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HERE WE WILL LOOK AT ALL THE BEEEDERS CUP DIVISIONS AND TOP HORSES.
USA 2YO’S.
USA 3YO’S & OLDER TOP 10 RANKINGS

1-Knicks Go
2-Essential Quality
3-Letruska
4-Jackie’s Warrior
5-Medina Spirit
6-Hot Rod Charlie
7-Gamine
8-Life Is Good
9-Max Player
10-Art Collector
2YO’s

2-Year-Old Males
1. Corniche – He made it 2 for 2 with a sharp performance in the American Pharoah Stakes (G1).
2. Jack Christopher – This guy just keeps looking better after a sharp performance in the Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
3. Annapolis – He might be the one American who can beat the European shippers at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) after an impressive win in the Pilgrim Stakes (G2).
4. Gunite – He didn’t run well in the Champagne Stakes (G1), but he’s still a Grade 1 winner.
5. Pinehurst – He exits Del Mar a perfect 2 for 2 after a nice win in the Del Mar Futurity (G1).
Sleeper: Major General – A solid win in the Iroquois Stakes (G3) has this horse on the radar heading into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
2-Year-Old Females
1. Echo Zulu – Right now, she seem to be head and shoulders better than the rest of this division.
2. Ain’t Easy – She’ll have a big shot at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) if she can repeat her recent dominating Chandelier Stakes (G1) effort.
3. Hidden Connection – Her ultra-impressive Pocahontas Stakes (G3) victory makes her 2 for 2 heading into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
4. Wicked Halo – Asmussen has so many good 2-year-olds this year, including this winner of the Adirondack Stakes (G3).
5. Grace Adler – She didn’t run well in the Chandelier Stakes (G1), but she’s still a Grade 1 winner.
Sleeper: Goddess of Fire – Even though she was third in the Pocahontas Stakes (G3), it was a nice effort for her first start against stakes company. She should move forward off of that effort.
2YO ROUTE
THE DIFFERENCE I WONT BE TIPPING ALL THE SAME HORSES I THINK THEYVE ALL MISSED THE WINNER OF THE JUVENILE DIRT- THIS TRACK WILL PLAY TO THE HORSES PEDIGREE-I KNOW DEL MAR ITS NOT LIKE SANTA ANITA WHERE HORSES CAN GATE WIRE TO WIRE- LIKE SHANGHAI BOBBY DID BACK IN 2012- BOBBY COULDNT HAVE DONE WHAT HE DID AT THE OTHER CALI MAIN TRACK? HERE AT DELMAR? THIS TRACK IS WAY MORE CLOSER ORIENTATED FROM MIDDLE TO HIGH DRAWN? BUT THERES LIES THE CLUE TO MY TIP? SAME TRAINER?
3YO+ SPRINT
Sprinters
1. Jackie’s Warrior – He’ll be the one they all have to catch in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).
2. Life Is Good – He’ll probably go to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), but he’s also an elite sprinter as well.

3. Dr. Schivel – He remained undefeated after an ultra-impressive victory in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G2).

4. Yaupon – Sadly, he was hurt in a recent workout at Santa Anita and retired.

5. Ginobili – He’s on the scene after an impressive win in the Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) at Del Mar. He seems to love that track, a big deal considering the Breeders’ Cup will be held there this season.
Sleeper: Flagstaff – He just shows up and runs well no matter where he’s entered.

3YO+ ROUTE
3YO COLTS-GELDINGS=
3-Year-Old Males
1. Essential Quality – This horse just knows how to get the job done. He won his third straight with another great performance in the Travers Stakes (G1).
2. Jackie’s Warrior – Wow, this might be the best 3-year-old sprinter we’ve seen since Runhappy.
3. Medina Spirit – A big win against older horses in the Awesome Again (G1) puts him in the mix for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
4. Hot Rod Charlie – This horse has shown that he’s truly elite. With any luck throughout the year, he’d be nipping at the heels of Essential Quality heading into the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
5. Life Is Good – The talent this guy has is second to none. He’ll be heavily singled in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).
Sleeper: Midnight Bourbon – He danced every dance this year and showed up every time. He might be a monster at age 4.
3-Year-Old Females
1. Malathaat – She returned to the winner’s circle in a big way, taking home the Alabama Stakes (G1) in stylish fashion.
2. Bella Sofia – She’s quickly turned into one of the best 3-year-old fillies in the country.
3. Clairiere – She finally got her moment in the sun, winning the Cotillion Stakes (G1) at Parx.
4. Private Mission – An impressive victory in the Zenyatta Stakes (G2) has her as a major player entering the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1).
5. Search Results – Her Test Stakes (G1) performance was just average and she’s now off for the rest of the year.
Sleeper: Army Wife – This filly has run consistently well all season long, showing up with strong efforts in many big stakes events.
LATE NEWS NOV 1 BREEDERS CUP WEEK EARLY

2021 Breeder's Cup: Despite Juvenile Turf debacle, Friday handle up markedly
Total handle for the five Breeders’ Cup races run on Friday was $42.31 million, according to charts of the races, up 12.7 percent over the five Breeders’ Cup races held at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky last year, despite a last-race incident that will potentially cost the game far more than the $5 million bump in wagering.

Handle on the four races preceding the last race, the Juvenile Fillies, was running especially strong when compared to last year, up 24.4 percent. However, the last-race incident – in which millions of dollars were refunded on a scratched horse and on a horse that ran for purse-money only – caused wagering totals in several pools for the Juvenile Fillies to sink precipitously.

Because of the refunds, the exacta pool for the Juvenile Turf plummeted 31.9 percent when compared to the fifth Breeders’ Cup race last year. The trifecta pool sunk 48.4 percent. The superfecta pool plunged 59.6 percent.

Because the scratches did not result in refunds in the horizontal pools, wagering in the pick 4, pick 5, and pick 6 pools remained robust, up 16.5 percent, 29.0 percent, and 94.0 percent, respectively.

All told, wagering on the Juvenile Turf was down 3.6 percent compared to the final race on Friday last year. The Juvenile Turf ended up having 12 betting interests, whereas last year’s final race, the Juvenile, had 14 betting interests.

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West Coast tracks that host the Breeders’ Cup generally post higher handle numbers than tracks in the Eastern time zone, and because of coronavirus protocols last year, Breeders’ Cup limited ontrack attendance at Keeneland. But the time-zone factor generally results in a gain between 5 percent and 10 percent, so betting could have been considered impressively strong this year, had it not been for the last-race incident.

Handle on the first Breeders’ Cup race, with a 12-horse field, was up 37.4 percent compared to a 14-horse field last year, according to charts of the races. The second race, with a six-horse field, was down 2.8 percent, compared to a 14-horse field last year. Handle on the third race, with a 14-horse field, was up 61.0 percent compared to a seven-horse field last year. The fourth race, with an 11-horse field, was up 11.6 percent compared to a 14-horse field last year.

Although handle on the Juvenile Turf was down just a fraction, its real cost can be measured in the boos that rained down on the track as the winner crossed the finish line. As is said, you can’t put a price on goodwill.
MAX BET WINS FRIDAY 5PT ON 11/10 ECHO ZULU romped away with the staying race friday and seals her improvement for Asmussen.
10 pt profit fridays breeders cup 1pt = $50
BREEDERS CUP SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6TH 2021
RACE 1-
7 VIA EGNATIA- 7-6-5-3-1 very little between most of these on Beyers? most look like the handle the distance? I looked for an angle here because I couldn’t split the top five horses given different pace setups, via Egnatia was the only horse to work at the track and not Santa Anita which isn’t unusual for southern California horses, I normally throw out horses who worked Los Alamitos because that’s a very fast work track and very misleading if your new here, and also Golden gate AW track I tend not to like those shipping down from san Fransisco track but Santa Anita works are fine, this has made this extra tough. the 47 bullets last work on this track sealed it for my pic: yet overall id take any of the top exotic numbers I posted for the actual win a
with the early pic, 3 is costing more than it should.

#7 VIA EGNATIA eway 5/1 -exotics >> 7-6-5-3-1
RACE 2-

#4 TIZAMAGICIAN. Exacta> #3 CUPID CLAWS trifecta #7 HAPI HAPI

Lone Rock used to be ok was beaten at 1/10 last day still have to respect however i am going fot a local trifecta, Tizamagician posted 103 10f 98 12f at this track old foe Cuoid Claws has a win chance too? Hapi Hapi came late and got up for me as i tipped to win last day at a nice price hunch bet at much lower beyers than the first two but track knowledge may be something?
RACE 3- #5 IPPODEMAS GIRL 20/1 1/4 PT Eachway >>#7 GOING GLOBAL =save- 2/1 2pts total bet 2.5 pts

trifecta #2 PRINCESS GRACE Superfecta= #6 BODCHITTA no pace angle Ippodemas girl could get a soft lead as they turn into the straight to cause an upset? Going Global has more to offer and could even match Princess Grace for class?
RACE 4- GAMINE 4/6 3PTS WIN 110 best Beyer that’s a 136 UK Rating
Not only your defending champ, she’s one of the best distaff sprinters EVER; it’s funny to hear some criticize her this year, saying she’s not as good as she was in 2020; it’s like those who knock Alabama when they only win by a touchdown instead of by 20 but win she does and while her best Beyers came in 2020 she’s still run plenty good this year; heck, toss her top 2020 Beyers and her 104 from the G1 Ballerina is STILL the top Beyer; maintains an amazing high cruising speed and when outrun early in this race last year she still won in a romp and posted her career-top Beyer; one question: can Bella Sofia take some of the starch out of her early?

exacta #6 BELLA SOPHIA –

Really blossomed this spring/summer; oh, she showed talent right off the bat, romping over maidens in her debut at BEL May 6 by 11 1/4 lengths; then came a 2nd to a talented filly in BEL stakes and then 3 straight romping wins including the G1 Test and G2 Gallant Bloom (over elders); speed to be in it from the start, which could be key as she can be up there close to or even pressuring heavy fave Gamine; only 7f try (G1 Test) was a pip and her last 2 Beyers show she’s fast enough to win an average running of this – though does Gamine’s presence mean she’ll have to run even better than that? 

TRIFECTA 5-6-4 X 1PT
RACE 5-#4 LUITENANT DAN 7/1- 1/2 PT EW 5-year-old is perfect in three starts this year and two of his wins came on this course going this distance so we know he likes it here; horse he beat in his latest coming down the hill at Santa Anita in the Grade 2 Eddie has banked over $1.8 million and he won the $400K TVG at Kentucky Downs in his previous start; this guy won’t mind the cutback at the distance and he is capable of tracking what should be a fast and contested pace; contention runs deep.

#5 ARREST ME RED 1/2PT EWAY 12/1>He is perfect since Ward took over his training two back and he is another one peaking at the right time; he took them all the way in the Grade 3 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational in his latest while facing older runners for the first time but he is not going to see the lead here; however, he he came from a stalking position when he won the $116K Mahony in his previous outing which was his first start this year; easy to imagine him running a huge race in the third start of his current form cycle and he could win what appears to be a wide-open race at what should be a decent price.
RACE-6
t might be folly to go against the favorite in the Dirt Mile, but #3 GINOBILI is no slouch. The DMR horse-for-course might pull off the upset over #5 LIFE IS GOOD. It will not be easy; the favorite is legit. GINOBILI added blinkers in summer and scored a pair of high-figure wins including a crushing N1X route and equally impressive G2 sprint. He has been working super, and worth backing in the 7-2 range. However, LIFE IS GOOD is genuine. He won his debut on this track one year ago by more than nine lengths, he returned to form this summer in New York for his new trainer and returns to California in peak form. Five starts produced three graded stakes wins and a runner-up to BC Sprint favourite Jackie’s Warrior in a G1. Come catch him. If the top pair get in each other’s way, #1 SILVER STATE would be in a great spot. Met Mile winner, also repeatedly proven at two turns, ‘STATE will rally late. EIGHT RINGS has an up-front running style, is G1-placed in a sprint on this track, and enters off a confidence-building allowance win. due to the mass workload preview is from Brad Free one of 3 southern Cali handicappers I like as well as myself.
RACE 7-#1 GOING TO VEGAS 12/1 1/2PT EW.
Always had ability but she’s really picked up her game the past few months; when she won a G3 here at this type of trip on March 27 you thought, ‘OK, she’s a real nice G3 gal’; however, she’s gone on with it, winning her last 3 including the G1 Rodeo Drive at SA Oct. 2 last time out; must deal with another furlong but she ran 2nd in her only prior 11fs try; has the speed to be prominent from the start, maybe giving her a headstart and first run on some big-time rivals and her last 2 Beyers and some strong works say she’s better than ever.



Exotics =1-11-7-8
RACE 8- #9 DR SCHIVEL 105 + =130 6/1 2PTS EWAY Some consider this 3YO to be the main rival for favoured -Jackie’s Warrior who seeks his 6th consecutive victory, having not lost since he broke his maiden as a juvenile; just barely got up to win the G1 Bing Crosby in a blanket finish, and was dominant last time at Santa Anita; much will be made of the broken rein, but it didn’t seem to affect this colt’s performance at all, due to some excellent horsemanship by Prat; actually, he may have been riding a rail bias on that occasion, which exaggerated his winning margin; it’s not quite clear that he possesses the brilliance to win a race like this and he’s not going to offer much value; mixed signals. #2 JACKIES WARRIOR 110 Beyer, =135+ best sprinters takes on local Class act DR SCHIVEL
2-9 boxed info>>
Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen summed up his feelings and the confidence he has in Jackie’s Warrior coming into Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar in just three words: “Wow he’s fast!”

Asmussen knows a little bit about training fast horses. Two years ago he sent out Mitole to prove a popular winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint just up the road at Santa Anita. And as recently as late September his Yaupon sat atop the division before retiring due to a sesamoid fracture suffered during a routine gallop in preparation for the 2021 Sprint.

Fortunately for Asmussen, he has a formidable replacement for Yaupon in Jackie’s Warrior, who will face eight rivals in the six-furlong Sprint. The field includes C Z Rocket and Firenze Fire, the second-and third-place finishers, respectively, in the 2020 renewal of the Sprint; the vastly improved former claimer Special Reserve; Breeders’ Cup Challenge race winners Dr Schivel and Following Sea; along with the up-and-coming Aloha West.



Jackie’s Warrior has won four of his last five starts while showing steady improvement from a Beyer Speed Figure standpoint. He avenged his lone setback during the streak – Drain the Clock beat him in Belmont Park’s Grade 1 Woody Stephens – by defeating that nemesis convincingly by a widening 7 1/4 lengths eight weeks later in the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga.

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Although Jackie’s Warrior earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 110 cruising to victory in his most recent start, the Grade 2 Gallant Bob, it’s hard to argue that his most impressive effort to date didn’t come four weeks earlier when he outgained Life is Good, the likely odds-on favourite in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, by a neck following a torrid stretch battle in the Grade 1 Allen Jerkens at Saratoga.

“I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a better horse race than the Allen Jerkens,” said Asmussen. “He’s absolutely a brilliant horse. When you lead him over and watch him in the paddock you just think how glad you are to have him on your team. As a trainer, any time you get to run a Jackie’s Warrior, you feel great.”

Asmussen said one stat he finds hard to believe is that the Gallant Bob was only Jackie’s Warrior second lifetime start at six furlongs. The first came in his second-lifetime outing at 2, an easy wire-to-wire triumph in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special.

“We gave the two-turn thing two tries and he had an excuse in one of them,” said Asmussen. “His strength sprinting comes in his second quarter-mile. It’s unprecedented how easy he seems to do it. That’s literally where he wins those races. He’s just such a fun horse to watch run.”

Jackie’s Warrior will break from post position 2 with regular rider Joel Rosario aboard as the heavy favorite in the Sprint despite the fact the race will mark the first time he’s ever faced older horses.

Jackie’s Warrior is one of three 3-year-olds in the field along with Dr. Schivel, who is perfect in three starts this season, and Following Sea, whose connections did not confirm their intent to compete in the race until last weekend despite the fact he captured the Win and You’re In Grade 2 Vosburgh in his last start.

Dr. Schivel has won his last five outings dating back to his maiden victory in August 2020 at Del Mar and certainly has a home-court advantage with three wins in as many tries locally, including the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity in his 2-year-old finale. Transferred to trainer Mark Glatt’s barn at the end of his juvenile campaign, Dr Schivel won a pair of Breeders’ Cup Challenge races, the Grade 1 Bing Crosby and Grade 2 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, the latter even though jockey Flavien Prat had to call an audible strategy-wise and let his mount go to the lead after his right rein broke early in the race.
RACE 9- #2 SMOOTH LIKE STRAIGHT 122- 20/1 2PTS EWAY- #6 MO FORZA 124 -1/2PT EWAY #3 SPACE BLUES 123- A boxed trifecta, smooth like straight I just love this horses temperament, anything like his peak on this much faster track than I’ve known at DELMAR, speed horses is not coming back and races playing like a furlong less?
smooth like straight can add 3 to his 122 rating transfer from Beyer because it will seem like a shorter race due to the track playing faster therefore can last longer at peak pace in the stretch out in front just holding on i reckon = 2-6-3-7 boxed forecast 12 bets tricast 24 bets prices mean tricast no value?
RACE 10 – #1 Private Mission 10/1 2pts eway
Has speed and the rail, and she comes off a pair of sharp scores; this 3yo has seen her Beyers increase with each start this year, and though she has speed she can also rate off the pace and make one run; that’s an important consideration given the fact that favorite Letruska is essentially a pure speed, and there are others in here who may well need the lead as well; working well for this and capable of springing the upset if she can take another step forward.


INFO>>Letruska can feel the heat, which is exactly what trainer Fausto Gutierrez hoped would happen when he took off blinkers late last year. That is when Letruska took off.

“She was running with the Teletimer. She needed to feel the competition,” Gutierrez said. “Finally, she’s a horse that likes to fight.”

The battle is on Saturday at Del Mar, and the Breeders’ Cup Distaff is the toughest yet for Letruska, a streaking front-runner who has won six of seven this year including four Grade 1s. Shedaresthedevil, herself a two-time Grade 1 winner this season, has a score to settle.

Trainer Brad Cox acknowledges Shedaresthedevil “has been a little overshadowed by the success of Letruska. I’m excited about getting a rematch around two turns.”

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Head to head, the score is 1 to 1. Shedaresthedevil defeated Letruska in a Grade 2 at Oaklawn Park; Letruska defeated Shedaresthedevil in the one-turn, Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park. The rubber-match Distaff may decide the Eclipse Award for outstanding older filly or mare.



However, the Distaff is not a two-horse race. Eleven entered, some with scores to settle, others meeting for the first time, all aiming to win the Grade 1, $2 million race at 1 1/8 miles. The Distaff is race 10.

Malathaat faces older after rising to the top of the 3-year-old filly division with three Grade 1 wins, including the Kentucky Oaks. Malathaat finished in front of Clairiere three times, yet if Clairiere continues to improve, she could turn the tables on her nemesis.

The Distaff also includes a 3-year-old front-runner whose influence is unmistakable. Private Mission drew the rail, therefore must use her speed. If she goes, as expected, Letruska will have company. The heat is on.

The Distaff centers on Letruska, owned by Mexican billionaire German Larrea, who is expected to attend. Letruska won six starts in Mexico City before arriving in the U.S. in late 2019 to win a Gulfstream Park race restricted to international imports. She stayed and in 2020, won four minor races, including a Grade 3. Gutierrez was laying the groundwork for 2021.

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“Five is the perfect age for a horse,” Gutierrez said. “When we removed the blinkers, she has more chance to relax, and finish strong. She has the chance to see the competition.”

Letruska has never looked back. Since December, eight starts without blinkers produced seven wins over seven racetracks. Her only loss to Shedaresthedevil was in March when Letruska did not use her speed.

Irad Ortiz Jr. took over riding duties her next start, and she since won five straight, including two with jockey Jose Ortiz. Irad Ortiz rides in the Distaff, and if 17-for-22 Letruska avoids a duel with Private Mission, she can win if she turns away Shedaresthedevil.

Shedaresthedevil, trained by Cox, could claim the championship with a Distaff win. “If that was to happen, we would have three Grade 1s and a championship race,” Cox said. “Just looking at the body of work, I’d have to say we’d have a pretty good argument.”

Cox has a pretty good filly in Shedaresthedevil, the 2020 Kentucky Oaks winner who targeted the Distaff since her final start last year, a third in the Grade 1 Spinster. “The day after, we said we’re going to kick her out and give her a break and let her catch her breath and we’re going to try to get to Del Mar [for the Distaff].”

So far, so good. Shedaresthedevil has won two Grade 1s, including one at Del Mar; her only loss was the one-turn Phipps. Florent Geroux rides Shedaresthedevil, who should tuck in behind Letruska and Private Mission. Anything short of a win by Shedaresthedevil would probably tilt the Eclipse vote toward Letruska, regardless of finish position.

Meanwhile, the 3-year-old filly score is lopsided. Malathaat has won three Grade 1s and finished in front of Clairiere all three times they met. The campaign by Malathaat was filled with emotion.

Malathaat won three starts as a 2-year-old, and was to launch her 3-year-old campaign at Gulfstream Park in late March, when Shadwell Stables owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum passed away March 24.

Shadwell instituted a 10-day mourning period in which no Shadwell horse would enter a race. Malathaat skipped the Gulfstream Park Oaks, and was redirected to the Grade 1 Ashland in April at Keeneland.

“Not only was it great she won the Ashland,” trainer Todd Pletcher said, “then four weeks later going to Kentucky and so many people from the Shadwell organization were there for the Oaks. It was very emotional for the staff and everyone that worked at Shadwell.”

Malathaat won the Oaks by a neck and was possible for the Belmont Stakes. Pletcher and Rick Nichols, Shadwell vice president and general manager, decided to keep her with fillies and, if her campaign warranted, enter the Distaff fresh.

Runner-up in the Coaching Club Oaks and winner of the Alabama, she enters the Distaff off a 77-day break. Pletcher expects her to fire. “She’s trained awesome. I’m really, really pleased with the way she’s coming into it.”

The Distaff should unfold at a legitimate pace, which is fine for Malathaat and Clairiere, whose recent Grade 1 Cotillion win and subsequent team workouts in company with older Grade 1 winner Max Player support the confidence of trainer Steve Asmussen.

“It’s hard to be good. It’s harder to stay around once you are good,” Asmussen said. Clairiere has done both, particularly since her career-best win last out.

“She has continued to get better and develop while competing at the highest level,” Asmussen said, noting she has gotten “incrementally faster.” At possible double-digit odds, Clairiere might be one of the best betting opportunities of the Breeders’ Cup.

Royal Flag romped last out in the Grade 2 Beldame around one turn. Horologist finished second to Royal Flag twice this year. Dunbar Road has finished behind most of the Distaff favourites.

Longshots include As Time Goes By, whose closing style is opposite stablemate, Private Mission. Blue Stripe makes her first start in six months and first in North America. Marche Lorraine is the first Japanese runner in the Distaff.
RACE 11-#13 TARNAWA- WIN #1 ROCK EMPEROR EW.20/1#6 ACCLIMATE EW 40/1 #4 ASTRONAUT

BOX 13-1-6-4

RACE 12
#8 MEDINA SPIRIT – Box- 8-6-3-4-5

This colt, along with his embattled trainer, has come under a great deal of scrutiny since the Kentucky Derby, and he comes into this race as a polarizing competitor; but putting that aside – the horse is now compiling a subsequent body of work that confirms the Derby result wasn’t some total fluke; he travelled like a winner every step of the way in the Shared Belief and handled older rivals with ease in the Awesome Again; that said, the track may have played in his favour that day and he wasn’t facing a pace rival like Knicks Go; does have the ability to stalk, but perhaps he’s not at his best using that style; tough to gauge.

2021 Breeders' Cup Classic: Knicks Go, once a flop, now a freak
Knicks Go was cut out to be a good horse. As a 2-year-old in the fall of 2018, he won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

At 3, however, his performances ranged from decent to dismal. Eight starts netted zero wins.

“We tried to make the [Kentucky] Derby by getting [qualifying] points and everything, and his confidence really got rattled,” said Ben Colebrook, who trained Knicks Go from his first start and through 2019, a total of 14 races. “His 3-year-old campaign was problematic. Things just didn’t click for him for a number of reasons.”

How, then, did Knicks Go evolve afterward into a freakish type who on Saturday will be one of the deserving favorites for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar?

Turned over by his owner, the Korea Racing Authority, to Brad Cox following a poor effort at Churchill Downs in November 2019, the Maryland-bred son of Paynter has won seven of nine starts at 4 and 5, including resounding triumphs in two high-profile Grade 1 events, the Pegasus World Cup and Whitney.

“We had the benefit of giving him some time off and regrouping him and getting his confidence back,” Cox said prior to leaving his Churchill base for California. “Those months we had him when we only ran him once – that time really played a huge role in getting him to max out on all his potential. Obviously he’s gone on to show he’s a world-class horse.”



In a span of nearly 11 months, Knicks Go had just one start, easily winning an Oaklawn Park allowance in February 2020 with a career-high 100 Beyer Speed Figure. Shortly thereafter, he got more time at Blackwood Stables in Versailles, Ky., due to what Cox described as “a minor setback . . . there was even talk of retiring him at that time.”

But, following two works at Blackwood in July 2020, then nine more for Cox at Churchill in August and September 2020, Knicks Go resumed his ascent. He once again flashed uncommon speed and brilliance, winning a 1 1/16-mile allowance in track-record time (1:40.79) with a 107 Beyer on opening day of the 2020 Keeneland fall meet. It was enough for Cox to run him back in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, a race in which Knicks Go set another track mark (1:33.85) with a 108 Beyer.

Tongues began wagging that perhaps Cox was doing something different than other trainers, whether it was his feed program or training regimen or something a little more shady.

Neither he nor Colebrook will have any of it.

“There’s no doubt those months of downtime helped him mature into the horse he’s become,” said Colebrook. “Brad’s done a great job with him.”

Knicks Go began his 5-year-old season by dominating the $3 million Pegasus at Gulfstream Park with a 108 Beyer, then faded to fourth after being hounded from the break by the similarly speedy and since-retired Charlatan going 1 1/8 miles around one turn in the $20 million Saudi Cup in February. He also was fourth in the June 5 Met Mile, again around one turn, after which Cox promised there would be no more one-turn races for him.

Three subsequent races, all at 1 1/8 miles around two turns, resulted in front-running romps – the Cornhusker at Prairie Meadows (113 Beyer), the Whitney at Saratoga (111), and Lukas Classic at Churchill (104). An inordinately strong horse who trains in draw reins and never breezes in company – he’s too aggressive for that – he is most effective when sent straight to the lead, daring all others to catch him.

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“You’ve just got to let him do his thing,” said Cox.

Clearly the two major questions regarding Knicks Go in the Classic are whether or not there will be enough opposing speed to press him through honest fractions, and whether the 1 1/4-mile distance is too far, period. Cox is hoping Knicks Go and jockey Joel Rosario, who has ridden the horse in each of his last eight races, will sail off to an open lead.

“We’re not going to be bashful,” said Cox. “We’re going to be running. If anybody wants to go with him, they’re more than welcome. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything fast enough in there to stay with him, but obviously a lot is going to depend on how things unfold down the frontside the first time and into the first turn.”

Cox, who also trains one of the other BC Classic favorites, Essential Quality, is very happy with how both horses have trained in recent weeks. Now all that’s left is the race itself and seeing how far Knicks Go can carry his speed.

“The horse has been pretty solid,” said Cox. “He carries good flesh, he looks good, he’s happy, he likes to train. We’ll see how it goes.”


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Lone Rock is happiest, and most successful, in dirt races around two and sometimes three turns, such as Saturday’s Grade 2 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes at 1 5/8 miles at Del Mar.

In seven starts at four venues this year, Lone Rock has won five races at distances ranging from 1 1/2 miles to 1 3/4 miles. A relentless galloper, Lone Rock is often tough to catch. A 6-year-old gelding, Lone Rock has finished in the first two in all of his starts this year.

“He’ll race on the lead or off of it,” trainer Robertino Diodoro said.

Lone Rock was claimed for $40,000 at Churchill Downs last November and has since earned $572,884 for Flying P Stable and R.A. Hill Stable.

For his fine credentials, Lone Rock will start in the TAA Stakes after a second by a length as the 1-10 favorite in the Grand Prix American Jockey Club Stakes at 1 5/8 miles on Sept. 18 at Belmont Park.

“Going into the last race, he missed a few days of training with a foot issue,” Diodoro said. “You can get away with that going three-quarters or a mile, but going a mile and five-eighths you have to be able to train.



“He’s been working really well at Keeneland.”

The $250,000 TAA Stakes drew a field of seven, including the last two winners of the Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup at 1 1/2 miles at Santa Anita – Cupid’s Claws in September 2020 and Tizamagician on April 18.

The race may not have seven runners. Trainer Peter Miller said Wednesday that Zestful, winner of the Bull Dog Stakes on Oct. 17 at The Big Fresno Fair, was likely to be withdrawn.

Cupid’s Claws was a fast-closing sixth, beaten 1 3/4 lengths, in the Grade 2 John Henry Turf Championship at 1 1/4 miles on turf on Oct. 2 at Santa Anita in his first start for Miller following a private purchase. Cupid’s Claws is winless in seven starts since the 2020 Tokyo City.

Tizamagician has had erratic form in recent starts. A 4-year-old colt, Tizmagician won the Grade 3 Cougar II Stakes at 1 1/2 miles here July 18 and followed with a career-best performance when second to Tripoli in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at 1 1/4 miles here Aug. 21. More recently, Tizamagician was fifth behind Medina Spirit in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 2 at Santa Anita.

“I was disappointed,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “It was one thing to be second, but fifth is different.”

Similar to Lone Rock, Tizamagician tends to run near the front.

Lone Rock was beaten at Belmont Park by Locally Owned, a 5-year-old gelding owned solely by Flying P Stable who was claimed for $40,000 at Fair Grounds in February. Trained by Tom Morley, Locally Owned has since won 2 of 6 starts.

Locally Owned could have a favorable position if Lone Rock and Tizamagician give each other any sort of fuss near the lead in such a distance race
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DEL MAR, Calif. – Princess Grace has been to Parx Racing, Del Mar, and Kentucky Downs this year, collecting a stakes win at each venue. Those three wins in three time zones have left Princess Grace within reach of $1 million in career earnings, a milestone she will hit if she wins Saturday’s Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes at a mile on turf for fillies and mares at Del Mar.

The $300,000 Goldikova has a first-place purse of $180,000. Princess Grace has won 6 of 7 starts – including her last four – and earned $886,860.

The highlight of her year was a win in the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf on Aug. 7 at Del Mar. Princess Grace closed from fifth of nine to win by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey Kent Desormeaux, who has the mount in the Goldikova. Princess Grace earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 102 in that race.



Owned by Susan and John Moore and trained by Michael Stidham, Princess Grace might be a slight favorite in a field of nine fillies and mares in the Goldikova, which is run prior to the Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday at Del Mar.

Princess Grace won the Grade 3 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes at a mile on Sept. 11 in her latest start. She was entered in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes on Oct. 9 at Keeneland, but was withdrawn when rain left the course in good condition.

“That was the main reason we didn’t want to run at Keeneland,” Stidham said.

The Goldikova could be the first of a two-race journey to Del Mar for Princess Grace. Stidham said the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at a mile on turf on Nov. 28 is another possibility for Princess Grace, a 4-year-old by Karakontie.

The Goldikova field includes five other stakes winners – Constantia, Going Global, Ippodamia’s Girl, Warren’s Showtime, and Zofelle. Warren’s Showtime is under consideration for Sunday’s $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for statebred fillies and mares.

The Goldikova will be the first start against older fillies and mares for Going Global, the leading 3-year-old filly on turf in California this year. A five-time stakes winner, Going Global has not started since a win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 21.

Trainer Phil D’Amato said the Goldikova was chosen for Going Global over the Grade 3 Autumn Miss Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Oct. 30 at Santa Anita because of better timing leading to the Grade 1 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita.

“The Autumn Miss was a week earlier and I thought she needed one more drill,” D’Amato said. “We thought this was the best spot. It will give us an idea of how she fits with older horses.”

On Oct. 31, Going Global worked five furlongs on turf in 1:01.80 in company with Luck, who was second in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita.

“They breezed head and head,” D’Amato said.
RACE 4 INFO
There may only be five horses in Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Del Mar, but expect a good old-fashioned throwdown between the two favorites, Gamine and Bella Sofia.

Both fillies have speed and, from the sounds of it, their connections intend on using it.

“We’re going to come out running,” said Rudy Rodriguez, trainer of the 3-year-old filly Bella Sofia, who has Luis Saez aboard the 5-2 second choice from the outside post.

Rodriguez said John Velazquez, the Hall of Fame rider of Gamine, “can control the pace, but I don’t think we’re going to let him control it. I think we’re going to control it. We’re going to go after her and hope for the best.”

Rodriguez apparently told Velazquez this earlier in the week when the two saw each other on the Del Mar backside.



“I told him already you gotta go 21-and-change to be in front of me,” Velazquez said he told Rodriguez. “You want to go fast, go fast. You’re going to have to go faster than me. I ain’t taking back.”

It is the presence of Gamine that has kept the field size down for the Filly and Mare Sprint, run at seven furlongs. The brilliant filly is 9 for 10 overall and a perfect 8 for 8 in races run around one turn. She won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint to cap a 5-for-6 season and earn the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter. She is 4 for 4 this year, with four relatively easy victories.

Only seven were pre-entered for the Filly and Mare Sprint. Truth Hurts stayed in New York and won a division of Sunday’s Pumpkin Pie Stakes at Belmont. Estilo Talentoso was withdrawn from the race on Tuesday after being off in her right front leg.

The Filly and Mare Sprint goes as the first of nine Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday’s card. Post time for that race is 12:05 p.m. Pacific. First post for the day is 10:15 a.m.

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In last year’s Filly and Mare Sprint, Saez rode Serengeti Empress and gunned her away from the gate, setting fractions of 21.77 seconds for the quarter and 44.27 for the half. Gamine bobbled at the break, and Velazquez adeptly guided Gamine to the outside of Serengeti Empress in a stalking position. Gamine took over at the eighth pole and drew away to win by 6 1/4 lengths, setting a Keeneland track record of 1:20.20 for seven furlongs.

Velazquez said he’s of the same mindset this year that he was last year in the Sprint.

“If they’re in front of me, it’s because they’re going much faster than they’re supposed to,” Velazquez said.

Last Saturday at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert had Gamine start four lengths behind a horse and finish up two in front. Baffert said Wednesday he will discuss strategy with Velazquez closer to race day.

Though Gamine’s had four relatively easy races this year, both Baffert and Velazquez believe she’s as good entering this year’s Filly and Mare Sprint as she was last year.

“I think so,” Baffert said. “All her races were pretty easy. She’s doing well. I’m happy with her; she’s a big strong mare. She’s fast. She’s brilliant.”

Gamine breaks one post inside of Bella Sofia.

Bella Sofia, a 3-year-old daughter of American Patriot, is 4 for 5 in her career. In her only start at seven furlongs, she won the Grade 1 Test for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga. In her only start against older horses, she won the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap against three horses. The runner-up from that race, Lady Rocket, came back to win a division of Sunday’s $100,000 Pumpkin Pie Stakes at Belmont Park.

Rodriguez made the decision to send Bella Sofia to Southern California early to get acclimated to her surroundings and the track. Rodriguez, who gets on the filly himself, felt Bella Sofia struggled with the surface at first but then got more comfortable. He was happy with the way she breezed over it Sunday.

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“I’m just happy to see her being this comfortable,” Rodriguez said. “The last couple of times when I come out with a couple of horses, I came three days before, they don’t eat up good. She ate, but she didn’t eat the way she’s eating now. The fillies are a little more delicate than the colts.”

When Bella Sofia won the Gallant Bloom, Lake Avenue finished third, 12 1/2 lengths back. When Gamine won the Grade 1 Ballerina on Aug. 28 at Saratoga, she beat Lake Avenue by 1 3/4 lengths.



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There may only be five horses in Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Del Mar, but expect a good old-fashioned throwdown between the two favorites, Gamine and Bella Sofia.

Both fillies have speed and, from the sounds of it, their connections intend on using it.

“We’re going to come out running,” said Rudy Rodriguez, trainer of the 3-year-old filly Bella Sofia, who has Luis Saez aboard the 5-2 second choice from the outside post.

Rodriguez said John Velazquez, the Hall of Fame rider of Gamine, “can control the pace, but I don’t think we’re going to let him control it. I think we’re going to control it. We’re going to go after her and hope for the best.”

Rodriguez apparently told Velazquez this earlier in the week when the two saw each other on the Del Mar backside.

“I told him already you gotta go 21-and-change to be in front of me,” Velazquez said he told Rodriguez. “You want to go fast, go fast. You’re going to have to go faster than me. I ain’t taking back.”

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It is the presence of Gamine that has kept the field size down for the Filly and Mare Sprint, run at seven furlongs. The brilliant filly is 9 for 10 overall and a perfect 8 for 8 in races run around one turn. She won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint to cap a 5-for-6 season and earn the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter. She is 4 for 4 this year, with four relatively easy victories.

Only seven were pre-entered for the Filly and Mare Sprint. Truth Hurts stayed in New York and won a division of Sunday’s Pumpkin Pie Stakes at Belmont. Estilo Talentoso was withdrawn from the race on Tuesday after being off in her right front leg.

The Filly and Mare Sprint goes as the first of nine Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday’s card. Post time for that race is 12:05 p.m. Pacific. First post for the day is 10:15 a.m.

In last year’s Filly and Mare Sprint, Saez rode Serengeti Empress and gunned her away from the gate, setting fractions of 21.77 seconds for the quarter and 44.27 for the half. Gamine bobbled at the break, and Velazquez adeptly guided Gamine to the outside of Serengeti Empress in a stalking position. Gamine took over at the eighth pole and drew away to win by 6 1/4 lengths, setting a Keeneland track record of 1:20.20 for seven furlongs.

Velazquez said he’s of the same mindset this year that he was last year in the Sprint.

“If they’re in front of me, it’s because they’re going much faster than they’re supposed to,” Velazquez said.

Last Saturday at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert had Gamine start four lengths behind a horse and finish up two in front. Baffert said Wednesday he will discuss strategy with Velazquez closer to race day.

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Though Gamine’s had four relatively easy races this year, both Baffert and Velazquez believe she’s as good entering this year’s Filly and Mare Sprint as she was last year.

“I think so,” Baffert said. “All her races were pretty easy. She’s doing well. I’m happy with her; she’s a big strong mare. She’s fast. She’s brilliant.”

Gamine breaks one post inside of Bella Sofia.

Bella Sofia, a 3-year-old daughter of American Patriot, is 4 for 5 in her career. In her only start at seven furlongs, she won the Grade 1 Test for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga. In her only start against older horses, she won the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap against three horses. The runner-up from that race, Lady Rocket, came back to win a division of Sunday’s $100,000 Pumpkin Pie Stakes at Belmont Park.

Rodriguez made the decision to send Bella Sofia to Southern California early to get acclimated to her surroundings and the track. Rodriguez, who gets on the filly himself, felt Bella Sofia struggled with the surface at first but then got more comfortable. He was happy with the way she breezed over it Sunday.

“I’m just happy to see her being this comfortable,” Rodriguez said. “The last couple of times when I come out with a couple of horses, I came three days before, they don’t eat up good. She ate, but she didn’t eat the way she’s eating now. The fillies are a little more delicate than the colts.”

When Bella Sofia won the Gallant Bloom, Lake Avenue finished third, 12 1/2 lengths back. When Gamine won the Grade 1 Ballerina on Aug. 28 at Saratoga, she beat Lake Avenue by 1 3/4 lengths.

Of the remaining three fillies in the race, Ce Ce could be given the chance for an upset. She is 3 for 5 this year and coming off a five-length victory in the Chillingworth Stakes on Oct. 3 at Santa Anita. In her start prior to that, she finished third, three lengths behind Gamine, in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga.

Michael McCarthy, trainer of Ce Ce, wouldn’t mind seeing a pace duel between the two favorites.

“That’s kind of what we need, someone to go ahead and mind Gamine and we can go ahead and sit right off them,” said McCarthy, adding that Ce Ce “seems like she’s holding her form. She looks unbelievable, attitude’s great.”

Victor Espinoza rides Ce Ce.

Edgeway has won three of her last four starts, the one loss being an 11 1/4-length defeat to Gamine in the Great Lady M. Stakes on July 4 at Los Alamitos. Edgeway defeated Proud Emma, the other entrant in this field, in the Rancho Bernardo on Aug. 20 at Del Mar.

Proud Emma is 0 for 4 this year, and trainer Peter Miller admits he’s just taking a shot. Flavien Prat rides from the rail

“Hope to hit the board. It’s a million bucks, short field,” Miller said

RACE 4 INFO

There may only be five horses in Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Del Mar, but expect a good old-fashioned throwdown between the two favorites, Gamine and Bella Sofia.

Both fillies have speed and, from the sounds of it, their connections intend on using it.

“We’re going to come out running,” said Rudy Rodriguez, trainer of the 3-year-old filly Bella Sofia, who has Luis Saez aboard the 5-2 second choice from the outside post.

Rodriguez said John Velazquez, the Hall of Fame rider of Gamine, “can control the pace, but I don’t think we’re going to let him control it. I think we’re going to control it. We’re going to go after her and hope for the best.”

Rodriguez apparently told Velazquez this earlier in the week when the two saw each other on the Del Mar backside.

“I told him already you gotta go 21-and-change to be in front of me,” Velazquez said he told Rodriguez. “You want to go fast, go fast. You’re going to have to go faster than me. I ain’t taking back.”

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It is the presence of Gamine that has kept the field size down for the Filly and Mare Sprint, run at seven furlongs. The brilliant filly is 9 for 10 overall and a perfect 8 for 8 in races run around one turn. She won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint to cap a 5-for-6 season and earn the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter. She is 4 for 4 this year, with four relatively easy victories.

Only seven were pre-entered for the Filly and Mare Sprint. Truth Hurts stayed in New York and won a division of Sunday’s Pumpkin Pie Stakes at Belmont. Estilo Talentoso was withdrawn from the race on Tuesday after being off in her right front leg.

The Filly and Mare Sprint goes as the first of nine Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday’s card. Post time for that race is 12:05 p.m. Pacific. First post for the day is 10:15 a.m.

In last year’s Filly and Mare Sprint, Saez rode Serengeti Empress and gunned her away from the gate, setting fractions of 21.77 seconds for the quarter and 44.27 for the half. Gamine bobbled at the break, and Velazquez adeptly guided Gamine to the outside of Serengeti Empress in a stalking position. Gamine took over at the eighth pole and drew away to win by 6 1/4 lengths, setting a Keeneland track record of 1:20.20 for seven furlongs.

Velazquez said he’s of the same mindset this year that he was last year in the Sprint.

“If they’re in front of me, it’s because they’re going much faster than they’re supposed to,” Velazquez said.

Last Saturday at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert had Gamine start four lengths behind a horse and finish up two in front. Baffert said Wednesday he will discuss strategy with Velazquez closer to race day.

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Though Gamine’s had four relatively easy races this year, both Baffert and Velazquez believe she’s as good entering this year’s Filly and Mare Sprint as she was last year.

“I think so,” Baffert said. “All her races were pretty easy. She’s doing well. I’m happy with her; she’s a big strong mare. She’s fast. She’s brilliant.”

Gamine breaks one post inside of Bella Sofia.

Bella Sofia, a 3-year-old daughter of American Patriot, is 4 for 5 in her career. In her only start at seven furlongs, she won the Grade 1 Test for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga. In her only start against older horses, she won the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap against three horses. The runner-up from that race, Lady Rocket, came back to win a division of Sunday’s $100,000 Pumpkin Pie Stakes at Belmont Park.

Rodriguez made the decision to send Bella Sofia to Southern California early to get acclimated to her surroundings and the track. Rodriguez, who gets on the filly himself, felt Bella Sofia struggled with the surface at first but then got more comfortable. He was happy with the way she breezed over it Sunday.

“I’m just happy to see her being this comfortable,” Rodriguez said. “The last couple of times when I come out with a couple of horses, I came three days before, they don’t eat up good. She ate, but she didn’t eat the way she’s eating now. The fillies are a little more delicate than the colts.”

When Bella Sofia won the Gallant Bloom, Lake Avenue finished third, 12 1/2 lengths back. When Gamine won the Grade 1 Ballerina on Aug. 28 at Saratoga, she beat Lake Avenue by 1 3/4 lengths.

Of the remaining three fillies in the race, Ce Ce could be given the chance for an upset. She is 3 for 5 this year and coming off a five-length victory in the Chillingworth Stakes on Oct. 3 at Santa Anita. In her start prior to that, she finished third, three lengths behind Gamine, in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga.

Michael McCarthy, trainer of Ce Ce, wouldn’t mind seeing a pace duel between the two favorites.

“That’s kind of what we need, someone to go ahead and mind Gamine and we can go ahead and sit right off them,” said McCarthy, adding that Ce Ce “seems like she’s holding her form. She looks unbelievable, attitude’s great.”

Victor Espinoza rides Ce Ce.

Edgeway has won three of her last four starts, the one-loss being an 11 1/4-length defeat to Gamine in the Great Lady M. Stakes on July 4 at Los Alamitos. Edgeway defeated Proud Emma, the other entrant in this field, in the Rancho Bernardo on Aug. 20 at Del Mar.

Proud Emma is 0 for 4 this year, and trainer Peter Miller admits he’s just taking a shot. Flavien Prat rides from the rail

“Hope to hit the board. It’s a million bucks, short field,” Miller said.
RACE 5 INFO


RACE 6 INFO

He was brilliant in the spring, he’s been brilliant this fall. Little has changed with Life Is Good on that front. New trainer, same high expectations, same high level of performance.

Life Is Good will be heavily favored to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Saturday at Del Mar. He is 4-5 on the track’s official morning line, set by Jon White, and even money on the line set by Brad Free, who made the prices for the Saturday Breeders’ Cup races for Daily Racing Form. Not much difference there, either.

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Life Is Good will be making his third start for Todd Pletcher, who took over as trainer of the colt when his owners, WinStar Farm and CHC Inc. – previously known as China Horse Club – moved him from Bob Baffert’s care in the aftermath of the Kentucky Derby. When he was based in California, Life Is Good was a sight to behold when he worked, showing superior talent. Pletcher said it has been nothing different since Life Is Good came into his care.

“He’s an impressive horse to watch train,” Pletcher said at Del Mar earlier this week. “His breezes are eye-catching.”



So are his races. Life Is Good won his first three starts for Baffert, and he’s run two terrific races for Pletcher. He lost by a neck to the top sprinter Jackie’s Warrior in the Grade 1 Allen Jerkens when making his first start in more than five months, then rolled to a 5 1/2-length victory against older horses in the Grade 2 Kelso at Belmont Park last time out as a 1-20 favorite.

“It was his race to lose,” said Pletcher, who thought the win was “more relief than anything.”

“He settled, won handily, hopefully it brings him forward,” said Pletcher, who believes Life Is Good “has trained exceptionally well” in the weeks since.

This 3-year-old crop has turned out to be exceptional. Essential Quality, Hot Rod Charlie, and Medina Spirit all have strong chances in the Breeders’ Cup Classic later Saturday. Jackie’s Warrior will be favored in the Sprint, also Saturday. Life Is Good, adjudged by many the best of this crop in the spring, had his Derby hopes derailed by a minor injury, which makes the Breeders’ Cup paramount to top his 2021 résumé.

Life Is Good has brilliant early speed. He’s on “go” from the time the gates open. It will be up to jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who took over as his rider following the Jerkens, to dole it out over this two-turn race. Life Is Good won a pair of two-turn races earlier this year, the Grade 3 Sham and Grade 2 San Felipe, both at Santa Anita. And he owns a victory at Del Mar, where he ran to advance notice with a breathtaking maiden win on debut 50 weeks ago.

Seven horses are entered against Life Is Good, including a pair from Steve Asmussen’s barn – Met Mile winner Silver State and the admirable Snapper Sinclair – and Del Mar specialist Ginobili, who was sharp in two races here this summer and since was purposely pointed to this race without a prep.

Silver State’s victory in the Met Mile marked his sixth straight win, including three in stakes going two turns at Oaklawn. He has lost his last two, including a second-place finish last time out in the Parx Dirt Mile after breaking poorly and then rallying to the lead in deep stretch. Ricardo Santana Jr. rides him back after appearing to handle Silver State overconfidently in the late stages of the Parx Dirt Mile.

“We plan on correcting that,” Asmussen said.

He said Silver State “has picked up his work the last three weeks.”

“I love his chances,” Asmussen said.

Snapper Sinclair – fourth in this race in 2019 at Santa Anita – would be a win in part for the home team, as he is owned by Bloom Racing, run by Jeff Bloom, a former jockey who grew up in San Diego County.

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Snapper Sinclair, 6, has earned more than $1.8 million during a 34-race career in which he’s shown proficiency on turf and dirt, going short or long.

“He’s a Swiss Army knife,” Asmussen said.

Ginobili has the home-field advantage. He added blinkers this summer at Del Mar and overpowered a first-level allowance field going a mile while earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 104, then cut back to seven furlongs and won the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien. He’s in career-best form.

Eight Rings was fourth in the Pat O’Brien, and subsequently won a second-level allowance at Santa Anita going 1 1/16 miles with a career-best Beyer Figure of 98. He starts from the outside stall and figures to be used early to establish position under new rider Juan Hernandez.

Japan is represented by Jasper Prince and Pingxiang, both of whom have enough speed to be prominent early but are likely to be pace casualties. Jasper Prince was fast enough in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland to lead for the first quarter-mile before stopping to finish last of 14. He is 1 for 6 since then. Pingxiang won at Tokyo and Hanshin in his last two starts, both at 1,400 meters, the equivalent of seven furlongs. This will be his first try going two turns and beyond 1,400 meters.

Restainedvengence, like Snapper Sinclair a 6-year-old with 34 career starts, has made a good living against lesser competition. He comes off a win in the Downs at Albuquerque Handicap. He’s won 10 races, but he’s never faced dirt horses of the calibre of Life Is Good or Silver State.
RACE 7 INFO

He was brilliant in the spring, he’s been brilliant this fall. Little has changed with Life Is Good on that front. New trainer, same high expectations, same high level of performance.

Life Is Good will be heavily favoured to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Saturday at Del Mar. He is 4-5 on the track’s official morning line, set by Jon White, and even money on the line set by Brad Free, who made the prices for the Saturday Breeders’ Cup races for Daily Racing Form. Not much difference there, either.

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Life Is Good will be making his third start for Todd Pletcher, who took over as trainer of the colt when his owners, WinStar Farm and CHC Inc. – previously known as China Horse Club – moved him from Bob Baffert’s care in the aftermath of the Kentucky Derby. When he was based in California, Life Is Good was a sight to behold when he worked, showing superior talent. Pletcher said it has been nothing different since Life Is Good came into his care.

“He’s an impressive horse to watch train,” Pletcher said at Del Mar earlier this week. “His breezes are eye-catching.”



So are his races. Life Is Good won his first three starts for Baffert, and he’s run two terrific races for Pletcher. He lost by a neck to the top sprinter Jackie’s Warrior in the Grade 1 Allen Jerkens when making his first start in more than five months, then rolled to a 5 1/2-length victory against older horses in the Grade 2 Kelso at Belmont Park last time out as a 1-20 favorite.

“It was his race to lose,” said Pletcher, who thought the win was “more relief than anything.”

“He settled, won handily, hopefully it brings him forward,” said Pletcher, who believes Life Is Good “has trained exceptionally well” in the weeks since.

This 3-year-old crop has turned out to be exceptional. Essential Quality, Hot Rod Charlie, and Medina Spirit all have strong chances in the Breeders’ Cup Classic later Saturday. Jackie’s Warrior will be favored in the Sprint, also Saturday. Life Is Good, adjudged by many the best of this crop in the spring, had his Derby hopes derailed by a minor injury, which makes the Breeders’ Cup paramount to top his 2021 résumé.

Life Is Good has brilliant early speed. He’s on “go” from the time the gates open. It will be up to jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who took over as his rider following the Jerkens, to dole it out over this two-turn race. Life Is Good won a pair of two-turn races earlier this year, the Grade 3 Sham and Grade 2 San Felipe, both at Santa Anita. And he owns a victory at Del Mar, where he ran to advance notice with a breathtaking maiden win on debut 50 weeks ago.

Seven horses are entered against Life Is Good, including a pair from Steve Asmussen’s barn – Met Mile winner Silver State and the admirable Snapper Sinclair – and Del Mar specialist Ginobili, who was sharp in two races here this summer and since was purposely pointed to this race without a prep.

Silver State’s victory in the Met Mile marked his sixth straight win, including three in stakes going two turns at Oaklawn. He has lost his last two, including a second-place finish last time out in the Parx Dirt Mile after breaking poorly and then rallying to the lead in deep stretch. Ricardo Santana Jr. rides him back after appearing to handle Silver State overconfidently in the late stages of the Parx Dirt Mile.

“We plan on correcting that,” Asmussen said.

He said Silver State “has picked up his work the last three weeks.”

“I love his chances,” Asmussen said.

Snapper Sinclair – fourth in this race in 2019 at Santa Anita – would be a win in part for the home team, as he is owned by Bloom Racing, run by Jeff Bloom, a former jockey who grew up in San Diego County.

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Snapper Sinclair, 6, has earned more than $1.8 million during a 34-race career in which he’s shown proficiency on turf and dirt, going short or long.

“He’s a Swiss Army knife,” Asmussen said.

Ginobili has the home-field advantage. He added blinkers this summer at Del Mar and overpowered a first-level allowance field going a mile while earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 104, then cut back to seven furlongs and won the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien. He’s in career-best form.

Eight Rings was fourth in the Pat O’Brien, and subsequently won a second-level allowance at Santa Anita going 1 1/16 miles with a career-best Beyer Figure of 98. He starts from the outside stall and figures to be used early to establish position under new rider Juan Hernandez.

Japan is represented by Jasper Prince and Pingxiang, both of whom have enough speed to be prominent early but are likely to be pace casualties. Jasper Prince was fast enough in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland to lead for the first quarter-mile before stopping to finish last of 14. He is 1 for 6 since then. Pingxiang won at Tokyo and Hanshin in his last two starts, both at 1,400 meters, the equivalent of seven furlongs. This will be his first try going two turns and beyond 1,400 meters.

Restainedvengence, like Snapper Sinclair a 6-year-old with 34 career starts, has made a good living against lesser competition. He comes off a win in the Downs at Albuquerque Handicap. He’s won 10 races, but he’s never faced dirt horses of the caliber of Life Is Good or Silver State.
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There is hope, still, for anyone crazy enough to continue in the niche profession of turf writing: Fausto Gutierrez has blazed a path out.

Yes, Gutierrez was a racing handicapper and writer for the Mexican newspaper Reforma off-and-on for about 10 years, starting while he was still a college student and lasting until he, ahem, saw the light.

“I had a section to make picks and comments,” Gutierrez said in an interview at his Keeneland barn before leaving for the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar. “I would fax them to the newspaper. I covered the races at the hipodromo. Horse racing was not very popular, so it did not matter that someone so young was doing it.”

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Having grown up in both Spain and Mexico – his father was a banking consultant who traveled between the countries – Gutierrez initially was introduced to racing at the Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City by his grandfather, a Jockey Club member. Fascinated with racing as a boy, then acclimatized to the inner workings of the industry as a racing writer when starting out in the early 1990s, he eventually parlayed his connections into a different career as a Thoroughbred trainer. Ultimately, he became the perennial leading trainer in Mexico while working primarily for German Larrea, the billionaire copper producer who is far and away the country’s leading breeder and owner.

On Saturday, Gutierrez, now 54, will reach the height of his fame in racing as the trainer of Letruska, the favorite for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar. As the winner in six of seven starts this year, including victories in four Grade 1 events, Letruska not only is an obvious candidate to become a North American champion in the filly-mare division, but also potentially Horse of the Year, depending on what transpires this weekend.

Reaching this summit has proven quite a journey for Gutierrez, a married father of two who maintains a home in Wellington, Fla. Simultaneous to his turf-writing duties, Gutierrez also was training a handful of horses, and by the late 1990s, as the hipodromo closed for three years amid financial and political chaos, Gutierrez moved his stable to Texas. He competed at Sam Houston, Retama, and Lone Star in 1998-99, compiling a modest record of 20 wins from 182 starters.

Back in Mexico, as Gutierrez eased away from handicapping and writing, Larrea reached out to him in the early 2000s – and before long, they were teaming to win the major races in Mexico on a regular basis. Gutierrez’s return to the U.S. began with the inaugural Clasico del Caribe series – held every December at Gulfstream Park since 2017 – and beginning in 2019, he established a foothold in America, basing himself initially at the Palm Meadows training center in Florida before Letruska’s exploits led him to branch out as 2021 unfolded. He has spent much of this year away from home, working mostly in Kentucky with side trips to Arkansas and New York.

Letruska, bred and owned by Larrea under the nom-de-course of St. George Stable, is a bay 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Super Saver. Her career began with six straight wins in 2018-19 in Mexico, after which she easily won a Clasico del Caribe race in December 2019 at Gulfstream. Gutierrez then tried her on the turf, and Letruska floundered, finishing far back in her first loss.

All 14 of her races since then have been on dirt, and although she has been defeated in four of those, she turned a corner after finishing fourth in the Beldame at Belmont Park in October 2020, when she ran off early and faded badly. Given 10 weeks between races to regroup at Palm Meadows, she then won the Grade 3 Rampart at Gulfstream on Dec. 12, 2020, by an eye-catching 6 3/4 lengths.

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The fire was lit. Letruska has been a world-beater since then, with the only blemish on her seven-race record this year being a narrow defeat in March in the Azeri at Oaklawn Park to Shedaresthedevil, one of her chief threats Saturday in the Distaff. Letruska’s audacious front-running style poses a confounding dilemma for her rivals – allow her to go unopposed and she’ll never look back, or try to stick with her early and ruin your own chances.

“She is ready,” said Gutierrez said early this week from Del Mar. “The pressure I feel is for everything to be in order. Obviously when you have a favorite like her, there is pressure. But we have had a very good year and hopefully she will run another good race in the Breeders’ Cup.”

Win or lose Saturday, Letruska has taken Gutierrez to a place he scarcely could have imagined during his earnest youth in Mexico. Indeed, in the Distaff aftermath, he’ll be the fellow facing, not holding, a notepad and recorder.
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This year’s Breeders’ Cup definitely has saved the best for last.

The top older horse in the country, Knicks Go, faces three top members of an outstanding crop of 3-year-olds – Essential Quality, Hot Rod Charlie, and Medina Spirit – in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Del Mar, bringing down the curtain on the 38th Breeders’ Cup.

Knicks Go won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Essential Quality won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. No horse has ever won either of those races and the Classic. But these are two exceptional runners who certainly seem capable of ending those streaks.

Both have carried their form for months, and they are not alone among this group. Essential Quality and Hot Rod Charlie were one-two in last year’s Juvenile, and Essential Quality, Hot Rod Charlie, and Medina Spirit were three of the first four finishers in this year’s Kentucky Derby.



Those four are among a field of nine that will go 1 1/4 miles on the main track just before twilight, at 5:40 Pacific. The supporting characters include such accomplished older runners as Grade 1 winners Art Collector and Max Player. Express Train and Tripoli were stakes winners this summer at Del Mar, and the longshot Stilleto Boy has run the two best races of his life in his last two starts.

It’s a compelling race, with much on the line. In addition to the financial rewards, Eclipse Awards for Horse of the Year, champion older male, and champion 3-year-old male all could be decided in this race.

“It’s a great, competitive race,” said Bob Baffert, who trains Medina Spirit.

Knicks Go is favored at 5-2 on the lines of both Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free, who set the prices for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races, and Jon White, who makes the official morning line at Del Mar. Knicks Go heads into the Classic having won his last three starts, highlighted by the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga. He is 7 for 7 going two turns since moving to the barn of Brad Cox, with Beyer Speed Figures of at least 100 in each. The only setbacks in that stretch were the Saudi Cup and Met Mile.



He has a high-cruising speed and is the one to catch, always, including here, but this will be his first try beyond 1 1/8 miles.

“There’s some other speed in the race, but I think he’s the speed of the speed, and we’re not going to take that away from him,” Cox said on a recent teleconference. “We’re going to be very aggressive, hopefully clear off. That gives him his best opportunity to win.”

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Essential Quality, also trained by Cox, is 5 for 6 this year – highlighted by wins in the Belmont Stakes and Travers – his lone loss coming in the Derby. He has been the most consistent member of this quality crop of 3-year-olds.

Essential Quality has shown an ability to sit close if the pace is slow, or drop back and finish is the pace is hot.

“They’re not gonna get in each other’s way,” Cox said of his duo. “They’ve both had great years. Hopefully, they can add to their résumés.”

Hot Rod Charlie, second to Essential Quality in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Belmont, finished in front of him when third in the Derby, and comes off a win the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby in which he got a Beyer Speed Figure of 111. He wore blinkers in the Derby and Belmont, but not in the Haskell and Pennsylvania Derby. They are back on Saturday, at the request of jockey Flavien Prat.

“After the Pennsylvania Derby, Flavien suggested it, and he knows Charlie better than anyone,” his trainer, Doug O’Neill, said Wednesday.

O’Neill has admiration for Essential Quality, and appreciation for how that colt and Hot Rod Charlie have progressed from 2 to 3.

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“It’s been fun to see the horses out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile develop and mature and hold their form,” O’Neill said. “This field is so strong. Essential Quality, he jumps out at me. We’ve seen a lot of him this year.”

Medina Spirit, at present the winner of the Derby, was freshened after finishing third in the Preakness and has returned with two straight wins, in the Shared Belief here and the Grade 1 Awesome Again at Santa Anita. He always is prominent early.

“His last two races were impressive,” Baffert said.

Max Player also figures to be close early, being as that approach was used in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and he responded with a four-length victory and career-best Beyer of 102.

“The race is loaded with pace, but we’re going to stay aggressive and let him run,” trainer Steve Asmussen said.

Art Collector also prefers to be close. Since moving to trainer Bill Mott, he has won three races, all at 1 1/8 miles – including the Grade 1 Woodward – all by racing on or near the lead. He’s never competed at 1 1/4 miles.

“He’s made no mistakes,” Mott said. “This is going to be the biggest step, competition-wise. It’s the toughest group he’s faced, and there’s the test of 10 furlongs. They have to prove it. You never assume they’ll do it. But he indicates he’ll be okay. It’s not like he’s laying down in any of his races.”

Tripoli won the Grade 1 Pacific Classic here during the summer meet, with a career-best Beyer of 104, but he was fourth in the Awesome Again.

Express Train won the San Diego here in July, but was a troubled sixth in the Pacific Classic and then third in the Awesome Again.

Stilleto Boy was third in the Shared Belief, in which he encountered trouble, then was a distant second to Medina Spirit in the Awesome Again.
BREEDERS CUP FRIDAY NOV 5TH
RACE 1
RACE 1-#4Triple Tap looks the biz. experience is low, worked two 59.2 5f recently very similar to Sumo, however two others could come into this race late stretching out looks ideal? plus they have the Beyers to go close on track over shorter looking like the both need 7f? #9 Heartfullofstars 20/1 #2 ILstand Taller 6/1-
RACE 1 REVISED BET 4-9-2-11

RACE 2
-#8>Ready to Purrform(76 beyer) 8-3-5-4-Ready to purrform impressed me last day and i like horses who work at Churchill, i think that carries them to transfer that form anywhere in the states: i couldnt split Degree of risk & Detroit city, who look genuine win contenders Detroit city by Dialled in who does well from the family of Seattle Slew with a Grandfather named AP Indy!! makes a wonderful Top half the page, The Dam Quality Lass by ( Exclusive Quality) is out of a long list of winners, a Listed winner herself, Recorded a 75 Beyer Last out at Keenland a big rise from previous runs but even then was starting to show ability without getting much luck in runs? pace is suspect and i felt the race will develop with the top three horses ability ways?? coming to compete in the stretch whatever it turns to be? expect a bold showing with a confident trifecta pic in this race >8-3-5=>>8-5-3
RACE 3-
#8 Rose Maddox- #9 Vivacious Vannessa split stakes, 8 & 9 > box exacta- superfect 8-9-7-10 –
I can see why many have gone for giants BIG NOVEL & BIG SWITCH- looking at the form theres enough pace for those to contests the inside even pace scenario, #10 Drizzela who makes up my superf. will be forced to use different running style stuck out in 10 with early pace, however i dont think she has to race this way? maybe a finding new style race? I can see both Rose Maddox owned by big owner Nick Aexander who likes winners here in southern cali? Vivacious Vannessa 113 Bullet 6f drill for this class stands alone? looks peaked on worktab? Coming hard and Late together down the stretch to overhaul the pace on the inside late- kerching babay
RACE 4-
#7 Anna Fantastic 12/1 1/2pt EWAY- #8 Superstition 1pt
Box 7-8-2-1= 12x 1 unit exacta’s
RACE 5-
#6 So Cal Red 66/1 = EACH-WAY NAP, 1/2 pt ew–save #12 FINNEUS 5/1 1pt
some interesting runners and i am ignoring public form for pedigree here, bottom of the page carries several group winners three runs at Del mar all look under achieved to progeny? yet seems to look like one who can suddenly spring to life at bigger odds after the win time before last, is lacking on beyer figs, yet pedigree says can be way better on more than one piece of geneolagy tracement, indeed as i expected when i browsed the recent work drills i hurridly placed my small 20 eway down at 66/1 eway, Finneus, fast draw munnings and Billys Bet should run well into the money specially Finneus with Rosario set for a late stretch out show?-6-12-5-4
RACE 6
-#10>> TIME TO PARTY 14/1 1PT EWAY.He finished with determination when he was the runner-up to One Timer in the Speakeasy but it never looked like he was going to get past the winner who appeared to have something in reserve; he will need to substantially improve the career-best 68 Beyer Speed Figure he received and not sure what kind of trip he will get from out here; he has a pretty strong team of Prat and Miller in his corner, but the obstacles seem too steep at first glance??? but as with this outfit at breeders cup intuition and hunches weigh more than previous on many occasions ? its more of a hunch and track trainer jockey bias im playing for here.

Save #8 Auverley Jane 1pt 5/2 -This is the third running of the Juvenile Turf Sprint and favorites trained by Ward won the last two; there is not much doubt this gal will be the chalk at post time; she has not been tested in any of her races and Gaffalione did not have to push her too hard when she won the $200K Indian Summer when she tired turf for the first time in her latest; there is other speed in the field, but she showed she does not need the lead in her win in the $120K Skidmore in her previous race; she has also won at four different tracks so she should be fine running over this surface; the save pick.
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=12 exactas 24 x trifectas.
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#6 ECHO ZULU
>>Your favorite as she’s unbeaten and basically untested in 3 starts; also the only 1 in here who’s proven able to Beyer what it normally takes to win this (92); not only has the field’s top Beyer (92), she has the field’s top 3 Beyers; HOY Gun Runner off to a dynamite start at stud and this filly cost some money ($300K) so somebody saw something they liked; all that being said, there’s other speed to deal with and it’s her first time around 2 turns, she’s facing tougher than she saw in NY and it’s her first time shipping out of her area of operations so there are hurdles. –
Meeting Banker 5pts win 11/10 6-5 exacta
RACE 8-
#9 KOALA PRINCESS 8/1 1/2PT EW- exotics= 9-11-5-12-14= x 20 exacta’s. Koala Princess- Looked super blasting rivals in her first 2 starts, both on turf; that said, both were sprints so it’s a new ballgame today in terms of distance and an extra turn; the good thing is she’s shown versatility as she romped in her debut on the lead but then won a stakes at KD from well off the pace; the Beyer from that KD win was smart, too; while it is a new longer game she’s certainly bred to go at least this far and has worked well since. pedigree says improvement going this far?
RACE 9-
#10 Command performance 8/1 1pt EWAY: Lone maiden in this Juvenile field but he is a top contender on the strength of his effort and Beyer in the Champagne, when 2nd to today’s favorite, Jack Christopher; he did benefit from a good set up in that race but he was well clear for the place in a nice effort, and his running style should mean he’s once again in a favorable situation today, with an honest pace likely; this is his first start around two turns and he should appreciate the extra distance, as his dam, Smitten, was also at her best going long; dangerous stretch runner. this race has been won by maidens historically as the extra distance to the trials for this are shorter and thats why i think Command performance will make you money girls and boys. race visual pedigree extra distance Trainer Jockey was 14/1 when advised stealthily.

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RACE 10
> #6 Makinnon 98 uk style rating transfer from beyer + course form. 16/1 1/2 pt Eachhway- LOOK:He’s reeled off 3 consecutive victories at the distance, including two over this Del Mar course; that said, the California juvenile turf division is typically one of the weakest among the major circuits and this year appears to be no different; was workmanlike in the Del Mar Juv Turf two back, needing the full length of the stretch to hit top gear; made his move earlier last time in the Zuma Beach and won going away; did clip heels slightly on first turn, but that adversity was mitigated by the fast pace, which intensified his late kick; has never met rivals of this quality but will attract some support based on his local experience.

#3 Dakota Gold 105+ beyer transfer to uk style rating. 16/1 1/2pt Eachway >NY-bred colt is unbeaten and untested after two career starts; was placed against open company for his Saratoga debut and showed up even when the race was rained off the turf, winning decisively; adopted a new running style when he finally got on turf in the Nownownow, coming from off the pace to achieve the same result; note that there were some timing issues at Monmouth last time, so the early fractions of that race weren’t actually as fast as what’s posted in the chart; still, this guy traveled well into the race and finished powerfully; drew a great post position and has the versatility to work out the right trip; dangerous.

#10 portfolio company 108+ uk rating transfer from beyer. 10/1 1/2 pt eway-Chad Brown’s hope has yet to collect a stakes victory, though he’s run well in all 3 career starts; the colt’s biggest issue has been his tendency to get too rank early in his races; fought restraint in the With Anticipation and was unable to outsprint Coinage to the wire; fared better last time when he was able to relax on the lead in the Pilgrim; loved the grit and determination he showed battling Annapolis (who would have been favored here) tooth and nail to the wire; that 88 Beyer is tops in this field; no guarantee that he’ll get his preferred front-running trip, but perhaps that last run is a sign that he’s finally maturing mentally; major player.



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RACE 4 FRIDAY NOV 5
As long as she is sprinting on turf at Del Mar, Superstition is unbeatable.

In the last year, Superstition has won three times in as many starts at five furlongs on turf at Del Mar, a record she has every chance to extend in Friday’s $200,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares.

In her other eight starts, Superstition has one win, in the restricted Wishing Well Stakes on turf at Santa Anita in February.

Trained by Richard Mandella, Superstition won the Daisycutter Handicap at Del Mar on July 25, closing from fourth to win by 1 1/2 lengths as the 2-1 favorite under jockey Flavien Prat. On Friday, Prat is aboard Superstition for the 11th time in the 4-year-old filly’s 12th start.

Prat traveled to Kentucky Downs on Sept. 11 to ride Superstition in the Grade 3 Ladies Sprint at 6 1/2 furlongs on that unique track’s undulating layout. Superstition finished fourth of 12, beaten 3 1/4 lengths.

“I thought she ran better at Del Mar,” Mandella said. “I think she likes a firm turf course, and she’ll get it.”

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The Maddy Stakes drew a field of 10. Superstition, owned by Ramona and Perry Bass, will benefit from course experience against such rivals as A G Indy, Hear My Prayer, and the 2-year-old Thunder Love. The Maddy is the rare race open to 2-year-olds and up.

Hear My Prayer, who starts from the rail, won her California debut in an allowance race at five furlongs on turf here Aug. 26, her first start since February. Hear My Prayer was a minor stakes winner at five furlongs on turf at Gulfstream Park in January.

A G Indy won two five-furlong turf races during the Del Mar summer meeting against open company, but faces a tougher group in the Maddy.

Thunder Love, trained in England by George Boughey, was a troubled fifth in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Sept. 10 at Doncaster and last of 12 in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes for fillies on Sept. 25 at Newmarket.

Del Mar has a 10-race program on Friday, including five Breeders’ Cup races on the second half of the card, and four stakes worth $150,000 to $200,000 in the first half of the program.

Qatar Golden Mile

Last month, Degree of Risk was considered a candidate for Friday’s BC Juvenile Turf by trainer Eoin Harty. As the month progressed, the autumn goal for Degree of Risk changed.

Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing owns Degree of Risk and will start the English shippers Albahr and Modern Games in the BC Juvenile Turf. Degree of Risk will run in the $150,000 Qatar Golden Mile for 2-year-olds on turf.

“Godolphin is well represented in the Juvenile Turf,” Harty said.

“On paper, this looks like an easier spot, but they’re not going to give me the check.”

Degree of Risk was third behind Albahr in the Grade 1 Summer Stakes on Sept. 19 at Woodbine. For the Golden Mile, a highly confident Harty will fit Degree of Risk with blinkers for his California debut. Prat rides Degree of Risk for the first time from post 3.

“I’ve got a good post and I’ve got a good pilot,” Harty said. “It’s up to me to not fumble the football.”

The Golden Mile drew a field 10. Nobals won the Arlington-Washington Futurity on Aug. 28 at Arlington Park, while Ready to Purrform won the Laurel Futurity in Maryland on Oct. 2 and is unbeaten after two starts.

Thirty Four Coupe, second in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf on Sept. 6, will be part of what could be a quick pace.

Golden State Juvenile Fillies

At the Spa was undefeated until she started in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 5, a day in which nothing went well for the two-time stakes winner.

At the Spa was fussy in the gate, chased a fast pace, and faded to finish last.

“It was a tough race,” trainer Jorge Periban said. “We tried.”

Nearly nine weeks later, At the Spa starts in Friday’s $175,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies for statebreds at seven furlongs.

“This is a different class of horse,” Periban said. “I’ve got confidence in her.”

At the Spa won her first three races, including the Fasig-Tipton Debutante at Santa Anita in June and the CTBA Stakes for statebred fillies at 5 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 5 at Del Mar.

Since the CTBA Stakes, the division has changed with the development of fillies such as Big Novel and Big Switch, recent maiden race winners who both run in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies for owner and breeder George Krikorian and trainer John Sadler .

Periban said At the Spa has improved her mental approach recently.

In her only start, Vivacious Vanesssa won a maiden special weight race for 2-year-old statebred fillies at a mile on turf on Oct. 16 at Santa Anita. She was supplemented to this race for $25,000, which allows career-long eligibility to a series of stakes for statebreds.

Golden State Juvenile

Similar to At the Spa, Joker Boy won a stakes against statebreds in the summer, but more recently was unsuccessful in graded stakes, finishing last of seven in the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 1 at Santa Anita.

Joker Boy, who won the I’m Smokin Stakes at six furlongs here Sept. 4, drew the rail in the $175,000 Golden State Juvenile for statebred 2-year-olds. Trained by Brian Koriner, Joker Boy will have a new rider in John Velazquez.

Koriner said Velazquez is likely to have Joker Boy near the front in the seven-furlong race.

“It seems like you need to be in contention,” he said. “We’d like to be sent along. The horse is doing really well. I think he’s popped back into form. He was a little flat going to the last race.”

The race drew a field of 13, including three recent maiden race winners who have excellent chances: Billy’s Bet, Fast Draw Munnings, and Slow Down Andy. Slow Down Andy caught the eye with an authoritative run through the stretch of a maiden race at 5 1/2 furlongs on Oct. 9 at Santa Anita, pulling clear by 4 3/4 lengths.

The Golden State Juvenile is the fourth consecutive stakes appearance for Finneus, who was second in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at six furlongs here Aug. 7 and second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 6 before finishing sixth in the American Pharoah.

RACE 6 TRAINERS INFO
DEL MAR, Calif. – Things went well, not spectacularly, for European 2-year-olds at the previous Del Mar Breeders’ Cup in 2017.

Now, the 2-year-old races all come Friday, but then they were spread between Friday and Saturday, and the Juvenile Turf Sprint didn’t yet exist.

Mendelssohn, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won the Juvenile Turf but the other Euros were fifth, sixth, ninth, 10th, and 11th. In the Juvenile Fillies Turf, overseas runners managed only third, seventh, eighth, 11th, 13th, and 14th, that last-place finisher the O’Brien-trained favorite, Happily.

That’s enough low placings to raise an eyebrow, though September might have won the fillies race with better luck and Masar, who was sixth in the Juvenile Turf, was traveling well when William Buick lost his iron around the far turn.

That was then. Now, we have a bunch of international runners to consider for Breeders’ Cup Friday 2021.

Juvenile Turf

Five Euros are in the Juvenile Turf, which overseas horses have won eight times in the race’s 14-year history, and the leading pair bookends this 14-runner grass mile, with Modern Games drawn in post 1 and tepid 4-1 morning-line favorite Dubawi Legend in post 14.

That’s obviously a very tough post for Dubawi Legend with a short run to the first turn in this one-mile contest, but Dubawi Legend does have speed to get position, though he will have to be used out of the gate, not ideal. The speed, his connections believe, is not merely soft European speed but real early pace to lead the Juvenile Turf or at least race very close to the front.


James Doyle initially took a hold of Dubawi Legend in his most recent start, the seven-furlong, straight-course Group 1 Dewhurst, but eventually let him roll to the lead and turn a slow early tempo into a decent middle one. Dubawi Legend dug in when challenged by favored Native Trail, eventually succumbing through Newmarket’s uphill finish while clearly second.

Native Trail, trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, rates as Europe’s best juvenile and the Dewhurst likely was the strongest 2-year-old race of the season. Dubawi Legend raced in the Dewhurst following a 52-day break from his disappointing third-place finish as favorite in the Group 3 Acomb at York.



Published reports quoted trainer Hugo Palmer saying Dubawi Legend’s flat Acomb run led to him being endoscopically examined at the time of entry for his next intended start – the scope came back dirty, the implication being Dubawi Legend had an Acomb excuse. None had been required for his debut at Doncaster, where he so sharply won a maiden race that bookmakers priced him as third choice for next year’s 2000 Guineas. He’s a genuine horse whose stride rhythm has increased since his debut, and on pedigree he should get one mile.

To an American audience, Albahr is the more recognizable of two Godolphin-owned, Appleby-trained colts since he convincingly won the Summer Stakes at Woodbine. But their other one, Modern Games, draws leading stable rider William Buick and has been favored with the British bookies, quite possibly for good reason.

Modern Games has raced down straight courses his last four starts but holding his debut fifth going around a bend at Haydock Park against him might prove imprudent. He comfortably handled the only horse to beat him in his last four races, Cresta, in the Group 3 Somerville Stakes, another straight seven-furlong Newmarket contest, where Modern Games legitimately impressed. Racing over good, quick ground, Modern Games finished powerfully drawing away from favored Trident, who had been second to top 2-year-old sprinter Perfect Power in the Group 1 Prix Morny.

Albahr easily won the Summer, where Grafton Street, a maiden at the time, finished second. Back home, Albahr had won three straight but did so while kept in company far below the top level. His affinity for left-handed racing likely played a part in Godolphin trying him in North America.

Glounthaune comes from the yard of four-time Juvenile Turf-winning trainer Aidan O’Brien but does not seem nearly as talented as Mendelssohn, who won the 2017 Juvenile Turf over the course for O’Brien. Glounthaune stumbled significantly at the start of the Dewhurst and made no real progress while well beaten, returning in a Group 3 of little consequence going left-handed at Leopardstown, eking out a win. The fourth-place horse, who came back to perform modestly on Oct. 23, was badly blocked the final furlong and might have won had he gotten out earlier.

Great Max ran into a small amount of trouble after racing just behind the leaders in the Group 1 National Stakes but thereafter came up empty facing the likes of Native Trail and another powerhouse 2-year-old, Point Lonsdale.

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Hello You got the Win and You’re In by virtue of her Sept. 24 victory in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes, run at a straight seven furlongs over a good-to-firm and very quick course. But Mise En Scene looks best among this group of overseas shippers trying to become the first foreign Juvenile Fillies Turf winner since Chriselliam in 2013 – though drawing post 13, not good at all, takes off some of her shine.

Mise En Scene won her debut going left-handed at Haydock, blitzing her fifth 200 meters in 11.16, nearly a half-second faster than any of her five rivals, winning by four lengths. Second out, going right-handed at Goodwood, Mise En Scene had to track down Daneh, who had opened a lead of a couple lengths with a furlong to run before Mise En Scene came to get her. Hello You was fourth here, passed on the line for third after encountering just a speck of trouble a quarter-mile out.

Hello You went for the Rockfel, which she essentially won with a big move between the three-eighths and eighth markers, but Mise En Scene tried a tougher spot, the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile, her first start down a straight course. She looked a little lost early, falling farther behind than in her first two starts and having to await room midway through, and as the eventual winner, the very talented Inspiral, made her move for the lead, Mise En Scene went slightly flat. She then found her best stride through the uphill finish and laid down a 24.83-second final 400 meters, matching Inspiral for the field’s fastest closing fraction.

Cachet, who had been second in the Rockfel, barely held off Mise En Scene for third, the latter running the stronger race even with the lower placing.

Malavath has only sprinted six furlongs down straight courses so far. Malavath might be the slightly better filly coming into this start, but is by Mehmas, whose offspring’s average winning distance is only 6 1/2 furlongs.

Juvenile Turf Sprint

We find five overseas shippers, from England and Ireland, in the main body of the Juvenile Turf Sprint after seven were pre-entered – Quick Suzy having been taken out of the race after spiking a temperature following her trip to Del Mar from England and Thunder Love failing to be selected into the field.

Provided the five actually start, that makes 20 European participants in the four renewals of the Juvenile Turf. So far, the overseas record stands at a somewhat dismal 15-0-0-2.

The first three Juvenile Turf Sprints have been won wire to wire by fast American horses, two of them trained by Wesley Ward. In 2018, when the Todd Pletcher-trained Bulletin won the race at Churchill Downs, So Perfect, trained by Aidan O’Brien, closed from eighth to finish a distant third. In 2020 at Keeneland, Ubettabelieveit rallied from 11th to get third for trainer Nigel Tinkler. At Santa Anita in 2019 the Euros finished fifth, seventh, eighth, 10th, 11th, and 12th. Ugh.

So Perfect, a filly, came out of the Cheveley Park Stakes, a race that none of the 2021 horses contested, while Ubettabelieveit had won the Flying Childers Stakes in his previous start. Armor finished second in the 2021 Flying Childers and on paper has as good a chance as any of these to make an impact.

Armor, a colt by No Nay Never, already has started six times and began his season in April, so this is pretty deep into the autumn for him to be undertaking a long ship to make one last start. Fifth of 27 in June in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot, Armor closed the gap on Europe’s best 2-year-old sprinter, Perfect Power, from 2 1/2 lengths in the Prix Morny to just three-quarters of a length Sept. 25 in the Middle Park at Newmarket.

Both those races were contested over six furlongs down a straight course with Armor, who has never has raced around a turn, racing from the back part of the field. The colt’s two wins, as well as his Flying Childers, came over five furlongs with trips closer to the pace. In the Flying Childers, run at a modest tempo, he had the lead in the late stages but was run down by a solid if unspectacular deep closer name Caturra.

Armor’s trainer, Richard Hannon Jr., has to be mentioned. Hannon and Richard Hannon Sr., now retired, have found plenty of success in England and Ireland. But their horses, dating to the elder’s first try in 1991, have struggled in North America, compiling a combined record of 24-0-1-2.

Go Bears Go debuted about two weeks after Armor and also has raced six times, including a fourth, beaten a neck by Armor, in the Middle Park. Connections tried Go Bears Go over a testing seven furlongs at Newmarket in the Group 1 Dewhurst, and after setting the pace Go Bears Go was the first one beaten in that race, fading to seventh. He has shown plenty of Euro speed but likely won’t be able to keep up with the quickest Americans.

The filly Vertiginous goes up in class but has a lot of speed, won well in her most recent race, and is one of the two horses with experience around a turn. Unfortunately, racing over the all-weather track at Kempton Park in August, she was defeated at odds-on because she ran the turn so poorly.

Hierarchy has turned right- and left-handed on two synthetic tracks and handled those bends, no issue. He has speed and used it after breaking slowly in the Mill Reef, a straight six furlongs at Newbury, but while that race has a Group 2 designation, the participants this year – and in the last couple years – were not nearly the class of horses coming out of races like the Middle Park.

Twilight Jet has managed to get in a remarkable 10 starts this year – equally remarkable is the fact he comes off his two best races. He went too fast in the Middle Park after breaking a touch slow and the uphill finish of that six-furlong contest caught up with him. The competition was far softer last out in the Cornwallis Stakes, where Twilight Jet dominated as connections cut him back to five furlongs.

If he breaks well from post 1, he could get a good pocket trip behind the pacesetter, but there’s also a decent chance the colt will get claustrophobic in a spot like that and pull for his head since he’s raced too keenly at times.

Juvenile

Jasper Great was a visually impressive winner, that we can say, but his lone start came in a nine-furlong, two-turn, right-handed dirt race restricted to unraced horses. An American-bred son of Arrogate, Jasper Great went right to the lead and drew off under hand urging through the homestretch, but the jump in class to the BC Juvenile is gigantic. Three-year-old Japanese dirt horses have at times raced creditably in the Triple Crown, but something like a fourth-place finish from this colt surely would be considered a success.
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2021 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint: Ward enters trio of fillies in three-peat bid
By: Mike Welsch
2021 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint: Ward enters trio of fillies in three-peat bid
DEL MAR, Calif. – If things go according to form in the opening race of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup, the powers that be may have to consider renaming the event the Wesley Ward Juvenile Turf Sprint. After all, Ward has won the last two runnings of a race only added to the Breeders’ Cup schedule in 2018, with Four Wheel Drive and Golden Pal, and will send out the two likely favorites, Averly Jane and Twilight Gleaming, in this year’s five-furlong turf dash on Friday at Del Mar.

Averly Jane and Twilight Gleaming are two of the three fillies Ward entered in the $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint along with Kaufymaker. All three have plenty of experience facing the boys. They’ll take on nine rivals that include the undefeated One Timer and five European invaders led by the Group 1-placed pair of Armor and Go Bears Go.

Averly Jane comes into the Juvenile Turf Sprint undefeated and virtually untested in four starts, having won those races by a combined margin of 22 1/4 lengths. Her last three victories came in stakes races against males, the most recent a wire-to-wire three-length decision while making her grass debut in the Indian Summer Stakes four weeks earlier at Keeneland.



“She’s done everything right and she’s just fast, that’s the bottom line,” Ward said. “She won the [Kentucky Juvenile] at Churchill Downs easily but came out of the race with a minor shin, which knocked her out of going to England. But she’s since come back with two big efforts.



“I know there’s a lot of speed in the field, but we’re inside probably the fastest of the others, One Timer, so we gotta go. After all, it’s a sprint, right?

The worldly Twilight Gleaming returns to the United States for the first time since winning her turf bow by a widening 7 1/2 lengths on May 9 at Belmont Park. She has raced abroad in two subsequent outings, finishing a strong second in a field of 21 horses in the Group 2 Queen Mary at Ascot before traveling to France to prove a game and popular winner of the Prix de la Vallée d’Auge over soft ground on Aug. 7 at Deauville.

‘‘I thought it was best to give her plenty of time after she returned from Europe and she’s had great spacing now,” Ward said. “She’s doing fantastic, has turned in a good string of works, the last one with Kimari. She’s quick too and will be close from the start, although I look for her to sit just off the top two [Averly Jane and One Timer] during the early going.”

Kaufymaker proved no match for Averly Jane when a distant second in the Indian Summer. She too shipped across the Atlantic during the spring, finishing eighth against males going six furlongs in the Grade 2 Coventry Stakes on June 15 at Royal Ascot.

“I kind of outthought myself putting her in at six furlongs over there and her next start was at 6 1/2 furlongs, both races probably a stretch for her,” Ward explained. “But this one is five furlongs over firm ground, and she complements our other two horses well, so I think you’ll see an improved effort from her.”

As for starting three fillies against the boys in the Juvenile Turf Sprint, Ward sees it as perhaps more of an advantage than the disadvantage many might believe it to be.

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“Running fillies against colts was always something I took a lot of criticism for early in my career, but not anymore,” Ward said. “Historically, fillies run great sprinting. Especially when they get to this level, I believe they are just as fast if not faster than the colts.”

One Timer also is well traveled. Perfect in three starts, he won his debut over the synthetic track at Arlington Park by more than a dozen lengths, the Victoria Stakes over a similar surface at Woodbine on July 31, and the Speakeasy in his first outing on grass last month at Santa Anita when outlasting Time to Party by three–quarters of a length. Time to Party also is part of the Juvenile Turf Sprint lineup.

“He’s shipped around because with young horses you just have to try to find a spot, our goal with him was always to get here, and everything has seemed to work out well,” trainer Larry Rivelli said of One Timer. “He’s nice and acclimated now having been out here over a month and a half and couldn’t be doing any better.

“I’ve had four or five other Breeders’ Cup starters, and this is probably my best shot to win one.”

Speed is One Timer’s forte, and while there’s plenty of it signed on in the race, as one might expect, Rivelli said he has no plans of changing that style now.

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“We’re outside of Wesley’s horse [Averly Jane], which is good and we won’t be taking back for sure, we’ll be going from the get-go,” Rivelli said.

Armor overcame a troubled start, splitting rivals late to miss by less than a length when third in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket in his most recent race. The outing was the sixth for the English-bred Armor, who was a Group 3 winner at Goodwood earlier this summer.

Go Bears Go finished just a neck behind Armor while racing forwardly placed in the Middle Park. He became Group 1-placed when he finished third as the favorite in the Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh in Ireland seven weeks earlier. He will wear blinkers for the first time in his U.S. debut.

Another key European contender is Twilight Jet, easily the most experienced member of the field, who exits a well-graded two-length victory against Group 2 company a month earlier at Newmarket. Twilight Jet blew out nicely from the gate here Tuesday.

Derrynane and Run Curtis Run are coming off career-best efforts in their most recent outings, the former capturing the Woodbine Cares Stakes by an impressive 2 3/4 lengths, the latter finishing a solid second in the Grade 3 Futurity while making his turf debut last month at Belmont Park. Both, however, are poorly drawn in post positions 11 and 12, respectively.


RACE 8 INFO
DEL MAR, Calif. – Midway through Friday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar, there is a likelihood Hello You will be racing near the pace.

Hello You ran in that fashion in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse in England on Sept. 24, stalking the pace then closing with a flourish to win the seven-furlong race by 1 1/2 lengths. The $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf is run at a mile, a furlong farther than Hello You ever has run.

Despite her Rockfel victory, Hello You is 10-1 on the morning line.



Hello You races for Avo Racing and trainer David Loughnane. Loughnane, 34, has Breeders’ Cup runners for the first time this year. Earlier this week, he spoke confidently that the added distance and firm turf will not hinder Hello You, who won the Rockfel on a Newmarket course with an uphill finish. The turf was rated good to firm.

“It was quick ground in the Rockfel and she handled it absolutely fine,” he said. “It’s a stiff finish at Newmarket and she powered up that hill. She was arguably doing her best work at the end.”



Hello You, an Irish-bred by Invincible Spirit, arrived at Del Mar last weekend.

“My biggest concern was how she’d handle the journey over,” Loughnane said. “She got wound up the first couple of days, but she’s settled down.

“I’ve been a huge fan of this filly since the day she stepped into the yard. An opportunity like this doesn’t come around too often.”

Hello You is one of four sprint stakes winners who will race at a mile for the first time in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. The others are Bubble Rock, Malavath, and Koala Princess.

The American stakes winners Cairo Memories, California Angel, Consumer Spending, Sail By, and Turnerloose, and the stakes-placed fillies Helens Well and Pizza Bianca have run well at a mile or farther.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf runners Cachet and Mise En Scene were third and fourth in a highly rated running of the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on Oct. 8.

American-trained fillies have won the last seven runnings of the Juvenile Fillies Turf, and Pizza Bianca, Bubble Rock, and Consumer Spending appear to have leading roles among the domestic runners.

Pizza Bianca, trained by Christophe Clement, was second in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at a mile at Woodbine on Sept. 19 in her stakes debut, finishing 2 1/4 lengths behind Wild Beauty.

Clement’s lone concern is Del Mar’s firm turf. Pizza Bianca has raced on good turf in both her starts, beginning with a win in a maiden race at Saratoga.

“It’s a bit of a question mark,” Clement said. “She trained well on firm turf in the summer.

“The last race was impressive. The winner ran a freakish kind of race.”

Trainer Chad Brown has won a record five of the 13 runnings of the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Brown starts Consumer Spending, the comfortable winner of the Selima Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Laurel Park on Oct. 2, and Haughty, who was disqualified from a debut win going a mile on turf for causing interference, then recorded a stylish win in a maiden special weight race at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Keeneland on Oct. 17.

“It was a questionable call,” Brown said of the disqualification. “It was unfortunate. It put us in a tough spot. I couldn’t get in a stakes anywhere.”

Haughty was entered for the Grade 2 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 13, but failed to draw into the race from the also-eligible list and ran in the maiden race at Keeneland instead.

Consumer Spending will be ridden for the first time by top California jockey Flavien Prat.

“She will have to step up,” Brown said. “She didn’t beat anybody important. She’s an improving horse. She will like firm ground. If she draws a good post and gets a good trip, she can be in the mix.”

Koala Princess was held out of the early October preps by trainer Arnaud Delacour after a win in the Ainsworth Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 12. Koala Princess closed from eighth of 11 to win the Ainsworth by 2 1/2 lengths under Joel Rosario.

“I think a mile on firm turf will be good for her,” Delacour said. “I’m not sure about much longer. That would have been a question mark.

“I hope she can break and put herself in a good spot and relax and settle and be part of it at the end.”

Rosario also rode Pizza Bianca in the Natalma. Jose Ortiz will ride Pizza Bianca on Friday.

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Last year, Aunt Pearl won the Grade 2 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland and the Juvenile Fillies Turf there a few weeks later. This year, California Angel won the Jessamine at 17-1 with a late rally. California Angel has been far back early in each of her three starts, but trainer George Leonard said she has shown speed in the mornings.

“In the races, she has been a little green,” he said. “That is not her M.O. I know she has so much more potential.”

Aunt Pearl was trained by Brad Cox, who has two hopes this year with the stakes winners Bubble Rock and Turnerloose.

Bubble Rock won the Grade 3 Matron Stakes at six furlongs on turf at Belmont Park on Oct. 9 when ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. Bubble Rock will face a distance test under Ortiz on Friday.

“Obviously, we’re hopeful we stretch,” Cox said. “Irad made the comment from the beginning that she will stretch.”

Turnerloose won the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies Turf at a mile on Sept. 6, and was third by a neck after setting the pace in the Jessamine on a “good” turf course.

“I don’t think that was great ground to be going that quick on,” Cox said. “It wasn’t her going. We’re hopeful she can relax.”

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DEL MAR, Calif. – George Leonard III already had a stable star.

Leonard, a trainer, and an owner named Dave Hearn claimed a 5-year-old gelding named Zanesville for $5,000 in August 2020. The new connections moved Zanesville into starter-allowance competition – the gelding has not raced for a claiming price in the 18 starts since Leonard dropped the claim – and Zanesville won four times through the end of last year, banking about $65,000 in purses.

Maybe that doesn’t seem like much. But Leonard’s entire racing stable took in roughly $267,000 during all of 2020, and Zanesville, grinding out a decent living, was about as good as it got for Leonard over the last several years. Zanesville just raced Oct. 20, finishing third in a starter-allowance at Indiana Grand, Leonard’s spring, summer, and early fall base. By then, he’d been supplanted in the barn’s pecking order.

A week earlier, Leonard ran a horse in a graded stakes race for the first time in a 30-year training career. He’s undefeated. California Angel, whom Leonard drove himself from Indiana, came out on top of a blanket finish in the Grade 2 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland.

The Jessamine is part of the Breeder’ Cup Challenge Series, a Win and You’re In offering guaranteed fees-paid entry into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Leonard and the filly’s owners, Chris and Alan Walsh of Columbus, Ind., are all in. And Leonard, whose horses never have earned more than $754,000 in a calendar year, has a horse who’s already banked more than $200,000 ready for a $1 million race.



“To be honest there’s no pressure,” Leonard said on a recent Breeders’ Cup media teleconference. “I am just hoping for a little luck and the right scenario to work up. I have the best horse I’ve ever touched.”

Leonard, 55 and a native of Elton, La., first touched a horse when he was a tot.

“I’ve loved horses from time I was a little boy,” said Leonard. “My dad had a horse, and my grandfather had horses. And it’s just been something that I’ve always loved to do. We were weekend warriors, and I went to school, my dad had a job, and we’d train. We fed before school and when my dad got off of work late at night. We ran on weekends.”

Leonard said he rode Louisiana bush-track Quarter Horse races as a kid, with his jockey career cut short as an early teen by his size. Indeed, Leonard stands over a good swath of ground, his height accentuated by an omnipresent cowboy hat.

His filly tends toward slight. Leonard and the Walshs made a winning bid of $5,500 on California Angel at a Florida 2-year-old in training sale on June 11. Some horses need down time after the zing of a breeze-up sale, but less than a month later California Angel posted her first official workout at Indiana Grand.

At the sale, California Angel had worked a furlong in 10.3 seconds, good but not great, though she extended herself nicely breezing over the synthetic surface used by the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company. A chestnut, the filly is out of Sea Mona, a stakes-placed daughter of Tiz Wonderful, and like her sire, California Chrome, she sports plenty of “chrome” – a white face and three white socks. California Angel bears a strong resemblance to Derby, Preakness, and Dubai World Cup-winner California Chrome, while Alan Walsh, an older gentleman with a white mustache, doesn’t look unlike California Chrome’s vociferous part-owner Steve Coburn.



Zanesville had won a starter-allowance race during the 2020 Kentucky Downs meeting, but during late August and early September, when Kentucky Downs races, Leonard is ensconced in the Indiana Grand season. He has started only a handful of horses at all-turf Kentucky Downs, which runs only a few programs each year and offers bountiful purses, but Leonard deemed California Angel worthy of debuting in a $139,000 maiden race there rather than in Indiana – and was correct. Rallying steadily under Rafael Bejarano on Sept. 8, she drew away late to win by almost three lengths, a 28-1 shot beating eight rivals over one mile.

“She’s always traveled very well, had a very good way of moving. And from the first few times I’ve worked her she’s never shown any signs of fatigue. She’s a horse that gets over the ground really well and does everything relatively easy,” Leonard said. “With other horses, she essentially plays with them, and she showed early on that she was above grade of what I had.”

California Angel closed from seventh in her debut. In the Jessamine, her first try around two turns, she was 12th down the backstretch and eighth in mid-stretch before switching leads and getting up at the wire. But Leonard said the filly has ample early speed. He ran her six furlongs on dirt at Churchill Downs in her second start, California Angel breaking slow before finishing with interest, third of 11 in a first-level allowance race.

“In . . . training she shows an extreme amount of speed. For races, she’s been a little green, a little slow or sluggish getting started, but that’s not her M.O.,” said Leonard. “One of the more exciting things about her is that I know she has so much more potential.”

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Maybe. California Angel has something yet to prove. Yes, she got the Jessamine “W,” but only a little more than three lengths separated the first 10 fillies across the wire, a mad scramble of a 2-year-old grass race. California Angel hardly was decisively best, and a Breeders’ Cup race, competition coming from both coasts and overseas, is a horse of a different color.

Doesn’t matter, really, for an operation like this. Leonard in 1992 had more than 50 runners at Jefferson Downs, a defunct minor-league track in Kenner, just outside New Orleans. Leonard’s first training stint came at Delta Downs not far from his birthplace in southwestern Louisiana. Leonard ran at Tampa for four winters, spent a summer at Delaware Park. Itinerant, scraping by, like so many racing people.

“I went to college, had a couple of other jobs – my passion has always been the horses,” Leonard said. “I went back to the racetrack and it just . . . I always feel I never work a day in my life when I do what I enjoy.”

RACE 9 INFO
DEL MAR, Calif. – The last time the Breeders’ Cup was held at Del Mar, in 2017, the $2 million Juvenile was won by a maiden trained by Chad Brown.

Friday, when the Breeders’ Cup returns to Del Mar for a second time, it wouldn’t be surprising to again see the Juvenile winner trained by Brown. It also wouldn’t be shocking to see the winner be a maiden. This time, however, it wouldn’t be the same horse.

Brown, whose Good Magic won the 2017 Juvenile, returns to the race with Jack Christopher, a flashy-looking son of Munnings who won his debut by 8 3/4 lengths at Saratoga and then captured the Grade 1 Champagne by 2 3/4 lengths at Belmont Park. The time of the Champagne, originally recorded as 1:37.31, was reviewed by clockers associated with Daily Racing Form, who believe the time was actually 1:36.48. That translated to a 102 Beyer Speed Figure, the fastest number recorded by a 2-year-old in four years.



“He’s up there in rare territory of horses that start off their career that fast, so it makes them high-profile horses, which he deserves to be,” Brown said Monday at Del Mar. “He worked brilliantly before he ever ran, he’s run brilliantly in both starts. He deserves all the recognition. With that comes high expectations.”



Jack Christopher’s two starts have come in races run around one turn. The Juvenile is run around two turns at 1 1/16 miles.

“It’s a legitimate question with certain horses,” Brown said. “I honestly don’t see it being a problem for this horse in this particular race. I’ve been doing this long enough now, when you’re the trainer of the horse trying the thing that’s in question, you’re always going to be optimistic about it. But I truly do believe it.

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“If he’s not successful in the race, Brown added. “I don’t think it’s because of the two turns.”

Jack Christopher will break from the rail under Jose Ortiz, who was the rider of Good Magic four years ago.

The maiden in the field with a chance to win is Commandperformance. The son of Union Rags – second in the 2011 Juvenile after winning the Champagne – was a troubled-trip second in a Sept. 6 maiden race at Saratoga. His connections, trainer Todd Pletcher and owners Mike Repole and Vinnie Viola, treated it as a winning effort and opted to run in the Champagne.

Commandperformance was a late-running second in the Champagne, beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Jack Christopher, while finishing seven lengths clear of the rest of the field. Pletcher, a two-time Juvenile winner, saw enough in the Champagne and the colt’s subsequent training to give Commandperformance a try in the Juvenile.



“The figures came back fast on the race. I think he’s continued to develop, I think he’s going to appreciate the added distance,” Pletcher said. “He got a lot of experience in his first race, ate a lot of dirt. For a maiden only having two starts, he’s got some seasoning.”

Irad Ortiz Jr. rides Commandperformance from post 10 in the 12-horse field.

Pletcher also entered Double Thunder, a son of his 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, who has three wins from five starts. Double Thunder won the Sapling at Monmouth going a two-turn mile and came back with a solid second behind Rattle N Roll in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity on Oct. 9 at Keeneland.

Pletcher is putting blinkers on Double Thunder for the Juvenile. He has worked him twice in such equipment.

“He needs to continue to step up, but if things were to unfold right and the blinkers move him forward and he gets a good trip I think he could get a piece of it,” said Pletcher, who has Flavien Prat to ride.

Bob Baffert, a four-time Juvenile-winning trainer, has entered three in this year’s race. Corniche and Pine-hurst are both unbeaten Grade 1 winners. Barossa is coming off a maiden victory going two turns on Oct. 15 at Santa Anita.

Corniche, a son of Quality Road, advanced from a 5 1/2-furlong maiden victory on Sept. 4 at Del Mar to winning the Grade 1 American Pharoah at 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 1 at Santa Anita.

“I wasn’t sure about him, but then after he did it I felt better,” Baffert said. “He’s come back, had a couple of works that were sort of messed up, but [Saturday] he had a nice work. I think he’s going into it really well, but there’s a lot of speed in the race. It’s all about the trip. In the Breeders’ Cup, the margin for error is so small.”

Mike Smith will have to work out a trip on Corniche from post 12.

Pinehurst, a son of Twirling Candy, won a maiden and the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity in a five-week span at Del Mar. He comes into the Juvenile having not run in two months, but Baffert believes he benefited from the freshening.

“I think it helped him,” Baffert said. “He ran hard and fast.”

Barossa is a work in progress, but Baffert believes the talent is there. He was impressed with the way Barossa hung in with Pinehurst in a workout last Saturday at Santa Anita.

“He’s a very immature horse mentally and he’s still getting there,” Baffert said.

American Sanctuary, one of two horses sent out by Chris Davis, is a live longshot in the Juvenile. He had trouble soon after the start in the Breeders’ Futurity and was last of 13 early. He made a couple of different moves in the race and finished fourth, beaten just 1 1/2 lengths for second.

“We made up a lot of ground in that race,” Davis said. “With a cleaner trip, better post position, better break, we’ll see what happens.”

Florent Geroux rides American Sanctuary. Sophie Doyle, who had ridden American Sanctuary, opted to ride Tough to Tame for Davis. Tough to Tame was second, beaten a neck at odds of 37-1, in the Grade 3 Iroquois on Sept. 17. Tough to Tame has to overcome post 11.

Pappacap and Oviatt Class finished second and third, respectively, behind Corniche in the American Pharoah. Oviatt Class, trained by Keith Desormeaux, has a similar running style of 2014 Juvenile winner Texas Red, also trained by Desormeaux.

Pappacap, trained by Mark Casse, won the Grade 2 Best Pal sprinting here in August and was fourth to Pinehurst in the Del Mar Futurity.

Giant Game, a maiden winner going two turns at Keeneland, and Jasper Great, a Kentucky-bred son of Arrogate who won a maiden race going nine furlongs in Japan by 10 lengths, complete the field.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby have two chances to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday. Four years ago at Del Mar, their one horse in the Juvenile Turf, Masar, lost all chance when jockey William Buick came out of a stirrup on the far turn.

Masar finished sixth that day and clearly had the quality to win; he captured the Derby at Epsom the next June. Both this year’s colts, Albahr and Modern Games, have strong merit in a spectacularly competitive 14-horse renewal of the $1 million Juvenile Turf.

Albahr is a Grade 1 winner ridden by Frankie Dettori, but if you think he’s the “A” team, you might want to think again. Albahr won three in a row in England before capturing the Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine but never was tested against anything close to top competition overseas. His exercise rider, the former star jockey Kieren Fallon, called Albahr “tough as nails” during a brief conversation this past weekend. Appleby praises Albahr’s grit and determination – but it’s Modern Games who has more talent.

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His jockey, Buick, essentially rides first call for Appleby’s stable and will be aboard Modern Games for the fourth time in a row Friday. Through those four starts, Modern Games has steadily improved, hitting a peak Sept. 23 at Newmarket with a 2 1/2-length win in the Group 3 Somerville Stakes over seven furlongs. Run down a straight course, the Somerville has a testing uphill finish and that’s where Modern Games drew away from runner-up Trident, who’d been second behind top European 2-year-old sprinter Perfect Power in the Group 1 Prix Morny. And while Modern Games finished fifth debuting in a turning race at Haydock Park and since has raced only down straightaways, Appleby has no doubt the colt will handle Del Mar’s course.



“He travels,” said Appleby, meaning Modern Games has speed, gets into the bridle, and takes his jockey right into the race – which will be a necessity breaking from post 1. “He’s very athletic, light on his feet, and quick. I have no doubt he’ll adapt to the bends.”

Modern Games, on overseas ratings, checks in second among four Europeans behind Dubawi Legend, who exits a second-place finish in the Group 1 Dewhurst, won by Europe’s leading 2-year-old, the Appleby-trained Native Trail. Dubawi Legend’s debut victory at Doncaster so caught the eye that he immediately garnered attention as a prospect for the 2000 Guineas in 2022, but the colt lost some luster when he was a one-paced third as the favorite in the Grade 3 Acomb Stakes at York.

Dubawi Legend probably wasn’t totally right from a physical standpoint in that Aug. 18 start, and trainer Hugo Palmer, after giving his colt plenty of time to get back to his best, showed confidence running back Oct. 9 in the Dewhurst. There, Dubawi Legend set the pace and fought back when Native Trail came to him, eventually succumbing but holding a clear second. There’s an assumption that European speed isn’t American speed, but Dubawi Legend’s camp sees him as quick enough to lead the Juvenile Turf, and jockey James Doyle must ask his mount out of the gate breaking from post 14.



Aidan O’Brien, who has trained the Juvenile Turf winner four times, tries lightly raced Glounthaune. Glounthaune won his six-furlong debut April 17 at The Curragh over Castle Star, who went on to establish himself as a Group 1-level 2-year-old, but didn’t start again until Oct. 9. Glounthaune returned in the Dewhurst and stumbled significantly just after the start, never really getting into the race and finishing sixth. O’Brien brought him back a week later to win a Group 3 at Leopardstown. Glounthaune now goes for the Juvenile Turf on firmer footing instead of a race in France where the ground was much softer.

“He had a little setback so missed the middle of the year,” O’Brien said on a teleconference last week. “He was off-balanced and very green in the Dewhurst; it just didn’t work for him on the day, but he learned a lot.”

Annapolis looked like the leading American hope before an October injury sent him to the sidelines. The horse he beat by a head in the 1 1/16-mile Pilgrim Stakes, Portfolio Company, led for much of the Pilgrim and should be a pace player under Flavien Prat since he pulled hard for his head when racing behind horses in his first two starts.

“He’s fast, takes a hold of the bit,” trainer Chad Brown said. “Even though he’s [by] Kittens Joy, he’s looking for a little cutback in distance, I think.”

Dakota Gold is listed at 8-1 on the morning line and would offer value at those odds. A New York-bred trained by Danny Gargan, Dakota Gold beat open maidens at Saratoga debuting in a dirt sprint, but Gargan always had him pegged as a turf horse. Switched to grass for the $500,000 Nownownow at Monmouth Park, Dakota Gold took a considerable step forward, racing professionally from a stalking position before swooping to a sharp victory. Gargan took the colt back to Saratoga and has given Dakota Gold five subsequent works there, bringing a maturing, dangerous horse to Del Mar.

“He’s gotten bigger and stronger, really coming into himself. He looks good and his coat’s good,” Gargan said after Dakota Gold trained for the first time here Tuesday.

Tiz the Bomb might be even more physically advanced than Dakota Gold and after a blowout dirt maiden win has captured two rich Kentucky turf stakes, including the Bourbon, part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series. Tiz the Bomb last Sunday worked a sharp half-mile in the Keeneland slop before shipping to Del Mar.

“He’s a lovely horse, so balanced and fast,” trainer Ken McPeek said. “I could make a case to run him in the Juvenile” on dirt.

Slipstream, based in New York with trainer Christophe Clement, has won two grass races in a row by open lengths and tries two turns Friday for the first time. Mackinnon, California’s best hope, had a strong dirt work over the weekend, is 3 for 3 in grass routes, and has been improving with every start. Stolen Base, second in the Bourbon, and three Mark Casse-trained entrants – Grafton Street, Coinage, and Credibility – need improvement that’s not impossible to imagine. England-based Great Max has kept strong company overseas, but his 20-1 morning-line odds feel about right.

Two also-eligibles, Ready to Purrform and Detroit City, stand poised to start if anyone defects.

It’s a deep, fascinating contest, open to a wide range of handicapping opinions – just like a Breeders’ Cup race should be.

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