Stonerside Stables' multiple grade I winner Congaree, last seen finishing second in the Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap (gr. III) at Turfway Park on Sept. 13, will likely train right into the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert said.
The 5-year-old son of Arazi was nominated to the Oct. 4 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), traditionally the last major Classic prep for the Southern California-based horses, but will skip the nine-furlong event mostly due to time constraints.
"They're too close," Baffert said of the three weeks between the Goodwood and the Breeders' Cup. "So as of now, he's not going."
Congaree, who finished second, beaten a length, to Perfect Drift in the Kentucky Cup, has won four of his six starts at Santa Anita with one second, which was at the Classic distance of 1 ¼ miles. He's earned $2,803,400 from a record of 21-11-2-4.
Baffert also indicated that Padua Stables' Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Class Above will also wait for a next start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). The daughter of Quiet American won her Kentucky Cup race by 16 lengths in her stakes debut after breaking her maiden at Del Mar by 5 ½ lengths. She's undefeated in two starts for earnings of $91,400.
Maiden winners Coldntight and Odds On will likely have their final pre- Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) preps in the Oct. 5 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II). David Flores will ride Coldntight while Gary Stevens has the call on Odds On, Baffert said.
Stakes-placed Victory U. S. A. will start next in the Oct. 4 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park with jockey Jerry Bailey aboard and wait for a rematch with Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) winner Halfbridled, according to Baffert.
"I'll get her in the big one," Baffert joked, referring to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, which is likely the next time that Victory U. S. A. and Halfbridled will meet.