O'Brien Enters Big Three, Seven Others
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2002 9:29 AM
Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 7:35 PM
Trainer Aidan O'Brien has pre-entered 10 runners, including his Ballydoyle big three of Rock Of Gibraltar, High Chaparral and Hawk Wing, to the Oct. 26 World Thoroughbred Championships, ensuring strong representation for European runners at Arlington Park.
Rock Of Gibraltar, who takes a streak of seven straight Group I victories into the Breeders' Cup, and Hawk Wing have both been put in the Mile and the Classic.
O'Brien signaled his likely plans by nominating the Mile as Rock Of Gibraltar's first preference, with the Classic being Hawk Wing's preferred objective.
``But that doesn't mean the situation cannot change,'' the trainer said.
Irish and English Derby winner High Chaparral, third in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe recently, is named to the Turf.
O'Brien has entered five for the Juvenile, a race he won last year with Johannesburg. The 2-year-olds – Hold That Tiger, winner of the Grand Criterium, Tomahawk, Van Nistelrooy, Ontario and Marino Marini – were also entered in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
``A lot of other things will have to be taken into consideration before we finalize plans for the Juvenile,'' he said.
Also entered by O'Brien is Shadwell Mile (gr. IT) winner Landseer in the Mile and Reach For The Moon, who finished third in the Meon Valley Studs Fillies' Mile at Ascot last month, for the Juvenile Fillies.
Last year O'Brien had his largest onslaught in the Breeders' Cup when he ran seven at Belmont Park, including Johannesburg.
O'Brien's entries were joined by the Sir Michael Stoute-trained duo Golan in the Turf and the filly Islington, who was named to the Filly & Mare Turf, following her run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Godolphin's Kazzia is also entered in that race.
The Breeders' Cup will unveil the fields for the eight races that make up the World Thoroughbred Championships on Thursday.
FREE! E-Newsletters from The Blood-Horse!...
Follow the top stories of major racing events, racing previews and results with FREE e-newsletters from bloodhorse.com. As news develops, we'll deliver updates to your inbox. Follow important events moment by moment, step by step!