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TVG BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT NOTES


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

Attila’s Storm – Trainer Richard Schosberg kept his Sprint contender Attila’s Storm “in for a jog” on Tuesday morning due to the bad weather. Schosberg has one of the big jogging barns on Belmont’s backstretch, which allows him to continue light training even in the harshest of conditions.
“He jogged in the barn for 15 minutes, which is a good two miles,” said Schosberg. “He had a super strong gallop yesterday and he’ll gallop tomorrow, when the weather is supposed to be better.”
Schosberg acquired the 3yo son of Forest Wildcat through a transfer of several horses from John Destefano. He considers Attila’s Storm to be the best so far.
“This horse has talent,” said Schosberg Tuesday morning. “The final time of his last race was outstanding and he won it pulling up. He stalked in that race, which is a good thing. He’ll make a run at Lost in the Fog. He’s not going to give anybody an easy lead and he’s not just going to be a nuisance. All he lacks is the experience.”

Battle Won – Jay and Gretchen Manoogian’s 5 yo Honour and Glory gelding galloped 1 _ miles at Churchill on Tuesday and will ship to Belmont on Wednesday along with a large contingent of Kentucky-based runners.
Battle Won, a career sprinter, has never run farther than seven furlongs, but is much more versatile on his surface and track condition, switching easily between turf and dirt and has won over an off track. Thus, trainer Charles Simon sees no problem with the possibility of a wet track on Saturday.
“It shouldn’t be a problem,” said Simon. “He’ll run on anything.”
Jockey Ramon Dominguez has the mount.

Elusive Jazz – Stony Oak Farm LLC’s Phoenix Breeders’ Cup winner was en route to Belmont Park from his Louisville base on Tuesday. He was on a Tex Sutton flight that originated in Los Angeles, stopped in Kentucky and was scheduled to land at Farmingdale airport mid-afternoon. Trainer Bobby Barnett will join his charge on Thursday.
“He’s doing really well,” said Barnett, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 1998 with Answer Lively. “I think he’s getting real good for us. He’s doing well. He had a good work on Saturday and came out of it great. He’s peaking at the right time.”
Jockey Robby Albarado, aboard for the first time in the Phoenix, has the return call on Saturday.

Gygistar – The 6yo gelding, finally getting his first Breeders’ Cup start three years after it was scheduled, hand-walked the shedrow for trainer Mark Hennig Tuesday after breezing 4f in 47 1/5 Monday.
“He was the early favorite for the Sprint when he was three, but he grabbed his foot in the stall and tore a piece off” about two weeks before the event, Hennig said. “He ended up having to grow a new foot.”
Since then, the trainer said, he’s been an “in-between distance horse. If the Cup had been at Churchill Downs or Hollywood I wouldn’t have been as apt to try it. But he has an affinity for this racetrack and that figured into our thinking.”
Hennig said Gygistar would gallop the rest of the week if the track is fast and will jog if it’s muddy.
“Mother Nature’s training today,” he added. “She does a pretty good job of training sometimes.”

Imperialism – The husky gray walked the shedrow Tuesday morning after having put in a good gallop the day before at Belmont.
Trainer/exercise rider Kristin Mulhall was up on the son of Langfuhr for a tour of Barn 27 that lasted for an hour.
“He’s doing great,” Mulhall said. “Feeling good, liking where he is and wanting to race. That about covers it.”
The trainer was asked about a possible “off” track affecting her charge on Saturday.
“Not an issue with him,” she said. “He’ll run on most anything anytime. Just bring them on.”

Lifestyle – The daughter of Indian Charlie jogged 1 _ miles over the main track as he moved a day closer to his start in Saturday’s Sprint.
The 5yo horse, owned by R and R King Stables and Wesley Ward, and trained by Ward, is scheduled for the same training regimen Wednesday, the trainer said. A start on Saturday will be the first for the horse since a second-place finish in an optional claiming race at Del Mar in August.

Lion Tamer – Like his three fellow barnmates that worked over the Belmont main track Monday, the Todd Pletcher-trained Sprint hopeful walked the shedrow and stayed out of the nasty weather in the New York area Tuesday morning.
“He turned in a good work,” said Pletcher. “We weren’t looking for too much from him because he had worked kind of sharply last week. This was more of a maintenance work.”
Lion Tamer will try to build on a third-place finish in the Vosburgh Oct. 1 in what was his first start after a four-month layoff. According to Pletcher, the plan for Saturday is clear as he prepares to take on the undefeated Lost in the Fog.
“He’s a come-from-behind sprinter that’s going to need them to go flying out there early and all come back late,” he said. “He’s not going to have to worry about his post position. He’s probably going to drop back and make his move. He got a great run along the inside in the Vosburgh, and if he got the same thing this time, that would be great, but he’s probably going to make his run no matter where he ends up placed.”

Lost in the Fog – Harry Aleo’s undefeated sprinter Lost in the Fog simply walked the shedrow Tuesday morning, switching original plans that called for rest on Wednesday. The 3yo colt will go to the track Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. instead to gallop. Trainer Greg Gilchrist indicated that Lost in the Fog will not lose any training this week.
Gilchrist has had one previous Breeders’ Cup starter: the filly Soviet Problem, who finished second in the 1994 Sprint.
“This is fun,” he said Tuesday morning after conducting yet another television interview. “This is why you do this (train horses). If you didn’t like it, you might as well work in a gas station.”
Still, Gilchrist has heard plenty from critics of Lost in the Fog. To the naysayers, he says, “They’ll always keep saying, ‘Well, he hasn’t done this before and he hasn’t done that before.’ He has run against older horses before, just not the type we’ll face this Saturday. If he wins, they’ll find something else to say.”
The affable trainer doesn’t identify anyone specifically in the race that he is concerned about.
“You never disrespect any opponent. You just try as hard as you can,” he said.

Pomeroy – The Patrick Biancone trainee galloped 1 _ miles on the Turfway Park Polytrack Tuesday, and Biancone said the 4yo colt will breeze there Wednesday.
Biancone’s four Cup candidates will ship to New York Thursday afternoon.
“Everything is going very good,” he said.

Silver Train – Buckram Oak Farm’s runner walked the shedrow Tuesday for trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr. On Monday, Silver Train breezed a 'bullet' 5f at Aqueduct in 58 3/5. Silver Train enters the Sprint off a big win in Belmont Park's Jerome Handicap at a mile. Dutrow does not foresee a problem cutting the colt back to six furlongs in a race as tough and deep as the Sprint.
"I don't believe it'll be tricky for him," Dutrow said. "He's classy, improving and he loves Belmont. He had nicked himself yesterday (breezing) but he's fine. I think we're being overly cautious because it's such a big race. He's doing good."
Silver Train will jog Wednesday, then gallop into the Sprint.