The astonishingly impressive win by super turf horse Leroidesanimaux excited everyone at Woodbine, Bobby Frankel included. However, the trainer didn't see the last furlong. Instead, he felt dizzy, nearly fainted, bowed his head, and tried to regather himself.
Prior to Sunday's Atto Mile (gr. IT), the biggest knock on TNT Stud's Leroidesanimaux is that all of his previous North American wins had been relatively close races. In winning his eighth straight, the Bobby Frankel pupil took care of that with an authoritative performance on a soft course at Woodbine.
Leroidesanimaux puts his seven-race winning streak on the line as the 9-5 morning line favorite against eight opponents in Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile (Can-I) at Woodbine.
Two-time grade I winner Leroidesanimaux will enter stud at Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm Stallions near Versailles, Ky., upon the completion of his racing career.
Artie Schiller, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships points leader in the Mile division, will not be making the trip to Woodbine to contest Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile (Can-I).
With the majority of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races beginning to sort themselves out, it looks as if this year's events for the most part are going to be wide-open races, with no standout. And that means Horse of the Year also is still very much up for grabs.
Leroidesanimaux, 7-for-9 on the turf and a multiple grade I winner, returns to the races in Saratoga's $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) on Saturday.
Jockey Jon Court got his 3,000th career win in Thursday's final race at Santa Anita Park aboard 10-1 shot Brite Lorelei.
The challengers keep falling by the wayside for Brazilian-bred Leroidesanimaux, who won the $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) Saturday on the Santa Anita turf for his sixth straight victory in the United States.
The Brazilian-bred Leroidesanimaux, who set a track record at Saturday's 1 1/16-mile distance on the Hollywood Park turf May 1, proved it was no fluke with a determined victory in the $400,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IT).
Trainer Bobby Frankel has 10 probable starters lined up for this year's Hollywood Park Turf Festival, the 14th edition of the six-race $1.75 million series of grass races Nov. 26-28.
Trainer Bobby Frankel provided an encore for his Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) victory Saturday when Leroidesanimaux took over from pacesetter De Valmont in the stretch to win the Morvich Handicap.
Leroidesanimaux tries to give trainer Bobby Frankel his sixth victory in the Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday in the $100,000 Oak Tree grass race at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Bobby Frankel scratched Leroidesanimaux from the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Monday at Hollywood Park because of sore feet.
Sweet Return, the winner of three consecutive graded stakes, attempts to extend his streak in the $350,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Monday at Hollywood Park.
Momentum, one of the leading handicap horses in California in 2002, will make his first start in 19 months Monday in the $350,000-added Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.
Sweet Return and Tsigane each worked on the Hollywood Park turf course Sunday morning for the $350,000-added Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) on May 31.
Leroidesanimaux won for the third consecutive time and broke a course record in the process when he went gate-to-wire Saturday to win the $110,900 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) by two lengths at Hollywood Park.
Kristin Mulhall, the 21-year-old Californian who on Saturday aims to become the youngest trainer and first female ever to win a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when saddling Imperialism at Churchill Downs, will double team the same day's $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.
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