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Breeders Cup 2015

Mr. Ryder Looks Live in Tropical Turf

Trainer Christophe Clement has a solid contender in the La Prevoyante with Cheetah and may have the favorite in the Tropical Turf Handicap with Brushwood Stable’s 4-year-old colt Mr. Ryder and Joe Bravo in the saddle after they teamed up for a strong third-place effort last out in the Knickerbocker Stakes (G3) on ‘yielding’ turf at Belmont on Oct. 15, beaten less than a length for it all.


Mr. Ryder is a chestnut son of Giant’s Causeway purchased for $800,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales and had won three straight before the Knickerbocker – allowance races at Belmont and Monmouth Park and the Sussex Stakes at Delaware Park – all on turf.


Trainer Todd Pletcher has a contender with Black Rock Stable’s 3-year-old Silver Medallion and Javier Castellano named to ride. The son of Badge of Silver finished a game third last out in the Commonwealth Turf (G3) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3 after a runner-up effort in an allowance race at Woodbine in early October in his first start for Pletcher.


Silver Medallion was trained last winter by Steve Asmussen, winning the Eddie Logan Stakes on turf at Santa Anita and the El Camino Real Derby (G3) on the Tapeta synthetic track at Golden Gate Fields in February. He went on to finish fourth in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in April and fourth in the Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland later that month before heading to the sidelines until the Woodbine allowance.


Certain to attract attention while making his stakes race debut in the field of nine drawn for the Tropical Turf will be Frank Calabrese’s 6-year-old gelding Chosen Empire with Elvis Trujillo named to ride for trainer Nick Canani.


A son of Empire Maker, Chosen Empire was a $30,000 claim at Gulfstream Park in April and has won all four of his starts since by clear margins, beginning with a $25,000 claimer here at Calder in May, another $25,000 claiming test at Saratoga in July, an ‘a other than’ allowance at Monmouth Park in August, and most recently an allowance over the Calder course on Oct. 7.


Completing the field for the Tropical Turf are Willis Family Stable’s Grove Hall, Eduardo Nunez; Stronach Stable’s Mobilizer, Jeffrey Sanchez; Boice Brook Stable’s Perfect Footprint, Jaime Rodriguez; David Wilmot’s Stormy Lord, Justin Stein; Henco Inc. and partners’ Tannersville, Luis Jurado; and Robert Harvey’s Hollinger, Paco Lopez.




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