Aidan O'Brien (Cristoforo Colombo, Turf Sprint) – see European report
Bob Baffert (Book Review, Filly & Mare Sprint; Secret Circle, Sprint) – The trainer’s sprinters – the colt Secret Circle and the filly Book Review –
both were trackside Thursday morning for good gallops heading into
their assignments Saturday. Secret Circle, a 4yo by Eddington, will be
one of the favorites for the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup
Sprint. Book Review, a 4yo filly by Giant’s Causeway, is one of the
shorter-priced horses in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint.
Secret Circle came out at 8 a.m. with three other Baffert Breeders’ Cup
horses – Classic runners Game On Dude and Paynter, as well as Dirt Mile
entrant Fed Biz.
Baffert had good words for Secret Circle, a winner of six of eight
starts and a “fresh” horse for the 6f race with only one start – just
over two weeks ago – in the past 18 months.
“He’s a big, stout son of a gun,” the trainer said. “That last race
didn’t take anything out of him. He didn’t lose any weight. He’s looking
Baffert is less sure, though not less admiring, of his filly.
“We call Book Review ‘The Scarecrow’ because she’s so skinny,” he said.
“But she shows me so much heart. She trains good in the mornings, but
she really lays it down in the afternoons. She gives it her all. I wish
she’d drawn outside (she breaks from post 2). But she’s going to need a
pace meltdown if she’s going to come running and get them. But she’ll be
Buff Bradley (Groupie Doll, Filly & Mare Sprint) – For
trainer Buff Bradley, the goal now is to keep his homebred Groupie Doll
a happy camper prior to her bid for a repeat victory in the Filly &
spoiled,” said Bradley, who co-owns the 5yo mare with his father Fred,
Carl Hurst and Brent Burns. “But then she’s been spoiled for a very long
Thursday morning, Groupie Doll jogged back to the wire under exercise
rider Jada Schlenk and then took a left turn at the paddock runway for a
quick tour of the saddling enclosure and walking ring. Upon walking
back to the track, Groupie Doll galloped a little more than a mile,
picking up the pace through the lane.
Bradley gave a thumbs up on the morning’s activity.
“We are all good,” Bradley said. “She’ll do the same thing Friday, but not have as strong of a gallop.”
Chad Brown (Summer Applause, Filly & Mare Sprint) – The
multiple stakes-winning filly galloped Thursday morning, two days
before her career finale for Brown when she tries sprinting after a
dozen route races.
“She’s sharp and she looks good,” Brown said. “I’m curious to see how
she does on the cut-back. She just couldn’t possibly be training any
better, so that’s a big plus. But it’s very much an experiment running
seven-eighths. We’ll see what happens. If we get a very strong pace up
front, she could make a late run and be in the picture.”
D. Wayne Lukas (Fast Bullet, Sprint) – Zayat
Stables’ Fast Bullet galloped 1 1/2m Thursday as preparations for
Saturday’s Sprint continue to wind down. Lukas took over the training of
the 5yo horse from Bob Baffert at mid-year and sent the horse out for
the first time in Saratoga’s Forego Stakes, in which he finished seventh
of eight in the field.
Doug O'Neill (Private Zone, Sprint; Handsome Mike, Turf Sprint; Renee's Titan, Filly & Mare Sprint) – Trainer
Doug O’Neill watched sprinters Private Zone, Renee’s Titan and Handsome
Mike gallop on the main track Thursday and voiced a general sense of
optimism about his nine Breeders’ Cup entrants.
“We’re always optimistic, but we’ve got some legitimate chances,”
O’Neill said. “We’re alive all over the place. Private Zone is favored
in the Sprint and Goldencents is second choice in the Dirt Mile. I
think Private Zone looks pretty solid.”
Zone involves one of the most poignant human interest stories of the
Breeders’ Cup, involving racing manager Rene Douglas and jockey Martin
Pedroza. Richie Silverstein, long time agent for Pedroza, summarized it
and Rene are childhood friends from Panama, went to jockey school
together and have been best friends since,” said Silverstein. “Before
Rene bought a house, he stayed here with Martin.”
was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2009 spill at Arlington Park but
remained in racing. “Rene found Private Zone in Panama and manages a
partnership of his owners,” continued Silverstein. “After he started
racing in Panama for Rene’s brother, Rene sent him to Doug in
California last summer and requested that Martin get on him.
horse came with tons of idiosyncrasies that have been overcome. The
horse is doing good. The spacing of his races is good, and he has been
working great. His last work was awesome.
has never won a Breeders’ Cup race, and he gets two chances, first with
Blueskiesnrainbows in the Marathon. You can’t imagine what winning the
Sprint would mean to Martin. Rene can’t ride anymore and Martin has a
chance to put his best friend in the winner’s circle. It would be
heart-filling if he won this race for Rene.”
Jeff Mullins (Chips All In, Turf Sprint) – If
they’d been at the casino tables, the partnership led by Danny Valdez
of Salt Lake City would have had to be all in as they paid the $120,000
to make Chips All In eligible for the Breeders’ Cup program.
As trainer Jeff Mullins said Thursday morning, $120,000 is a tough nut,
but the owners were willing, and Mullins, himself, said the 4yo colt
deserves to get the chance in the race. He indicated he might not feel
the same way if he and the horse and the owners were heading for a
different Breeders’ Cup venue. “But, here we are at home and he loves
the downhill course, so why not take a shot?” said Mullins.
During his training Thursday morning, Chips All In galloped 1 1/2m.
Mullins thinks the colt’s stalking style will serve him well as the field heads downhill in the 6 1/2f sprint.
Jerry Hollendorfer (Sweet Lulu, Filly & Mare Sprint) – Brimming
with confidence, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sent Sweet Lulu out for a 1
1/2m gallop as preparations for Saturday’s Filly & Mare Sprint
On the outside post for the Mr. Greeley 3yo owned by Steve Beneto, Hollendorfer said, “That’s the best place for her.”
Julien Leparoux, who has ridden her in her last three races, retains the mount for the Breeders’ Cup date.
Kiaran McLaughlin (Dance Card, Filly & Mare Sprint) – Godolphin
Racing’s Dance Card has a first date with jockey Joel Rosario on
Saturday and her trainer is quite pleased with the match.
have Joel as her new rider, which is a plus. Hopefully it all works out
and he can work out a good trip,” said Kiaran McLaughlin.
the retired Ramon Dominguez in the irons last year, the 4yo gray
daughter of Tapit put together an impressive streak of four straight
victories, capped by a Grade 1 score in the Gazelle Handicap, before
chips in her ankles sent her to the sidelines.
is a really nice filly who is very, very talented. Right now she’s
doing great,” said McLaughlin. “She’s had six weeks off since her last
race in the Gallant Bloom and I’m very happy with the way she’s coming
up to this race.”
Card, who was bred in Kentucky by Bruce McMillan, was a $750,000
purchase at the February 2011 Fasig-Tipton sale. She galloped 1 3/8
under Rob Massey and then went to the gate and stood Thursday morning.
Mark Casse (Laugh Track, Sprint) – Vigil
Stakes winner Laugh Track picks up the services of Hall of Fame rider
Mike Smith, who has more Breeders’ Cup wins than any other rider.
Smith used to ride for me before Mike Smith was Mike Smith. That was at
Churchill Downs. I’ve known Mike for a long, long time and any time you
can get Mike to ride it’s always a plus. We reached out to him and he
accepted so we’re happy to have him,” said trainer Mark Casse.
said he is happy with the way Laugh Track, a 4yo son of Distorted Humor
who was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm and is co-owned by WinStar and
Gary Barber, is coming into the race.
don’t know much about the horse other than what I’ve seen on tape and I
won’t have the chance to get on him beforehand, but from what I hear he
is a really straightforward horse,” said Smith.
just about getting a good trip. With Laugh Track, it’s the distance.
He’s in the 12 hole so he won’t get the kick back and maybe I can get
him a little closer without rushing him off his feet and he’ll come with
a good finish.”
Track was scheduled for a gallop of 1 1/2m on Thursday but Casse said
the distance was cut back to 1 1/4m after there was a loose horse on the
Mike Pender (Boat Trip and Jeranimo, Turf Sprint) – Boat
Trip and Jeranimo each underwent what trainer Mike Pender termed a
"maintenance jog/gallop and tour through the paddock Thursday morning.
"Houston, we are ready for liftoff," Pender said.
Trip, a 4yo son of Harlan's Holiday, has a win and second in two races
over Santa Anita's unique downhill turf layout, giving Pender reason for
was second by a nose in the Eddie D with trouble," Pender said.
“Garrett Gomez, who was up, said he jumped the dirt crossing over the
main track from the downhill to the straight. Garrett said if he hadn't
jumped, he felt he had dead aim on them.
Trip is a huge horse, about 1,200 pounds, and I think with his breeding
he's going to eventually turn out to be an excellent stallion.”
Mike Puype (Mizdirection, Turf Sprint) – Defending
Turf Sprint champion Mizdirection galloped her customary 1 1/2 miles
on Thursday, earning another approving, "everything's good," assessment
from trainer Mike Puype.
5yo daughter of Mizzen Mast-Deceptive's celebrity owner, syndicated
sports talk radio host Jim Rome, has not been an observer of
Mizdirection's morning works so far but the other five ownership
partners -- Bill Strauss, Kevin Nish, Josh Grohs, Boris Beljack and
Michael Kramek -- have. Rome will be in attendance for the races both
days of the Breeders' Cup, according to his representatives, and may
make a morning appearance, Puype said.
whose stable name is Jungle Racing LLC, bought in to Mizdirection two
years ago after the second of a now 16-race career, a maiden victory at
Hollywood Park, just in time for a string of 13 starts in which
Mizdirection produced nine wins, three seconds and only one
Of the Mizdirection group, Puype said: “They're all great guys. I've never had a problem and have enjoyed training for them.”
Peter Miller (Reneesgotzip, Turf Sprint) – Reneesgotzip got a day off Thursday as her training toward Saturday’s Turf Sprint winds down, according to trainer Peter Miller.
wasn’t that the 4yo daughter of City Zip had earned it through
excellent work. On the contrary, it was because she dumped her rider
during training Wednesday and ran off for a ways. “She didn’t run off
very far, but it still was a bit of a blowout,” the trainer said with a
Miller found some relief when he was reminded by many of California Flag’s similar incident before winning the 2009 Turf Sprint.
Ron Ellis (Teddy's Promise, Filly & Mare Sprint) – Trainer
Ron Ellis said that Teddy’s Promise is training as well as possible
after the 5yo California-bred mare galloped on the main track Thursday
under exercise rider Cesar Cerrano.
said that he would not have minded a post wider than the five hole for
the speedy mare in the 7f race. “The filly outside her (Ismene) has a
lot of speed,” said Ellis. “I will leave it up to Victor
Steve Asmussen (Justin Phillip, Sprint; Unbridled's Note, Turf Sprint) – As
a trainer, Steve Asmussen knows there are some things he can’t control
such as post position and the other horses in the race, but when there
are measures he can take to help his horses, he’s definitely going to go
for it. This is why Sprint contender Justin Phillip and his stablemates
Unbridled’s Note (Turf Sprint) and Untapable (Juvenile Fillies) have
been in California the entire month of October. All three of Justin
Phillip’s works leading into Saturday have come over the Santa Anita
"We feel very comfortable being out here,” said Asmussen. “It’s the one
variable you can take away by giving them plenty of time to adapt. I
can’t change who’s in the race, but coming here and giving them plenty
of time is something we can do.”
Tom Amoss (Sum of the Parts, Sprint) – Klaravich
Stables and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts made his first
appearance of 2013 on the Santa Anita track Thursday morning after a
Tuesday arrival from his home base in Kentucky.
With exercise rider Maurice Sanchez up, Sum of the Parts jogged 1m, visited the starting gate and then galloped 1 1/2m.
thought things went well this morning,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “He had
a long time getting here Tuesday, so he just walked yesterday. I didn’t
see any ill effects from missing a day.”
said Sum of the Parts would school in the paddock Thursday afternoon,
gallop Friday morning and walk Saturday morning prior to his second
start in the Sprint.
the 2012 Sprint, Sum of the Parts got the lead out of the gate and
yielded grudgingly in the latter stages of the 6f race to finish fourth,
beaten three lengths by Trinniberg.
seems a little brighter this year and acts fresher on the track,” Amoss
said of the now 4yo Sum of the Parts. “I see that out here."
with 2012, Sum of the Parts enters the Sprint off a victory in the
Phoenix at Keeneland. In 2013, Sum of the Parts has one fewer start than
had a difficult campaign last year,” Amoss said. “I had no expectations
last year because it was at the End of a long year and I was surprised
he made the lead. This year, he is a fresh, sharp horse. In the Phoenix,
he used his speed to control the race and I would love to see it set up
like that (Saturday). But I understand the Breeders’ Cup horses are a
Todd A. Pletcher (Capo Bastone, Turf Sprint) – Eclipse
Thoroughbred Partners’ Capo Bastone galloped over the main track
Thursday morning. The 3yo son of Street Boss finished third in the
Juvenile last year at Santa Anita but will make his debut on grass in
Saturday’s Turf Sprint.
Capo Bastone, who closed with a rush under Irad Ortiz Jr. to win the
King’s Bishop at Saratoga last time out, will be ridden Saturday by Joel
Rosario, the dominant jockey in Southern California before relocating
to the East Coast in 2012.
felt like it was very important in the Turf Sprint to have someone
who’s familiar with the turf course here – the six-and-a-half furlong
aspect of it. It’s a tricky course,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “Irad
rode him perfectly in the King’s Bishop, but we felt it was important to
have someone who was familiar with the course.”