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$1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Grade I)

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

Aubonne— Gary Tanaka’s German-bred 4yo, most recently fifth behind Riskaverse in the Flower Bowl Invitational, is scheduled to ship down from New York Tuesday for her engagement in the Filly & Mare Turf.
Trainer Eric Libaud, for whom the daughter of Monsun will be a first Breeders’ Cup runner, also sent her to Chicago to run sixth in the Beverly D in August.

 Film Maker –The 4yo daughter of Dynaformer galloped 1-1/2 miles over wood chips at the Fair Hill, Md., training center Monday morning in preparation for the Filly & Mare Turf.
Trainer Graham Motion reported that Film Maker and Turf hopeful Better Talk Now will board a plane in New York early Tuesday afternoon. The plane will make one stop in Louisville, where stablemate Dance Away Capote, a Juvenile Fillies candidate, will join them for the flight to Dallas.
Motion will fly from Kentucky Tuesday afternoon to join his three Breeders’ Cup hopefuls at Lone Star.
The Filly & Mare Turf has been the goal for Film Maker since the beginning of the year.
“She’s been a little bit unlucky. She’s two lengths from winning her last four races,” said Motion, whose 4yo filly’s lone victory in five starts this year came in the All Along Breeders’ Cup at Colonial Downs. “We’ve been pointing for the Breeders’ Cup all year. Even though she hasn’t won many races, we think she fits.”

Katdogawn/Moscow Burning— Both 4yo fillies were flown to Texas from California Monday with assistant trainer Jamie Lloyd and two grooms.
Trainer Jim Cassidy is at the Tattersalls Sale in England and plans to arrive here Thursday.
Katdogawn worked 5f at Santa Anita in 1:02 1/5 Friday in her final drill for the race. Moscow Burning worked 5f at Santa Anita in 59 4/5 last Wednesday and may blow out this Wednesday at Lone Star, according to Cassidy.
Kent Desormeaux will ride Katdogawn, and Jose Valdivia Jr., has the call on Moscow Burning.     
Cassidy said he has been active at Tattersalls for primary owners Jim Ford and Deron Pearson, buying horses for $400,000 and $200,000. The $400,000 purchase is the sale topper, a 2yo colt named Moth Ball.

Light Jig –Light Jig, a bay daughter of the exceptional sire Danehill, walked Monday morning after turning in a 5f drill in 1:00 4/5 Sunday at Hollywood Park in California.
The homebred Juddmonte Farms’ 4-year-old races out of the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Robert Frankel, but is overseen in California by the conditioner’s longtime assistant Humberto Ascanio.
“She went good and she’s doing good,” Frankel noted Monday from his New York headquarters. “She’s coming up to the race right.”
Light Jig has won five of 13 career starts – seven in France and the last six in California. Her most recent outing, the Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita Oct. 2, was her most impressive to date, a smart four-length tally in the 10-furlong filly-mare offering.
Light Jig and stablemate Megahertz will ship from Hollywood to Lone Star Park on Wednesday. Frankel will be sending another contingent of four Breeders’ Cup horses from New York on the same day.

 Megahertz –The tiny-but-tough mare Megahertz has her final Breeders’ Cup work scheduled for Tuesday morning at Hollywood Park. “She’ll go five-eighths and (exercise rider) Marco Rivera will be up,” said trainer Robert Frankel.
Frankel was speaking Monday morning from his barn at Belmont Park in New York. He has the 5yo British-bred chestnut in the able hands of his longtime assistant Humberto Ascanio in California.
Megahertz, a winner of 10 races and $1,431,594, was a fast-closing fifth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. But she will be making her first start since May 31 in this year’s edition of the headliner at 11 furlongs.
“You know, it wouldn’t shock me if she were to run an unbelievable race Saturday,” Frankel offered. “She runs hard every time and she’s never had an extended break like I’ve (just) given her. She’s responded well to rest in the past and she’s eligible (to do well).”
Megahertz, owned by Michael Bello, will ship to Texas with California stablemate Light Jig on Wednesday. At the same time, Frankel will have four more Breeders’ Cup runners headed to Lone Star Park from New York.

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Riskaverse– Trainer Pat Kelly wasn’t upset to hear there’s rain in the forecast for the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup. Last time out, Riskaverse won the Flower Bowl at Belmont Park on a yielding course.
“She’s handled it in the past,” he said from New York. “I’d prefer a little give in it because California horses like firm turf.”
Riskaverse, to be ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, is flying to Texas on a plane Wednesday.
The 5yo mare had her final work Sunday, going 1:03 for 5f on the turf.
“That’s all we’ll do between now and Saturday,” Kelly said. She walked Monday.

 Shaconage –The Filly & Mare Turf hopeful galloped 1? miles at Churchill Downs Monday and trainer Mitch Shirota plans to let the 4yo filly blow off some steam the next two mornings before shipping to Lone Star midweek.
Shaconage last breezed Saturday at Churchill, going 5f in 1:01 1/5. She walked the shedrow Sunday and returned to the track Monday.
“I had to get her right back out there this morning,” said Shirota. “If she doesn’t go to the track she’ll be a real handful.”
Her exuberance plays into Shirota’s shipping plans. With two scheduled departures from Kentucky on Wednesday, Shirota is making sure to catch the late-afternoon flight in order to give her another strong gallop before winging to Lone Star.

 Stay Forever—Santa Cruz Ranch’s Stay Forever will not make the trip from her base at Calder Race Course in Miami, Fla. to race in the Filly & Mare Turf.
“It’s too soon,” said her trainer Marty Wolfson on Monday morning.  “I could not, in good conscience, run her back in three weeks.”
Stay Forever most recently won the WinStar Galaxy Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 10. 
“I usually try to space her races anywhere from nine to 12 weeks.  But her schedule was completely altered this year,” Wolfson said.

Super Brand – The South African-bred supplemental nominee to the Filly & Mare Turf walked the shedrow Monday at Kiaran McLaughlin’s Belmont Park barn after working Sunday on the grass.
“She went very good considering the way some of the others were going over that course,” said McLaughin referring to Super Brand’s 4f 49-second drill over a good Belmont Park turf course. “She came home really strong.”
The Filly & Mare Turf will be Super Brand’s third start in the U.S. since transferring from top South African trainer Mike de Kock after finishing second in the Emirates Airline Cup Handicap in Dubai in February. She finished third in a photo finish in the De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga and was a close runner-up in the WinStar Galaxy in her most recent start.
“That was kind of an unfortunate trip at Keeneland,” said McLaughlin. “They went the first two quarters in 25 seconds then came home in 22 seconds and she was a little wide on both turns. We feel like her best race is coming on Saturday. Whether that’s going to be good enough we’ll find out.”

 Wonder Again—Joan and John Phillips’ 5yo mare Wonder Again arrived at Lone Star Park on Tuesday, Oct. 19, giving her plenty of time to adjust to the climate of the southwest.  She shipped in from Belmont Park on the same flight as Breeders’ Cup contenders Kitten’s Joy and Dynever.
Trainer James Toner is expected to come to Lone Star midweek. Wonder Again has been in the hands of Toner’s longtime assistant, Emmanuel Davy, who is originally from France.  He also serves as the mare’s exercise rider while here in Texas.
“She is not a good shipper; she gets nervous and frets about it…everyone knows it,” said Davy, “but this time she had a smooth trip, she shipped real good.  The Tex Sutton (airline) people kept her calm, and here at the barn, the Asmussen people are treating us like kings with their hospitality.”  (Wonder Again is stabled in trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn.)
Davy was aboard Wonder Again for a breeze over the Lone Star turf course Saturday. 
“She handled the turf in a perfect manner, going five-eighths in 1:04 1/5.  Her connections are delighted and she’s a 100 percent ‘go’ for the Breeders’ Cup.  On Sunday, I walk-tacked her around the backside for fun.  Today (Monday), I took her out to the (main) track and she was moving like a million bucks.  A very strong gallop.”
Davy indicated Wonder Again’s workouts are done for the rest of the week and that she will gallop 1 ? miles each day up until race day.  Jockey Edgar Prado will ride her in the Filly & Mare Turf.

 Yesterday— Third in the Filly & Mare Turf last year behind Islington,  the Aidan O’Brien trainee left Shannon Airport on the west coast of Ireland at 6:10 local time Monday morning bound for Dallas’ Love Field. The 4yo daughter of Sadler’s Wells, winless in two starts this year, was due to touch down around 3 p.m. Monday.