Breeders' Cup notes: Midnight Bisou, Yoshida put in final works

Breeders' Cup Notes Team
October 29, 2018 01:29pm

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables’ Midnight Bisou logged her final serious piece of work ahead of Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Monday at 5:45 a.m. The Steve Asmussen trainee finished up a routine half mile in 49 seconds flat, good for 12th-quickest of 37 half-mile drills on the day.

The move follows a best-of-37 bullet breeze last week at Churchill Downs in 1:00 flat. Bloom Racing principal Jeff Bloom was on hand.

“It was picture-perfect,” Bloom said. “Angel (Garcia), her regular exercise rider, was aboard. She backtracked by walking around and stood there a little bit and then she just absolutely cruised through an easy half and had pretty strong gallop in about 1:02. It was as perfect as you could hope for. She pretty much cooled out by the time she got back to the barn and dropped her head, alert and happy. It went well.

 “She’s battle-tested and had some tough races along the way,” he continued. “It’s late in the year and she’s a very mature horse, physically and mentally, and I think she’s ready for that challenge. I think we’ll see that on Saturday.”

Yoshida on course for the Classic

In his last serious work before contesting the Breeders’ Cup Classic, WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s Yoshida breezed at 7:30 a.m. for trainer Bill Mott.

“It was very good,” Mott said. “The clocker said 49 and three.” 

The time was officially recorded as 49.60 seconds and was 19th of 37 at the four-furlong distance this morning. It was the Japanese-bred son of Heart’s Cry’s second since arriving from Saratoga this month, following a more serious 1:00.80 move Oct. 22. 

Mott has a 14-2-0-3 record in the Classic, including a victory by WinStar’s Drosselmeyer at Churchill Downs in 2011. Japanese-breds are 9-1-0-0 at the Breeders’ Cup, with their lone victory courtesy of Karakontie in the 2014 Mile.

Catholic Boy gets back to work

The 3-year-old son of More Than Ready, Catholic boy returned to the Churchill Downs racetrack Monday, a morning after breezing five furlongs in 1:01 under jockey Javier Castellano in preparation for a start in Saturday’s Classic.

“He jogged this morning. We liked what we saw Sunday – I thought he was moving great – all the important details out of a breeze we like to see as trainers,” trainer Jonathan Thomas said. 

Catholic Boy, who jogged under exercise rider Tracey Brown, has worked twice at Churchill Downs, where the Travers winner especially impressed his trainer.

“It was kind of hard getting a feel for things because of the weather. We’ve had a multitude of different tracks the past two weeks because of the weather with the cold and with the rain. Yesterday was the first day when for me it was a make-sense moment, where it all came together,” Thomas said. “From what I saw yesterday, there were no excuses. The way he moved, the way he handled it the way he wanted to gallop out, just his whole body language showed he’s in good form.”

Thomas sported a Boston Red Sox cap on the morning after the American League champions won the World Series.

“Roger Clemens made me a Red Sox fan. Growing up, I always wanted to be a pitcher. I just liked the way he pitched,” said Thomas, who grew up in Virginia. “Not only did he throw hard, I liked the way he stared the hitter down.”

Bellafina takes to the track

Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina galloped 1 1/2 miles and stood by the gate Monday under exercise rider Serafin Carmona.

It was the third visit to the track at Churchill Downs for the daughter of Quality Road, who shipped in from Southern California Oct. 26. Trainer Simon Callaghan said Bellafina traveled well and made an easy transition to the surface.

”She seems to handle it really well, actually,” Callaghan said. “To me, it looks like a pretty fast dirt track and that is kind of what we are looking for. Everything has gone perfectly.”

Bellafina has won three straight stakes since finishing second in her career debut July 4. She earned a berth in the Juvenile Fillies with a 6 1/4-length triumph Sept. 29 on the Chandelier, a “Win and You’re In” race at Santa Anita.

 

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