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$1 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade I)

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

Abbondanza –The Pimlico-based colt had a quiet morning in a very busy barn Monday after arriving from Maryland Sunday afternoon ahead of his try in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
The 3yo son of 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup walked the shedrow on the heels of a bullet 4f work at Pimlico in 46 4/5 Saturday and long travel day Sunday.
Trainer Tim Tullock said his horse was “very cool and relaxed” on the flight and was glad to have a few days for Abbondanza to get acclimated to the warmer Texas weather.
“It was starting to get pretty cool up there and he was starting to grow a bit of a winter coat,” said Tullock. “It’s a little humid down here, but we’ve got some time to allow him to get comfortable.”

Bay Marvel— Coast to Coast Racing’s 5yo gelding Bay Marvel put together three consecutive victories this summer, but ended his string Sunday when he finished fourth in a 6f allowance race at Lone Star Park, beaten 5 ? lengths. 
Trainer Bret Calhoun said Monday morning, “He just ran yesterday, so he will not run in the Breeders’ Cup.”

Bwana Charlie— Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s 3yo colt Bwana Charlie last breezed 5f at Lone Star Park on Oct. 19 in 59 2/5 “handily” for trainer Steve Asmussen.  On Monday, he galloped 1? miles under exercise rider Carlos Rosas at Lone Star while his trainer was tending to his Kentucky division.
Meanwhile, assistant trainer Darren Fleming was tending to the 60 Asmussen-trained horses here in Texas.  He indicated that Bwana Charlie is scheduled for a 4f workout Tuesday, most likely after the renovation break.  Asmussen is expected back at Lone Star on Tuesday evening.
Fleming said a jockey for Saturday is still undecided.

Cajun Beat –Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat turned in his final preparations for this year’s edition of the $1 million dash Sunday morning in New York, then walked the shedrow at Belmont Park Monday morning.
The 4-year-old Grand Slam gelding worked 4f in 49 1/5 and he did it in company with the multiple stakes winner Midas Eyes. Both runners get their exercise out of the stable of Hall of Fame conditioner Robert Frankel. The two horses had their regular riders attached for the team work – Cornelio Velasquez on Cajun Beat and Edgar Prado on Midas Eyes.
“I thought they went real well,” said Frankel Monday from his Belmont barn. “Working two good horses together like this is no big deal. If they’re both good horses – not rank or anything like that – it’s no problem to have them go together. They both get something out of it that way.”
Frankel will ship Cajun Beat, a winner of six of 15 starts and $1,037,300, to Texas on Wednesday, along with three of his Breeders’ Cup-bound stablemates from New York. The trainer also will have two Breeders’ Cup runners headed to Lone Star Park from California the same day.

Champali— Winner of the Phoenix Stakes in his last start, Champali worked 5f in 1:00 4/5 on Saturday at Churchill Downs.  Trainer Greg Foley said that the 4yo son of Glitterman is due to arrive at Lone Star Park on Tuesday afternoon.  The trainer will arrive later the same day.
Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who has twice ridden Champali to stakes victories, will be aboard again in the Sprint.

Clock Stopper— Overbrook Farm’s 4yo gelding Clock Stopper worked 5f in 59 4/5 at Churchill Downs on Saturday.  Trainer Dallas Stewart said the Kentucky-bred son of Gilded Time would ship into Lone Star Park on Tuesday.  Jockey Pat Day will ride Clock Stopper in the Sprint.

Cuvee— Confirmed sprinter Cuvee worked 4f at Churchill Downs on Monday morning in 47 4/5 for trainer Steve Asmussen, who was there for the move.  Holding down the fort at his Texas operation is assistant trainer Darren Fleming, who indicated that Cuvee would ship into Lone Star Park on Tuesday afternoon. 
Fleming also said that a jockey for the Kentucky-bred son of Carson City has not been named.  Shane Sellers rode Cuvee to second-place finishes in his last two starts, but that jockey has since stopped riding.

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 Gold Storm –The hometown hero and Breeders’ Cup Sprint hopeful turned in a strong two-minute lick and galloped out 1? miles at Lone Star Park Monday morning for trainer Bubba Cascio.
“He’s about as fit as we can get him,” said Cascio. “We couldn’t be any better. We could be a whole lot richer. If he isn’t fit by now, he’s never going to be fit.”
Gold Storm has won three of his four starts at Lone Star and was second in the Phoenix Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in his most recent start Oct. 8. His most recent workout was a 1:00 3/5 5f breeze Oct. 18, and Monday’s strong gallop will be as hard as Cascio will push the son of Seeking the Gold leading up to Saturday’s race.
“We hauled him up to Chicago and back. We hauled him up to Keeneland and back. Each time he had a really good work just before. We feel like we’ve got him fit now and we don’t want to drill him too much or we might end up taking some of the fresh off him.”
Local Lone Star jockey Larry Taylor, who has been aboard for the colt’s last three victories and his runner-up effort at Keeneland, will be making his first start in a Breeders’ Cup race.

 Kela— The 6yo horse walked at Hollywood Park Monday after working 6f in 1:15 2/5 Sunday under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez.
“He went a little too slow,” said trainer Mike Mitchell. “The boy misjudged it, but it doesn’t shake me up. He worked a slow five furlongs in 1:02 before he won the Pat O’Brien (Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 15), and they went the first six furlongs in 1:08 and change. It was a good final tightener.”
Kela will be flown from California to Texas Wednesday with stablemate Star Over the Bay. Jerry Bailey has the Sprint call.

Midas Eyes– Forego Handicap winner Midas Eyes drilled 4f in company Sunday morning at Belmont Park, then spent the a.m. on Monday merely walking the shedrow for Hall of Fame trainer Robert Frankel.
The quick 4yo by Touch Gold, owned by the conditioner’s longtime client Edmund Gann, covered the four panels under regular rider Edgar Prado in 49 1/5 with last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat at his flank.
Frankel indicated he had no problems working “good” horses in company.
“If they’re both good horses – not rank or anything like that – it’s no problem to have them go together,” the trainer said.
Midas Eyes has five victories in 11 lifetime starts and earnings of $556,528. The bay colt has run only three times this year, but his Forego triumph at the Saratoga meet on Sept. 4 was his biggest win to date.
Midas Eyes and three other Breeders’ Cup-bound horses will ship from the Frankel barn in New York Wednesday headed to Texas. The trainer has two other Breeders’ Cup candidates flying to Lone Star Park from California on the same day.

My Cousin Matt –The veteran sprinter made his Lone Star Park appearance late Monday morning following a flight from Southern California. The 5yo son of Matty G was accompanied by groom Manuel “Cowboy” Navarro.
Trainer Jeff Mullins won’t be on hand for the Saturday run in the Sprint because he and his family will be moving out of their recently sold home in Southern California. Mullins said the gelding will jog on Tuesday and will jog and gallop up to the race.
My Cousin Matt worked 5f in 1:01 on Saturday at Santa Anita.
Ramon Dominguez will ride.

 Our New Recruit— The 5yo horse was flown to Texas Monday after working 6f in 1:12 1/5 under exercise rider Ricardo Peneche Sunday at Santa Anita.
“It was a bullet work,” said Larry Benavidez, assistant to trainer John Sadler. “The second-fastest time of the day was 1:13.”
Groom Baltazar Fernandez traveled with the horse. Sadler was scheduled to arrive Monday night. Tyler Baze has the Sprint call.

 Pt’s Grey Eagle –The winner of Santa Anita’s Ancient Title Stakes on Oct. 10 walked trainer Craig Dollase’s Hollywood Park shedrow Monday morning following what the trainer called “a maintenance work” Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The 3yo gelded son of Pleasant Tap worked a half-mile in 47 flat. Dollase said Pt’s Grey Eagle will ship to Texas on Wednesday.
Jockey Corey Nakatani has the mount on Saturday.

 Speightstown –Speightstown has won four of five starts this year and will make his play for the division title when he goes in the Sprint. His only loss came at the hands of the talented Pico Central in Belmont's Vosburgh on Oct. 2.
The 6yo Gone West horse walked Monday at Belmont Park. He’ll jog Tuesday, gallop Wednesday morning and then board a plane with trainer Todd Pletcher’s other Breeders’ Cup runners.