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Breeders' Cup 2017

Pletcher Visits Santa Anita on Friday

Todd Pletcher, whose barn of bluebloods leads the nation in purse earnings this year with nearly $17 million, was at Santa Anita Friday morning to coordinate strategy first hand as his locally based contenders prepare for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at The Great Race Place on Nov. 2 and 3.

“We have six horses here now,” said Pletcher, whose top gun, Mike McCarthy, directs the West Coast operation during Pletcher’s absence and was walking side-by-side Friday with el patron.

The six include Zenyatta Stakes winner Love and Pride, pointing to the Ladies’ Classic, and Turbo Compressor, second in the John Henry Turf Championship, with eyes on the Turf.

Love and Pride is scheduled to work on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday under jockey Martin Garcia. Bridgetown (Turf Sprint), In Lingerie (Ladies’ Classic or Filly & Mare Turf), Doubles Partner (Mile) and Tara from the Cape (Juvenile Fillies Turf) are Pletcher’s other Breeders’ Cup hopefuls already at Santa Anita.

Pletcher plans to ship the remainder from the East Coast to Santa Anita on Oct. 30, among them unbeaten 2-year-old Shanghai Bobby, impressive winner of the Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 6, and a leading contender for the Juvenile.

“The horses here seem to be doing well,” Pletcher said. “We’ll breeze some of them tomorrow and go from there. Shanghai Bobby will breeze Sunday in New York. He’ll breeze one more time in New York after that and come in on the 30th. That’s the plan right now.”

 

 

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