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Alterite – Martin
Schwartz’s Garden City winner Alterite galloped on the main track at
Santa Anita Wednesday morning for trainer Chad Brown.
purchased the French-bred during her 2yo season in France and moved her
to the U.S. and into Brown’s care this summer. Under similar
circumstances, Brown and Schwartz combined to win the Filly & Mare
Turf in 2012 with champion Zagora, a French-bred.
who was twice Group 1 stakes-placed in France, was scheduled to run in
the Garden City at Belmont in September and the Queen Elizabeth II at
Keeneland in October before being given a break prior to a 2014
campaign. However, following the win in the Garden City and a second by a
neck at Keeneland, Schwartz and Brown elected to enter her in the
“We were lucky enough to make both races and she ran well in both
races,” Brown said. “This is kind of an extra bonus to get to run in
this race. She came out of her last race so well we thought we’d try
the years Schwartz has shopped in Europe for fillies and mares that
will eventually race in North America and then be sold as broodmare
purchased her with Grade 1’s in mind. Fortunately, we got it done for
him,” Brown said. “She’s a horse that I think has a ton of talent, a lot
of upside and a bright future.”
Dank – see European report
Emollient – Juddmonte
Farms’ homebred filly Emollient galloped on the main track for Hall of
Fame trainer Bill Mott Wednesday morning. Also, the daughter of Empire
Maker schooled in the paddock and the starting gate.
In winning the Ashland, the American Oaks and the
Spinster, Emollient has shown a versatile running style in which she has
been on the lead, stalking and able to come from far off the pace.
Juddmonte has won the Filly & Mare Turf three times: with Banks
Hill in 2001, Intercontinental in 2005, and Midday in 2009.
Lady of Shamrock – The
4yo daughter of Scat Daddy, Lady of Shamrock galloped 1 1/2m
Wednesday morning at Santa Anita. The John Sadler trainee’s lone 2013
win in six starts was via disqualification. Sadler contends there could
have been more with slightly different circumstances.
needs some pace to run at and, as it turned out, there hasn’t been much
in her races this year,” Sadler said. “It could still be a problem, but at this level and with a big field the
pace could be a lot more legitimate. She’s been right there all year
long. She did really well in this race last year (fifth beaten 2 ½
lengths) and she’s doing very well right now, so we’re very optimistic
about her chances.”
Laughing – After
arriving on the grounds at 8:30 on Tuesday night following the van ride
from Colts Neck, N.J., to Newark International airport and the six-hour
transcontinental plane ride, Laughing walked on Wednesday morning to
familiarize herself with her new surroundings.
go out to the track and jog tomorrow,” said Beth Cumberland, a former
jockey who was given her start by trainer Alan Goldberg in 1989 and now
is his assistant and the 5yo mare’s exercise rider. “She had a long day
Irish-bred Laughing, who has reeled off an impressive streak of four
graded stakes wins in four starts this year, raced in Europe until
Richard Santulli purchased her during her 3yo season. But she never
enjoyed flying the friendly skies until Goldberg found a friend for her.
Allan Wise, Colts Neck Stables’ chief veterinarian, farm manager and
stable manager said that Laughing used to be extremely nervous and did
not ship well, but one of their retired race mares named Funzionaire has
helped her mellow and calm down this season. The proof is in the
pudding, as two of her 2013 wins carry Grade 1 status.
goes everywhere with her,” said Cumberland, who was tending to the
Filly & Mare Turf hopeful and Funzi in the adjacent stall. “They are
best buddies who travel together, go out to the track together, jog
together, and get turned out in the paddock every day together. They are
totally bonded, so Alan had to ship them together.
told us when Laughing came to us that she was sulky and wouldn’t eat.
Look at her now,” said Cumberland. “Having Funzi around definitely
boosted her self-confidence. She’s blossomed and this year has been a
big turnaround for her.”
will be Goldberg’s first Breeders’ Cup starter since Navesink finished
fifth in the 2001 Mile. He won the 1990 Sprint with the Eclipse Award
winning sprinter Safely Kept, who finished second in the 1989 edition of
Marketing Mix – Glen Hill Farm’s Marketing Mix will bid to improve on her second-place finish in last year’s 1 1/2m Filly & Mare Turf.
think her advantage is her cruising speed and her stamina. Our filly is
like a locomotive,” said Glen Hill president Craig Bernick.
Canadian-bred 5yo daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of the Kris S mare
Instant Thought was purchased when Glen Hill, which was founded in 1966,
was in the process of rebuilding and reloading the breeding end of its
prominent operation. The multiple Graded stakes winner is not only the
stable star, whom trainer Tom Proctor termed “my favorite horse in the
world”, but a celebrity in her own right.
and Glen Hill Farm were profiled in the Aug. 6 edition of Forbes.com
and she was “adopted” as the unofficial mascot by Market Share, which is
a national marketing analytics company.
Romantica – see European report
Tiz Flirtatious – Trainer Marty Jones reported that Tiz Flirtatious was shipped from Betfair Hollywood Park to Santa Anita at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday following a 1 3/8m gallop under exercise rider Andy Durnin.
Jones has learned not to be deceived by the calm demeanor of the 5yo California-bred mare.
a very docile filly, always relaxed, and doesn’t get stirred up about
much,” Jones said of the Pamela Ziebarth homebred. “But you put the
saddle on for the race and she’s all business.”