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October 25, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Adieu – The expected co-favorite for the VO5 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies walked the shedrow Tuesday morning for trainer Todd Pletcher after posting a final workout Monday that the 38-year-old, two-time Breeders’ Cup winning conditioner called “exceptional.
“She’s usually not overaggressive in the mornings, but she showed that yesterday,” said Pletcher. “It’s a good sign that she’s coming up to this race very well and she’s doing great this morning.”

Along the Sea – Buckram Oak Farm’s Along the Sea walked the shedrow at Belmont Park Tuesday morning after working a half-mile in 47 4/5 Monday morning. Jockey Javier Castellano had ridden the homebred daughter of Anees in her last three and will have the mount again on Saturday.
Trainer Ralph Ziadie is due from his Calder Race Course headquarters Wednesday, if flights are able to get out of Ft. Lauderdale in the wake of Hurricane Wilma, which caused considerable damage in the Miami track’s barn area.
“We were lucky in our barn,” said Ziadie. “The horses are fine—just a little flooding in our area. A lot of barns had roof damage.” As for the possibility of an ‘off’ track at Belmont Saturday, Ziadie, “That wouldn’t be a problem for her. She handled it just fine in her last race (second in Frizette).”

Diamond Omi – The California-based filly was airborne Tuesday, part of the Tex Sutton flight that was inbound to New York and Belmont Park for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup. She was expected to be bedded down at Barn 14 Tuesday afternoon.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who has saddled the $190,000 yearling daughter of Giant’s Causeway for two wins and a third in four California starts, sent assistant Jim Barnes with the filly and planned on joining them Thursday.

Ex Caelis-Folklore – Trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ two hopefuls for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies galloped Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs under exercise rider Stacy Prior.
Lukas plans to ship the fillies to New York on Wednesday with Edgar Prado slated to ride Folklore and Rafael Bejarano on Ex Caelis.
Owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, Folklore began her racing career at Belmont and has posted two wins and two seconds in four starts at Belmont Park. Since her victory in the Sept. 17 Matron, Folklore has done all of her training at Churchill Downs with four works, two of them bullets, the last being a 6f move in 1:14 3/5 last Saturday over a sloppy track.
“We felt like we would be better off here all along,” Lukas said when told of the Tuesday morning conditions at Belmont. “It is just cold and dry here today.”
Ex Caelis, owned by Circle C Group Stables, has not raced at Belmont Park.

Keeneland Kat – The Kelly Breen-trained filly just walked under cover Tuesday morning, the day after her final Breeders’ Cup breeze.
“We just shedrowed her today because of the weather,” Breen said. “She looks like she came out of the breeze fine, and everything looks good.”
Keeneland Kat, who finished third in the Frizette Stakes last out in her Belmont debut, worked 3f in 37 2/5 Monday morning.
Joe Bravo, who was aboard for Monday’s breeze, will have the mount Saturday on the daughter of Hennessy, who is owned by George and Lori Hall.

Knights Templar – The daughter of Exploit arrived at Belmont Park late Monday afternoon and was out on the track Tuesday morning for some light exercise.
“She shipped perfectly,” said Christopher Vella, son of trainer Dan Vella who is supervising the filly’s preparation here. “She walked under the shedrow early, and then we took her out to hack around the main track to stretch her legs.”
The Florida-bred filly, a galloping winner of the Mazarine Breeders’ Cup Stakes in Canada last out, had her final prep for the Breeders’ Cup last Saturday, getting 6f in 1:14 4/5, galloping out 7f in 1:27 4/5 at Woodbine.
Gary Stevens rides the filly for the first time in the Juvenile Fillies.

Miss Norman – Greg Norman’s Artax 2yo was declared out Tuesday because of a pulled right suspensory. It happened a few days ago when she was galloping with other horses, said Norman, who has been supervising her preparations while trainer Salvador Gonzalez stayed with their California string.
Because there was heat in the area, he said, “We did an ultrasound yesterday. There were no holes or tears but the veterinarian said it would take 30 days of rest to get the swelling out of the suspensory.”
Norman said injuries “are just one of the frustrating parts of the game. … You have to mourn it and move on.”

Original Spin – Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s undefeated Distorted Humor filly was one of only a handful of horses that actually braved the elements on Tuesday morning, galloping over a sloppy Belmont track before the training break.
“She seemed to handle the track fine,” said Sherri Mitchell, wife and assistant to trainer Anthony Mitchell. “The mud and slop didn’t bother her. What did seem to bother her was the wind up her tail. They’ve done a fabulous job with the track.
“An off track wouldn’t be the perfect scenario on Saturday, but I don’t see it being a problem for our filly.”
Jerry Bailey, who has won more Breeders’ Cup races than any other jockey, has the mount on Saturday.

Sensation – Trainer Stan Hough kept his Juvenile Fillies hopeful in the barn walking the shedrow Tuesday morning rather than risk a misstep in the nasty weather in the New York area.
Hough and his assistant Lazero Cruz indicated the 2yo daughter of Dixie Union might workout Thursday depending on how quickly the Belmont tracks dry out.

She Says It Best – The Alcibiades winner completed her major preparations for the Juvenile Fillies by working a bullet 3 f in 36 2/5 over a muddy Churchill Downs track. It was the fastest work of 10 at the distance. The Stormy Atlantic filly ships Wednesday along with several other Churchill-based Breeders’ Cup starters.
“She’s doing fine,” said trainer Vickie Foley. “The track was muddy and on the heavy side, so it was a good work. She won the Debutante (at Ellis Park in August) in the slop, so I don’t see that being a problem.”

Wild Fit – The 2yo daughter of Wild Wonder was expected in New York Tuesday afternoon following a flight from Los Angeles that left at 5 a.m. Pacific time.
The filly, owned by Brewer Racing Stable and Murray Smith and trained by Jeff Mullins, finished serious training for Saturday’s race with a 6f work Monday in 1:13 2/5 at Santa Anita.