Belle of the Hall – The
5yo mare was on a Tex Sutton flight from New York that arrived at noon.
Dust and Diamonds – Padua
Stable’s Gallant Bloom winner was one of five Breeders’ Cup starters for
trainer Steve Asmussen that returned to the track to gallop Wednesday following
4f workouts Monday.
“They’re all doing well,” said Asmussen. “They all just had
easy gallops. It’s a matter of keeping them all happy now.”
Great Hot – Great
Hot jogged 1 1/2m Wednesday, a routine that trainer A.C. Avila said would be
continued until race day on Saturday.
“Everything is good, so we'll stay with the schedule,” the
58-year-old native of Brazil said.
Great Hot is one of 10 horses that Avila has in training for
the Coudelaria Jessica of Brazilian Luiz Fernando Dannemann.
“He has a lot of horses in Brazil, and he had some horses in
New York and he called me in 2010 and asked if I'd like to train some horses
for him,” Avila said.
"We've won some races. Great Hot is one of the best.
I've got a few babies that haven't started yet and there are some others
they're going to send from Brazil next month.”
Groupie Doll – Fred
Bradley, trainer Buff Bradley, Carl Hurst, and Brent Burns’ Groupie Doll jogged
1m and galloped 1m under exercise rider Jada Schlenk.
Instead of going out at 7:45 a.m. as has been her norm here,
Groupie Doll came out a little after 7.
“She wanted to get out there and see what was going on,”
said Maria Kabel, assistant to Bradley.
After training in the fog, Groupie Doll was en route to the
barn area when the horn went off signaling a loose horse on the track that was headed
in the wrong direction.
“It was not a problem for us,” Schlenk said. “Nothing
bothers her. He could have been right next to her and it would not have
The Groupie Doll team of Kabel, Schlenk and groom Matt
Hebert have been providing Buff Bradley with good reports on the filly that is
the even money morning-line favorite for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly
& Mare Sprint.
“Her whole attitude is better here than it is at home (at
Churchill Downs). She is a different horse out here,” Schlenk said. “She loves
this track and it is like she floats over it. She is very happy here.”
Buff Bradley is scheduled to arrive Thursday morning and be
on hand for a scheduled paddock schooling session in the afternoon.
Rumor – The
Indian Charlie filly walked the shedrow as she heads toward her Saturday date.
“She walked today, she’ll pony tomorrow, and gallop on
Friday,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “She’s all but ready.”
Switch – Was part
of a group of John Sadler-trained horses that jogged 1 1/2m through the early
morning fog to the satisfaction of the conditioner.
The 5yo daughter of Quiet American finished second in the
Filly & Mare Sprint in 2010 and 2011, leaving Sadler and owners Lee and
Susan Searing of Arcadia, Calif., to hope that the third time proves the charm.
“The first time at Churchill (2010) she broke well and had a
good trip,” Sadler recalled. “She had to steady a little on the turn, but she
put in a good run to be second. Probably even without the trouble she would
have finished second and we were happy to be second. A local horse, the Bret
Calhoun filly (Dubai Majesty) ran a great race and won it.
“Last year she really got shuffled back much further than we
thought she would and then came flying to get second (behind Musical Romance).
She ran a very good race.”
Teddy's Promise –
The 4yo filly walked the shedrow at Santa Anita Wednesday after arriving at 6
a.m. from Betfair Hollywood Park.
The California-bred daughter of Salt Lake comes off a
fourth-place finish in the California Cup Distaff at about 6 1/2f on the
downhill turf course here on Oct. 13.
"That was not her preferred surface," said Ellis,
pointing out that Teddy's Promise won the La Brea Stakes here at 7f on dirt
"She'll be up close," said Ellis of her running
Turbulent Descent – The
4yo daughter of Congrats was on board a flight from New York that landed at
Ontario Airport at approximately noon Wednesday for trainer Todd Pletcher.
“She’s very consistent,” assistant trainer Mike McCarthy said
of the Filly & Mare Sprint contender. “Her last race was a little bit
uncharacteristic for her (fourth in the Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park). She may
not have gotten a great grip of the track, but we know she likes Santa Anita (having
won the Santa Anita Oaks in 2011).”
Turbulent Descent has been in Pletcher’s barn for only two
starts, having previously raced for trainer Mike Puype. She ran in this race
last year and finished fifth as the 7-5 favorite at Churchill Downs.