Fantastic Light Still on Course for Breeders' Cup Classic
Updated: Saturday, September 29, 2001 12:14 PM
Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2001 2:42 PM
Photo: Associated Press / NYRA / Adam Coglianese
Fantastic Light, winning the 2000 Man o'War at Belmont Park.
Tom Albertrani, assistant trainer for Godolphin, said Saturday that the plans for Fantastic Light to compete in the Breeders' Cup Classic are still on go. Among those joining the son of Rahy for the World Thoroughbred Championships will be the group I winner Noverre. The half-brother to 2-year-old champion Arazi will run in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
The main question concerning Fantastic Light is his ability to handle the dirt, but Albertrani was pleased with what he saw last year when the colt shipped to Belmont for the Man o'War Stakes and Turf Classic.
"He was here for two months, and he worked very well on the dirt," Albertrani said. "If he handles it in the race, he's going to be a very, very tough horse."
Albertrani said a decision on whether E Dubai joins Fantastic Light in the Classic will be made after they see how the colt runs in today's Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. As of now, there are no plans to run Express Tour in the Breeders' Cup, and the Jerome winner could point for the nine-furlong Stuyvesant Handicap on Breeders' Cup Day.
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