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$1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I)


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


Afleet Alex –Trainer Tim Ritchey sent his Hopeful Stakes winner to the racetrack Monday morning for his last serious preparation for Saturday’s Bessemer Trust Juvenile. Afleet Alex produced a bullet workout, breezing 5f in a swift 58 2/5 seconds under exercise rider Sam Cabrera.
“He went on his own, very willingly,’’ Cabrera said. “He seemed to like the track. He goes over it really nice, really comfortable.”
Afleet Alex posted fractions of 23 2/5 and 46 2/5 on his way to the final clocking of 58 2/5, before galloping out 6f in 1:11 2/5.
Afleet Alex, who worked in daylight after the renovation break, is scheduled to walk or jog Tuesday morning. The winner of four of his five starts arrived at Lone Star Park on Oct. 17 to become acclimated to his surroundings.
“He’s been taking everything in stride,” said Ritchey, who never has saddled a Breeders’ Cup starter.

 Consolidator – Bob and Beverly Lewis’ Consolidator galloped Monday morning at Churchill Downs.
The Storm Cat colt is scheduled to ship to Lone Star Tuesday morning. Rafael Bejarano, who guided Consolidator to victory in the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in his last start on Oct. 9, has the call.
Consolidator has had one work since that race, a half-mile bullet work of 47 2/5 on a sloppy track Oct. 18.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas had his most Breeders’ Cup success in the Juvenile, a race that has produced five of his record 17 winners. His most recent Juvenile winner was Boston Harbor in 1996 at Woodbine.

Proud Accolade –UndefeatedJuvenile contender Proud Accolade walked the shedrow at Belmont Park on Tuesday, following the same schedule as trainer Todd Pletcher's other Breeders’ Cup contenders. He will jog Tuesday, gallop on Wednesday and then fly with his stablemates later Wednesday to Lone Star Park.
Winner of Belmont’s 1 1/16 mile Champagne in his last start Oct. 9, the 2yoYes It’s True colt came back with a bullet 5f work of 59 4/5 on Oct. 18.
John Velazquez will have the mount for the Juvenile. 

Roman Ruler –Theprobable Juvenile favorite walked trainer Bob Baffert’s shedrow Monday morning following a sizzling 5f workout in 58 seconds Sunday at Santa Anita. Baffert said the Fusaichi Pegasus colt came out of the work in great shape and “everything is very good.”
The Sunday work, that took place about noon, a half-hour before the day’s first race, was the fastest of 123 drills for the distance at the Arcadia oval. “He got a good work,” Baffert said of the move. “He’s ready.” Fractions for the drill: 23 seconds for the first quarter and 46 2/5 for the half-mile.
The colt, with regular exercise and work rider Dana Barnes in the irons, worked in company with Pizza George, and finished three lengths ahead of his workmate. He galloped out 6f in 1:11.
Of the after-training-hours work, Baffert said: “I didn’t want horses jumping in with him. It’s more of a relaxed atmosphere.”
The trainer had been considering an equipment change for the colt’s Breeders’ Cup race, but has decided to retain the blinkers the colt wore in his Norfolk Stakes victory at Santa Anita.
The colt, only a neck away from being unbeaten in four career starts, will be flown to Lone Star on Wednesday. Baffert is scheduled to fly to Texas that day, also, but not in time for the post-position draw.
Corey Nakatani has the mount.

 Scandinavia —Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s 2yo shipped from Ireland Monday, departing Shannon Airport at 6:10 a.m. local time. The flight carrying the European equine contingent for the Breeders’ Cup was due in to Dallas’ Love Field around 3 p.m. (CT) after the nine hour flight. The same owners’ Johannesburg, trained by O’Brien, won the Juvenile in 2001.

 Sun King –The 2yo son of Charismatic jogged a mile and galloped 1 1/8 miles under the lights Monday morning under exercise rider Maxine Correa.
Reynaldo Abreu, assistant trainer to Nick Zito, was a little apprehensive about how Sun King would react to his new illuminated surroundings.
“I thought he’d be busy looking at the lights, but he handled it well,’’ said Abreu, who reported the third-place finisher in the Champagne Stakes also handled the new racing surface well.

 Twice Unbridled –The colt will work “a light three furlongs on Tuesday,” trainer Dan Jensen said Monday morning from his base at San Luis Rey Downs in Southern California. “He’s dong very well,” the trainer added, following the colt’s 1 ?-mile gallop Monday.
The son of Unbridled’s Song put in his last serious work at a mile in 1:40 2/5 Oct. 16 at San Luis Rey Downs.
Jensen said he planned originally to work the colt at Lone Star Park, but the flight schedule was pushed ahead a day, meaning Twice Unbridled won’t arrive in Texas until Thursday, the day after the draw for post position. Jensen said post position for the Juvenile won’t really be a factor for his runner, since it will be a small field and he comes from well off the pace.
Victor Espinoza, who rode the colt in his most recent outing, Oct. 3, has the mount for Saturday’s race. His run in the Juvenile will be his third career race.

Wilko — Trainer Jeremy Noseda, who began his career in California, shipped Wilko from Newmarket, England to Shannon, Ireland, where the son of Awesome Again joined the flight carrying the European runners for the 21st Breeders’ Cup. Wilko has had a busy season in England, winning two of 10 starts and finishing in the money in another six races.