Big Blue Kitten/Real Solution – Trainer
Chad Brown’s pair of stakes winners sired by Kitten’s Joy, Big Blue
Kitten and Real Solution, galloped Thursday morning. Brown said he is
happy with the way they are coming up to the race.
The two-time Breeders’ Cup winning trainer said the bottom line for his
Turf runners is that they have to be very good Saturday.
“I’m not going to change their running styles for this race,” he said.
“They need to do two things. They need to work out clean trips and they
need to run their career-best race to win.”
While both of his Turf runners are Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebreds,
Brown said he doesn’t have a problem entering a number of horses with
different ownership in the same race.
“I don’t worry about it too much anymore,” Brown said. “When you get to
this level, you’re running in championship-type races, if my clients’
respective horse makes it into that race they are OK however many I have
in there. If I don’t have them, someone else is going to have them.
You’re going to have to run against them one way or the other.
just focuses on their horse and I focus on the horses individually and
if they take different paths and end up at the same meeting point
somewhere down the line, so be it. I don’t consider it at all when I am
entering horses at this level. If they earn their way in, I’ll run one,
I’ll run 10 in a race.”
Indy Point – The
chestnut Argentinian Indy Point galloped Thursday morning for trainer
Richard Mandella as he continues to move forward toward Saturday’s
Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Since Indy Point’s trip north to Mandella’s barn in California this
year, he’s started three times, winning twice and finishing far back on
the other occasion. Each time he’s been handled by the veteran Gary
Mandella was asked about pre-race plans between himself and Stevens concerning Indy Point.
“I won’t be telling him much,” Mandella said. “He knows him now. We
learned a lesson with this horse in Chicago (in the Arlington Million
where he finished last of 13). We took ahold of him away from the gate
and got him all mad and into all sorts of trouble. But in his last race
(a winning effort in the John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita),
we just dropped his head and he went right on with it. You make a
mistake and you learn from it. At least you hope you do.”
Little Mike – Little
Mike, the defending Turf champion, had his penultimate training day
just after the break Thursday as he attempts to become only the third
horse in 30 years to win the Turf twice. The only other horses to
accomplish this are Conduit and High Chaparral.
“This is really exciting,” said owner Carlo Vaccarezza. “It’s quite an
accomplishment to get a horse back here healthy and in top form.”
Magician – see European report
Point of Entry – Phipps Stable’s Point of Entry prepared for a return from a five-month layoff in the Turf by galloping 1 1/2m Thursday morning.
the 5-year-old son of Dynaformer cooled out, assistant trainer Gene
Recio led him to the edge of the horse path leading to the track, where
the multiple-stakes winner stood quietly while observing the activity
was just leaving him out of his stall a little while. We hosed him for a
little while and instead of putting him back in the stall we decided to
let him stand in the sun,” trainer Shug McGaughey said. “If we were in
New York, we’d be grazing him. But there’s no grass here to graze. But
he likes standing in the sun.”
McGaughey hopes the 2012 Turf runner-up has his day in the sun on Saturday afternoon.
think he deserves to win a race like this. Is the layoff a concern?
Maybe. But I think we’ve got him where we want him. He gets better every
day,” McGaughey said. “I think he’s fit enough, but we won’t know until
Saturday afternoon. I’m looking forward to it.
Skyring – Routine
work continued for Skyring as the Calumet Farm 4yo colt took another
step toward Saturday’s Turf. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas looked
on as the son of English Channel galloped 1 1/2m over Santa Anita’s main
Tale of a Champion – With trainer Kristin Mulhall in the irons, Tale of a Champion jogged 2m Thursday morning and walked through the paddock.
“As usual, everything is good,” Mulhall said of the 5yo son of Tale of the Cat.
Tale of a Champion has been kept to his usual routine, Breeders’ Cup
week has been unusual for Mulhall in that she’s doing less than double
duty. Outside Breeders’ Cup situations, Mulhall spends time at her barns
at both Santa Anita and Hollywood Park, making a daily cross-L.A. commute in generally heavy traffic.
“But this week, I’m not,” Mulhall said.
she’s out of bed at 2:45 a.m. and to Santa Anita by 4:30. The former
Olympic equestrian hopeful exercises many of her own horses, around six
or seven a day.
Teaks North – Southern
Equine Stables’ Teaks North jogged 2m Thursday, as trainer Eric Guillot
looked on from the trackside apron at Santa Anita.
for how Guillot expects Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Turf to unfold,
he said, “I expect he’ll be on the lead or close to the lead, and I
hope he’ll hang on to get a piece of the pie. He’ll have to run a big
race to do that.”
The Fugue – see European report
Vagabond Shoes – A 6yo Irish-bred son of Beat Hollow, Vagabond Shoes galloped 1 ½m at 9 a.m. Thursday.