Ahh. Yeah, a lot of ppl expect much from O'Brien's horses due to how successful he's been. So his horses often get well-backed in the betting whether they deserve it or not. It's something to think about whenever he brings horses over for the BC - the decisions are often made not by O'Brien, but by the owners and they're sometimes more keen at just having a go.
I think so, too. It really should be quite an interesting race.
Darley has announced that Territories will be retired to stand at Dalham Hall Stud for 2017. He will be available to view at the stud, but his fee has yet to be announced. A limited number of lifetime breeding rights to Territories will eventually be sold as well.
Aga Khan Studs has announced that Harzand will be retired to stand at Gilltown Stud in 2017 where he will stand alongside his sire Sea The Stars as well as Born To Sea. He is viewable on appointment, but his fee has yet to be announced.
His owners have confirmed which Breeder's Cup race he'll be entered in. The Turf Sprint was ruled out, so they'll enter him in the Mile where he'll have to face Tepin once more. According to Paul Jacobs they discussed which race to put Limato in at length and the overall feeling was that they should go for broke and put him in the BC Mile.
Henry Candy admits he's been itching to give Limato another go at a mile and thinks that the difference in track should suit Limato better.
He doesn't make the decisions. He just directs the horses to the races that of the owners' choosings. He always mentions the "Lads" deciding where to send a horse next.
Gleneagles also had Storm Cat on his bottom side, but I can never look at Ahonoora and say that's a bad thing.
Meh. the War Fronts seem to hold more appeal, although most of those don't exactly make me excited.
Really? I might've wished they'd retired her, but I always assumed she'd go for the Breeder's Cup like last year. From what I read of ILuvTurf's comments he was pretty certain she'd go for it. I even remember posting about O'Brien saying not to rule any of their runners out a while back. He definitely emphasized Found, but also said Minding would be unlikely. I'm still wondering if they're planning anything with Churchill.
Why the hell not definitely factors into it. With Gleneagles, though, they were planning to stand him at their stud anyways, so it wasn't a big loss (they did the same with a bunch of others they planned to stand themselves, so a loss wasn't a loss and if they happened to do well then it'd be a big bonus). Gleneagles is out of a Storm Cat daughter of Mariah's Storm, so I always assumed they planned to stand him for future cross-breedings because of that. Also, Gleneagles's pedigree did have the potential to appeal to dirt breeders if he did do well.
However, I don't think Highland Reel has such an internationally appealing pedigree to begin with. There is a chance he could lose out to other Galileo/Danehill stallions whose pedigrees feature great mares like Ouija Board and Mariah's Storm. Hence why I think they might hope to sell him or stand him outside of Ireland possibly.
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