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.
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
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
“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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.