Friday Distaff Report: Bowman Pleased With Lu Ravi's Post Draw

Edited from notes from Breeders' Cup Team Notes

Beautiful Pleasure: John Oxley's Beautiful Pleasure, the defending Breeders' Cup Distaff champion, galloped a mile after the renovation break with assistant trainer Donna Ward up. Jorge Chavez will ride Beautiful Pleasure and break from post position 9 in the Distaff.

"I would have liked the six or seven and we didn't want the one or two," Ward said of the post position. As for 4-5 morning-line favorite Riboletta being in post position 8, Ward said, "that's no problem. I hope she is behind us . . . all the way around."

Saturday's race will be the final one for Beautiful Pleasure, and Ward said she had one regret about the mare's career.

"I never got to run her on the turf," Ward said of the full sister to grass star Mecke. "She moves over it so well at Pompano in the winter."

Crimplene: Crimplene cantered on the main track this morning and opened up 2 fur. through the stretch. Trainer Clive Brittain, who is attempting to win Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff to go with Pebbles' 1985 Turf win, has been bullish on Sheikh Mohammed's Crimplene.

"She is eating everything we give her and has been very happy here," he said. "I'm expecting her to run very well."

Heritage of Gold: Jack Garey's Heritage of Gold, whose most impressive races this year have been at Churchill Downs, had a final 1 ½-mile gallop on Friday in preparation for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff. The 5yo mare, who has already beaten last year's winner and Eclipse champion Beautiful Pleasure twice this year, will be attempting to round back into form after two straight losses.

In addition to her training on the track, trainer Tom Amoss has been bringing Heritage of Gold over to the paddock to help her nervous nature every day since Wednesday.

"I was disappointed with how she acted yesterday," Amoss said. "She got pretty nervous, but that is not unusual. She gets calmer each day that we school her. She's doing very well."

Amoss said that Heritage of Gold would jog on Saturday morning to get rid of her "nervous energy."

Jostle: Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Jostle galloped 1 1/2 miles this morning and will walk the shedrow tomorrow. Jockey Mike Smith, who rode the 3yo filly in her last four starts, will ride Jostle on Saturday.

"I'm extremely confident about her chances," said Smith, who has ridden the winners of two Distaffs. "She's been training perfectly."

Trainer John Servis believes that win or lose in the Breeders' Cup, Jostle should win an Eclipse Award this year.

"I think she's wrapped up the three-year-old filly division," Servis said Friday morning. "I don't know what else they could ask of her."

Lu Ravi: Fujita Yoshio's Lu Ravi galloped a mile as one of the first horses on the main track at Churchill Downs Friday morning. Jerry Bailey will ride the Carl Bowman-trained mare and break from post position 3 in the Distaff.

"That was a great position. From there she can place herself in the race," Bowman said. "I'd like to see a lot of speed out there."

Bowman reports the week has been an excellent one for his first Breeders' Cup starter. "It couldn't have been any better."

The 49-year-old conditioner was asked what Distaff entrant he would like to have Saturday if he didn't have Lu Ravi.

"Riboletta, no question," Bowman said. "She has been the most dominant filly in the country this year. That's why she is 4-5."

Riboletta: Regular jockey Chris McCarron arrived from California to visit his favorite mare before she galloped 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Jose Cuevas Friday morning. "She's certainly up there with the best mares I have ever ridden," said McCarron. "Glorious Song and Bayakoa come to mind as the two best I had ridden previously. Laffit (Pincay, Jr.) was the regular rider of Bayakoa, but I got ride her twice when he was out with a broken collarbone and won the Santa Maria and Santa Margarita (handicaps). "This mare is every bit in their class," said McCarron. "She just has that talent to run, that ability to get across the ground the way she does. And her desire is incredible too." Owners Aaron and Marie Jones were nursing colds, but the Brazilian-bred mare continues to glow with health.

Trainer Eduardo Inda, who has recorded six straight graded stakes victories with the Brazilian-bred 5yo mare, said that her Brazilian breeder and original owner was expected to see her run for the first time in the United States since she was sold two years ago.

Jose Carlos Fragoso Pires Jr. is the owner of Haras Santa Ana do Rio Grande, where Riboletta was bred in Brazil. Riboletta, seeking to become the first Brazilian-bred to win a Breeders' Cup race, was established as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in the Distaff.

Spain and Surfside: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas' two Distaff hopefuls galloped before the renovation break Friday morning. Victor Espinoza will ride Spain and break from post position 4, and Surfside will break from post position 6 under Pat Day.

"Everything went well this week, and all of our horses are doing fine," said Lukas, who has four other Breeders' Cup starters.

The ever-optimistic trainer had a new sign attached to the wall opposite his office in Barn 44. It reads "Aim low. Meet your goals. Avoid disappointment."

"No, that's not us. We just put it up there and are having some fun with it," Lukas said.

Speaking of Time: The 4yo filly galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Bob Geanotte Friday. "She's ready to run," said trainer Barry Abrams of the longshot. "There's no pressure on us. We're going to have a good time."

Abrams said he had fielded several offers to buy the filly the last two days but that she would probably go through the sales ring Monday at the Keeneland November Mixed Sale.

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