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Koriner barn ready for Breeders' Cup


November 4, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Allegre wins the $50K Wildcat Handicap at Turf Paradise under jockey Jake Barton, April 5, 2009
(photo by Shawn Coady, Coady Photography)
By Robert Cooke, Jr.

Trainer Brian Koriner has a favorite and a longshot entered in two Breeders' Cup races on Saturday, but Koriner doesn't seem to favor either one.

"They're both doing so good, I'm not even nervous!" said Koriner of his favorite, California Flag, and his longshot, Allegre.

California Flag, the 7-to-2 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, will try to improve on his 10th place finish in last year's Turf Sprint. He comes off a win over the downhill course in the Grade 3 Morovich Handicap, just as he did last year.

"He'll be fine," says Koriner, "as long as something stupid doesn't happen, like 20-and-3, 41-and-4," the split times of last year's Turf Sprint.

Allegre enters the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf at 1 miles after campaigning at Turf Paradise in the spring. He tuned up for the Turf with a fast-closing third-place finish in the $50K Walter Cluer Memorial Handicap on October 24 at Turf Paradise after a six-month layoff.

Installed at 50-to-1 on the morning line, Allegre faces last year's Turf champ Conduit and Red Rocks, who won the race in 2006, among the field of eight.

The approximate post times for Koriner's charges are 11:23 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and 2:57 p.m. PT for the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf.