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$1.5 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile (Grade I)


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


Antonius Plus – The 3yo colt by Danzig, part of the powerful Aidan O’Brien-trained stable, was due to arrive in Texas late Monday afternoon on the plane carrying the European-based contenders to Lone Star Park.
A stakes winner as a 2yo, Antonius Plus is still looking for his first victory of 2004 after seven starts. His best recent showing was a third, beaten just one length, in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.
Regular rider Jamie Spencer will be aboard the colt Saturday in the NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile.

 Artie Schiller –A winner of five of his last six starts and riding a two-race win streak, the 3yo El Prado colt arrived at Lone Star at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday after an uneventful journey from New York to being his preparation for the Mile.
“He galloped a mile and a quarter here this morning,” said trainer Jimmy Jerkens, who had jockey Shannon Uske up for the move. “He’ll gallop tomorrow (Tuesday), and then I plan to work him on the turf course on Wednesday. Hopefully, we’ll get a sharp half-mile into him and gallop out five furlongs.”
Richard Migliore, Artie Schiller’s regular jockey, has the mount in the Mile.
Jerkens shipped in with his father, Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, who has Bowman’s Band for the Classic and Society Selection for the Distaff.

Balto Star –See Turf

Blackdoun— The 3yo colt was flown from California to Texas Monday after working 5f Sunday on turf in 1:02 at Santa Anita.
“He did it breezing, very nice,” said trainer Julio Canani, who will arrive here Wednesday. Corey Nakatani has the Mile call.

Bowman’s Band –See Classic

 Diamond Green – The 3yo son of Green Desert, trained by Andre Fabre, was slated to arrive at Lone Star late Monday afternoon after the flight to Texas with the rest of the European contingent.
Diamond Green is winless in six starts this year, but has run second four times, including the Prix Jacques le Marois au Deauville when he nosed Antonius Plus for the place. As a juvenile, Diamond Green won all three of his starts.

Domestic Dispute –The 4yo colt finished his final serious work toward his Breeders’ Cup appearance with a solid 5f workout in 1:02 1/5 Monday morning on the Lone Star Park turf course at about 7:45.
Mickey Brennan, who worked the horse for his boss, trainer Patrick Gallagher, said of the work: “He took to the course very fine. He went off nice and relaxed, and picked it up down the lane.
“I was very happy with the work. He galloped out very sweet. I couldn’t be happier with it.”
Brennan said he expects Gallagher to arrive sometime Tuesday. “He caught a little flu, so he’s not feeling very well.”

Domestic Dispute is cross-entered in the Sprint, and Brennan said he expects Gallagher to make the final decision Tuesday.

Domestic Dispute, a son of Unbridled’s Song, arrived in Texas on Wednesday and Brennan said, “He’s enjoying himself. I’ve never seen him happier. He’s really settled in well here.”
Jockey Kent Desormeaux will ride if trainer Neil Drysdale’s Musical Chimes doesn’t run in the Mile. If Musical Chimes runs, Gallagher will need to find a rider.

 Freefourinternet –See Classic

 Honor in War –The 5yo son of Lord At War is first on the preferred list for the Mile, and continues to gallop strongly over Keeneland’s new Polytrack training track with a good likelihood he will make it into the body of the race.
“It’s disappointing that we’re not in the body of the race because he’s a multiple graded stakes winner,” said trainer Paul McGee. “We need a couple defections, but we feel like he got a lot out of his last two races and I really like the way he’s been training over this new surface.”
Honor in War is winless in five starts this year and missed some key summer races after a tough trip in the Turf Classic at Churchill on Kentucky Derby day. He returned to action Sept. 18 in the John Henry stakes at Arlington Park and finished third. He moved up to be second to Nothing to Lose in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in his last start Oct. 9.
“I missed some training with him after the race on Derby Day (Turf Classic). He definitely needed his race at Arlington. I feel he still needed his last race as well. I think the way he’s been working and with everything coming together he stands a good chance to turn the tables on Nothing to Lose,” said McGee.
Honor in War’s last workout was a 5f breeze Oct. 21 over Keeneland’s turf course in 1:04.

 Mr O’Brien— Skeedattle Stable’s contender for the Mile is Mr. O’Brien, who arrived to Lone Star Park from his Maryland headquarters on Sunday.  Prior to shipping, he worked 5f on Saturday at Pimlico in 1:03 3/5 with his trainer, Robin Graham, in the saddle.
Graham is now in Texas with the Irish-bred son of Mukaddamah.  The two “hacked around the stable area” on Monday morning, a term the trainer used to describe the process of simply walking around and touring the barn area under tack.  It gives a horse a chance to explore his new surroundings in a relaxing way.
“I don’t want him to think he’s running today,” said Graham.  The 5yo gelding was seen acting up just slightly, or perhaps, just feeling good on the horse path near the gap to the main track.
Mr O’Brien won the Kelso Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Belmont in his last start with jockey Eibar Coa in the irons.  Graham confirmed that Coa will be aboard again in the Mile on Saturday.

Musical Chimes –Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum’s Musical Chimes “trotted at mile” Monday morning at Hollywood Park after having worked 6f Sunday, trainer Neil Drysdale reported from the Inglewood, Calif. oval. Exercise rider Debra Biggs was up for the Monday trot.
Drysdale, the Hall of Fame conditioner who has saddled six previous Breeders’ Cup winners, is pointing the 4yo daughter of In Excess to the Breeders’ Cup Mile Saturday where she would face colts for the second straight time. In her previous effort, the Oak Tree Breeders’ Cup Mile Oct. 9, she scored a game, photo-finish victory over five male rivals in a rapid 1:33 1/5 on the Santa Anita lawn.
Drysdale worked Musical Chimes 6f Sunday morning at Hollywood, but the track’s clockers missed the drill. “I got her in something like 1:15,” Drysdale offered. “It was a good move and just what I was looking for.”
Musical Chimes, who’ll be ridden in the Breeders’ Cup Mile by Kent Desormeaux, will ship to Texas Wednesday. So will Drysdale.   

Nothing to Lose – After turning in a Sunday drill his trainer called “excellent,”
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Breeders’ Cup Mile hopeful Nothing to Lose merely walked the shedrow at Belmont Park Monday morning.
Clockers caught the Sky Classic colt covering 5f on the Belmont turf course in 1:03 2/5. Hall of Fame jockey-turned-jockey-agent-and-exercise rider Angel Cordero was in the saddle.
“He’s doing really well,” said trainer Robert Frankel, who took over conditioning of the 4-year-old homebred last year and has saddled him seven times in 2004, including back-to-back stakes wins in his most recent starts. “It (the Mile) is a tough race. And there’s a big element of luck involved in it. But I think he fits well in it, and if he gets the right trip, I think he can be right there.”
Nothing to Lose will ship to Lone Star from New York on Wednesday, along with three other Frankel horses. The Hall of Fame conditioner also has two runners coming from California on Wednesday.

 Royal Regalia – Although he’s “on the bubble” for the Mile, the 6yo gelding is staying strong as he breezed 5f in 1:03 2/5 on the Lone Star turf course Monday morning. The Stronach Stables runner, who finished third in the Atto Mile last out, galloped out 6f in 1:16 over the course, which was rated “good.”
“He picked it up nice and went the last eighth in 13, and then he galloped out strong,” said trainer Justin Nixon. “A perfect work for him.”
Royal Regalia is first on the preference list, and needs one defection to draw into the main body of the race.
“We’re on the bubble at number 15,” Nixon said, “but we’re training him like he’s in.”
Nixon said Jorge Chavez will ride if Royal Regalia runs.
“Jorge did a great job when our horse was third behind Nothing to Lose at Saratoga (in the Fourstardave Handicap),” the trainer said, “and he’s ready to ride him back.”

 Silver Tree– The Bernard Baruch Handicap winner had his final formal work for the Mile Monday, but trainer Bill Mott said there was a discrepancy between the time recorded for the move by Churchill Downs clockers and assistant trainer Kenny McCarthy.
“Kenny got her in roughly 48 and 3 [48 3/5],” Mott said from New York. “They got her in 47 and 1 [47 1/5].”
Mott said McCarthy told him Silver Tree, who will be ridden by Edgar Prado, went the last 3f in 36 and “galloped out nicely.”
The 4yo colt is scheduled to fly to Texas from Kentucky on Thursday with McCarthy. Mott will arrive Friday.

 Singletary — The 4yo colt was flown from California to Texas Monday after working 5f in 1:01 Sunday at Hollywood Park under exercise rider David Meah.
“He will walk tomorrow, go to the track Wednesday and gallop up to the race,” said trainer Don Chatlos, Jr., of his first Breeders’ Cup entrant. “He had a nice race in the Oak Tree Mile and a couple of good works since. Now we just need some luck. Outside posts are not too good here at a mile on turf.”
David Flores has the Mile call.

 Six Perfections – Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile winner was due to arrive in Texas late Monday afternoon on the flight carrying the European-based contenders to Lone Star Park.
Pascal Bary trains the 4yo filly by Celtic Swing, who rolled through the stretch last year under Jerry Bailey for a stunning victory at Santa Anita.
This year, the Niarchos Family-owned Six Perfections is winless in three starts, but was second in the Prix d’Ispahan in May and the Prix Jacques le Marois in her last start Aug. 15.

 Soaring Free – The winner of the Atto Mile last out is scheduled to arrive at Lone Star on Tuesday morning with the flight coming in from Kentucky, with trainer Mark Frostad slated to come later in the afternoon from his base at Woodbine.
The Sam-Son Farm runner, who comes into the Breeders’ Cup with five straight victories this year, had his final breeze for the Mile last Saturday at Woodbine, drilling 5f in 1:00 4/5.
“He’s breezed once a week since the Atto (on Sept. 19),” Frostad said, “and he’s doing fine.”
Soaring Free contested the pace in last year’s Mile at Santa Anita, but tired to finish fifth behind Six Perfections. Frostad feels the 5yo son of Smart Strike will be right at home on the Lone Star turf course.
“I think he’ll like it there,” Frostad said, “and I think he’ll run well.”

 Special Ring—The 7yo gelding worked 5f in 58 3/5 Monday at Santa Anita under exercise rider Jose Dominguez.
“He looked super,” said trainer Julio Canani. “He went the first two furlongs in 24 and the last three furlongs in 34 3/5. He galloped out strong.”
Victor Espinoza will ride the gelding for Texas owners Prestonwood Farm. He will be flown to Texas on Wednesday.

 Whipper – The 3yo colt, who has the right family tree for Saturday’s Mile, was due at Lone Star late Monday afternoon after arriving in Texas on the flight carrying the European-based contenders.
Robert Collet trains Whipper, who won the Prix Jacques le Marois in August, beating 2003 Mile winner Six Perfections, and last out was fifth in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.
Whipper was sired by Miesque’s Son, who is out of Miesque, a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile.