Cristoforo Colombo – see European report
He Be Fire N Ice – Early Wednesday
morning He Be Fire N Ice, a 5yo son of Unusual Heat galloped 1 1/4
miles at Hollywood Park and then took a cross-L.A. van ride from
Inglewood to Arcadia and the stable of trainer John Sadler.
No Jet Lag – A 3yo gelded son of 2003 Turf winner Johar, No Jet Lag galloped 1 1/4m on Santa Anita's main track Wednesday morning.
in really good form, he has refreshed well since the last race and he
seems really happy and good at the moment,” trainer Simon Callaghan said
of the winner of two straight since being imported from England this
summer. “I really feel that No Jet Lag in particular is going to go in
with a really good chance. His form is to hang back and relax and make a
run and I think he's going to run a really big race.”
Obviously – Trainer
Mike Mitchell had his speedy Irish-bred Obviously out for a gallop on
the 6f training track at Santa Anita Wednesday morning at 7. He had
exercise rider Sherri Alexander onboard.
“I like to gallop him there instead of the main track,” Mitchell said.
“He likes it better and responds better to it. If we put him on the main
track he gets all wound up. The traffic on it in the mornings has
something to do with it, but it just gets him too excited. Maybe he
thinks there’s going to be a race, or something like that.
“But on the training track he settles down and goes well. I just tell
Sherri that I want a good, long gallop and then I leave it up to her.
She takes him around it several times until she feels it’s right. I want
him to get something out of it and she makes sure that happens.”
Obviously is expected to be the pacesetter in a 10-horse lineup in the
$2 million Mile, the penultimate race on the Saturday Breeders’ Cup
program ahead of the Classic.
Olympic Glory – see European report
Silentio – The
4yo colt Silentio went trackside for a gallop Wedneday morning at about
8:15. Trainer Gary Mandella said he was happy with his charge’s
preparations for Saturday’s Mile in which he’ll have to beat nine
rivals, including Horse of the Year Wise Dan.
“He’s all but ready for Saturday,” Mandella said. “We gallop him about
10 furlongs, just enough so he doesn’t start kicking the walls.”
Silver Max – Trainer
Dale Romans gave Silver Max a nice long break between Oct. 2012 and
March 2013, and as a relatively fresh horse, the Badge of Silver colt
enters this year’s Mile as one of the top contenders, having won four of
his last five races, including an upset over defending Mile champ and
Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the off-the-turf Shadwell ‘Turf’ Mile.
Last year, he was prepping for a possible start in the Mile when he
finished ninth in the Shadwell Turf Mile, his 10th start of the year, and did not reappear until the Appleton Handicap at Gulfstream March 30.
“He’s doing great,” said Romans. “We may have squeezed the lemon dry
last year with so many races, but I wouldn’t change things because he
had such a great 3-year-old year. This year, he’s much fresher and doing
Wise Dan – Trainer Charlie LoPresti had a welcome sight awaiting him at Barn 36 Wednesday morning when Wise Dan emerged from the shedrow.
we took the blanket off, he put on quite a show bucking and kicking,”
LoPresti said of the reigning North American Horse of the Year and
defending champion in Mile. “It was great to see. You don’t want to see
them come out dull and almost sound asleep.”
said Wise Dan’s schedule for the week would mirror last year’s initial
trip to Santa Anita, right down to the traveling party of three that is
comprised of LoPresti, exercise rider Damien Rock and groom Reeve
probably could have taken him out there this morning, but he had a long
day yesterday,” LoPresti said of Wise Dan’s journey that started with a
van ride from Keeneland to Louisville for a flight that left shortly
after 2 and arrived here shortly before 5 local time.
will take him to the turf in the morning, paddock school tomorrow
afternoon and jog him on the dirt Friday morning,” LoPresti said. “He is
on the same schedule as last year except we got here a day later last
year because of Hurricane Sandy.
had the one work two weeks before the race (47 2/5 for 4f) and the
little blowout down the lane Saturday at Keeneland that did not make the
Za Approval – Live
Oak Plantation’s Za Approval arrived on Tuesday night as part of the
contingent of New York-based horses competing in the Breeders’ Cup and
was out on the track for a jog once around under Christophe Lorieul, the
longtime assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, and then he walked
through the paddock.
The 5yo gray gelded son of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Ghostzapper was bright and alert after his long trip.
got over the track really good this morning,” said Lorieul. “It’s easy
to tell that he really likes this kind of weather and he trains better
Approval, winner of a trio of Grade III races this year, also enjoys
competing in California. In June, he was second to fellow Mile
competitor Obviously in the Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park before
finishing second again to prohibitive Mile favorite and defending
champion Wise Dan, who is also the reigning Horse of the Year, in the
Woodbine Mile. Next time out on Oct. 12, he captured the Knickerbocker
Handicap at Belmont, but that race was at 1 1/8m.
think he’s better at the mile and a mile and an eighth is probably
stretching him out a little bit,” said Lorieul. “I know he won the other
day at that distance, but the Mile has got the pace scenario that I
think is good for him. As he gets older, the mile is probably his best
In 10 starts on the turf at 1m, Za Approval has won four times and been second four times.