of Famer John Velazquez, who is poised to become the leading jockey by
earnings in North American racing history, had a busy Sunday morning at
Belmont Park aboard a pair of horses preparing for starts in the
Breeders' Cup in early November at Santa Anita Park.
breezed Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice four furlongs in 48.40 on
the training track, then took the reins aboard Point of Entry for a
1:01.74 five-furlong breeze around dogs on the inner turf course
Velazquez rides Palace Malice in the Breeders' Cup Classic, he will
replace fellow Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who has opted to ride Game On
Dude. Palace Malice, trained by Todd Pletcher for Dogwood Stable, will
enter the Classic off a second to Ron the Greek in the Grade 1 Jockey
Club Gold Cup Invitational on September 28 at Belmont.
"I thought Palace Malice was his normal, very good self," said Pletcher. "A good work and a strong gallop out."
has been aboard Phipps Stable homebred Point of Entry for all but two
of his nine wins, including five of his six graded stakes scores. Point
of Entry, second in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf, hasn't competed
since undergoing surgery for a condylar fractured detected by his
connections after he picked up his fifth Grade 1 triumph in the Woodford
Reserve Manhattan Handicap in June at Belmont. His Sunday breeze was
his first on the turf since he returned to the worktab on September 14.
of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey admits he doesn't have a lot of time to
prepare Point of Entry for the Breeders' Cup Turf, but likes the
progress he has seen from the 5-year-old.
"He worked very well," said McGaughey. "I think we're on the right track. He galloped out good and strong and finished up good."
on the worktab for the Breeders' Cup was Graydar, who turned in a
1:01.32 five-furlong move with exercise rider Hector Ramos aboard for
Pletcher and owner Twin Creeks Racing Stable. Graydar is targeting the
Breeders' Cup Classic off a victory in Belmont's Grade 2 Kelso
Invitational Handicap on September 28.
also was very good," said Pletcher. "A strong five-eighths for him.
Hopefully, we're making progress towards the Breeders' Cup Classic with
both [Graydar and Palace Malice]."