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Godolphin Runners Ready for Breeders' Cup

Godolphin Racing will have a strong hand in the Breeders’ Cup on Friday and Saturday as Girolamo, Sara Louise, Gayego, and Vineyard Haven are bound for Louisville after breezing at Belmont Park this weekend.

 

Godolphin’s contenders for the Dirt Mile, Vineyard Haven and Gayego, turned in separate breezes on Sunday.

 

Gayego, who in his most recent start defeated yesterday’s Grade 2 Fayette winner Successful Dan in the Presque Isle Mile on September 10, breezed four furlongs in 48.88.

 

“He finished up great and galloped out good, and he’s another one we’re real happy with,” said Mettee. “That Presque Isle race looks pretty good now that Successful Dan has come back and won two starts. The one-turn mile should be perfect for him.”

 

Vineyard Haven, most recently third in the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga Race Course on September 24, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.42.

 

“He went in 1:01 2/5 and went out in 1:13 4/5,” said Mettee. “Hopefully he can get outside draw. Like Gayego, he seems to like being outside horses a little more. You just have to hope that with a big field and a one-turn mile that they both get good draws and aren’t tucked down along the inside because that field is loaded with horses like Tizway and Crown of Thorns and Here Comes Ben.”

 

Breeders’ Cup Sprint entrant Girolamo earned a bullet on Saturday for his 1:00.06 five-furlong breeze, his third official workout since winning the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park on October 2.

 

“Girolamo went really well – he went especially well yesterday,” said Rick Mettee, assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor. “After a big race like the Vosburgh, you never know how they’ll handle it, but he seems to have thrived since then.”

 

Sara Louise, who will be making her second start of 2010 when she competes in the Filly & Mare Sprint, turned in a 47.67 four-furlong breeze in the second quickest of 23 moves at the distance on Saturday.

 

“She went back to the track today and trotted, and we’re real happy with the way she’s coming up to the race,” said Mettee. “We’d like to have another race in her, but we didn’t have that luxury. At least we got a race into her, and she’s healthy, sound, and fresh. She’s run at Churchill before, and seven furlongs should be a good distance for her.”

 

Mettee said all four horses will depart Belmont by van tomorrow, arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, and will take to the track on Wednesday.

 

“All of them have shipped before and Belmont is such a good place to prepare a horse,” said Mettee of the decision to have Godolphin’s Breeders’ Cup contenders make their final breezes at in New York. “We’re away from all the hustle and bustle of things and we’re not huge believers in needing a race or a work over the track. Sometimes shipping is good for horses; it gets them up on their toes.”

 

Mettee added that Tahitian Warrior exited his fourth-place finish in yesterday’s Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap in good shape.

 

“He broke a little flat-footed and probably just got outrun by some hard-knocking older horses,” said Mettee. “The real Bribon showed up yesterday, and there’s no question Bribon is a better horse than Tahitian Warrior right now. He got beat by 2 ½ lengths, not bad for a 3-year-old making his seventh start, so at least we know he can run against good horses, and he still has a condition.”

 

 

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