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Cease Breezes for Breeders' Cup Marathon

Claiborne Farm’s Cease, a contender for the 1¾-mile Breeders’ Cup Marathon (G2) on November 5 at Churchill Downs, breezed four furlongs in :47.40 on Sunday morning at Keeneland. Exercise rider Niall Collum was aboard the 4-year-old War Chant gelding, who worked for the first time since he ran third in the 1¼-mile Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) on October 8.

 

“He worked good, really good,” said Glenn Brookfield, assistant to trainer Al Stall Jr.

 

Brookfield said Cease  would ship to Churchill midweek and have one work over the track before the Marathon.

 

“That schedule worked for Blame,” he said, referring to last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner and champion older horse who also was trained by Stall and based at the Keeneland Training Center on Rice Road.

 

Blame, by Arch, was a homebred racing for Claiborne and Adele Dilschneider, who bred Cease in partnership. The two horses are out of half-sisters.

 

Cease has won two 1 1/8-mile races from six starts in his career and has earned $129,820.

 

“He ran pretty well at Hawthorne and the Marathon looks like it might be a good spot for him so why not take a shot,” Dell Hancock of Claiborne said. “He’s a gelding so hopefully he’ll be around awhile and we’ll have a lot of fun with him.”

 

After last year’s Breeders’ Cup, Blame was retired to stud at Claiborne, where Hancock said the now-5-year-old bred about 100 mares during his first season. Cease’s sire, War Front, also stands at Claiborne.

 

In other Breeders’ Cup news:

 

For the second consecutive day, trainer Gerard Butler canceled a scheduled work for Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ (G1) contender Pachattack, opting instead to send the Pulpit mare out to jog over Keeneland’s training track.

 

“She’s very fit anyway. She needs more care and attention than training,” Butler said. “If she puts on a bit of weight we may do something with her toward the end of the week.”

 

Butler reported that Pachattack, who finished second in the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on opening weekend, will ship to Churchill Downs on Monday, October 31. He said Rajiv Maragh will have the mount in the Ladies’ Classic.


 

 

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