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Breeders' Cup F&M Turf Report - Oct. 31



Alterite – Trainer Chad Brown said he is feeling good about the way Martin Schwartz’ French-bred filly Alterite is approaching Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

“She needs to continue to move forward. She’s been moving forward in every start for me. I hope she has one more forward move in her,” Brown said. “She’s running back on short rest when compared to my overall program. My normal protocol wouldn’t be running back in 21 days. It’s the Breeders’ Cup; there’s more to gain than to lose.


“She’s going to get break after this race; she would have gotten one if she didn’t run in this race. She’s just training fabulous. Her energy level is terrific. I don’t see any reason to keep her out of the race.  If she gets a clean trip and comes with her career-best race, she could be right there.”

Still, Brown said that Alterite, who has a win and finished a close second in her two U.S. starts, might get overlooked in the 10-horse field.

“The fact that she’s three (years old) and the fact that she’s coming off a loss and the fact that she’s running back on short rest, she could get perhaps a bit lost in the wagering,” Brown said. “I count her as one of the main contenders in the race myself.”

Dank – see European report

Emollient – Trainer Bill Mott said the Juddmonte Farms’ filly Emollient galloped Thursday and should like the conditions she will encounter at Santa Anita Park.

“She is coming off a very good race in the Spinster,” Mott said. “This is a different surface here, but she was good enough to be a Grade I winner this summer going 10 furlongs at Hollywood Park. She won the American Oaks and that’s what we’re doing here, 10 furlongs on the turf.

“The ground is firm; I think she’ll take to it. She seems like she’s done extremely well on the synthetic track, but she’s a Grade I winner on the synthetic and the turf, as well. I’m just hoping that we’ll get firm turf. I see no reason why we won’t.”

Kitten's Dumplings – Owner Ken Ramsey, who will be represented by seven starters over the two days, is hoping his Filly & Mare Turf entrant Kitten’s Dumpling has better luck on her second trip to California than her first.

The 3yo Kitten’s Joy filly would be riding a five-race win streak if it wasn’t for a fourth-place finish in the Del Mar Oaks as the favorite in August. She rebounded to score an impressive come-from-behind victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in her most recent race.

“She’s doing great,” said Ramsey. “She schooled well today. She’s a nervous type of filly, so we’ve been doing a lot of schooling. We had permission at Keeneland to skip the post parade and it helped her. She was really impressive that day.”


Lady of Shamrock – A 4yo daughter of Scat Daddy, Lady of Shamrock galloped 1 1/2m Thursday at 5 a.m. at Santa Anita.

“We let her pick it up the last part,” trainer John Sadler said. “It was a good strong gallop.”

The race figures to be the last for Sadler for the bay filly owned by Hronis Racing LLC.

“She’s going in the November sale in Kentucky,” Sadler said. “With all she’s done, her value figures to be $2 million and up now, and we hope to improve on that. We did the same thing with Switch last year. She finished third (in the Filly & Mare Sprint) and then went to the sale.

“Lady of Shamrock has done so well for us and she’s going into this race in great shape and form. We’re just enjoying her and hoping she gets a better trip than she did last year (fifth) in this race.”

Laughing – Richard Santulli’s Laughing went out to the track for a 1m jog at 9 a.m. on Thursday under trainer Alan Goldberg’s assistant and exercise rider Beth Cumberland, and all systems remain go for the winner of four Graded stakes races in four starts this year.

Although the 10-horse field is plenty tough, Goldberg remains confident in his charge, who won the Flower Bowl at the same 1 1/4m distance of the race with her typical front-running style last time out.

“She’ll carry her speed the distance,” he said. “Marketing Mix has some speed, too, but she’ll be all right.”

Goldberg had the luxury of choosing which of Santulli’s two Irish-bred mares who have won Grade 1 events this year to bring to this race, or to enter both.

“I thought Tannery likes softer ground and Laughing would prefer firmer going, so that’s why we’re here with her,” he said.  Tannery won the E. P. Taylor at Woodbine last Sunday.


Marketing Mix – Glen Hill Farm President Craig Bernick showed up early Thursday to watch Marketing Mix train for the Filly & Mare Turf and homebred Old Time Hockey in his final preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Marathon, but was still too late.

“I got there at 5:45 (a.m.) and missed them. They had already gone out and Tom (Proctor, the trainer) had them back in the barn already,” he said. “I hear they went well and we’re hopeful they’ll both run well.”

The decision has been made that the 5yo daughter of Medaglia d’Oro will be retired to become a member of the broodmare band at Glen Hill’s base in Ocala, Fla., but not quite yet.

“She got a late start this year because she had a little ankle issue after last year and she spent some time on the farm recuperating. If she wins this race, she’ll probably go next to Hong Kong for the Gold Cup, and if she runs second or a close third, she’ll go against the boys in the Hollywood Turf Cup. But that will be it for her,” Bernick said.

Qushchi – Andrew Stone’s Qushchi galloped 1 5/8m while readying for a start in Saturday’s Filly & Mare Turf.

The British-bred 5yo mare came to the U.S. following her 2012 campaign and has finished on the board in all six starts this year.

“She’s really one of those fillies that since she’s been over she’s done nothing but improve,” said Alice Clapham, assistant to trainer Graham Motion. “That’s one of the reasons the owners wanted to do this, because she’s seemed to have really flourished since she’s been in America.

The daughter of Encosta de Lago became a U.S. stakes winner at Saratoga two starts back and most recently finished an even fourth behind Laughing in the Flower Bowl at Belmont Park.

“Some fillies are like, ‘OK, I like being here,’ ” Clapham said. “She’s really seemed to have taken to racing here.”


Romantica – see European report

Tiz Flirtatious – Trainer Marty Jones watched Tiz Flirtatious gallop on the main track Thursday under exercise rider Andy Durnin after being shipped from Betfair Hollywood Park Wednesday.

Jones said all systems are go with the 5yo California-bred mare. “She galloped real nice, she's doing real well and everything is going pretty smoothly,” said Jones of the Tizbud mare, owned and bred by Pamela Ziebarth of San Juan Capistrano.

Jones, a third-generation horseman, is the son of trainer Gary Jones and grandson of late trainer Farrell Jones. He has been consistently close with his last three Breeders' Cup starters, finishing third with Unzip Me in the Turf Sprint in 2010 and Tres Borrachos in the Dirt Mile in 2011, and second with Grassy in the Marathon last year.     

 

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