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No Breeders' Cup for Never Retreat

Trainer Neil Pessin, who saddled Team Block’s Never Retreat for trainer Chris Block while he was at Hawthorne Race Course to send out Giant Oak in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2), said the 6-year-old mare came out of her victory in the race in good shape.


“That was the first Grade 1 win for the Blocks,” Pessin said of the ownership of David, Patricia and Ryan Block. “Now we’ve got one more to go,” Pessin added, referring to Team Block’s Askbut I Won’ttell, who is here preparing for the Rood & Riddle Dowager at 1½ miles on the turf to be run October 23.


Pessin said Never Retreat will not go to the Breeders’ Cup.


“She doesn’t want to go a mile and three-eighths (the distance of the Grade 1 Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf), and she doesn’t want to run against the boys (in the Grade 1 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile),” Pessin said.


Trainer Graham Motion said Daveron (GER) and Gypsy’s Warning (SAF) came out of their respective third- and sixth-place finishes in the  First Lady in good order.


“They both seem fine this morning,” Motion said. “I thought Daveron ran well, but she did not like being down on the inside. But you can’t take anything away from the winner (Never Retreat). She had to break from the outside and she had just run three weeks ago.” Motion said that a Breeders’ Cup run for either mare was unlikely. “They are both in the November (Breeding Stock) sale here and we have not really planned on it.”



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