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$2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff – Presented By Nextel (Grade I)

October 25, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Ashado –It was an easy morning for the 3yo Saint Ballado filly, among the ones to beat in the Breeders' Cup Distaff - presented by Nextel.
“She just walked this morning,” said trainer Todd Pletcher from his barn at Belmont Park on Long Island, N.Y. “She'll jog Tuesday, gallop Wednesday morning and then fly out on Wednesday afternoon. I'll fly in Wednesday night.”
Ashado was second to Halfbridled in the Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita last year, putting in a heroic effort at better than 13-1. She was a filly in distress when she pulled up after the race, nearly overcome by the heat and smoky air caused by area wildfires.
She was covered with “instant ice” blankets, which are used to treat human burn victims and quickly recovered. This year, she has won four of seven starts with one third and is a leading candidate for the 3yo filly championship.
JohnVelazquez will be her jockey in the Distaff. Retired Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. will be at Lone Star Park on Thursday to gallop Ashado. Cordero is also Velazquez’s agent.    

Azeri – 2002 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and Horse of  the Year Azeri galloped Monday morning at Churchill Downs and is scheduled to ship to Lone Star Tuesday morning for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
The 6yo mare worked 6f in 1:13 2/5 on Oct. 20 at Churchill Downs in her lone work since winning the Spinster on Oct. 10 at Keeneland. The Spinster was her third Grade I win of the year, more than any Distaff starter in 2004.
Pat Day, who ranks second all-time with 12 Breeders’ Cup victories, has the call on Azeri.

Bare Necessities– The Paseana Handicap winner vanned Monday from Chicago to Churchill Downs, where she’ll catch a flight to Texas Tuesday.
Trainer Frank Kirby will get to Lone Star Park Thursday afternoon.
The 5yo mare had an untimed “light breeze” Monday morning, and Kirby said that would pretty much wrap up her training for the Distaff. “It was just a good gallop,” he said.
To be ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Bare Necessities had her last clocked work last Wednesday, going 6f in 1:14, Kirby said. She galloped out in 1:28 2/5.
Assistant trainer Charles Burton will accompany her on her flight to Texas.

Elloluv –The 2003 Distaff runner-up walked at trainer Craig Dollase’s Hollywood Park barn Monday morning following an eye-popping 1:11 2/5 6f workout at Hollywood Park.
“She worked very well,” Dollase said.
The 4yo daughter of Gilded Time finished third in Santa Anita’s Lady’s Secret Breeders’ Cup Handicap, beaten only a half-length for the big prize. She has won five races in 15 career starts for earnings of $1,297,075.
Elloluv is scheduled to be flown to Texas on Wednesday.
Jockey Corey Nakatani, her regular rider, will be in the irons Saturday.

Hollywood Story –Last year’s fourth-place Juvenile Fillies finisher as a two-time Grade I-placed maiden is coming to Saturday’s race from a nearly four-month layoff.
Trainer John Shirreffs expressed satisfaction with a sizzling bullet workout for 7f on Saturday at Hollywood Park. She turned the distance in 1:23 4/5 for her second straight bullet work for the distance, and the trainer said, “It was better than I expected.”
The filly will ship east Wednesday and Tyler Baze, a young riding star in Southern California, will be in the saddle Saturday.
Indy Groove –The daughter of A.P. Indy, who worked 5f at Lone Star on Saturday, walked the shedrow for the second day Monday morning.
The 4yo filly, heading for the Distaff, turned in a bullet 59 2/5 clocking over the Texas oval. Indy Groove is stabled in Barn E2, home base to trainer Thomas Proctor’s friend, trainer Ron Morse.

Island Fashion –Trainer Marcelo Polanco had his roan filly Island Fashion walk the shedrow Monday morning following her 5f drill in 1:00 3/5 Sunday at Santa Anita.
“My vet checked her today and he said she’s fine,” the conditioner said about his Breeders’ Cup Distaff candidate. “She came out of the work well and she’s feeling good. I’m very pleased.”
Polanco noted that his regular exercise rider Jenny Jonson was up for the Sunday exercise. “I got her galloping out in 1:13 and change,” the trainer said. “It was a very good work for her. She’s not an aggressive work horse, so this kind of move was exactly what I expected. It should set her up just right for the race. I am very happy with her.”
Island Fashion, a roan by Petionville bred by her owner, the Everest Stables of Jeff Nielson, will be making the 16th start of her career. She’s won six races and $1,637,970, including a tally last out in the Lady’s Secret Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 3. Kerwin John handled the 4 yo for the first time that day and has been named back aboard for her run in the Distaff Saturday.
Polanco, who’ll catch a plane for Texas Tuesday afternoon, noted that Island Fashion and his other Breeders’ Cup starter, Culture Clash, would board an aircraft at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning in Los Angeles and jet to Texas for their dates with destiny. 

Nebraska Tornado — Khalid Abdullah’s homebred shipped Monday morning from France with the French contingent for the 21st Breeders’ Cup, stopping at Shannon, Ireland. With the rest of the European contingent on board, the flight left Ireland at 6:10 A.M. local time with arrival at Dallas’s Love Field scheduled for 3 P.M. Monday.

Society Selection –The fact that Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkensarrived with his horses Sunday afternoon has indicated to some that “The Chief” means business. He is 0-for-6 in his previous Breeders’ Cup starts, and along with Society Selection in the Distaff, he has Bowman’s Band in the Classic.
“The owners think their horses run faster if you are with them, so they made me come,” joked Jerkens, who is notorious for not wanting to be too far from his barn at Belmont Park.
Jerkens had jockey Shannon Uske gallop Society Selection a mile and a quarter on Monday, and plans to have her breeze seven furlongs Wednesday.
“I would think she is the shorter price of the two of them,” Jerkens said of his horses. “On paper, she belongs right there with these and I’m expecting her to run a good race.”
Jerkens will give her every chance. In addition to her work, she will be clipped this afternoon and schooled in the paddock.
“I really like this track,” Jerkens said. “And I like the fact that the barns aren’t right on top of one another. You’ve got room between them, and I really like that.”        

Stellar Jayne – Trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ second Distaff hopeful, Stellar Jayne, walked the shedrow Monday at Churchill Downs, a day after working 5f in 1:01 3/5. The dual Grade I winner is scheduled to ship to Lone Star early Tuesday.
Robby Albarado, who has piloted Stellar Jayne in her last seven starts, has the call Saturday as he seeks his first Breeders’ Cup victory.

Storm Flag Flying– The 2002 Juvenile Fillies winner, who was hand walked Monday morning after arriving from New York on Sunday, will race for the last time in the Distaff.
“To win a Breeders’ Cup race as a 2yo and a 4yo would be pretty special,’’ said Buzz Tenney, assistant to trainer Shug McGaughey.
Jerry Bailey will ride the daughter of 1995 Juvenile fillies winner My Flag, for the first time.
Storm Flag Flying is scheduled to gallop in the mornings leading up to Breeders’ Cup Day.

Tamweel – Tamweel jogged Monday morning at Keeneland and will be Lone Star bound Tuesday morning, according to trainer Wayne Catalano.
Runner-up to the past two Breeders’ Cup Distaff winners in her past two starts – Azeri (2002) in the Spinster and Adoration (2003) in the Arlington Matron – Tamweel worked 6f in 1:13 3/5 Saturday at Keeneland with Catalano up.
“She worked real good and I was happy with it,” said Catalano, who will be saddling his first Breeders’ Cup starter.