Aidan O'Brien (Giovanni Boldini and Wilshire Boulevard, Juvenile Turf) – see European report
Anne Smith (Smarty's Echo, Juvenile) – Windy
Hill Farm’s Smarty’s Echo will give trainer Anne Smith her first
Breeders’ Cup starter when the son of Smarty Jones enters the starting
gate for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Saturday. The 2yo
colt had been pre-entered in the Juvenile Turf and Juvenile but will
make his dirt debut Saturday.
believe he’ll be a better horse on the dirt in the long run,” Smith
said as far as the decision to start in the richer of the 2yo colt and
gelding races. “His pedigree says dirt and he trained quite a bit on
the (dirt) training track at Arlington.”
Echo arrived at Santa Anita on Sunday after completing his serious prep
work with a 5f drill in 1:00 1/5 the previous day at Keeneland. Since
arriving he has been to the track the past several mornings for easy
gallops which is the plan heading into Saturday’s race.
been taking (the surroundings) all in and he was much looser and more
relaxed this morning, which is good,” she said. “He’s gotten a good
feel for the track and seems to be gaining confidence.”
only has been training since November 2012 although she’s had her
license for a number of years. Before going out on her own, she had
served as an assistant to her now ex-husband Austin Smith and before
that had worked with Hall of Fame trainer Carl Nafzger and Ian Wilkes.
know that on paper or in other people’s eyes it may be a surprise that I
am here (in my first year as a trainer), but I’ve worked around horses
all my life. Working with top athletes is nothing new to me, whether
with show horses or Thoroughbreds. I learned a lot from Austin, Carl
and Ian. I’ve been lucky to have owners who have trusted me with nice
horses to develop.
post position is certainly going to be a challenge,” she said of the
rail draw for the 1 1/16m race. “We will discuss strategy (with jockey
E. T. Baird) a little later in the week. With 2-year-old colts, you
never really know what to expect.”
Bob Baffert (New Year's Day and Tap It Rich, Juvenile; Secret Compass, Juvenile Fillies) – The Hall of Fame trainer’s three 2yo runners galloped at Santa Anita Wednesday morning.
“Secret Compass (Juvenile Fillies) is doing well. She’s going to be
right there,” he said. “New Year’s Day (Juvenile) is also eligible to be
right there. He’s a nice colt. And Tap It Rich (Juvenile) needs a clear
trip. If he gets that, he’s going to be dangerous.”
Brown (Kitten Kaboodle, Ready to Act, Testa Rossi, and Granny Mc's
Kitten, Juvenile Fillies Turf; Bobby's Kitten, Juvenile Turf) – Trainer
Chad Brown’s contingent of 2yo turf runners all galloped and schooled
in the paddock Wednesday morning at Santa Anita Park.
Kaboodle earned her trip to the Breeders’ Cup with a victory at
Keeneland on Oct. 9 in the Jessamine Stakes, the next-to-last race in
the “Win and You’re In” series. After second-place finishes in her first
two starts, the daughter of Kitten’s Joy rallied from off the pace to
win by 4 3/4 lengths.
ran terrific in the Keeneland race,” Brown said. “We actually were
optimistic that she would run that way, the way she was training. It
takes a lot for me to run a maiden in a stake race. She was training so
well we took a shot and it worked out. She’s come out the race super."
Brown said that all of his runners have adapted well to the ship from New York.
Charles Hills (Chriselliam, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – see European report
Charlie Appleby (Outstrip, Juvenile Turf) – see European report
D. Wayne Lukas (Strong Mandate, Juvenile; All Cash Juvenile Turf) – All
Cash, one of only two maidens in the field of 13 in the Juvenile Turf,
galloped 1 1/2m Wednesday as he heads toward Friday’s race with a chance
to give the Hall of Fame trainer a maiden Breeders’ Cup winner for a
second straight year.
Lukas saddled Hightail to capture the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Sprint as he won for the first time in his career. As for All Cash’s
status as a maiden, Lukas said, “He was unlucky in his last race
(Keeneland’s Bourbon Stakes) where he was blocked all the way. If he had
won there, the media would have figured he was fine. Well, he’s fine,
Strong Mandate galloped 1 1/2m, like most of his Breeders’ Cup stablemates, on his way toward Saturday’s Juvenile.
O’Neill (Bond Holder and Rum Point, Juvenile; Concave, Juvenile
Fillies; Clenor, Juvenile Fillies Turf; Home School, Juvenile Turf) – Trainer
Doug O’Neill looked on as his five 2yo Breeders’ Cup entrants galloped
Wednesday morning, four on the main track and Home School on turf.
import Clenor seeks her fourth straight victory in the O’Neill barn
after being purchased as a maiden in Ireland in July. “We're excited,”
said O’Neill. “We're just trying to keep her undefeated. She hasn't done
said that assistants Steve Rothblum and Jack Sisterson purchased the
filly for a partnership. “She had just finished third in a Group 3 on
soft ground and we thought she would like it firm,” explained Rothblum.
“She has exceeded our expectations. We have a little bit of a home-court
advantage. It takes a while for the Europeans to adjust and get used to
the turns on our courses.”
added that Clenor has acquired the nickname “Piggy” in the barn because
of a sound that she makes when she puts her lips together.
bloodstock agent Jamie McCalmont, who was involved in the Clenor sale,
said it will be interesting to see if a filly that was sold as a maiden
has improved to where she can beat European imports who have won Group
1 and 2 stakes.
her experience here and an American rider, does that propel her past
the top fillies in Europe?” asked McCalmont rhetorically. “Has she
improved 15 lengths?”
Jeff Bonde (She's a Tiger, Juvenile Fillies) – After
inspiring trainer Jeff Bonde to say, “She’s training as good as a horse
can,” She’s a Tiger galloped 1 1/2m Wednesday morning on her way to
Saturday’s Juvenile Fillies.
keys to the car are in Gary’s hands (jockey Gary Stevens). As a
trainer, you don’t want to tie a jockey’s hands. You have to let him run
the race the way it comes up.”
a Tiger gives Bonde a third possibility for a victory with a product of
the fine broodmare Shandra Smiles. The 2yo filly is a half-sister to
Smiling Tiger, who finished third in both the 2010 and 2012 Breeders’
Kiaran McLaughlin (Dancing House and Sky Painter, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Darley
Stable’s homebred Sky Painter and Dancing House, who was bred by Darley
and runs in the famed blue silks of Godolphin Racing, galloped 1 1/4m
on Wednesday morning.
House also stood at the gate and backed out of the gate, reported Neal
McLaughlin, who is the top assistant to his brother trainer Kiaran
McLaughlin, who was at the barn after jetting in from New York the day
before, said the fillies have acclimated well to their new surroundings
and both continue to do well.
House displayed an affinity for the turf in the her last start, the
Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont, when she closed strongly through the lane
to be third behind Testa Rossi, who is also in the Juvenile Fillies
Painter, who broke her maiden at first asking on the grass at Saratoga
and is by 2000 Juvenile third-place finisher Street Cry, also kicked
clear with a strong rally to be second in the Miss Grillo.
Marco Botti (Al Thakhira, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – see European report
Mark Casse (Conquest Titan, Juvenile; My Conquestadory Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Trainer
Mark Casse said “All systems are go, knock on wood” on Wednesday
morning after both of his juvenile starters for Conquest Stables
galloped 1 1/2m under exercise rider Juan Bernardini.
the connections are high on both hopefuls, the undefeated multiple
Graded stakes-winning My Conquestadory is clearly extra special and has
been since Casse signed the ticket at $240,000 this past March at the
Ocala Breeders Sale of 2-year-olds in training for Conquest Stable
co-owners Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell.
partners in the racing enterprise and in life are relatively new to the
game, having purchased their first horse only last fall.
is the only one I named for Dory, so that tells you how highly I think
of her,” said Semersky, who is a self-made multi-millionaire and the
driving force behind the Chicago-based Semersky Enterprises.
spectacular,” Casse said of the magnificent looking and beautifully
conformed dark bay daughter of Artie Schiller. “You don’t see many like
Conquestadory has been on her toes since arriving from Casse’s
Churchill Downs division and she has seemed to float over the track
during her gallops throughout the week. She qualified through the
Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ program for both the Juvenile Fillies
and the Juvenile Fillies Turf by beating the boys in the Summer Stakes
at Woodbine first time out and then taking the Alcibiades on Keeneland’s
Polytrack after overcoming a world of adversity.
find out how special she can be on Saturday,” said Casse, who was still
smarting over drawing the most disadvantageous post (14) for the 1m
test. “She’s going to have to be even a little better than the rest of
them because of where she drew.”
Stakes winner Conquest Titan, who was bought for $475,000 out of the
same OBS sale, will continue to gallop up to the Juvenile.
thought about working them all again before their races, but with all
of the shipping and moving around, I decided against it,” said Casse,
who also sends out Pool Play in the Marathon and Laugh Track in the
The Conquest Stable crew also planned to be at the barn on Thursday morning as they experience their first Breeders’ Cup.
Peter Eurton (Dance With Fate, Juvenile) – Trainer
Peter Eurton stood in front of his stable Wednesday wearing a jacket
with the name Weemissfrankie embroidered into the breast.
feels great to be back,” said Eurton, who finished third
with Weemissfrankie in the 2011 Juvenile Fillies as his first and only
Breeders’ Cup starter.
don't go out and buy the most expensive horses,” said Eurton. ”To come
back with another legitimate chance is pretty awesome. I could get used
With Fate, runner-up in the Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner Sakes at
Santa Anita, is co-owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Mellen's Bran Jam Stable
and Joe Ciaglia, who were all part of a partnership in Weemissfrankie.
Ocala sale has been good to us,” said Eurton, who purchased Dance With
Fate for $120,000 after spending $175,000 on Weemissfrankie. Eurton
said that Weemissfrankie is in foal to Deep Impact after being purchased
privately by Japanese interests.
Dance With Fate galloped on the main track with exercise rider Joe Duran.
couldn't be training better, no hiccups,” said Eurton. “We're at home
here. We had to travel with Weemissfrankie (to Churchill Downs).
Weemissfrankie loved synthetic. I haven't figured out yet which surface
is better for this colt.”
Philippe Sogorb (Vorda, Juvenile Fillies Turf) – see European report
Richard Hannon (Shamshon, Juvenile Turf) – see European report
Simon Callaghan (Ontology, Juvenile Turf) – A
son of Tapit who will seek his first win in his sixth career start,
Ontology galloped 1 1/4m on the Santa Anita training track Wednesday
“Just a routine gallop like he does there every
day,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “Just keeping him happy and ticking
over to go into the race in good shape, which he seems to be at the
Steve Asmussen (Untapable, Juvenile Fillies) – Trainer
Steve Asmussen and Winchell Thoroughbreds are hoping to find Breeders’
Cup success for the second straight year with an offspring of top sire
Tapit. One year after winning the Dirt Mile with Tapizar, they are
teaming with the undefeated 2yo filly Untapable in the Juvenile Fillies.
lightly raced, but extremely talented,” said Asmussen. “We feel
fortunate to have (jockey) Rosie (Napravnik) riding her. She fits her
Todd Pletcher (Havana and We Miss Artie, Juvenile; Bashart, Juvenile Turf) – The Todd Pletcher-trained 2yos Havana, We Miss Artie and Bashart all galloped at Santa Anita for their respective starts in the 30th Breeders’ Cup.
Havana, the morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Juvenile, pleased his
trainer with his morning exercise on the day after arriving from Belmont
arrived very well and galloped good this morning,” Pletcher said. “He
sold out here at Barretts, so flown from Ocala to California before. I
think he’s used to traveling a bit.”
Havana enters the Juvenile off an impressive 5 ½f maiden score and a front-running score in the Champagne Stakes.
real question for him was going from the 5 ½-furlong maiden to the
Champagne with only one start,” Pletcher said. “To be able to do that,
it takes a pretty special horse to do that. We were able to do that with
Uncle Mo. There are a lot of similarities to the way he’s come to this
race and Uncle Mo.”
Havana win Saturday, he would follow in the footsteps of the
Pletcher-trained Uncle Mo (2010) and Shanghai Bobby (2012), both of whom
were undefeated juveniles who earned Eclipse Awards.
expects that Havana will handle two turns for the first time in the 1
1/16m Juvenile as well as Uncle Mo and Shanghai Bobby did.
gives me the impression watching him train that he’ll get more
distance,” he said. “Sometimes the first time a horse runs around two
turns, they run their best. It’s not always the case, but I think it
should work out well for him."
will return to grass racing in the Juvenile Turf after finishing second
over Keeneland’s synthetic track in the off-the-turf Bourbon Stakes.
Previously, he had broken his maiden and won the With Anticipation
Stakes over the Saratoga turf.
been very consistent and he seems, physically, to be doing well. He ran
well in the race that came off the turf at Keeneland and we’re looking
forward to getting him back on a firm turf course, which I think he’ll
Wayne Catalano (Poker Player, Juvenile Turf) – Gary
and Mary West’s Poker Player comes into Friday’s Juvenile Turf after
winning an off-the-turf Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6, but
despite that race coming off the turf trainer Wayne Catalano gave no
thought about scratching the 2yo son of Harlan’s Holiday.
“I knew he’d be OK on the Polytrack,” the three-time Breeders’ Cup
winning trainer said. “He trained all summer on Polytrack at Arlington.”
of Poker Player’s starts prior to Bourbon were on grass – a
fourth-place finish in his debut at Arlington and a victory at Kentucky