Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is training a number of his contenders for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup over the Oklahoma dirt and turf training tracks at Saratoga Race Course.
Mott, a 10-time Breeders’ Cup winner, could look to add to his totals with Art Collector [Classic], War Like Goddess [Filly and Mare Turf], Horologist [Distaff], Channel Maker [Turf] and Casa Creed [Mile/Turf Sprint].
“We have a few [Breeders’ Cup horses] that will be one of the first four choices in their races and then a few who are on the outside looking in types of longshots, but all of them are doing well and that’s all you can ask for,” said Mott’s son and assistant trainer Riley Mott.
Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector worked five furlongs in 1:01.85 Friday over the Oklahoma dirt training track.
The 4-year-old Bernardini colt is in the midst of a three-race win streak, including scores in the Alydar on August 6 at the Spa, the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic on August 27 and the Grade 1 Woodward on October 2 at Belmont.
“He looks good and he’s a willing horse,” Riley Mott said. “He came out of his last race extremely well; he’ll have to if he’s going to run against the big boys in the Classic.”
There’s a Chance Stable, Medallion Racing Abbondanza Racing, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Horologist finished ninth in last year’s Distaff at Keeneland. She breezed a half-mile in 47.84 Friday over the Oklahoma dirt training track.
Mott said the 5-year-old daughter of Gemologist’s runner-up effort last out in the Grade 2 Beldame could be a good omen as three of his father’s five Distaff winners completed the exacta in the prestigious race ahead of Breeders’ Cup glory, including Royal Delta , Unrivalled Belle  and Ajina .
“She ran second last time and is in with an outside chance,” Mott said. “I was talking to my dad the other day and we have won three Distaffs after having finished second in the Beldame. So that’s a good omen.”
Mott also saddled Escena to victory in the 1998 Distaff off a sixth-place finish in the Personal Ensign, while Royal Delta’s 2012 Distaff score followed a win in that year’s Personal Ensign.
Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, R. A. Hill Stable and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Channel Maker finished third in last year’s Turf – his best effort in three appearances in the turf marathon after finishing off-the-board in 2018-19.
The reigning Champion Turf Male, a four-time Grade 1-winner, finished fourth last out in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on October 9 at Belmont. He worked a half-mile in 48.75 Friday over the Oklahoma dirt training track.
“He’s doing well. He’s one of the ones that will have to regain his form from last year to be competitive. [The Breeders’ Cup] is still the plan,” Mott said.
George Krikorian’s War Like Goddess, a 4-year-old daughter of English Channel, has flourished this year, winning 6-of-7 starts including her last four in graded company taking the Grade 3 Orchid in March at Gulfstream and the Grade 3 Bewitch in April at Keeneland ahead of scores in the Grade 2 Glens Falls and Grade 1 Flower Bowl this summer at Saratoga.
She breezed five-eighths in 1:02.55 Friday over the Oklahoma training turf.
“She’s doing great and we are very excited about her,” Mott said. “She’ll be a top three horse in her race, and deservedly so. She’s had a great year.”
LRE Racing and JEH Racing Stable’s Casa Creed earned a berth to the five-furlong Turf Sprint with a win in the Grade 1 Jackpocket Jaipur in June at Belmont, but is targeting a return engagement in the Mile – a race the 5-year-old Jimmy Creed bay finished 12th in last year. He breezed five furlongs in 1:02.55 Friday on the Oklahoma training turf.