Nereid – Trainer
John Shirreffs was forced to declare Nereid from the $2 million Breeders’ Cup
Filly & Mare Turf.
“She is off in her right hind,” Shirreffs said. “She had
already come over (Tuesday from Betfair Hollywood Park). She must have kicked
the wall or something. The injury is very minor but came at the worst possible time.”
Lady of Shamrock – The
3yo filly was part of a group of John Sadler-trained horses that jogged 1 1/2m
through the pre-6 a.m. fog.
“They all did fine,” Sadler said. “You could see parts of it
through the fog and the exercise riders are all experienced riders so there
were no problems.”
Lady of Shamrock is one of four Breeders' Cup entrants that
Sadler will send out seeking his first win in the fall championship event.
Sadler is aware of his 0-for-24 record with Breeders' Cup starters, but not
“Bobby Frankel went 0-for-52, I believe,” Sadler said. “So
when I pass 52, I'll panic. But I've got a ways to go before that.”
Sadler has two second-place finishes, Switch in the 2010 and
2011 Filly & Mare Sprint events at Churchill Downs, and two third-place
finishes, Whatsthescript in the 2008 Mile and Cost of Freedom in the 2009
“Switch has run well, Cost of Freedom was in (a win) photo,
and how can you be disappointed with Whatsthescript running third to
Goldikova?” Sadler said. “It'll happen (a win). I'm very confident of that.”
Marketing Mix – Glen
Hill Farm’s Marketing Mix was out on the track as early as possible on
“The track opened at 5 o’clock and (trainer) Tom (Proctor)
had her out there at 5:01,” said Craig Bernick, the president of Glen Hill, who
was on hand at Santa Anita on Wednesday. “She’s really good and Tommy is happy
Glen Hill, founded in 1966 by Leonard Lavin, Bernick’s
93-year-old grandfather, was prominent for its breeding as well as racing
operation. All but one of the farm’s previous seven Breeders’ Cup starters were
homebreds, with the exclusion of Customer Base, who was 11th in last
year’s Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Marketing Mix, Glen Hill’s most accomplished runner at this
time and its only entrant in this year’s Breeders’ Cup, is a Canadian-bred who
was purchased for $150,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling sale during
the period when the operation was buying stock on the commercial market to race
rather than predominantly relying upon horses carrying its bloodlines.
“For the first few years after I took over (in 2008), that
was the case. Our homebreds didn’t have the firepower in their lines. We really
had to do that,” said Bernick, who is rebuilding the breeding part of the
operation. “But now we’re in the position where we can race more of our own
again and be more selective and buy fewer horses.”
Marketing Mix is the 9-2 second choice in a field stocked
with the best North America and Europe have to offer.
“Having the favorite (The Fugue) at 7-2 shows just how wide
open this race is,” said Bernick. “Hopefully, our filly gets a good trip and
she’s fast enough to win.”
Nahrain – see European report
Star Billing – Star
Billing, a 4yo filly, jogged 1m on the Santa Anita main track Wednesday under
exercise rider Marco Ramirez after being shipped from Betfair Hollywood Park
Trainer John Shirreffs said he considered running the George
Krikorian homebred in the Ladies’ Classic but opted for the Filly & Mare
Turf after a sixth-place finish in the Zenyatta Stakes on the dirt on Sept. 29.
“We experimented with Star Billing on the dirt, but were not
satisfied and put her back on turf where she is a grade I winner,"
Star Billing won the Grade I Matriarch on the Hollywood Park
turf in November.
Ridasiyna – see European report
The Fugue – see European report
Up – see European report
Zagora – Martin
Schwartz’s multiple graded stakes-winner galloped about 1 1/2m Wednesday
morning for trainer Chad Brown. The 5yo Green Tune mare is coming into the
Breeders’ Cup off a second-place finish to Nahrain in the Flower Bowl Invitational
at Belmont Park.
Last year at
Saratoga, she gave Brown the first grade I win of his young career in the
Diana. She did not race in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup, but has come back as a very
capable stakes runner with more than $600,000 in purse money won in 2012.
out and looked strong this year and she’s run some really nice races,” Brown
said. “I know that she won the Diana last year and she hasn’t won a grade I yet
this year, but I don’t think that means she’s lost a step. If anything, a
couple of her speed numbers are faster this year. We’re talking about a horse
that has won four graded stakes already this year. That’s pretty good.”