Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Gung Ho, a 20-1 shot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT), was scratched out of the race Nov. 3, opening a position in the starting gate that will now be filled by Tequila Factor.
Ken Ramsey said trainer Mike Maker recommended not running the son of Kitten's Joy —Glory Dancer, by Honour and Glory, due to body soreness. A homebred for the Ramseys, Gung Ho has won two of four starts, including the Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs.
"He is just off a little in the rear end," said Ken Ramsey. "He's had the vet look at him and do x-rays and there is nothing broken. It looks like muscle soreness. He is just not 100%."
Tequila Factor, the only horse on the also eligible list for the mile grass race, is a 2-year-old son of Pure Prize—Single Factor, by Mutakddim.
"I would have liked to have been in the post draw and had an opportunity at something other than the outside post, but the horse is doing well and we're happy to be in it," said trainer Wayne Catalano, who took over training the colt three weeks ago and bought a half interest him along with Darrell and Evelyn Yates. Tequila Factor was previously trained by Ingrid Mason and owned by Coby Tresne, who still owns part of the colt.
"We bought into the horse to run him in Breeders' Cup," Catalano said. "He is not the best horse in the field, but on any given day a horse can win a race."
Tequila Factor has won three of his last four races, including the El Joven Stakes on the turf at Retama Park. He also won the Sunny's Halo Stakes at 7 1/2 furlongs on the grass at Louisiana Downs. The colt's first race at a mile came in the Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs, in which he finished fourth.
It was a pleasant early morning at Churchill Downs Nov. 3, but by mid-morning the weather had changed, with a steady rain falling. The National Weather Service for the remainder of Nov. 3 has called for a high temperature of 57 degrees and possible rainfall totals of between a half to three-quarters of an inch.
As a result of the change in weather, turf workouts were cancelled Nov. 3. That meant a change in plans for the connections of Sea Moon, who had been scheduled for a three- furlong breeze but instead galloped around the track once.