– Capo Bastone and Monumentgalloped with a group of John Sadler
trainees in the early morning fog to Sadler's satisfaction.
It will be the second time for Sadler to send out horses for
two clients in the same Breeders' Cup race. He saddled Noble Court for Joy Ride
Racing and Get Funky for Keith Abrahams in the 2009 Turf Sprint.
Capo Bastone is owned by the Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
syndicate headed by Aron Wellman and Lee Midkiff of Del Mar, Calif. Monument by
the C R K Stable of Lee and Susan Searing of Arcadia, Calif.
"Monument has come up through the Cal-bred program,
he's a homebred and with not a huge field we're hoping that he can pick up a
piece of it (the purse) if he runs well," Sadler said. "We've always
liked Capo Bastone and we've run him in the biggest races here on the West
Coast and expect he'll run very well on Saturday.
"They have different running styles, so that's no
problem. Monument will be up close to the pace, like he was in (winning) the
Cal Cup. Capo Bastone we see having more of a middle trip."
Dynamic Sky –“Just
great. He went really great this morning,” was how trainer Mark Casse
pronounced John Oxley’s contender for the Juvenile after Dynamic Sky galloped 1
1/2m. “Then he settled in and he relaxed and was perfect in the gate. He looks
Casse sends out five Breeders’ Cup hopefuls this year and is
looking for his first victory after 10 previous tries. The combination of Casse
and Oxley, who also owns Juvenile Fillies contender Spring in the Air, came
close in 2010 with Delightful Mary, who finished third in the Juvenile Fillies.
Oxley’s Beautiful Pleasure, one of his seven previous starters in the World Championships,
won the 1999 Distaff (now Ladies’ Classic) when she was trained by John Ward.
Oxley purchased Dynamic Sky for the bargain price of $25,242
from the 2011 Canadian Thoroughbred Society September Yearling sale and the
colt already has won $218,115 in three starts in which he never has failed to
hit the board.
Fortify – Godolphin Racing’s Fortify is on target
for a start in the Juvenile after galloping 1 1/2m Wednesday morning at Santa
Fortify’s triumph in his debut at Saratoga last August
wasn’t totally expected by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
“Not so much, because we just don’t win first time out,”
said McLaughlin, whose young horses tend to get better with a start or two as
experience. “But we liked him a lot and knew he had ability.”
Fortify was beaten by Juvenile morning-line favorite
Shanghai Bobby in his next two starts, but McLaughlin expects that his 2yo colt
will move forward in his first start around two turns in the 1 1/16m Juvenile.
“He just covers a lot of ground. He’s a big, strong horse
and we think he wants further,” McLaughlin said. “But I’m sure other people
also think their horses want the mile and a sixteenth, but we do think he likes
it. Some of it is just being hopeful. We’ve got to come up with a way to beat
He's Had Enough –
Tapit colt galloped 1 1/2m at Santa Anita Wednesday with exercise
rider Jonny Garcia.
"Both He's Had Enough and Know More (entered in
the Juvenile Turf) are talented horses with good minds," said
trainer Doug O'Neill. "Ninety per cent of the battle is 'Can they
handle the pressure?' and they both seem able to handle it."
O'Neill scored his first Breeders' Cup victory with
Stevie Wonderboy in the 2005 Juvenile.
Power Broker/ Title
Contender – Trainer Bob Baffert has
a pair to run in the Juvenile Saturday afternoon, one from the inside and the
other from the out. Both 2yos are owned
by Gary and Mary West and both are sons of the A.P. Indy stallion Pulpit.
The chestnut colt Power Broker drew the outside in the
nine-horse lineup for the 1 1/16m race, while the dark-hued Title Contender
drew the rail.
The trainer is already on the record as saying he will
“force the issue” with Title Contender.
“He’s a high cruiser,” Baffert said Wednesday morning after
watching his two colts gallop from trackside at Santa Anita. “He’s got that
natural speed. And we’re down in the one hole with him, so he’s all but got to
“Power Broker is doing good,” he added. “A lot of what
happens with him and all these horses is how the track is playing. So far at
this meet it has been fair. It has some bounce to it. I’ve had horses win in
front and win coming from the back.
“But you’ve got to be careful with talk about the track. I
know the first week here everyone was saying it was a ‘speed-biased track.’ But
that isn’t necessarily so. I had a horse win the first week from way in the
back. He was just a good horse.
“Sometimes, you know, you’ve got guys training the heck out
of real good horses and they win in a certain style. It’s not always the track
playing a certain way. More often it is the horse and how he’s been trained.”
Shanghai Bobby – The morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Juvenile arrived
on a flight from New York at noon Wednesday and would likely get his first look
at Santa Anita on Thursday morning.
“It’s his first time going two
turns,” said assistant trainer Mike McCarthy. “It’s going to be very exciting.
Obviously, there’s a championship on the line. If he were to jump up and
win, you’d have to think he’d probably be the champion 2-year-old. His record
(4-for-4) speaks for itself.”
Pletcher won the 2010 Juvenile
with Uncle Mo, one of three victories he posted at Churchill Downs in the 27th
edition of the Breeders’ Cup.
Speak Logistics galloped the main track at Santa Anita Wednesday morning,
although the son of High Cotton went to the track a bit earlier than in the
“We had been going right after the track reopens, but with
the fog this morning, we didn’t want him out there with all that traffic so we
got him out early,” said Frankie Perez, assistant to trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.
“It wasn’t much; just another light gallop. He’ll go back out again tomorrow,
although it will be up to Eddie to decide what time. He gets in later today.”