Southern California trainers re-group after Breeders' Cup
Date Posted: 11/4/2012 7:44:26 PM
Last Updated: 11/8/2012 3:28:06 PM
Richard Mandella reported all was well with
his Breeders' Cup trio Sunday morning and that they all had earned a bit
of vacation. Beholder captured the Juvenile Fillies while stablemates Jimmy
Creed ran ninth in the Sprint and Rumor filled the fifth spot in the Filly &
get some time off, one way or another," Mandella said. "I'd expect you'd
probably see them all at the Santa Anita big meet after Christmas.
and Rumor will stay with me at the track. Beholder probably will, too. Sometimes
with young fillies you need to take them away (from the track) and give them a
break. But she's big and strong and I'm thinking she'll probably stay here with
us. If I see in a few days if she maybe needs it, I've got several farms around
here where I could send her."
The trainer was especially proud of his two-year-old filly Beholder, who took her field
wire-to-wire in Friday's Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles. He has hopes of an Eclipse
Award for her and thoughts of a three-year-old filly prize like the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.
In the case of four-year-old Rumor, he noted that she is lightly raced with just 12 starts
to her credit
and that he has further plans for her next year. Mandella thought three-year-old Jimmy
Creed's Sprint effort was an additional educational vehicle for all
Creed) was down inside (post 2) and that dirt started coming back and hitting
him in the face again," Mandella said. "When that happened last time (when
he finished third in the Grade 1 Santa
Anita Sprint Championship [formerly Ancient Title] on October 6), he started to back up. I
thought that experience would suit him this time, but he got even more dirt in
his face Saturday and he just hated it.
"He's a nice colt, though, and I'll give
him a little bit of time off and then point him for the (Grade 1) Malibu (on December 26 at Santa
Trainer Ron Ellis was also happy with his Breeders' Cup threesome after Rail
Trip ran second in the Dirt Mile, Include Me Out took third in the Ladies'
Classic and Teddy's Promise crossed under the wire in eighth in the Filly & Mare
"I was pretty proud of all three,"
the trainer said from Hollywood Park, where he awaited the
trio to be shipped from Santa Anita.
"It wasn't Rail Trip's game getting behind all that dirt, but he battled his
way through it and ran a really good race. Include Me Out ran her guts out and
was not quite good enough. I was proud of the way she ran against
a great field and only got beat by two champions (Royal Delta and My Miss
Ellis said the number 1 post compromised the chances of Teddy's Promise in the
seven-furlong Filly & Mare Sprint.
"The rail took away her options," he asserted. All three are
expected to return to the races in 2013.
"Include Me Out will get a little vacation," Ellis said. "She will get a couple
of months off, but I know that (owner) Samantha (Siegel) wants to race
her again next year.
"Rail Trip and Teddy's Promise will also stay in training."
Fellow Southern California conditioner Doug O'Neill sent out six runners over
the two-day championship, with the best finish being recorded by He's Had
Enough, who just missed by a head to Shanghai Bobby in the Breeders' Cup
Juvenile. The trainer also saddled Richard's Kid and Handsome Mike to respective
fifth and ninth-place finishes in the Classic, Know More to a 13th-place run in
the Juvenile Turf, Cogito to seventh in the Turf and Boxeur des Rues to a
13th-place finish in the Sprint.
"They all came back great," he said Sunday morning.
"I thought Richard's Kid ran a good race," O'Neill added after talking with
Mark Verge, co-owner of the seven-year-old horse and CEO of Santa Anita, in a
visiting golf cart. "He had to make up a ton of ground on a dirt track against
those kind of horses. He'll live to fight another day. Like fine wine, he's
getting better with age."
O'Neill said he had not yet spoken with Paul Reddam, owner of his other five
starters, before making any further plans.
"I need to huddle up and take a deep
breath," he said of future decisions.
"He's Had Enough ran a dynamite second and Know More had a rough post and a
rough trip. I still have to talk Paul, but I'm
guessing that one will be pointed to the (Grade 1) CashCall Futurity (at Hollywood Park on December 15.)"
While O'Neill was already thinking ahead for his runners, trainer
John Sadler faced an empty stall in his Santa Anita barn Sunday morning.
"Switch left at 2 (a.m. PST) this morning for Kentucky," the
horseman said of the five-year-old mare who
placed third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint following a pair of
runner-up efforts the past two years..
"She's selling at the Fasig-Tipton broodmare sale Monday. She's going to make
somebody a wonderful broodmare.
"It's sad to see her leave," Sadler sighed. "I'll just remember what a good honest horse she
was. She was a multiple Grade 1 winner and took us to Kentucky and Oaklawn
Sadler reported that Capo Bastone and Monument both bled in the Juvenile,
where they finished third and ninth, respectively.
"Capo Bastone ran a real good third, but he bled a little,"
the trainer said. "I'm not sure
what's next but he will probably wait until the winter meet here. Monument will
go back to state-bred races.
"Lady of Shamrock finished fifth, beaten two lengths (in the Filly &
Mare Turf)," Sadler concluded. "She
had to take up a little at the eighth-pole or I think she would have been
second. We will look at the (Grade 1) Matriarch (on November 25 at Hollywood Park) or
wait until the winter meet."
Hollendorfer didn't give any indication of what be next for his Breeders' Cup
duo, Nonios and Chosen Miracle. Nonios ran sixth in the Classic on Saturday
while Chosen Miracle crossed under the Turf Sprint wire in 12th.
"Both of my horses came out their races in good order and they're back in the
barn at Hollywood Park," Hollendorfer said by telephone from Hollywood Park
before adding about Nonios'
Classic effort, "He tried hard, but didn't get there."
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