Trainer Ken McPeek said Oct. 16 that he plans to send his Breeders’ Cup juvenile quartet to Santa Anita on Oct. 19.
The lineup was completed when Magdalena Racing’s House of Grace scored a nose victory over Smart Seattle in the off-the-turf JPMorgan Chase Jessamine.
“They are all going out on the 19th,” McPeek said. “I want to go out early this year to let them get acclimated, especially after all the cold weather here. Last year, I went out late with Dream Empress (who ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies).”
McPeek plans to have a starter in all four 2-year-old Breeders’ Cup races, beginning on Nov. 6 with House of Grace in the Juvenile Fillies Turf and Beautician in the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). Beautician finished fifth in the opening-day Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) after a troubled trip.
On Nov. 7, McPeek has Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) winner Noble’s Promise for the Grey Goose Juvenile (gr. I) and Bridgetown, winner of the Summer Stakes (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine on Sept. 19, for the Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT).
In addition, McPeek also is sending out Teamgeist, who ran third in the Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I). “She could be supplemented to the Ladies’ Classic,” McPeek said.
McPeek has won six races through the first five days of the Keeneland meeting. That doubles his output for the entire spring season.
“We came to the table ready and thought we had a pretty good shot,” McPeek said. “In the spring, we ran hard at Gulfstream Park trying to win the (trainer’s) title and pretty much played all of our cards and were out of conditions when we got here.”