Haveyougoneaway emerges as solid contender for BC Filly & Mare Sprint

October 16, 2016 10:57am

Picking up three wins from four starts since being transferred to trainer Tom Morley, Haveyougoneaway has emerged as a serious contender in next month's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita.

Coming off a pair of graded stakes victories in her last two starts this summer in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss and the Grade 1 Ballerina, the 5-year-old New York-bred mare has remained in top shape throughout her Breeders' Cup preparations, according to Morley.

Haveyougoneaway opted to skip the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom on October 1, instead posting three workouts on the Belmont main track since her Ballerina victory. The daughter of Congrats most recently breezed a five-furlong bullet last Thursday, covering the distance in in 58.55 seconds.

"Thursday was basically our final serious work," said Morley. "She looks an absolute picture of health and we'll give her one more breeze before the race. I've always said I wanted to go to California with a fresh filly and, having skipped the Gallant Bloom, she was a touch too fresh. She needed that serious work and has come out of it great."
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New York's homebred talent will be on full display next weekend as fields for Saturday's Empire Showcase Day are taking shape, anchored by the $300,000 Empire Classic.

The 1-2 finishers of last year's Empire Classic, West Point Thoroughbreds' Empire Dreams and Michael Dubb's Royal Posse are both expected for a return engagement in this year's edition, where they will likely face a pair of fresh up-and-comers in August Dawn Farm's runaway New York Derby winner Hit It Once More from the barn of Gary Sciacca and graded stakes-placed Governor Malibu for Jump Sucker and Oak Bluff Stables and trainer Christophe Clement.

The 1 1/8-mile Classic is also likely to attract Clifton Pleasure, claimed last time out by E.V. Racing and trainer Naipal Chatterpaul; Chester and Mary Broman's homebred Crackerjack Jones, who hasn't finished worse than third in four state-bred stakes this year; and Good Luck Gus, stablemate of Royal Posse and winner of the Haynesfield by a neck earlier this year. Sea Raven and Wake Up in Malibu are also possible.

Also on tap Saturday is the $250,000 Empire Distaff for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles. Likely contenders include the Broman's Highway Star from the barn of Rodrigo Ubillo; William Schettine's Isabelle for trainer David Donk; Dubb-owned and Rodriguez-trained Literata; Mecke's Madalyn for owner Sinatra Thoroughbred Racing and trainer Corby Caiazzo; Michael A. Henning's Perfect Freud from the Sciacca barn; and Repole Stable's Super Surprise for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Expected to enter the $200,000 Ticonderoga for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at going 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf are Distorted Beauty and Invading Humor for trainer Bruce Levine. Also looking to enter from the barn of trainer David Donk are JC'S Shooting Star and Selenite. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is expected to send Wachtel Stabel's Flipcup, while leading meet trainer Chad Brown is currently pointing Fourstar Crook. Looking to round out the field are Feeling Bossy for trainer Jimmy Jerkens and The Tea Cups for trainer Jeremiah Englehart. C D'Cat and Mah Jong Maddnes are both possible.

The $200,000 Mohawk, for 3-and-up on the grass, looks to feature another showdown between fan favorites Kharafa, King Kreesa and Lubash. Also likely to enter are Tapitation for trainer Ralph Nicks, along with Offering Plan, Macagone, Brother O'Connell and Adirondack Dancer.

Lady Shelia Stable's Hot City Girl will look to enter Saturday's $150,000 Iroquois for fillies & mares 4-years-old and up at 6 ½ furlongs, alongside Gabrielle Farm's Frosty Margarita, Court Dancer for trainer David Cannizzo and Quezon for Bobby Ribaudo. Trainer James Ferraro's True Charm is possible.

Dubb and Rodriguez are expected to team up in the $150,000 Hudson with Asset Inflation and Drama King both likely to start. Also probable for the 6 ½-furlong sprint is Red and Black Stable's Weekend Hideaway for trainer Phil Serpe, while Mind Your Biscuits, Moonlight Song, and Breakin the Fever are possible.

The $250,000 Sleepy Hollow for 2-year-olds going a mile is shaping up to feature a contentious field including Runaway Lute for trainer Gary Contessa and owner Harold Lerner. Expected as well are Mission Command and Hamptons Holiday for Rodriguez; Haul Anchor for Kiaran McLaughlin, Appealing Briefs, Eddie's Gift, Gold for the King, Le Grand Warrior, Lucky Lou Pal, Macho Miah and Pat on the Back. Twisted Tom and Fled remain possible.

Pointing for the $250,000 Maid of the Mist for juvenile fillies is Passporttovictory for the Elkstone Group and trainer Tom Morley, along with Bree's Got Heart and Bliss to you. Rodriguez is expected to enter a pair in Tainted Angel and Bonita Bianca, while Grand Banks is expected for trainer David Donk. Twist 'N Shout is also possible.


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