Pacific Classic winner Dullahan is one of five horses bedded down at
Barn 76 for trainer Dale Romans, who is preparing the quintet for the
Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 and 3.
“The horses got in Monday, and Tuesday was their first day on
the race track,” said Romans’ assistant of 21 years, former jockey Tammy
Fox, who’s as big as a New York minute but 100 times as gracious and
“They all seem to be training really well and all seem to like
the surface,” Fox said at the barn Thursday morning after returning from
the track. “It’s been hot here, which is why Dale wanted to get here
early and get them used to the weather, because it’s cooled off in
Kentucky (their point of departure). So far, so good.”
Dullahan is scheduled to work Saturday on Santa Anita’s turf
course, Fox said, adding, “he’ll come back and work next Saturday on the
dirt. Whichever one I decide that he likes the best, that’s the one
we’re going to go with, so I hope I pick the right one.”
That means Dullahan would run in either the $3 million Turf at 1
½ miles or the $5 million Classic at 1 ¼ miles on dirt. Both races are
The other four Romans’ runners here awaiting the Breeders’ Cup
are Little Mike (Mile); Moon Walk (Juvenile Fillies Turf); Shackleford
(Dirt Mile); and Sustained (Juvenile Fillies Turf).
“This is my first time on horses here at Santa Anita,” Fox said.
“We’ve been here before, but I’ve never been on a horse over the track.
I was just in and out to watch a race or two.”
Bob Baffert maintained his high praise for Santa Anita’s
conventional dirt surface. “Ever since it rained (three-quarters of an
inch last Thursday), the track’s been great,” said the Hall of Fame
trainer, leading the pack just past the halfway mark in pursuit of his
record 11th title at The Great Race Place.
Added Fox philosophically: “Everybody has to run on the same surface, so why complain about it?”