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BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE NOTES


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

Bear Character – Bear Stables Ltd.’s Bear Character walked the shedrow at Barn 5 under exercise rider Diane Bergen on Tuesday morning, his first day at Belmont Park in preparation for Saturday’s Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Trainer Dale Greenwood said the son of Dixie Union arrived at 6:30 Monday night and handled the van trip well from Woodbine in Toronto.
Greenwood said he normally would have had Bear Character jog a day after shipping, but give the harsh weather conditions of the morning, he opted to stay dry Tuesday.
“He will train Wednesday and Thursday and probably Friday,” said Greenwood of Bear Character, who needs one defection from the Juvenile field to make the race. If he does not get in the Juvenile, Bear Character would run in Friday’s Nashua.
Jim McAleney has the riding assignment.

Brother Derek – The California colt wanted to go out and play, but the New York wind and rain Tuesday morning precluded that idea.
“I wanted to get him out there and he wanted to go, but those wind gusts are a bit too much,” said trainer Dan Hendricks, on the scene at Belmont Park after flying in from his Southern California base Monday night. “He’s not used to this kind of weather and I’d hate to send him out there and get him spooked if things started flying around him. We’ll stay inside today.”
Instead, Hendricks, a former Richard Mandella assistant, had the California-bred son of Benchmark tack walk the shedrow. He borrowed trainer Marcelo Polanco’s exercise rider, Ginny Jonssen, for the undercover saunter around Barn 5. Polanco, a neighbor of Hendrick’s on the California circuit, is in Barn 5, too, with his mare Island Fashion, a contender for the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Brother Derek has won two of his three starts in California, including the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita, but has never raced on an “off” track, a possibility as the Saturday Juvenile looms.
“I trained him some on the ‘off’ last winter,” Hendricks noted. “He did fine with it. And he’s got the kind of foot that will dig right in and handle it well. I don’t think I’ll have any concerns about the track. It’s the competition that worries me.”

Dawn of War – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Breeders’ Futurity winner galloped 1_ miles at Churchill Downs, one day prior to shipping to Belmont Park. Should the homebred son of Catienus win on Saturday, it would be the first Breeders’ Cup win for the Ramseys and trainer Dale Romans. Last year, the same connections finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Breeders’ Cup Classic with Kitten’s Joy and Roses in May, respectively.
“Everything’s good,” reported Romans from his Churchill base. He will arrive Wednesday with the horse.

Diabolical – Puglisi Stables and Steve Klesaris’ 2yo Diabolical remains second on the preference list to get into the Juvenile.

Dr. Pleasure – John Oxley’s colt walked the shedrow of Belmont Barn 31 on Tuesday, one day after working 5f. The son of Thunder Gulch out of champion Beautiful Pleasure is currently under the care of Donna Ward, wife and assistant of trainer John Ward. Oxley owned and the Wards trained Beautiful Pleasure, who won the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
“I’m trying to remember her as a 2 yo,” said Ward. “He’s more laid back, but he looks so much like her. He has a super disposition and is such a gentleman. She was more like ‘it’s my way or no way’.”

First Samurai – Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins III’s probable Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite First Samurai confined his morning activity to 40 minutes of walking under the shedrow at Barn 25 with exercise rider Lisa Sloan up.
The undefeated son of Giant’s Causeway ran his record to 4-for-4 with a victory in the slop in the Champagne at Belmont on Oct. 8, and had his final major work in the mud here Oct. 22, a bullet 5f in 59 under jockey Jerry Bailey.
Trainer Frank Brothers, who will be saddling his first Breeders’ Cup starter since Arch in the talent-rich 1998 Classic, was scheduled to arrive later Tuesday from his home base of Churchill Downs.

Henny Hughes – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin looked at the wind and rain sweeping the Belmont Park track Tuesday and decided to keep Henny Hughes and the rest of his charges inside his headquarters at Barn 9.
Henny Hughes walked under tack, with Fidel Santiago in the saddle.
“We’ll gallop a mile and 3/8ths tomorrow if the track is good,” McLaughlin said. “If it’s sloppy, we’ll trot a mile and a half.
“Each day we can gallop, we’ll gallop a mile and 3/8ths.”

Ivan Denisovich (IRE) – The son of Danehill is due in at 5 p.m. Tuesday after a flight from Ireland with trainer Aidan O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup runners. He’ll be in quarantine for 24 to 36 hours.
The colt won the July Stakes at Newmarket for his first stakes score, and last out on Sept. 30 finished fourth in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Kieren Fallon, his regular rider, has the mount again Saturday.

Jealous Profit, Stevie Wonderboy – The 2yo colts walked in Barn 9 Tuesday after working here Monday for the Juvenile. “Knock on wood, they ate up well, their legs were cold, and they looked fantastic,” said trainer Doug O’Neill during a cold rainy morning.
“I’m glad we got the works out of the way. We hope it clears up tomorrow, and they can both jog. Then they would both gallop Thursday and Friday.”
O’Neill was still shaking his head over the bullet 4f work in 46 by Del Mar Futurity winner Stevie Wonderboy. “Visually, he looked like he was going at a 12-second clip (for an eighth). I was amazed to look at my watch and see what he was doing.”

Leo (GB) – The son of Pivotal cantered 1_ miles around the training track under the watchful eye of trainer John Gosden Tuesday morning as he prepares for his first career start on the main track in Saturday’s Juvenile.
“I think he’ll like the dirt,” Gosden said. “He’s got good action and a good foot for it, and he’s handled the Polytrack very well at home.”
Leo has won two of six starts, including the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket last out on Sept. 30, and his only poor effort came on a very soft turf track at Deauville in August.
“It was a bog at Deauville, and he absolutely hated the track that day,” Gosden said. “He likes something firmer underfoot, and that’s why I think he’ll do well on dirt.”
Gosden said he has not decided on a rider yet for Leo, who has had five jockeys in his six career starts.
“I’ll sort that out later today,” the trainer said. “I just wanted to see what the track might be like Saturday.”

Private Vow – Mike McCarty’s Private Vow had an open gallop through the stretch at Belmont Park with exercise rider Luis Gracia up.
Trainer Steve Asmussen was on hand after arriving from Louisville on Monday night.
Private Vow, who will be ridden by John Velazquez for the first time, never has raced on an off track, but Asmussen didn’t think track condition would be a problem Saturday.
“He has always been very fast and he’s very mature; big and strong,” Asmussen said. “He has handled everything well.”

Set Alight – The Kentucky-bred son of Hennessy, who has made all his starts in France for trainer Christiane Head-Marak, was out for a jog around the training track Tuesday morning.
Set Alight, owned by Khalid Abdullah, comes into the Juvenile riding a two-race win streak. He won the Prix de Canouvert at Chantilly in September, and last out on Oct. 8 took the Prix Thomas Byron at Saint-Cloud.
The Juvenile will be the first start on the main track for the colt, but his breeding (out of a Mr. Prospector mare) suggests the transition will not be a problem.
Rafael Bejarano will be aboard in Saturday’s Juvenile.

Sorcerer’s Stone – Robert Sheppard’s undefeated Gulch colt galloped 1 _ miles at Churchill Downs and then boarded a flight to New York. Despite the bad weather in New York the Tex Sutton flight was on time and scheduled to arrive early this afternoon.
However, trainer Patrick Bryne was not so fortunate. His Delta flight was cancelled and he was not scheduled to leave Louisville until tonight.
“He’s doing super,” said Bryne. “He’s really doing well.”

Stream Cat – The Patrick Biancone trainee galloped 1 _ miles on the Polytrack at Turfway Park Tuesday, and the conditioner said the 2yo would breeze on the site of his Kentucky Cup Juvenile victory on Wednesday.
His four Cup starters will be flown to New York Thursday.
“Everything is going very good,” Biancone said.

Superfly – The son of Fusaichi Pegasus walked trainer Nick Zito’s shed row Tuesday morning following his final workout Monday in preparation for Saturday’s race.
The Robert V. LaPenta 2yo has trained sharply for the race, leading Zito to say, “He’s a horse coming into the race with a lot of hopes. His last race was a good one. It was in the slop and he backed out of it early, but then he came back to finish third, where could have been last.
“Sure, he got beat nine lengths by First Samurai, but he looks like a horse headed in the right direction. His [Monday] work was fabulous. Let’s hope he does something really good Saturday.
Zito pointed out that Superfly is a full brother to Belmont Stakes runner-up Andromeda’s Hero.