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Breeders’ Cup Races Spotlight Horses from The Racing Journal Circuit


October 6, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

Smarty Deb, the Northwest 2-year-old sensation, and Miss Macy Sue, sweetheart of the Midwest, are both expected to claim berths in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Championship races.
Trainer Doris Harwood and her charge arrived at Monmouth Park from Emerald Downs on October 5. “I think it’s important for the horses to condition on the same surface they’re going to run on,” Harwood contends, and says of getting to the track three weeks early, “It’s my best shot to train here as many days as I can.”

Smarty Deb earned her trip to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies race by winning all four of her starts at the Auburn, Washington, oval. The Juvenile will be run on Saturday, October 27. Harwood says that although purse money might be a deciding factor for entry to the race, “She's unbeaten, and that should help her get in. I'm thinking positively and I'm not making any plans for an alternative race.”

The 4-year-old Miss Macy Sue has competed in six races at five different tracks this year, including Prairie Meadows. She won at every venue except Saratoga in New York. Kelly Von Hemel now plans to take on the big girls at Monmouth Park in the new $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, to be contested on Friday, October 26.

Miss Macy Sue has won more than $433,00 this year, and her stellar performances indicate that she will be a match for her rivals.

Expect to watch another Northwest invader on the Friday undercard. The colt Margo’s Gift, another Harwood-trained 2-year-old stabled at Emerald Downs this season, is being pointed toward the $250,000 Favorite Trick Stakes that day.