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$2 million John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (Grade I)

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

Balto Star–  A strained tendon in the right foreleg has knocked the 6yo Glitterman gelding out of consideration for both the Mile and the Turf. The injury was detected Friday, and while it is not career threatening, it will take a few months of rest.
“He’s at the (Anstu) farm right now, and he's doing well,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “It’s been a tough week.”    

 Better Talk Now – The Sword Dancer Handicap victor, who galloped 1 1/2 miles over wood chips at the Fair Hill, Md. training center Monday morning, is scheduled to board a Dallas-bound plane in New York Tuesday morning.
“We’re taking a shot. After he won the Grade 1 race at Saratoga and ran well against Magistretti (fourth-place finish in the Man o’ War at Belmont) we think he’ll be competitive,” trainer Graham Motion said from Keeneland.
Motion never has saddled a horse at Lone Star, so he’s not familiar with the turf course.
“I watched horses breezing over the course (on TVG), and it looked like a might be a little soft, which wouldn’t bother us,’’ said Motion, whose 5yo gelding won the Sword Dancer on yielding turf.

Kitten’s Joy– Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred turf sensation Kitten’s Joy walked the shedrow Monday morning at Lone Star and is scheduled to return to the track Tuesday.
The Dale Romans trainee had worked 5f on turf around the dogs in 1:06 3/5 Saturday at Lone Star with exercise rider Faustino Orantes up. Four-time Breeders’ Cup winning rider John Velazquez has the call in Saturday’s Turf.
“We got here on the 19th, mainly to get Kitten’s Joy a work over the turf more than anything else,” said Romans, who also trains Classic hopeful Roses in May for the Ramseys.
Romans said Kitten’s Joy would jog in the morning and then gallop up to the race. Paddock schooling sessions are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday.
A trainer on his own since 1991, Romans never has saddled a Breeders’ Cup starter.
“I have seen the ones at Churchill Downs and went to one at Gulfstream,” said Romans, who has 40 horses stabled at Churchill Downs and a string of 15 at Belmont Park. “I never expected it to be this good, and I hope we get back.”

Magistretti– The Man O’ War winner marked his first complete week at Lone Star Park Monday, and trainer Patrick Biancone is pleased with his decision to come early.
“I take a little gamble to come early,” he said,
“I think I do good. It takes three days to adjust to the weather. They [Magistretti and Sense of Style] came from Kentucky, where it was very cold.”
Last week, the temperatures reached 90 in the Dallas area.
Magistretti, who will be ridden by Edgar Prado in the Turf, had his last formal work for the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday, going a leisurely 6f in 1:20.
“Both will stretch their legs a little bit, have an open gallop,” Biancone said.

Mustanfar –The New York-based son of 1990 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Unbridled walked the shedrow at trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s Belmont Park stables after breezing over the turf on Sunday ahead of Saturday’s John Deere Turf.
The 3yo colt worked 4f in 51 seconds over a Belmont turf course labeled good and with enough give in it to make McLaughlin think the time was strong.
“It was a good work even though the time wasn’t much,” said McLaughlin.
Jockey Jose Santos, who rode Mustanfar to victory in the Sycamore Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Oct. 9, will get the return call in the Turf.

Ouija Board — Lord Derby’s homebred 3yo daughter of Cape Cross shipped from Cambridge, England, near Newmarket, to Shannon on the west coast of Ireland and from there on to Love Field in Dallas. Arrival time was expected at 3 p.m. Monday.

Powerscourt— Mrs John Magnier’s British-bred, disqualified to fourth after winning the Arlington Million in August, flew out of Shannon Airport in Ireland at 6:10 local time Monday. He and the other European runners destined for the Breeders’ Cup were due to arrive at Love Field in Dallas at 3 p.m. Monday.

Request for Parole –The United Nations Handicap winner is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday’s Tex Sutton charter flight from New York and Kentucky.

Sarafan –Trainer Neil Drysdale stated Monday morning from his Hollywood Park barn that Gary Tanaka’s veteran racer Sarafan had injured himself over the weekend and would not be making the trip to Texas to run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
“I’m getting ready to call the Breeders’ Cup people right now and let them know,” the Hall of Fame conditioner said. “He struck into himself at some point on the weekend. We are not quite sure how or where. He had some inflammation in his right front (leg), but it (the inflammation) has since left. It doesn’t appear to be anything too serious, but we can’t be running in a race like this under the circumstances.”

Star Over the Bay—The 6yo gelding walked at Hollywood Park Monday after working 6f in 1:13 1/5 Sunday under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez.
“It was a nice even work,” said trainer Mike Mitchell, who plans to fly the gelding to Texas Wednesday with stablemate Kela. Mitchell will fly to Dallas Tuesday afternoon. Alvarez will travel with the horses.
“He will just school and gallop after he arrives,” said Mitchell. Tyler Baze has the Turf call.

Strut the Stage – The 6yo son of Theatrical, who is due to arrive at Lone Star Tuesday morning after a flight from Kentucky, had his final drill for the Turf last Saturday at Woodbine, breezing 6f in 1:15.
“He’s doing fine,” said trainer Mark Frostad, who is due in Texas Tuesday afternoon after a flight from Toronto. “He’s been working very well since his last start.”
The Sam-Son Farm runner, who won the 1 ?-mile Niagara Handicap at Woodbine in September, finished seventh last out in the Sky Classic Handicap on Oct. 2. He’s had only three starts this year.