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11/03/2017 10:26PM
CONGRATS TO TEAM GUN RUNNER!
11/04/2017 10:03PM

Gun Runner saves best

for last in Breeders’ Cup Classic

DEL MAR, Calif. – As trainer Steve Asmussen made his way through the fading light of Del Mar racetrack shortly after sundown on Saturday night, just minutes after his horse Gun Runner had outrun 10 others in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Jill Baffert saw him walking through the paddock and ran over.

Barbara D. Livingston
Gun Runner earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 117 for his win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“Congratulations,” said the wife of trainer Bob Baffert, who had run four horses against Gun Runner. “He’s an incredible horse.”

“It was our turn, right?” Asmussen said.

Gun Runner’s turn was more than seven months in the making. Back in March, he had finished second to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup. But until Saturday, they had not met since. In that time, Gun Runner had won three straight races, while Arrogate had lost twice. If either won the Classic, that horse would be Horse of the Year and champion older dirt male.

It was no contest. Arrogate, favored at 2-1, took a left-hand turn leaving the gate from his rail draw, found himself well back over a track where he lost twice this summer, and could only rally for a dead-heat for fifth, his third straight loss in what was the final start of his career.

Gun Runner, meanwhile, proved again he needed no excuses – not pace, not surface, nothing. His remarkable consistency had carried him to five wins in his prior six starts, the lone setback being when Arrogate turned in a Herculean effort in Dubai. This time, Gun Runner would be tested the whole way, setting a swift pace while racing on what may have been the worst part of the track, and he still turned in the fastest race of his career.

Gun Runner ($6.80), hounded by Collected the whole way and through fractions of 22.50 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.31 seconds for a half, and 1:10.50 for six furlongs, turned back Collected’s bid in upper stretch and was pulling away anew in deep stretch to win the Classic by a widening 2 1/4 lengths. He covered 1 1/4 miles on the fast main track in 2:01.29, which translated into a Beyer Speed Figure of 117, the highest of his career.

“He’s had a lot of travel, a lot of fast races, and he’s better today than he’s ever been,” Asmussen said later at a post-race press conference. “The year this horse has put together would be hard to top. He’s better today than ever, and that was the plan.”

Collected, racing over a track he adores and at which he won the Pacific Classic during the summer meet, finished second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of West Coast, with War Story fourth. Arrogate and Gunnevera finished in a dead-heat for fifth, then came Churchill, Mubtaahij, War Decree, Pavel, and Win the Space.

For Gun Runner, 4, this was his fifth win in six starts at five different racetracks in 2017. He has now won 11 times in 18 starts at 10 different racetracks. And he won for the first time going 1 1/4 miles after finishing second once and third twice in three prior attempts.

“Is there anything he hasn’t done?” a playful Asmussen said as he walked through the tunnel heading to the paddock after the race.

Gun Runner, starting from post 5, was angled off the rail leaving the gate by jockey Florent Geroux, but he still was closer to the rail than Collected over a surface where inside runners had not fared well this week.

“I watched races all week, and 22 and 3,” Asmussen said, referring to the opening-quarter mile of the Classic, “on the inside wasn’t having a lot of success. But Gun Runner wasn’t one of them.”

Geroux said Gun Runner was “very comfortable” despite setting the rapid pace.

“He was flopping his ears back and forth,” Geroux said. “At the quarter pole it was a two-horse race with me and Collected, and the best horse won.”

Collected started from the outside and had to be used a bit to get around a scrum of horses and take up a stalking position into the first turn behind Gun Runner. As the field neared the far turn, Martin Garcia, on Collected, said he turned to Geroux and said, “I have a lot of horse.”

“Me too,” Geroux replied.

At the quarter pole, “I said, ‘Let’s go,’” Garcia said.

Through the lane, Garcia said he angled Collected away from Gun Runner because he knows Gun Runner likes to fight.

“I know he’d respond,” Garcia said of his respect for Gun Runner. “My horse tried. I couldn’t do anything. Gun Runner is a really good horse. He got a good position, and I had to let my horse run a little early to get position.

Going into the far turn, “I couldn’t move too early,” Garcia said. “If I use my horse too early, maybe I lose second and run third.”

Gun Runner had spent the past month in California, first at Santa Anita, and then for the past 1 1/2 weeks at Del Mar, part of a plan that was months in the making. Gun Runner was given an ambitious schedule, but Asmussen said he recovered from his works and his races better as the year progressed.

Gun Runner won the Stephen Foster in June, then the Whitney and Woodward at Saratoga, all after returning from Dubai. He then was pointed for the Classic. He had four works at Santa Anita, and one at Del Mar, with assistant Scott Blasi overseeing the day-to-day care during the California stay.

“The way that he has taken his races, the way that he’s coming out of them, me and Scott were just marveling at him this week how strong he looked schooling this week,” Asmussen said.

Gun Runner then schooled his competition in his first start at Del Mar. He earned a first prize of $3.3 million, putting his career earnings just shy of $9 million.

There may be more for Gun Runner. Ron Winchell, whose Winchell Thoroughbreds owns Gun Runner in partnership with Three Chimneys Farm, had said previously that the Pegasus World Cup in January at Gulfstream was a possible next start for Gun Runner, and that it was “50-50” whether Gun Runner would race all of 2018.

But on Saturday night, Winchell and Asmussen and Goncalo Borges Torrealba of Three Chimneys all dodged questions about Gun Runner’s plans, not to be coy, but, it seemed, simply because they wanted to enjoy, just for a little bit longer, the satisfaction of having seen a months-long plan come to fruition.

It was their turn.

Ulysses withdrawn from Breeders’ Cup Turf

Barbara D. Livingston
Ulysses, pictured training at Del Mar on Nov. 1,
was withdrawn from the Breeders’ Cup Turf Friday evening.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Ulysses, the 7-2 favorite for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf, was withdrawn on Friday evening because of soundness issues.

In a one-sentence statement, the Breeders’ Cup announced his withdrawal without providing specifics. The statement said Ulysses was scratched “per recommendation from the track veterinarians.”

Ulysses is scheduled to go to stud at Cheveley Park in England in 2018 and is not expected to race again.

Owned by the Niarchos Family’s Flaxman Holdings, Ulysses won 5 of 13 starts and earned $2,544,053. Trained by Michael Stoute, Ulysses won 3 of 6 starts and earned $2,242,047 this year.

By Galileo, Ulysses won two Group 1 races – the $644,400 Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park in July and the $1.28 million Juddmonte International at York in August. In his final start, Ulysses was third in the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly Racecourse in France on Oct. 1. The $5.9 million Arc is Europe’s richest race.

The absence of Ulysses will make Beach Patrol and Highland Reel the first two choices in the betting. Beach Patrol won the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park in his last start on Sept. 30. Highland Reel was third in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on Oct. 21.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Arrogate, the defending race winner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, will leave from post 1 in this year’s race at Del Mar on Saturday after drawing the inside in a field of 11 on Monday, a situation his jockey, Mike Smith, said will cause him to be aggressive leaving the gate.

“Like in the Travers,” he said, referring to the 2016 Travers Stakes, the race that announced Arrogate to the world. “I’ll go get a position leaving there.”

Arrogate is the 2-1 second choice on the morning line for the Classic, the $6 million, 1 1/4-mile race that will determine Horse of the Year. Russell Hudak, who makes the morning line at Del Mar, established Gun Runner, winner of his last three starts and runner-up to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup, as the 9-5 favorite. Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper, has Gun Runner at 8-5. Gun Runner drew post 5.

From the rail out, the Classic field is Arrogate, War Decree, Win the Space, War Story, Gun Runner, Mubtaahij, Churchill, West Coast, Gunnevera, Pavel, and Collected.

Bob Baffert, the trainer of Arrogate, has three other runners – Collected, Mubtaahij, and West Coast. This is the first time a trainer has run more than three horses in the Classic.

:: BREEDERS’ CUP 2017: Fields, odds, comments, and more

Churchill could have run in the Mile on turf, but went here. War Decree could have gone on the Dirt Mile, but also went here. War Story could have gone in the Turf but went here. All three of those moves were telegraphed in the past 24 hours. Cupid, as expected, was put in the Dirt Mile.

The Classic will be the last of 13 Breeders’ Cup races that will be run at Del Mar, four on Friday and nine Saturday. This is the 34th Breeders’ Cup, the first at Del Mar.

There are nine previous Breeders’ Cup race winners, including seven from last year.

A total of 168 horses were entered Monday in the 13 Breeders’ Cup races. Four races drew so many entries that they overfilled, and the maximum two also-eligibles were drawn, too. Another three races drew the maximum field but had no also-eligibles.

Scratch time for all the Breeders’ Cup races is Friday morning, which is the last chance the also-eligibles will have to get in.

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Pre-entries were submitted last week. Final entries were due Monday, and posts drawn later in the day at a ceremony at the beach. Although there were scenarios under which some horses could have entered two races – the two races don’t overfill, one is on Friday, the other Saturday – horses like Practical Joke (who goes in the Dirt Mile on Friday) and Mind Your Biscuits (who goes in the Sprint on Saturday) did not use that option.

Here is a snapshot of the other 12 races – other than the Classic – in the order in which they will be run Friday and Saturday:

Friday

Juvenile Fillies Turf – Rushing Fall, unbeaten in two starts, is the 7-2 favorite on Hudak’s line in a full field of 14 that has two also-eligibles. Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free made Rushing Fall the 4-1 favorite.

Dirt Mile – This field was reduced to 10 when horses like Midnight Storm (Mile on turf) went elsewhere. Met Mile winner Mor Spirit is the 3-1 favorite on the lines of both Hudak and Free.

Juvenile Turf – As with the Juvenile Fillies Turf, there was a full field of 14, plus two-also-eligibles, entered in this race. Masar, a European import, is the lukewarm 9-2 choice on Hudak’s line, but he has seven runners priced at 6-1 or 8-1, illustrative of the wide-open nature of the race. Free has Masar favored at 4-1. With U S Navy Flag going to the Juvenile, and Nelson not shipping from Europe, that allowed My Boy Jack and Snapper Sinclair to get into the main body of the race. They were the first two excluded at the pre-entry stage last week. Mendelssohn went here; he was pre-entered in the Juvenile, too.

Distaff – Stellar Wind is the 5-2 favorite of both Hudak and Free in an eight-horse field, the event’s smallest field. The field includes Champagne Room, winner last year of the Juvenile Fillies, as well as this year’s Kentucky Oaks winner, Abel Tasman.

Saturday

Juvenile Fillies – The unbeaten Moonshine Memories heads a field of 13 and is the 7-2 favorite on Hudak’s line. Watchmaker has Moonshine Memories favored at 3-1.

Turf Sprint – Five-furlong grass races at Del Mar can only handle 12 runners, and this race drew a full field, plus two also-eligibles. The globetrotting Lady Aurelia is the 5-2 favorite on Hudak’s line. Watchmaker has her much lower, at 8-5. B Squared would have been the first horse on the also-eligible list, but his connections opted for something more certain and put him in the Sprint, which did not overfill. Mongolian Saturday, who won this race two years ago, is 20-1.

Filly and Mare Sprint – Unique Bella tops a full field of 14 and is the 9-5 favorite on Hudak’s line and is 8-5 with Watchmaker, but the brilliant 3-year-old filly has to face several top-class older runners, including Skye Diamonds, By the Moon, Paulassilverlining, and the defending champion, Finest City.

Filly and Mare Turf – Lady Eli, bound for the Hall of Fame, is the 5-2 favorite of both Hudak and Watchmaker in what will be the final start of her dramatic career. She is seeking a second Breeders’ Cup win, having captured the Juvenile Fillies three years ago. Her rivals include Queen’s Trust, who nosed out Lady Eli in this race last year. There were 14 entered in here, plus two also-eligibles.

Sprint – Defending champion Drefong will have to leave alertly, having drawn post 2 in a field of 10 over a course where he made a left-hand turn at the gap the last time he raced here. He is the 5-2 favorite of both Hudak and Watchmaker.

Mile – A full field of 14 was entered, headed by European star Ribchester, who is the 7-2 favorite on Hudak’s line and is 5-2 on Watchmaker’s line. Roly Poly went here instead of the Filly and Mare Turf, something colleague Marcus Hersh hipped you to in recent days. Midnight Storm also went here instead of the Dirt Mile.

Juvenile – Bolt d’Oro will have to overcome post 11 in a field of 12 to keep his unbeaten record intact. He is the 9-5 favorite on Hudak’s line, but is a far shorter 6-5 on Watchmaker’s line. Mendelssohn went in the Juvenile Turf, but U S Navy Flag was put in here. Both are Coolmore-owned runners.

Turf – Another full field of 14, with defending race winner Highland Reel and last year’s Juvenile Turf winner, Oscar Performance, entered. European star Ulysses is the 7-2 favorite on Hudak’s line and is the 3-1 favorite on Watchmaker’s line.

Jerry and Suzee’s Favorites

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    Jerry’s Picks!

FRIDAY

Juvenile Filly Turf

1-September

2-Rushing Fall

3-Happily

Dirt Mile

1.- Accelerate

2.-Sharp Azteca

3.-Awesome Slew

Juvenile Turf

1-Masar

2-James Garfield

3-Mendelssohn

Distaff

1-Elate

2-Paradise Woods

3-Forever Unbridled

Suzee’s Favorites!

Juvenile Filly Turf

1-Happily

2-Capla Temptress

3-September

Dirt Mile

1-Mor Spirit

2-Accelerate

3- Battle Of Midway 

Juvenile Turf

1. Mendelssohn

2-. Masar 

3- James Garfield 

Distaff

1-Elate, Bill Mott

2.-Stellar Wind 

3-. Abel Tasman

Breeders’ Cup 2017 results:

Forever Unbridled wins Distaff at Del Mar

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Forever Unbridled captured the Longines Distaff on Friday, capping off the first day of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, Calif.

John Velasquez rode Forever Unbridled, who had 4-1 odds, to win the 1 1/8-mile race of females three years and older, and held off a late charge by Abel Tasman down the stretch in the fourth and final race of Friday at Del Mar.

The third time was not the charm for pre-race favorite Stellar Wind, the 5-year-old who finished last on Friday. Stellar Wind finished second in the Distaff in 2015, and fourth last year.

Juvenile Turf

Jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O’Brien teamed up for their fourth Juvenile Turf win in the last seven years, guiding Mendelssohn to the win this year in the battle of 2-year-olds. Moore has ridden winners in this race with Wrote (2011), George Vancouver (2012) and Hit It A Bomb (2015).

Las Vegas Dirt Mile

The $1 million race for 3-year-olds and older was won by 13-1 underdog Battle of Midway, who beat out Sharp Azteca down the stretch. Pre-race favorite Mor Spirit — he had 2-1 odds — finished well back in the pack

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Javier Castellano, who rode Cloud Computing to a win in the Preakness Stakes in May, won the Juvenile Fillies Turf for the second year in a row. He rode 3-1 favorite Rushing Fall to a victory in the one-mile race, beating out Best Performance and September.

SATURDAY

Jerry’s Picks!

14 HANDS WINERY JUVENILE FILLIES

1-Heavenly Love

2-Moonshine Memories

3-Separation of Powers 

TURF SPRINT

1-Lady Aurelia

2-Disco Partner

3-Holding Gold

 

F& M Sprint

1-Unique Bella

2-Paulassilverlining

3-Finey’sluckycharm

  FILLY & MARE TURF

1-Lady Eli

2-Rhododendron

3-Avenge

SPRINT

1-Drefong

2-Imperial Hint

3-Roy H

 

MILE

1-Ribchester

2-Roly Poly

3-World Approval

 

JUVENILE

1-Bolt D’Oro

2-Free Drop Billy

3-Good Magic

 

TURF

1-Ulysses

2-Highland Reel

3-Fanciful Angel

 

   CLASSIC

       Breeders Cup Classic 2017 Overview

Certainly the talk almost all year in the classic division has been about Arrogate but with losses in his last two races and Gun Runner’s emergence winning his last three (all grade ones.. Stephen Foster, Whitney and Woodward) the pendulum has swung to Gun Runner even though Arrogate best him in their only head to head meeting in the Dubai World Cup. Both Arrogate’s losses were in Del Mar which may not be his favorite track but that’s where the Breeders Cup is so he will again need to deal with it. Like most really good horses both horses have won over five different surfaces which tells us that they don’t really need a certain track to do their best so I don’t buy the argument that Arrogate dislikes Del Mar as the sole excuse for his loses. I think the miles have caught up with him and his best races are behind him where Gun Runner’s best races still lay ahead. The question is whether Arrogate can still win with less than his best. With Collected, Diversify and Midnight Storm there is plenty of early speed to occupy Gun Runner and but he has shown the ability to rate slightly off the early lead, and early last year in Louisiana he sat in the pocket and came with that move on the turn to win both the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby. But I don’t think he’ll be in a pocket, more likely stalking the lead which he has done brilliantly in his last two wins.. and of course if for some strange reason he gets an easy lead then it’s game set and match.. but I cant see that happening. As I’ve said before, the reason I like him over Arrogate now is that he is still improving and Arrogate is not.

But if he does get embroiled in a hot pace up front early, Arrogate and West Coast are the most Likely beneficiaries with Arrogate the better of those two.

To put what Arrogate is trying to do in perspective, in the history of the BC Classic there have been eleven occasions when the winner of the Classic tried to repeat the following year and all failed except Tiznow in 2000-2001. Here are some of those who came up short … Curlin, Zenyatta, Cigar, Skip Away and Unbridled just to name five .(others are Fort Larned, Pleasantly Perfect, Cat Thief, Concern Skywalker)

Of the other closers that would have a punchers chance, Gunnevera and Keen Ice are the most likely to have an effective closing run good enough to get a piece of the purse, with Mubtaahij from his win in the Awesome Again possibly as well.

As good as Collected ran in winning the Pacific Classic, he will get a lot of heat up front early from Diversify and Gun Runner and the distance will prove too much for him.

West Coast…Is he this year’s Arrogate? He didn’t make his first career start until February and he missed all three TC races yet here he is as the top three-year-old in the land based upon his wins in the Los Alamitos Derby, Travers, and Penn Derby. It’s not just his wins in those but the way he won. Very easy and very fast. He has speed but will likely sit off the lead just a bit and we will see just how good he is. He loses Mike Smith but gets Javier Castellano in the saddle so he loses nothing there. He’s a really big and long-striding colt and hasn’t shown that he’s very nifty so he will need a traffic-free trip.

War Decree is one of the two Aidan Obrien euro invaders and although he comes off an unbelievably easy win on the synthetic of Dundalk, the two just behind him in second and third were both mares and neither has won a graded stake in other words, he wasn’t beating much that day.

Churchill is the other Obrien runner and although he is a four-time grade one winner including two this year, all of those were on the grass and he comes off a bit of a disappointing 7th place finish just a couple of weeks ago at Ascot on Champions Day.

Collected-Undefeated in 2017 going 4 for 4 including the Grade one Pacific Classic over Arrogate. In many other years, he would be one of the favorites but he may not even be in the first three choices.  The reason is because of his style and that is speed..although he has stalked the early leaders and been successful, at this distance he will be really close and have little or no chance to “catch his breath” anytime in this race. Diversify will likely lead and Gun Runner, Pavel and maybe even West Coast will all be somewhere close to this guy will be under pressure the entire trip and I don’t think he’s up to that kind of trip.

Diversify- the most likely speed of the race comes off a three-race winning streak including the JC Gold Cup in his last and all very fast races. I don’t think he can carry that speed the entirety of the race with these horses but he will keep them all honest.

Mubtaahij-he comes off a win in the Awesome Again a month ago but he didn’t and hasn’t run fast enough to beat at least four of these in here.

Gunnevera-Comes off a career-best effort in the Travers to West Coast but even that effort wasn’t good enough to win. Will appreciate the solid pace up front but simply not good enough in my eyes.

Win the Space. Only two starts this year. neither a win and like others in here his best lifetime effort int good enough to beat at least four and maybe five in here. He does come from back in the pack and hopefully won’t get in anyone’s way.

War Decree. Comes off a win over 5the synthetic surface of Dundalk in a Gr 3 race at this distance. He won as easy as a horse can win but the second and third place finishers were both mares and neither had won a graded stake at that point…

Churchill.. so this is a shot in the dark but this colt didn’t look too impressive running 7th in the Irish Champions stakes on Sept 9, but came back with a better performance in the QE 2 stakes at Ascot just two weeks ago for a third-place finish to Persuasive and Ribchester at one mile which is a better distance for him I believe , so this is distance is approaching his limits, over a dirt surface he’s never run over and it’s back in two weeks after a solid 2017 campaign and an international trip.. He’s really good but this is a lot to ask..

but then again, nothing to lose.

Pavel is sort of a wildcard in here for me. Four months ago he hadn’t even started in a race and now he’s in the Classic. I don’t think he’s fast enough but he has surprised me more than once in his brief career. After breaking his maiden he was asked to run in the Jim Dandy stakes and I thought he was a winner at the top of the stretch as he moved up to challenge the Derby and Preakness winners but he settled for fourth. He came back and was an impressive winner in the Smarty Jones at Parx then third beaten less than two lengths in the JC Gold Cup. He would have to run faster but he is on the improve and he could get a good stalking trip.. maybe third?

 

1-Gun Runner

2-Arrogate

3-West Coast

Suzee’s Favorites!

14 HANDS WINERY JUVENILE FILLIES

1-Alluring Star

2-Heavenly Love

3-Moonshine Memories

TURF SPRINT

1- Disco Partner

2-Lady Aurelia

3- Stormy Liberal

F& M Sprint

1- Unique Bella

2- Carina Mia

3-Finley’sluckycharm

Longshot -Curlin’s Approval

FILLY & MARE TURF

1-Rhododendron

2-Lady Eli

3-Queen’s Trust

TWINSPIRES SPRINT 

1- Drefong

2-Takaful

3-Roy H

THE MILE

1-Roly Poly

2-World Approval

3-Heart to Heart

LOVE THE NAME! -Home of The Brave

JUVENILE 

1. U S Navy Flag

2-Bolt d’Oro

3-Solomini

TURF 

1-Highland Reel

2-Beach Patrol

3-Sadler’s Joy

THE CLASSIC 

1- Arrogate, Bob Baffert, Mike Smith, 2-1

2- Gun Runner, Steve Asmussen, Florent Geroux, 9-5

3-Churchill (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore, 15-1

4- West Coast, Bob Baffert, Javier Castellano, 6-1

 

BREEDERS CUP POST POSITIONS:
FRIDAY’S RACES

JUVENILE FILLIES TURF

Post time: 5:25 p.m. Purse: $1 million.

Distance: 1 mile for 2-year-olds.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds 

1. Best Performance, Christophe Clement, Jose Ortiz, 12-1

2. Happily (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore, 9-2

3. Now You’re Talking (IRE), Joseph O’Brien, Wayne Lordan, 30-1

4. Madeline (IRE), R.P. Varian, Andrea Atzeni, 20-1

5. Ultima D, Wesley Ward, Tyler Gaffalione, 12-1

6. Orbolution, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 20-1

7. Capla Temptress (IRE), Bill Mott, Joel Rosario, 6-1

8. Significant Form, Chad Brown, Irad Ortiz Jr., 8-1

9. Fatale Bere (IRE), Leonard Powell, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1

10. September (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, Seamie Heffernan, 6-1

11. Rushing Fall, Chad Brown, Javier Castellano, 7-2

12. Dixie Moon, Catherine Day Phillips, Eurico Rosa Da Silva, 20-1

13. Juliet Capulet (IRE), John Gosden, Frankie Dettori,12-1

14. Moon Dash, Michael Stidham, Mike Smith, 15-1

AE Retro, Richard Mandella, Flavien Prat, 20-1

AE Goodthingstaketime (IRE), J.A. Stack, Florent Geroux, 30-1

LAS VEGAS DIRT MILE

Post time: 6:05 p.m. Purse: $1 million.

Distance: 1 mile for 3-year-olds and up.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. Iron Fist, Steve Asmussen, Ricardo Santana Jr., 12-1

2. Giant Expectations, Peter Eurton, Gary Stevens, 12-1

3. Sharp Azteca, Jorge Navarro, Paco Lopez, 9-2

4. Gato Del Oro, Richard Baltas, Jose Ortiz, 30-1

5. Awesome Slew, Mark Casse, John Velazquez, 12-1

6. Mor Spirit, Bob Baffert, Mike Smith, 3-1

7. Cupid, Bob Baffert, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1

8. Accelerate, John Sadler, Victor Espinoza, 7-2

9. Battle Of Midway, Jerry Hollendorfer, Flavien Prat, 10-1

10. Practical Joke, Chad Brown, Joel Rosario, 6-1

 

JUVENILE TURF

Post time: 6:50 p.m. Purse: $1 million.

Distance: 1 mile for 2-year-olds.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. Mendelssohn, Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore, 8-1

2. Untamed Domain, Graham Motion, Jose Ortiz, 8-1

3. Sands of Mali (FR), Richard Fahey, Flavien Prat, 30-1

4. Catholic Boy, Jonathan Thomas, Manuel Franco, 12-1

5. Beckford (GB), Gordon Elliott, Joel Rosario, 8-1

6. Masar (IRE), Charlie Appleby, William Buick, 9-2

7. James Garfield (IRE), G.O. Scott, Frankie Dettori, 6-1

8. Voting Control, Chad Brown, Javier Castellano, 8-1

9. Encumbered, Simon Callaghan, Mario Gutierrez,15-1

10.  Flameaway, Mark Casse, Julien Leparoux, 20-1

11. Snapper Sinclair, Steve Asmussen, Ricardo Santana Jr., 15-1

12. Hemp Hemp Hurray, Wesley Ward, John Velazquez, 8-1

13. My Boy Jack, Keith Desormeaux, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1

14. Rajasinghe IRE), R.G. Spencer, Stevie Donohoe, 30-1

AE Tap Daddy, Steve Asmussen, Florent Geroux, 20-1

AE Pubilius Syrus, Vladimir Cerin, Corey Nakatani, 20-1

 

LONGINES DISTAFF

Post time: 7:35 p.m. Purse: $2 million.

Distance: 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds and up.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. Champagne Room, Peter Eurton, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1

2. Stellar Wind, John Sadler, Victor Espinoza, 5-2

3. Mopotism, Doug O’Neill, Frankie Dettori, 30-1

4. Abel Tasman, Bob Baffert, Mike Smith, 4-1

5. Elate, Bill Mott, Jose Ortiz, 3-1

6. Forever Unbridled, Dallas Stewart, John Velazquez, 4-1

7. Paradise Woods, Richard Mandella, Flavien Prat, 9-2

8. Romantic Vision, Rusty Arnold, Brian Hernandez Jr., 15-1

 

SATURDAY’S RACES


14 HANDS WINERY JUVENILE FILLIES

 

Post time: 3 p.m. Purse: $2 million.

Distance: 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-olds.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. Heavenly Love, Mark Casse, Julien Leparoux, 9-2

2. Tell Your Mama, Bob Hess Jr., Keith Desormeaux, 30-1

3. Princess Warrior, Kenny McPeek, Brian Hernandez Jr., 12-1

4. Gio Game, Mark Casse, Manuel Franco, 15-1

5. Blonde Bomber, Stanley Gold, Jose Lezcano, 20-1

6. Stainless, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 20-1

7. Moonshine Memories, Simon Callaghan, Flavien Prat, 7-2

8. Piedi Bianchi, Doug O’Neill, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1

9. Alluring Star, Bob Baffert, Joe Talamo, 6-1

10. Maya Malibu, Graham Motion, Javier Castellano, 20-1

11. Wonder Gadot, Mark Casse, Patrick Husbands, 8-1

12. Caledonia Road, Ralph Nicks, Mike Smith, 15-1

13. Separationofpowers, Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz, 4-1

TURF SPRINT

Post time: 3:37 p.m. Purse: $1 million.

Distance: 5 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. Disco Partner, Christophe Clement, Irad Ortiz Jr., 9-2

2. Holding Gold, Mark Casse, Manuel Franco, 15-1

3. Lady Aurelia, Wesley Ward, John Velazquez, 5-2

4. Stormy Liberal, Peter Miller, Joel Rosario, 12-1

5. Washington DC (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore, 20-1

6. Marsha (IRE), Sir Mark Prescott, Luke Morris, 7-2

7. Richard’s Boy, Peter Miller, Flavien Prat, 10-1

8. Cotai Glory (GB), Charles Hills, Oisin Murphy, 20-1

9. Mongolian Saturday, Enebish Ganbat, Florent Geroux, 20-1

10. Hogy, Mike Maker, Jose Ortiz, 12-1

11. Bucchero, Tim Glyshaw, Fernando De La Cruz, 12-1

12. Pure Sensation, Christophe Clement, Kendrick Carmouche, 20-1

AE Guns Loaded, Doug O’Neill, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1

AE Paquita Coqueta (CHI), Chad Summers, Corey Nakatani, 20-1

 

FILLY & MARE SPRINT

Post time: 4:14 p.m. Purse: $1 million.

Distance: 7 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. Carina Mia, Chad Brown, Javier Castellano, 12-1

2. Paulassilverlining, Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz, 8-1

3. Curlin’s Approval, Happy Alter, Luis Saez, 20-1

4. Finest City, Ian Kruljac, Corey Nakatani,12-1

5. Bar of Gold, John Kimmel, Irad Ortiz Jr., 30-1

6. Proper Discretion, Philip D’Amato, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1

7. By the Moon, Michelle Nevin, Rajiv Maragh, 12-1

8. Constellation, Bob Baffert, Flavien Prat, 15-1

9. Finley’sluckycharm, Bret Calhoun, Brian Hernandez Jr., 6-1

10. Highway Star, Rodrigo Ubillo, Angel Arroyo, 15-1

11. Unique Bella, Jerry Hollendorfer, Mike Smith, 9-5

12. Skye Diamonds, Wiliam Spawr, T.J. Pereira, 5-1

13. Princess Karen, Jeff Bonde, Julien Leparoux, 20-1

14. Ami’s Mesa, Josie Carroll, Luis Contreras, 20-1

 

FILLY & MARE TURF

 

Post time: 5 p.m. Purse: $2 million.

Distance: 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds and up.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. War Flag, Shug McGaughey, Jose Ortiz,12-1

2. Senga, Pascal Bary, Stephane Pasquier, 20-1

3. Birdie Gold, Gary Mandella, Mike Smith, 30-1

4. Zipessa, Michael Stidham, Joe Bravo, 20-1

5. Wuheida (GB), Charlie Appleby, William Buick, 20-1

6. Cambodia, Thomas Proctor, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1

7. Dacita (CHI), Chad Brown, Joel Rosario, 8-1

8. Grand Jete (GB), Chad Brown, Javier Castellano, 6-1

9. Lady Eli, Chad Brown, Irad Ortiz Jr., 5-2

10. Queen’s Trust (GB), Sir Michael Stoute, Frankie Dettori, 12-1

11. Nezwaah (GB), R.P. Varian, Andrea Atzeni, 20-1

12. Avenge, Richard Mandella, Flavien Prat, 8-1

13. Goodyearforroses (IRE), Richard Baltas, Corey Nakatani, 12-1

14. Rhododendron (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore, 8-1

AE Kitten’s Roar, Mike Maker, John Velazquez, 20-1

AE Responsibleforlove (IRE), Neil Drysdale, Joe Talamo, 20-1

 

TWINSPIRES SPRINT

Post time: 5:37 p.m. Purse: $1.5 million.

Distance: 6 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. Calculator, Peter Miller, John Velazquez, 20-1

2. Drefong, Bob Baffert, Mike Smith, 5-2

3. American Pastime, Bob Hess Jr., Corey Nakatani, 12-1

4. B Squared, Doug O’Neill, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1

5. Whitmore, Ron Moquett, Manuel Franco, 15-1

6. Mind Your Biscuits, Chad Summers, Joel Rosario, 6-1

7. Takaful, Kiaran McLaughlin, Jose Ortiz, 5-1

8. Roy H, Peter Miller, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2

9. Ransom the Moon, Philip D’Amato, Flavien Prat, 12-1

10. Imperial Hint, Luis Carvajal Jr., Javier Castellano, 9-2

MILE

Post time: 6:19 p.m. Purse: $2 million.

Distance: 1 mile for 3-year-olds and up.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. Midnight Storm, Philip D’Amato, Tyler Baze, 15-1

2. Heart to Heart, Brian Lynch, Julien Leparoux, 6-1

3. Mr. Roary, George Papaprodromou, Tyler Conner, 30-1

4. Lancaster Bomber, Aidan O’Brien, Seamie Heffernan, 20-1

5. World Approval, Mark Casse, John Velazquez, 9-2

6. Zelzal, Jean-Claude Rouget, Gregory Benoist, 20-1

7. Om, Dan Hendricks, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1

8. Suedois, David O’Meara, Daniel Tudhope, 6-1

9. Home of The Brave, Hugo Palmer, Mike Smith, 20-1

10. Ribchester (IRE), Richard Fahey, William Buick, 7-2

11. Ballagh Rocks, Bill Mott, Jose Lezcano, 12-1

12. Roly Poly, Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore, 6-1

13. Blackjackcat, Mark Glatt, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1

14. Karar (GB), Francis-Henri Graffard, Frankie Dettori, 15-1

SENTIENT JET JUVENILE

Post time: 6:58 p.m. Purse: $2 million.

Distance: 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-olds.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. U S Navy Flag, Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore, 8-1

2. Solomini, Bob Baffert, Flavien Prat, 6-1

3. Firenze Fire, Jason Servis, Irad Ortiz Jr., 6-1

4. Givemeaminit, Dallas Stewart, Javier Castellano, 20-1

5. Free Drop Billy, Dale Romans, Robby Albarado, 5-1

6. Good Magic, Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz, 8-1

7. The Tabulator, Larry Rivelli, Jose Valdivia Jr., 20-1

8. Bahamian, Simon Callaghan, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1

9. Hazit, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 20-1

10. Golden Dragon, Mikhail Yanakov, Evin Roman, 30-1

11. Bolt d’Oro, Mick Ruis, Corey Nakatani, 9-5

12. Hollywood Star, Dale Romans, Joel Rosario, 15-1

LONGINES TURF

Post time: 7:37 p.m. Purse: $4 million.

Distance: 1 ½ miles for 3-year-olds and up.

Horse, trainer, jockey, odds

1. Talismanic (GB), Andre Fabre, Mickael Barzalona, 15-1

2. Bullards Alley, Tim Glyshaw, Javier Castellano, 15-1

3. Highland Reel (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore, 5-1

4. Decorated Knight (GB), Roger Charlton, Andrea Atzeni, 15-1

5. Ulysses (IRE), Sir Michael Stoute, Frankie Dettori, 7-2

6. Cliffs of Moher (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, Wayne Lordan, 20-1

7. Itsinthepost (FR), Jeff Mullins, Tyler Baze, 15-1

8. Bigger Picture, Mike Maker, John Velazquez, 15-1

9. Seventh Heaven (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, Seamie Heffernan, 20-1

10. Fanciful Angel (IRE), Chad Brown, Irad Ortiz Jr., 12-1

11. Hunt (IRE), Philip D’Amato, Flavien Prat, 15-1

12. Beach Patrol, Chad Brown, Joel Rosario, 4-1

13. Sadler’s Joy, Thomas Albertrani, Julien Leparoux,12-1

14. Oscar Performance, Brian Lynch, Jose Ortiz, 10-1

CLASSIC

Post time: 8:35 p.m. Purse: $6 million.

Distance: 1 ¼ miles for 3-year-olds and up.

Horse, trainer, odds

1. Arrogate, Bob Baffert, Mike Smith, 2-1

2. War Decree, Aidan O’Brien, Seamie Heffernan, 30-1

3. Win the Space, George Papaprodromou, Joe Talamo, 30-1

4. War Story, Jorge Navarro, Jose Ortiz, 30-1

5. Gun Runner, Steve Asmussen, Florent Geroux, 9-5

6. Mubtaahij (IRE), Bob Baffert, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1

7. Churchill (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore, 15-1

8. West Coast, Bob Baffert, Javier Castellano, 6-1

9. Gunnevera, Antonio Sano, Edgard Zayas, 30-1

10. Pavel, Doug O’Neill, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1

11. Collected, Bob Baffert, Martin Garcia, 6-1

BREEDERS’ CUP NEWS 

This time, Baffert has Arrogate right where he wants him

10/31/2017 8:00PM

Shigeki Kikkawa
Bob Baffert, with Arrogate in April, blames himself
for Arrogate’s disappointing races at Del Mar last summer.

DEL MAR, Calif. – A few days after Arrogate’s second-place finish in the Pacific Classic here at Del Mar in August, trainer Bob Baffert was kicking himself over the way he had managed the horse during the summer meet, believing his decision to run Arrogate in the San Diego Handicap rather than simply awaiting the Pacific Classic “threw everything off.”

It was a particularly frustrating summer for Baffert with Arrogate, because he wholeheartedly believed the colt still was capable of the brilliance he had displayed from August 2016 through late March. When Arrogate got back to Del Mar after his Travers victory in the summer of 2016, Baffert took him out of his stall and said, “Take a look at the fastest horse in the world.”

It was proven not to be an idle boast. Arrogate followed up the Travers by running down California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. He then won the inaugural Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream. He had run three straight races with monster Beyer Speed Figures of 122, 120, and 119. And then on March 25, he turned in a breathtaking performance in the Dubai World Cup, overcoming a dreadful start to reel in the high-class Gun Runner.

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He was ranked as the best horse in the world – not just by Baffert but by an international panel of racing secretaries.

Now it was five months on from Dubai, and Arrogate had lost two straight races. Horse of the Year, which seemed a certainty in the spring, was now in jeopardy. There would be one more chance for Arrogate before he went to stud at Juddmonte Farms.

That race is Saturday, in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar.

It is a pivotal race for Arrogate’s career. A victory would make him only the second horse to win the Classic twice, and make him both Horse of the Year and champion older male on dirt for 2017, adding to the champion 3-year-old male title he won in 2016. A loss means Arrogate will retire with a three-race losing streak.

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“I like a challenge,” Baffert said in late August, when he set about planning for the Classic, working backward from Nov. 4 with a general outline.

“I know what needs to be done,” Baffert said then. “Like with American Pharoah after his Saratoga race.”

American Pharoah had lost the 2015 Travers, and then came into the Classic fresh, without a prep, and crushed his rivals. Mistakes had been made at Saratoga, particularly an overaggressive gallop the day before that Travers. After that race, American Pharoah had a few easy weeks, and then had a strong series of works leading up to his career finale.

Baffert believed there were similarities regarding Arrogate in that mistakes had been made, with Baffert placing the biggest blame on himself for running in the San Diego. He thought there were adjustments that could be made, too, in daily gallops and race tactics.

As with American Pharoah, Arrogate had a light late August and early September, then started training in earnest for the Classic. He also would have all his workouts at Santa Anita and ship in just days before the Classic.

“Freshen him up, like for other big races, and take one shot at it,” Baffert said.

On Sept. 26, Arrogate sped five furlongs in 59.40 seconds, the best time of 44 at the distance.

“I’m just trying to keep the weight on him, keep him happy,” Baffert said that morning.

Baffert backed off a bit for the next work, when Arrogate went a half-mile in 50 seconds under jockey Rafael Bejarano on Oct. 3.

“I stressed to Bejarano I didn’t want to do a lot, just cruise around there,” Baffert said. “I’m happy with him. Just got to keep him healthy. I want him to be really enjoying what he’s doing.

“I like where I am right now. It’s like going in at halftime, changing things. Del Mar was halftime. We made halftime adjustments.”

On Oct. 10, Arrogate was sent through another fast piece of work, five furlongs in 1:00.20, again the best of the day at the distance.

“Just cruising around there,” Baffert said. “He went really nice. He was happy coming off the track. He’s just doing everything really nice, wanting to do it.”

Six days later, Arrogate worked six furlongs in 1:13.20, and seven days after that, seven furlongs in 1:25.40.

“Today was his major work,” Baffert said on Oct. 23. “He does well when I point for big races. When I didn’t point, I messed it all up.”

On Monday, Arrogate had his final drill, five furlongs in 1:00, again the best of the morning at the distance.

“Went nice,” Baffert said that morning. “I’m happy with his progression into the race.”

Early Tuesday morning, Arrogate was sent by van from Santa Anita to Del Mar. He’ll get three days of training on the main track before the race. Baffert insists it was his management, not the surface, that got Arrogate beat this summer.

Different race tactics will be used Saturday. Arrogate will be asked to stay closer earlier by jockey Mike Smith.

“You have to be in it turning for home,” Baffert said. “You’re not going to make up a lot of ground. That’s the key going a mile and a quarter. You’ve got to stay within striking distance.

“He ran a respectable race in the Pacific Classic. But I know he can do better.”

Opposition wary of Unique Bella

Barbara D. Livingston
Unique Bella, pictured at Santa Anita on Oct. 25, 2017,
looms large in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

A full gate of 14 is pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint for Saturday, but just one name – Unique Bella – has dominated the conversation as the $1 million race draws near.

A winner in 5 of 6 career starts, Unique Bella has awed even the opposing trainers of the 13 pre-entered against her in the seven-furlong Filly and Mare Sprint.

“I’ve been watching her train, and she’s just extremely fast,” said Bob Baffert, who will run Constellation against her. “She’s got just raw, raw speed, raw talent. It looks like she’s ready to roll.”

Unique Bella, owned by the Don Alberto Stable, was knocked off the Kentucky Oaks trail with a shin injury in late March, after which trainer Jerry Hollendorfer decided to target the Filly and Mare Sprint, as opposed to the BC Distaff. A 3 1/2-length victory in the Oct. 8 L.A. Woman seems to have served its purpose as a comeback prep toward the goal.

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Unique Bella was scheduled to arrive early Tuesday at Del Mar from her Santa Anita base. Aside from a light training regimen, she was to school Wednesday through Friday, said Hollendorfer.

“We’re taking nothing for granted, but yes, the filly has done very well since we put her back in training,” said Hollendorfer.

Hollendorfer trained Constellation for her six most recent starts before LNJ Foxwoods turned her over to Baffert this summer. The 4-year-old filly has four stakes wins, most notably the Grade 1 La Brea in December, from 12 career starts.

“She’s a very healthy filly,” said Baffert. “The fact she won the La Brea ought to make her one of the horses to beat. She’s been doing really well, but going against Unique Bella, she’s going to have to step it up a little bit.”

Jockey Mike Smith will wear helmet camera in Breeders’ Cup

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Jockey Mike Smith will wear a miniature camera on his helmet during this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, bringing fans a close-up view from the saddle.

The “Jockey Cam” will be incorporated in NBC and NBCSN’s live coverage of the season-ending championships at Del Mar on Friday and Saturday. This marks the first time viewers can watch a jockey’s tactical decisions as a major stakes race unfolds.

Smith leads the Breeders’ Cup with 25 victories and more than $34 million in purse earnings. He will ride several favorites, including defending champion Arrogate in the $6 million Classic on Saturday.

The camera helmet weighs only 2.6 ounces and can deliver high-definition pictures and video. NBC Sports Group coordinating producer Rob Hyland says the “fresh perspective” will allow viewers to see the “quick decisions a jockey must make during a race.”

 

 

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