Almost an Angel – Ice
Wine Stable’s Almost an Angel galloped between 1 1/4m and 1 1/2m under exercise
rider Lindsey Molina in preparation for Friday’s $2 million Grey Goose
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Almost an Angel will represent trainer Wesley Ward’s first starter
in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Ward has saddled
12 previous Breeders’ Cup starters with his initial entrant, Unfinished Symph,
finishing third in the 1994 Mile at Churchill Downs.
Molina said that Ward is in Florida this week and would not
be here for the Championships.
Beholder – Following
Tuesday’s breeze (3f in 39 3/5), the Henny Hughes filly was back to galloping
Wednesday morning with former jockey David Neusch aboard.
“She’s coming along fine,” trainer Richard Mandella said.
“She’s where I’d like her to be.”
Beholder will be making her first attempt at two turns in
the Juvenile Fillies. Mandellla chose that race for her rather than the
Juvenile Sprint in which she would have had to face colts.
Broken Spell – After
watching his Juvenile Fillies prospect travel over Santa Anita’s main track,
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said of the daughter of Broken Vow, “I feel
like she’ll handle the dirt just fine. She certainly seems to get over this
track in great shape.”
Though the filly has had most of her success on turf and
synthetic surfaces, Lukas believes her form off a first and two seconds in her
last three races, all at the Juvenile Fillies distance of 1 1/16m, should set
her up for the race.
Dreaming of Julia/ Kauai
Katie – The Stonestreet Stable duo arrived after at noon on a flight from
New York for trainer Todd Pletcher in preparation for their Friday assignment
in the Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.
Both come into the race with perfect 3-for-3 records and
each will be trying two turns for the first time.
“Obviously we’re very excited about Kauai Katie,” assistant
trainer Mike McCarthy said. “She’s
proven to be as good as anybody else in her generation. We’re going into
a bit of uncharted territory with the mile and a sixteenth, but if I had to lead one over it’d be one like
her – plenty of speed, plenty of class.”
Dreaming of Julia has been only slightly less impressive,
winning her first two starts by a combined
26 ¾ lengths before escaping with a head victory in the Frizette at
“You’re dealing with a championship situation with either
one,” McCarthy said. I’m sure if we’re lucky to win with one of them, the
owners will be thrilled.”
Executiveprivilege – The
multiple stakes-winner from the Bob Baffert barn was a strong galloper
Wednesday morning, moving well in the center of the track under exercise rider
In winning Santa Anita’s Chandelier Stakes Sept. 29 at the
same 1 1/16m distance of the Juvenile Fillies, Executiveprivilege went wire to
wire. But in Friday’s race, the filly will be facing several serious speed
horses among the seven rivals she’ll be taking on.
“I’m not going to worry about a pace thing,” Baffert said. “‘Raffi’
(jockey Rafael Bejarano) knows her well and he’s a good judge of pace. He’ll
take care of business.”
Spring in the Air – The
bay daughter of Spring At Last was out on the track Wednesday morning before
going to the gate and visiting the paddock.
“So far, so good,” said trainer Mark Casse, who added that
the grade I winner continues to do everything right as she heads into the
Juvenile Fillies and is a delight to work with.
Spring in the Air is owned by John Oxley, who also will run
the Casse-trained Dynamic Skyin the
Juvenile. She was bred by WinStar Farms Canadian division and purchased this
past March out of the Ocala Breeders’ Sale of two-year-olds in training.