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October 30, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

Inexpensive yearling purchases offer hope to horsemen with thin wallets and big dreams

Juvenile Fillies Turf. Trainer Dale Romans bought Cristina's Journey for $37,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale and since that time the undefeated filly has done nothing but exceed all expectations.

“She's always been an overachiever," said Romans. “She just gets better and better. She's just a runner. When I bought her, she wasn't flashy, just a plain brown wrapper, but she's turned into a runner.”

Distaff. Don’t Tell Sophia, a $1,000 sale purchase, goes to the gate for trainer Phil Sims and owner Jerry Namy. You can't get much better value than that.

Northwest connections watch gallops in advance of BC races

Juvenile Fillies. Mark DeDomenico LLC and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc.’s Majestic Presence galloped 1½ miles under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Majestic Presence will be ridden Saturday by Elvis Trujillo, who has been aboard the filly in all three of her starts.

“She is a very easy filly to ride and this is a great opportunity,” said Trujillo, who has had five previous Breeders’ Cup mounts and won on his first ride in the World Championships in the 2007 Filly & Mare Sprint at Monmouth Park on Maryfield. “She is a very quiet filly and can be placed anywhere.”

Canada's top trainer checks out BC prospects

Mark Casse, the six-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada’s Outstanding Trainer, arrived on the grounds on Wednesday morning and got a first look at Juvenile Fillies contender Conquest Eclipse, Juvenile Fillies Turf hopeful Conquest Harlanate, and Juvenile Turf runner Conquest Typhoon, who are all owned by Conquest Stable

“Knock on wood, everybody looks good and is right on schedule,” Casse said.

Casse also has a veteran ready to race this weekend. He said that gelding Mile contender Kaigun has helped the Canadian-bred son of Northern Afleet jump up from the optional claiming ranks into a Graded stakes winner this year.

“He was a real nervous horse and he would wash out every time he got to the paddock,” said the six-time Sovereign Award winner, who arrived first thing on Wednesday morning. “Now he’s more relaxed, but he’ll still get on his toes and get a little warm. Before he was a gelding, he would have a complete meltdown. Now, you can just throw him on a van and he’ll go anywhere and run well.

Kaigun, who was second to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan at Keeneland in April in the Maker’s Mile, galloped 1½ miles under exercise rider Martin Rivera. With 16 starts under his girth, he won’t need schooling during the week.

“He’s an old veteran,” said Casse. “He knows the drill by now.”

Ironic, given her name ...

Elizabeth Valando’s Free As A Bird refused to fly from Louisville on Wednesday morning and was declared out of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

“She didn’t like the sound of the engines and had to be backed off the plane,” trainer Ian Wilkes said. “She is scratched.”

Wilkes said it was the first time the 5yo mare had been scheduled to fly.

Goldencents fits his post position

“Usually nobody wants the number one post, but I think it fits his style,” said trainer Leandro Mora, confident the 4yo colt would successfully defend his title from the rail. He seeks to become the first Dirt Mile repeater in its eight-year history. Goldencents galloped 1½ miles under regular exercise rider Jonny Garcia.

Mora will be sending out his first Breeders’ Cup starter but he has worked as the chief assistant for Doug O’Neill the past 13 years and had a hand in four Breeders’ Cup winners. Stevie Wonderboy in the 2005 Juvenile, Thor’s Echo in the 2006 Sprint and Maryfield in the 2007 Filly & Mare Sprint preceded Goldencents.