Barry Abrams plans an unprecedented first when the Oak Tree Racing Association hosts the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 6 and 7.
The 55-year-old trainer, noted for successfully running his horses at uncommonly close intervals, intends to start Lethal Heat in the $2 million Ladies' Classic
(gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles on Pro-Ride Friday, Nov. 6, and, if all goes
well, run her again in the $1 million Turf Sprint at about 6 1/2
furlongs against males on Saturday, Nov. 7.
"I’m going to run Lethal Heat in the Ladies’ Classic on Friday and
down the hill on Saturday," said Abrams, apparently not expecting
Zenyatta to defend her crown in the Ladies’ Classic. "They do it in
other countries. Lethal Heat ran twice last week and finished second
both times, once against males in the California Cup Classic, and then
against Zenyatta, and she’s a great horse.