Trainer Todd Pletcher said he pre-entered 11 horses on Monday for the
Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 5-6 at Churchill
Downs. However, Bribon was not among them.
Owner Derrick Smith elected against paying the $180,000 supplemental
fee to make Bribon eligible for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Instead, Bribon will run in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler
Handicap at Belmont Park as a prep for the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at
Aqueduct on Nov. 27.
Pletcher said that several factors came into play in the decision not
to run Bribon in the Breeders' Cup, including the fact that he is a
7-year-old gelding and a come-from-behind sprinter in what will likely
be a large field. "And," Pletcher said, "$180,000 is a lot of money to