O'Neill Dissects Grace Anatomy

O'Neill Dissects Grace Anatomy
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Trainer Doug O'Neill
When it comes to Grace Anatomy, trainer Doug O'Neill has her all figured out. She is a filly with "above average" talent and likes to come from off the pace.

The only question on the California-based trainer's mind is how the track will play with a high chance of rain in the forecast for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park.

Like a handful in the field -- Clearly Foxy, Izarra, Set Play, and Tasha's Miracle -- the Juvenile Fillies will mark Grace Anatomy's first start over a traditional dirt surface. She broke her maiden at second asking over the Polytrack surface at Del Mar and finished third in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

"I don’t think the dirt is much of a concern. The boys said she has been training good over the surface. I think maybe more of a concern is how the track plays, if it is extremely speed-favoring," said O'Neill.  "Her style is definitely one where she likes to come from out of it. That is where having a (jockey) like Frankie (Dettori) comes in handy. He will have to adjust to how the track is playing."

O'Neill conditions the daughter of Aldebaran out of the Storm Cat mare Propriety for Paul Reddam, Pablo Suarez, and Paul LoDuca.

Grace Anatomy, who was bred in Kentucky by Phillips Racing Partnership, will break from post 12 and was listed at 10-1 on the morning line.

"We were not happy with her draw, being that far outside, but we quickly put a positive spin on it," O'Neill said. "We have schooled her in the gate. She is a filly that the shorter the time she is in the gate, the better it is for her. She should not have to stand in there too long, so that is good for us and for her."

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