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TRJ horses ready for Breeders' Cup


November 1, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Eldaafer goes out for a morning jog on the Santa Anita surface on Thursday morning, November 1.
(photo by Robert Cooke, Jr.)
Breeders’ Cup 2012 has arrived and, here in TRJ—The Racing Journal territory, we’re “tracking” nine Breeders’ Cup entrants who have run at TRJ territory tracks.

The “TRJ Nine,” in posttime order (all times Pacific Time):

Commander is 6-for-6 since returning to TRJ territory, having won the Journal Handicap, Spangled Jimmy Handicap, Don Fleming Handicap, and Westerner Handicap at Northlands Park, and then SW Randall Plate Handicap and BC Premiers Handicap at Hastings Racecourse. Breeders’ Cup Marathon, Friday’s race #5, 1:46 p.m.

Eldaafer finished fourth in the Turf Paradise Handicap on February 18. Breeders’ Cup Marathon, Friday’s race #5, 1:46 p.m.

Stormy Lucy began her career at Emerald Downs in 2011 before shipping out to SoCal, where she has found turf courses to her liking. Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Friday’s race #8, 3:48 p.m.

Class Included has never been worse than second in 16 races lifetime, all at Emerald Downs and Hastings Racecourse. She’s 6-for-7 in 2012, including wins in the Boeing Handicap and Emerald Distaff at EmD and the Delta Collen Handicap and Ballerina (Grade III) at Hst. Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, Friday’s race #9, 4:30 p.m.

Delegation crossed the U.S.-Canada border to compete in the first-ever Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park, finishing second after stumbling at the start. His other five races were at Woodbine, where he won four, including the Grade III Durham Cup on October 14. Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Saturday’s race #6, 1:14 p.m.

Jersey Town had two races at Emerald Downs in 2010—a tune-up allowance and the Longacres Mile, where he finished second to Noosa Beach. Since then, he’s mostly run in graded races in New York and New Jersey. Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Saturday’s race #6, 1:14 p.m.

Second City had three front-running scores in Pennsylvania and West Virginia before venturing west to go last-to-first in the BC Derby at Hastings on September 9. The only loss in his short career came on October 6 in the Grade II Indiana Derby. Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Saturday’s race #6, 1:14 p.m.

Chosen Miracle hit TRJ territory only once—in last year’s Grade III Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows—and it was the only time he failed to light the board. Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Saturday’s race #7, 1:57 p.m.

Fort Larned has also only raced once in TRJ territory, winning the Grade III Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows on June 30. He has five 100+ Beyer figures in his 18 races lifetime, and earned them all in his last six races at five tracks: Gulfstream Park, Churchill Downs, Prairie Meadows, Saratoga, and Belmont. Breeders’ Cup Classic, Saturday’s race #12, 5:35 p.m.

TRJ—The Racing Journal wishes all of them the best of racing luck!!!