER POWER BREEZES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
LEADING TRAINER O’NEILL SURROUNDS SUNNY SLOPE
XBTV REPLETE WITH BREEDERS’ CUP DATA ON PORTAL
BREEDERS’ CUP CANDIDATES WORK AT SANTA ANITA
Higher Power worked five furlongs in 1:01 flat this morning in his penultimate major drill for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita two weeks hence, on Nov. 2.
With Flavien Prat aboard, the Pacific Classic winner was one of four John Sadler workers bound for the Breeders’ Cup, the others being Catalina Cruiser (more likely for the Sprint than the Dirt Mile); Ollie’s Candy (Distaff) and Selcourt (Filly & Mare Sprint).
Catalina Cruiser went five furlongs in 1:00.60; Ollie’s Candy five furlongs in a bullet 59.40, fastest of 61 drills at the distance; and Selcourt four furlongs in 47.80.
There were ample Breeders’ Cup workers on a picturesque morning the Chamber of Commerce could use to solicit tourists.
They included Santa Anita Sprint Championship runner-up Shancelot (Sprint, four furlongs in a bullet 46.80, fastest of 60 drills at the distance for trainer Jorge Navarro); Stubbins (Turf Sprint, four furlongs in 48.80 for Doug O’Neill); Hit the Road (Juvenile Turf, four furlongs on the training track in company with Live It Well, each in 50.20 for Dan Blacker); and Bellafina (Filly & Mare Sprint, four furlongs in 47.20 from the gate for Simon Callaghan).
Flavien Prat was aboard Bellafina.
“She looked really good,” Callaghan said of the Santa Anita Oaks winner. “We’ll just go easy with her now. She’s had two solid moves for the race before this.”
Earlier, Callaghan sent True Valour (Mile) five furlongs in 1:02.60. “He really looked good,” the trainer said of the City of Hope Mile winner.
Other Breeders’ Cup workouts among the 159 recorded overall, 20 on the training track, included those by: Eddie Haskell (Turf Sprint), four furlongs in 49.60 for Mark Glatt; Mongolian Groom (Classic), four furlongs in 49.20 for Enebish Ganbat; Acclimate (Turf), five furlongs in 1:00.20 for Phil D’Amato; Giant Expectations (Dirt Mile), five furlongs in 1:00.60 for Peter Eurton; and Bowies Hero (Mile), four furlongs on the training track in 50.40 for D’Amato.
O’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SUNNY SLOPE
Entering 60 percent of the field–three of five–Doug O’Neill would appear to have his
rivals overwhelmed in Sunday’s $70,000 Sunny Slope Stakes for two-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs.
The meet’s leading trainer with more than twice the victories of runner-up Phil D’Amato (17-8) through 13 racing days, O’Neill has entered Fore Left, Raging Whiskey and Strongconstitution in the sprint restricted to juveniles which have not won a graded stakes.
“We should win on numbers,” O’Neill said. “I hope Fore Left gets back on the beam.”
After a maiden win going 4 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita on May 19, the bay son of Twirling Candy owned by O’Neill’s principal client J. Paul Reddam captured the restricted Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park next out, winning off by 4 ½ lengths on June 7.
After a third as the 9-10 favorite in the Grade II Best Pal on Aug. 10, Fore Left was well beaten in two Grade I events, the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 2 and the American Pharoah at Santa Anita on Sept. 27.
Raging Whiskey won the restricted Capote Stakes by eight lengths at Los Alamitos on Sept. 21 before finishing seventh in the Speakeasy Stakes at five furlongs on turf Oct. 6, while Strongconstitution was a debut winner as the 5-2 favorite going five furlongs on turf Aug. 23.
The field for the Sunny Slope, which goes as race five of eight: Raging Whiskey, Evin Roman, 2-1; Strongconstitution, Martin Garcia, 3-1; Mo Hawk, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Fore Left, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; and Zimba Warrior, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1.
XBTV INTRODUCES PLETHORA OF DATA ON BREEDERS’ CUP PORTAL
XBTV, the premier online destination for exclusive video workouts, handicapping insights and analysis, has unveiled its 2019 Breeders’ Cup Portal providing racing fans, horsemen and handicappers free access to exclusive videos and blogs in advance of this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Divided by Breeders’ Cup race and debuting in advance of the Monday’s Pre-Entry Deadline for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup, XBTV’s2019 Breeders’ Cup Portal includes:
- A growing library of more than 260 workouts from probable Breeders’ Cup horses stabled in California, New York, Florida and throughout the world.
- Replays of 75 more than prep races.
- Exclusive interviews with trainers, jockeys and owners.
- The Jeff Siegel Blog, including picks, wagering strategies and workout analysis.
XBTV’s Current Top 5 Most Popular Breeders’ Cup Videos
- Omaha Beach’s Oct. 16 Workout
- Midnight Bisou’s Oct. 14 Workout
- McKinzie’s Oct. 10 Workout
- War of Will’s Oct. 16 Workout
- Catalina Cruiser’s Oct. 12 Workout
To access XBTV’s Breeders’ Cup Portal, visit https://www.xbtv.com/breeders-cup/.
Additional XBTV exclusive content will be added regularly beginning Breeders’ Cup week.
A list of “In Today” horses who have recorded XBTV Video Workouts is available every racing day exclusively to Xpressbet customers on Xpressbet.com.
FINISH LINES: Early probables for next Sunday’s $75,000 Comma to the Top Stakes for three-year-olds and up a mile on turf: Ground Attack, Leading Score, Midcourt, Oliver and Two Thirty Five. Oliver worked four furlongs this morning in 48.80 for Doug O’Neill . . . Congrats to trainer Jon Keith Desormeaux on sweeping both ends of the early daily double yesterday, with Jefe ($17.20) ridden by Edwin Maldonado, and Gorky Park ($4) under Rafael Bejarano . . . Val Brinkerhoff, one of the game’s most industrious trainers who is duly aided by his wife, Kelly, celebrates his 63rd birthday today. Val couldn’t have a more fitting present than winning today’s third race with Indy Jones for owner Bobby Grayson Jr.
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