Saratoga Notebook: Shocked Sheppard Anticipates Breeders' Cup; Frankel & You; Warners Moving Up
Updated: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 3:37 PM
Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:08 PM
Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard is looking forward to another try in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr.I) with With Anticipation, who won the Sword Dancer Invitational (gr.I) Saturday for the second consecutive year.
Under jockey Pat Day, With Anticipation escaped traffic in the stretch to run down Denon in the shadow of the wire to win by a head.
"I had to pinch myself a couple of times to make sure I hadn't dreamt it because I didn't think he was running very well. He wasn't, early in the race," Sheppard said. "(Day) said the ground was stinging him and he really had to set him down. Then he finally overcame whatever he wasn't happy with and got his act together. He's got that huge stride when he really gets leveled out."
As the horses came off the final turn, Sheppard didn't like With Anticipation's chances of winning the race. When Day moved the gray to the outside, he began to change his mind.
"Then I said, `Maybe there is a shot,' then `My God,maybe he's
going to get him,'" Sheppard said.
Sheppard said he may change the strategy he used with With Anticipation prior to last year's Turf, when the gelding finished seventh, and run him in both the Man o'War (gr. I) and the Turf Classic Invitational (gr.I).
"Last year we tried one, and this year we'll think about doing both. We'll have to sit down and examine it," he said.
There was a double celebration in the winner's circle after the Sword Dancer as Day became the racing's leader in purse money earned in a career, surpassing now-retired Chris McCarron.
"It was nice to be a part of Pat setting the record like that, Sheppard said. ¨If he had been second he still would have broken the record, but finishing second and breaking the record doesn't mean much. It was a fairy tale ending."Frankel Satisfied; You Headed to Alabama Stakes
Bobby Frankel didn't have any major complaints complaints about theway Edgar Prado rode Denon in the Sword Dancer. Prado saved ground throughout the 1 1/2-mile marathon and shot the horse up the hedge at the top of the stretch. He appeared to be on his way to a victory before With Anticipation came with his run.
"He rode a great race, but for that type of horse he might have found himself on the lead a little too early," Frankel said.
"He had to go when the hole opened up. He's the type of horse in the morning when you work him he won't work unless you put a horse in front of him. It would almost have been better if he got shut off and got through a little later. You can't fault the rider.
"He rode him exactly the way I wanted him to ride him," Frankel said. "I just wish somebody was in front of him a little longer. You can't have everything perfect. The other horse still had to lose a little ground, while I saved all the ground. It was a very good race. I'm happy."
Frankel said that You is on course for the Alabama (gr.I) on Saturday.
The Alabama is a part of a busy stakes weekend for Frankel. At Arlington Park on Saturday, he will start Beat Hollow in the Arlington Million (gr. I), Tates Creek in the Beverly D. (gr. I) and Chiselling in the Secretariat (gr. I).
Frankel said he may leave Milwaukee Brew in California and instead run El Gran Papa in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup (gr.II) on Saturday.Warners Moves to Stakes Company
Following his eight-length victory in an allowance race Saturday, Warners will return to stakes company in his next race, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday.
The 3-year-old son of Dehere, purchased as a 2-year-old for $1.05 million by Eugene and Laura Melnyk, was making his first start since a seventh-place finish in the Riva Ridge (gr.II) on June 8.
Saturday, Warners raced on the lead through fractions of :22, :45 2/5 and :57 2/5. Undr jockey John Velazquez,he cruised away in the stretch to complete the six furlongs in 1:10 1/5.
"I was obviously happy with the way he ran. Happy, but not surprised,"Pletcher said. "In the past he has shown that he's a qualiity horse. He was taking a step down in company after running in the Riva Ridge and the Bay Shore (gr.III). Even his race at Ocala in the OBS race, was actually a good race. He ran into that horse Royal Lad, who went on to win the 3-year-old stake at Calder.
Pletcher said he is concerned about running the colt back in two weeks in the King's Bishop (gr.I). He said a more likely scenario would be the Jerome (gr.II) or the Sprint on Kentucky Cup Day at Turfway Park.
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