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NETJETS BREEDERS’ CUP MILE NOTES


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

Ad Valorem – The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt, who will be looking for his fist 2005 victory in Saturday’s Net Jets Breeders’ Cup Mile, is due to arrive at Belmont at 5 p.m.Tuesday afternoon after a flight from Ireland. He will remain in quarantine for 24 to 36 hours
The 3-year-old son of Danzig, who races in the colors of Susan Magnier, was sixth in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland last out on Oct. 8 and returned to Ireland after the race. Kieren Fallon has the mount on Saturday.

Artie Schiller – The 4yo son of El Prado has been regarded as one of the country’s very best turf performers during the past two years. However, a Grade 1 victory has somehow eluded Artie Schiller.
“It’s been very frustrating,” said trainer James Jerkens. “If he retires without a Grade 1 race, I’ll consider it a personal failure.”
If Artie Schiller is going to emerge from the Mile with his initial Grade 1 success, he will certainly have earned it, facing the likes of Leroidesanimaux, who is riding an eight-race winning streak.
“If you take both horses’ best races, it doesn’t look like (Artie Schiller can win),” said Jerkens, whose Mile contender jogged under the shedrow Tuesday morning. “But his last race was one of his best, which is really good to see coming into such a big race.”

Funfair (GB) – Trainer Graham Motion has been pleasantly surprised by Funfair’s 3-for-3 record this year since being imported from England, but the 6yo gelding’s affinity for American racing was plain to see.
“He certainly looked like he’d be suited to racing here. That’s easy to say after he’s won his three races, but he’s an American-made horse. He’s built strong and he’s got a tremendous burst of speed when he’s asked,” said Motion. “I don’t know how he’ll stack up in the Mile, but he’s earned the chance.”
Funfair, who jogged over the trails at Fair Hill Training Center Tuesday morning, had won only three of 13 starts in England.
“It just might be the age thing. A lot of horses get good the older they get,” Motion said. “The horse was very well taken care of (in England). He was a relatively fresh 5yo when I got him.”

Gorella (FR) – The 3yo filly breezed 4f in 47 3/5 on the Polytrack at Turfway Park Tuesday.
“Everything is very good. I’m very pleased,” said trainer Patrick Biancone, who has been training a total four Cup contestants at Turfway.
The quartet will be flown to New York on Thursday.

Host (CHI), Limehouse – Both Todd Pletcher trainees for Saturday’s Mile walked the shedrow under tack Tuesday in the relative comfort of their Belmont Park barn.
Host will try to follow up his come-from-behind victory in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. He was supplemented to the race for $300,000 by owner Eugene Melnyk.
Limehouse was fifth in the Kelso Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Belmont Oct. 2 in his most recent start for Dogwood Stable.

Laura’s Lucky Boy – See John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf

Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) – The likely favorite for the Mile Saturday toured the big Belmont oval one time Tuesday morning, jogging on the sealed strip under trainer Robert Frankel’s exercise rider Nuno Santos.

The flashy chestnut, who could become the first Brazilian-bred to win a Breeders’ Cup race, had drilled four furlongs in company on the inner turf course Monday in 50 4/5. His Tuesday exercise, accomplished shortly after 6 a.m., was done over a sealed strip amid rains and wind gusts.
The Candy Stripes horse will be handled by John Velazquez on Saturday as he attempts to extend an eight-race winning skein.

Majors Cast (IRE) – The son of Victory Note arrived at Belmont Park on Tuesday morning after a flight from England. He remains in quarantine for 24 to 36 hours.
Jeremy Noseda trains the 4yo, who was third in the Prix de Moulin de Longchamp last out on Sept. 4. He is owned by Susan M. Roy.

Sand Springs – The 5yo mare will run in the Mile mostly because she is a specialist at the distance, but trainer Bill Mott offered another factor in his uncharacteristic decision to run a female against males.
“She’ll be retired, that’s one reason we’re stepping up,” said Mott, noting that the 1_-mile distance of the Filly & Mare Turf is too long for the daughter of Dynaformer.
Sand Springs, who had earned Grade 1 credentials in the Diana after being switched to Mott’s stable this year, walked Tuesday morning after working a half-mile in 48 seconds Monday.

Singletary – The defending Mile champion was scheduled to be flown here from California on Tuesday afternoon. Trainer Don Chatlos Jr., who arrived Monday night, said the training regimen of the horse the final three days would depend on weather and track conditions.
“I don’t know if he will go on the grass or dirt,” said Chatlos. “He could even go on the training track. He doesn’t have to do much. He’s come too far to make any mistakes now.”
Singletary worked 5f in1:02 3/5 Sunday at Hollywood Park. “He’s feeling good; he couldn’t be coming into it in any better shape,” said Chatlos of the horse’s final race before retirement to stud. “There was no pressure to come again. If he hadn’t turned in a good performance in the Oak Tree Breeders’ Cup Mile (which he won), we wouldn’t be here.”

Three Valleys – The Juddmonte Farms’ runner was a jogger Tuesday, out at 6 a.m. for a once-around the Belmont Park mile and one-half oval with exercise rider Orlando Tiapia aboard.
It was wet, cold and windy and the track was sealed to ward off the affects of the nor’easter that blew in Monday night, but the Diesis 4yo went on about his business.
Three Valleys, a winner of two of his four U.S. starts for trainer Robert Frankel since coming stateside from England last year, will have the services of California rider Patrick Valenzuela for his try in the Mile Saturday.

Valixir (IRE) – The Andre Fabre-trained colt was out for a jog on the training track Tuesday morning after clearing quarantine.
The son of Trempolino, who has won stakes in France and England this season, was fifth last out in the Prix de Moulin de Longchamp. Christophe Soumillon, his regular rider this year, will be aboard the Aga Khan-owned runner Saturday.

Whipper – The 4yo colt, who tired to finish 10th in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile, came out of the barn after clearing quarantine to stretch his legs on the main track in company with Turf contender Bago.
Robert Collet trains the Kentucky-bred by Miesque’s Son, who won a stakes at Deauville in August for his only 2005 score. John Murtagh will have the mount Saturday. Whipper is owned by Richard Strauss.