Classic Report: Japanese Invader Gets Grand Tour of Lone Star
by Steve Haskin
Date Posted: 10/26/2004 4:59:06 PM

Tomiro Fukami's Personal Rush, who will run in the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), paid his first visit to the track Tuesday morning, and it was almost an hour before he finally made his way back to his barn.

The son of Wild Rush had two spins around the track, which was wet and slick following Monday's torrential rains. He appeared to be headed back to the barn, but surprisingly showed up again about 20 minutes later, walking back to the gap, with trainer Kenji Yamauchi alongside. It became apparent that everyone with the horse was lost. It wasn't until a Japan Racing Association representative, who spoke English, mentioned the word "paddock" that their intentions became known.

The colt then headed back onto the track and walked the paddock for a while before exiting the track and heading back to the barn once again.

Personal Rush is not a big horse, but he's well-made and makes an attractive appearance, despite his bright pink hood that covers his ears, which most Japanese horses wear. It sure makes him easy to spot, and some people probably find it attractive.

Speaking of attractive, one horse who looks fantastic and appears to be sitting on a huge race is Dynever. The son of Dynaformer looks dead-fit, bright and alert, and his aggressive, but smooth, jog twice around Tuesday morning was beautiful to watch. This colt has taken some knocks due to his lack of victories this year, but at a mile and a quarter, and being fresh, fit, and ready for action, he could surprise a lot of people on Saturday.

Probable morning line favorite Pleasantly Perfect had his first feel of the track Tuesday, turning in a light jog, with trainer Dick Mandella and owner Gerald Ford watching from the gap. The son of Pleasant Colony is massive, with a huge girth and quarters, and standing over 17 hands tall. Mandella said he's been very aggressive recently and is really looking for action. Since Sept. 26, he's had three seven-furlong works, a mile work, and a 1 1/8-mile work, in which he galloped out the full mile and a quarter.

At the opposition end of the spectrum is little Birdstone, who was out early. Trainer Nick Zito, who arrived Monday at about noon, was pleased with the way Birdstone looked on the track. Because of the condition of the track, exercise rider Maxine Correa took it pretty easy with him. Birdstone's skin rash has improved over the past couple of days, and the bald spots are already getting filled in. Zito said he's just hoping for a good race, and that the son of Grindstone closes out the year on a high note.

The only Classic worker was Bowman's Band, who worked a solid mile in 1:39 3/5 with jockey Shannon Uske aboard. When asked why he worked Bowman's Band and Society Selection over such a bad track, the old-school Jerkens said, "What's the difference? It's going to be just as bad tomorrow. He seemed to do it very well."

Perfect Drift, who arrived Monday morning, walked the shed for the second day. Trainer Murray Johnson said that is the horse's normal routine after shipping, and he'll go out for his first gallop on Wednesday.

Arriving from Kentucky Tuesday on the same plane as recently announced Classic starter Azeri was Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) winner, Freefourinternet, who seems to have found a home on the dirt.

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