Three planeloads of Breeders' Cup horses are scheduled to arrive in California next week, with Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) hopefuls Funny Cide, Evening Attire, and Volponi on a Wednesday flight out of New York.
The final Classic shipper will be Perfect Drift, who will arrive from Kentucky late Thursday afternoon, along with Distaff (gr. I) hopeful Take Charge Lady and several other Breeders' Cup starters.
Several of the New York trainers were looking to arrive in California as late as possible in order to pull off a hit-and-run attack. Chris Clement, however, was looking to arrive as early as possible, especially with his Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) contender, Voodoo Dancer, showing the beginnings of a winter coat. Clement's other starter will be Dynever, who runs in the Classic. Dynever recently worked a half in :48 3/5 and galloped out 5 furlongs in a strong 1:00 4/5, and Clement feels he's a much stronger horse mentally and phyiscally than he was going into the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Joining Clement on Tuesday will be Todd Pletcher's trio of Balto Star (Turf), Chapel Royal (Juvenile), and Ashado (Juvenile Fillies).
That plane will pick up Cuvee (Juvenile), Posse (Sprint), and Lady Tak (Distaff), all trained by Steve Asmussen, as well as several others.
The Tex Sutton Tuesday and Wednesday flights will originate in New York and stop in Kentucky to pick up horses, while the Thursday flight will originate in Kentucky. The Tuesday flight is scheduled to arrive in California in late morning, with the Wednesday and Thursday flights expected in around 3:30 p.m.
Aidan O'Brien's shipment of seven Breeders' Cup horses is scheduled to arrive in California on Tuesday, and they should be out on the track for the first time on Thursday.