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November 6, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Allegre, the 4-year-old Orientate colt who was entered in Saturday’s Emirate Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf after a 2009 Turf Paradise campaign, has been scratched as a result of a foot abscess. The problem was discovered Wednesday, and trainer Brian Koriner tried to “cover it up with a shoe.”

That did not work, and Koriner decided to opt out of the event to protect his charge.

Lethal Heat, a daughter of Idaho-bred producer Lethal Leta (see, is relaxed and ready to run in today’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, according to owner Madeline Auerbach and trainer Barry Abrams. She is in familiar surroundings, having run at Santa Anita during two prep races for the event, the final BC race on the Friday card.

The connections of Furthest Land, whose 2009 campaign included the Claiming Crown Jewel at Canterbury Park, have kept his workouts on the down-low. He will face nine challengers in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Awesome Gem, runner-up to Assessment in this year’s Longacres Mile, has been hitting the track on a regular basis for a mix of easy jogs and more serious workouts in preparation for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Because Craig Dollase maintains his string at Hollywood Park, Awesome Gem’s works have primarily been under the watchful eyes of Dollase’s assistants.

Because Dollase is a graduate of Arcadia High School, which is just steps from Santa Anita Park, his horses have a strong local following. Here’s hoping that positive energy can propel “the Gem” to victory from the outside post.