Arc Winner Sakhee May Run in Classic
Updated: Saturday, October 13, 2001 7:44 PM
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2001 1:46 PM
Photo: AP Photo/Jacques Brinon
Sakhee, as he crosses the finish line in the Arc de Triomphe.
Godolphin announced Thursday that Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee will be sent to Belmont Friday for the Breeders' Cup and will be pre-entered in both the Breeders' Cup Turf and Breeders' Cup Classic.
Assistant trainer Tom Albertrani said, if it is decided to run Sakhee in the Classic, then Fantastic Light will shift gears and head for the Turf.
"Either way, one will run in the Classic and one will run in the Turf," Albertrani said. "We really don't know at the moment. It will be a last-minute decision. And Sheikh Mohammed will have the final say. Sakhee has never raced on dirt and hasn't trained much over it, but he won the Arc over a very soft course, and in most cases when a horse can handle turf that soft, he can also handle dirt. It usually goes hand in hand. When I get there, I'll watch both horses train on the dirt and get a good line on how they handle it."
Racing manager Simon Crisford, said, as of now, Fantastic Light is their Classic hope, but they want to keep their options open. "You have to be prepared for everyhting," he said. "We have to pre-enter on Monday, so obviously we'll sort out our preferences by then. We'll then watch and see how each horse trains."
Accompanying both horses will be Noverre, who is being pointed for the Breeders' Cup Mile following his surprising defeat to his own pacesetter in the Quieen Elizabeth II Stakes. Express Tour, winner of the Jerome Handicap, also will be pre-entered for the Mile.
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