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Breeders’ Cup Classic
Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani’s Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Planteur
stretched his legs for the first time on Santa Anita’s track early
Tuesday morning with a canter around one and a half circuits of the dirt
before returning to the barn. The Marco Botti trainee was accompanied
by stable companion Al Thakhira (Juvenile Fillies Turf) with the
trainer’s wife Lucie on board who said afterward, “everything was good
this morning I just wanted them to have a look at their surroundings.”
Declaration of War arrived with the rest of the Aidan O’Brien-trained
Ballydoyle contingent just after midnight after an uneventful flight
from Ireland and they are expected to clear quarantine in time for track
work on Thursday morning.
Lloyd-Webber’s The Fugue, with regular work rider Gary Forster in the
saddle, took to the main track shortly after 6:45 a.m. and trotted one
circuit of the dirt before returning through the paddock back to the
Les Reynolds, traveling head lad for trainer John Gosden, reported that the daughter of Dansili was in good shape.
traveled over really well and was really perky last night, and she is
in good form and Gary is pleased with her. We followed the same routine
just to get some exercise into her and did not want to do too much with
her first time of asking”.
the second European challenger for the Turf was part of the Ballydoyle
contingent that arrived in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Filly & Mare Turf
trainer Michael Stoute’s representative in the Filly & Mare Turf,
got her first experience of the Santa Anita turf track Tuesday. She
trotted half a circuit of the course before breaking into a canter down
the home stretch. She also went back to the barn via the paddock to get
used to the surroundings.
representative in the race, Juddmonte Farm’s Romantica trained by
Andre Fabre, also stretched her legs out on the main track.
Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani’s Olympic Glory had his first experience on
the dirt when jogging two circuits of the track for trainer Richard
Hannon. The son of Choisir comes to Santa Anita off a win in the Queen
Elizabeth II Stakes (British Champion’s Mile at Ascot) on Oct. 19 and
will be ridden by champion jockey Richard Hughes in Saturday’s event.
Vorda (Juvenile Fillies Turf), Outstrip and Shamshon (Juvenile Turf)
were out on the track for routine exercise. Chriselliam cantered one
circuit of the turf track before returning via the tunnel and the
paddock to the barn.
trotted two laps of the training track before doing a slightly faster
spin than Monday round one circuit of the main track.
head lad Andrea Mascolo said, “He did a little more than yesterday. He
is fresh and well I hope the flat track and fast ground will suit him
better than the undulations and softer track at Newmarket last time.”
Shamshon followed his stable companion Olympic Glory and trotted two circuits of the main track.