Godolphin Racing will have a strong hand in the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 5-6 as the operation’s Girolamo, Sara Louise, Gayego, and Vineyard Haven are bound for Louisville after breezing at Belmont Park this weekend.
Godolphin’s contenders for the BC Dirt Mile (gr. I), Vineyard Haven and Gayego, turned in separate breezes Oct. 31.
Gayego, who in his most recent start defeated the Oct. 30 Greenbrier Fayette (gr. II) winner Successful Dan in the Presque Isle Mile Sept. 10, breezed four furlongs in :48.88.
“He finished up great and galloped out good, and he’s another one we’re real happy with,” said Godolphin assistant trainer Rick Mettee. “That Presque Isle race looks pretty good now that Successful Dan has come back and won two starts. The one-turn mile should be perfect for him.”
Vineyard Haven, most recently third in the Forego (gr. I) at Saratoga Sept. 24, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5
“He went in 1:01 2/5 and went out in 1:13 4/5,” said Mettee. “Hopefully he can get an outside draw. Like Gayego, he seems to like being outside horses a little more. You just have to hope that with a big field and a one-turn mile they both get good draws and aren’t tucked down along the inside because that field is loaded with horses like Tizway, Crown of Thorns, and Here Comes Ben.”
Sentient Jet BC Sprint (gr. I) entrant Girolamo earned a bullet work Oct. 30 for his 1:00.06 five-furlong breeze, his third official workout since winning the Vosburgh (gr. I) at Belmont Park Oct. 2.
“Girolamo went really well – he went especially well yesterday,” said Mettee. “After a big race like the Vosburgh, you never know how they’ll handle it, but he seems to have thrived since then.”
Sara Louise, who will be making her second start of 2010 when she competes in the Emirates Airline BC Filly & Mare Sprint, turned in a :47.67 four-furlong breeze in the second quickest of 23 moves at the distance Oct. 30.
“She went back to the track today and trotted, and we’re real happy with the way she’s coming up to the race,” said Mettee. “We’d like to have another race in her, but we didn’t have that luxury. At least we got a race into her, and she’s healthy, sound, and fresh. She’s run at Churchill before, and seven furlongs should be a good distance for her.”
Mettee said all four horses will depart Belmont by van Nov. 1, arrive at Churchill Downs Nov. 2, and will take to the track Nov. 3.
“All of them have shipped before and Belmont is such a good place to prepare a horse,” said Mettee of the decision to have Godolphin’s Breeders’ Cup contenders make their final breezes at in New York. “We’re away from all the hustle and bustle of things and we’re not huge believers in needing a race or a work over the track. Sometimes shipping is good for horses; it gets them up on their toes.”