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Breeders Cup 2015

Poker Player Heads Catalano's BC Hopefuls

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Trainer Wayne Catalano was doing a little advance planning Monday morning, both in the short term for the Keeneland meet and for a few weeks down the road at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita.

“I was thinking about when to go out there this morning,” Catalano said of the Breeders’ Cup. “I’m going to have a bunch of them.”

At the top of the list is Gary and Mary West’s Poker Player, who closed fast Sunday to win the Bourbon (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track after the race was moved off the turf because of heavy rain.

“He’s doing fine this morning,” Catalano said. “Solitary Ranger (who finished ninth in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity on Saturday), I’m not sure which race for him (the Juvenile or Juvenile Turf), but I am just going to draw a line through that race.Battlefield Angel (third in Friday’s Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades), she should have enough money to get in (the Juvenile Fillies).”

On the near horizon, Catalano has I’m Already Sexy pointing to Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) and Ciao Bella Luna for the Oct. 19 Lexus Raven Run (G2).

“She (I’m Already Sexy) had a great work yesterday,” Catalano said about the Pucker Up (G3) winner. “She worked in :59 and change and out six furlongs in 1:12 and that was the bullet before the break.”

Ciao Bella Luna, who won the Beaumont (G2) here in the spring, worked five furlongs in :59 Monday morning after the renovation break. Ciao Bella Luna will be trying to join Gypsy Robin, who last year became the first 3-year-old filly to win the Beaumont and Lexus Raven Run in the same year.

In other news from the Bourbon, Byron Hughes, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said Rosedown Racing’s Bashart came out of his runner-up finish in good order.

“He tried hard yesterday,” Hughes said. “He is going to stay here for the time being and his next race has not been determined.”

Gelfenstein Farm’s Bon Accord, third in the Bourbon, was scheduled to leave Monday afternoon to return to Calder.




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