Sprint Notes For Tuesday, Oct. 31
Updated: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 7:08 PM
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 5:26 PM
Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Shadow Caster took to the track today for another gallop, this time going a mile and a quarter, and will do the same tomorrow in preparation for what is to be the biggest race of his life. His trainers, the husband and wife team of John and Tonja Terranova, are having both Shadow Caster and Breeders' Cup Classic entry Gander gallop all week up to their respective races on Saturday.
While this is the Terranova's first Breeders' Cup "on their own," both have had extensive experience with major stakes horses in the past, working as assistants for Brian Mayberry and Bob Baffert. Tonya handled top Baffert-trained horses River Keen, Real Quiet and Silverbulletday in New York last fall.
"We've been to the dance a lot," commented Tonja this morning, "but when you're doing it yourself, it is different. Things have really started to go well for us this year, with the Gatsases and other owners coming to us. We have about 24 horses in all."
The owners of Shadow Caster and Gander, brothers Michael and Theodore Gatsas, are eager to race their horses in the Breeders' Cup this Saturday. Racing is now Michael's primary business as he sold his company, Staffing Network, three years ago. He was at the barn this morning enjoying every moment, but indicated that Theodore would not be at Churchill Downs until race day as he is busy campaigning in New York for a spot in the state senate.
"We're here running horses...he's there running for office," he said.
Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Successful Appeal arrived at Churchill Downs from Belmont Park yesterday and walked the shedrow this morning. Trainer John Kimmel is due to arrive in Kentucky from New York tomorrow.
Successful Appeal, fifth in the Sprint last year at Gulfstream Park, was accompanied on his trip by his longtime groom, Omar Diaz.
"He's a very strong horse who likes to play and kick," he said.
Jockey Edgar Prado will ride Successful Appeal in the Sprint.
Working after the break, the 3-year-old Valiant Nature colt breezed a half-mile in 50 3/5 on Churchill's main track today in preparation for the Sprint.
"He's become a come-from-behind horse, and there should be enough speed in there to benefit him," trainer Nick Zito said. "He's run some big races; he was second to More Than Ready at Saratoga (King's Bishop). It won't surprise me to see him around at the end."
Hall of Famer Gary Stevens will ride.
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