Mile Notes For Monday, Oct. 30
Updated: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 12:16 PM
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 12:16 PM
Affirmed Success-Affirmed Success beat only two horses in last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint at Gulfstream Park, but rebounded from that race to finish third or better in seven starts since. He has run on the turf in his last four starts and seems to relish the surface, winning the Poker Handicap at Belmont this summer and just missing in the Kelso on Oct. 8. Now a contender for the Breeders' Cup Mile, the 6-year-old Affirmed gelding shipped from Belmont to Churchill Downs this afternoon. His trainer, Richard Schosberg, also was flying in today. Affirmed Success worked 5 furlongs at Belmont Park on Saturday in 59 and walked the shedrow this morning. Jockey Jorge Chavez, who had his first two Breeders' Cup victories last year, will ride Affirmed Success in the Mile.
Altibr-Shadwell Farm's 5-year-old son of Diesis cantered 1 3/8 miles Monday at Churchill Downs for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in preparation for his final work set for Tuesday. He'll work a half-mile on the turf at approximately 9:45 a.m., McLaughlin said, to set him up for the Breeders' Cup Mile on Saturday. Regular work rider Stephan Chevalier will be aboard for the prep, as he was for last Tuesday's half-mile work over the turf in 48 3/5 seconds. Richard Migliore has the call for the race on Saturday. Aly's Alley-See Breeders' Cup Turf Report. Arkadian Hero-See European Report.
Band Is Passing did not make the body of the race for the Breeders' Cup Mile so his owner-breeder-trainer Stanley Ersoff is sitting tight with the 4-year-old at his homebase at Calder Race Course in Miami. "He galloped about two miles very strongly today and he's doing very well," Ersoff said. "We may go to the Hong Kong Mile (at Sha Tin in December) with him, or just stay home for the Tropical Turf Handicap (Dec. 9)."
Bernstein-See European Report. Bertolini-See European Report. Brahms-Thomas Van Meter's Brahms, sixth on the preferred list for the oversubscribed Breeders' Cup Mile, worked 5 furlongs in 1:01 1/5 on the turf Monday morning. Crimplene-See European Report. Dansili-See European Report. Diktat-See European Report. Distant Music-See European Report.
Forbidden Apple-This 5-year-old son of Pleasant Colony loves Belmont Park, proving it this fall by winning the Belmont Breeders' Cup and Kelso Handicaps. But this afternoon, he had to leave the friendly confines of home to board a van to Churchill Downs, where he will run in the Mile. He and stablemate Ciro are scheduled to arrive early Tuesday morning. Forbidden Apple breezed a half-mile in 49 on the turf at Belmont on Oct. 26. Jose Santos has the mount for the Mile.
Hap-The striking chestnut son of Theatrical will breeze 5 furlongs on the Churchill Downs turf course Tuesday morning, said trainer Bill Mott. Hap had his four-race win streak snapped earlier this month when he finished fifth as the favorite behind Forbidden Apple in the Kelso. "That was a little disappointing," said Mott. "I don't think it was his best race, I thought his races in Saratoga [Bernard Baruch and Fourstardave] were much better. The Kelso being a flat mile, maybe we tried to change his style." Hap, who galloped 1 1/2 miles Monday morning, will be ridden by Chris McCarron on Saturday. Indian Lodge-See European Report.
King Cugat-Given a choice of entering the 3-year-old colt in the Hollywood Derby or the Mile, trainer Bill Mott said the decision to go in the Mile was made because benefits of winning a Breeders' Cup race were much greater. "There are many more advantages to winning the Mile-the benefits are tenfold," said Mott. "If he were to jump up and win, his stallion value would go way up." Mott said it helped that King Cugat was 2 for 2 at Churchill Downs. having won the Crown Royal American Turf and the Jefferson Cup. "It's comforting for the trainer, anyway," said Mott. King Cugat, who arrived from New York on Saturday, galloped 1 1/2 miles Monday and will breeze 5 furlongs Tuesday morning on the Churchill Downs grass course. Jerry Bailey will ride him in the Mile.
Kingsala-See European Report. Ladies Din-Ladies Din was flown from California to Kentucky Monday. He worked 4 furlongs in 49 2/5 breezing Saturday over a Santa Anita main track listed "good." Trainer Julio Canani is scheduled to arrive this afternoon. Manndar-See Breeders' Cup Turf Report. Muhtathir-See European Report.
North East Bound-Julian DeMarco Jr.'s North East Bound was en route to Churchill Downs from his base at New Jersey's Meadowlands on Monday and was expected to arrive late afternoon following the van ride.
Trainer Bill Perry confirmed that the 4-year-old, who won the Meadowlands Cup on the dirt last time out, would start in the Breeders' Cup Mile after also being pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Regular rider Jose Velez Jr. has the mount. North East Bound had his final workout on Sunday, breezing 4 furlongs in 46 4/5 over the Meadowlands main track. Perry said he would walk on Tuesday morning and then gallop up to the race.
Quiet Resolve-See Breeders' Cup Turf Report. Walkslikeaduck-The 3-year-old son of Blushing John, heading for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Mile, was scheduled to arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday after a flight from trainer Patrick Gallagher's home base at Santa Anita. The winner of the Del Mar Derby put in his final serious work on Saturday when he went six furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:14. Gallagher expects to arrive by Tuesday at Churchill to oversee the colt's training up to the race. Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye has the call.
War Chant-Winner of the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile in his grass debut at Santa Anita Oct. 14, the 3-year-old colt worked 6 furlongs on turf here Monday morning in 1:17 around the dogs on the turf under exercise rider Marcelino Olguin. He worked in tandem outside stablemate Irish Prize, who was clocked in 1:17 3/5. "Everything went well, according to plan," said trainer Neil Drysdale. "That was his second work on the turf here, and both times he looked happy on it. Both horses went out easily and picked up the tempo. Irish Prize will run in the River Cities the day after the Breeders' Cup." Drysdale emphasized the luck factor in the Mile. "In the Breeders' Cup Mile, with 14 horses around a seven-furlong oval, the racing gods have to be smiling on you," said Drysdale.
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