Barn Notes from Churchill Downs
Under jockey Edgar Prado, Breeders' Cup Sprint hopeful Successful Appeal breezed five furlongs in 59.45 at Belmont Park Saturday morning according to New York Racing Association clockers. Trainer John Kimmel caught the colt in :58 3/5.
"It was an excellent move," said Kimmel. "Edgar said he went very well."
Kimmel said he thought Successful Appeal had rebounded from his fifth-place finish in the Vosburgh on September 23.
"I think the horse is doing very well," said Kimmel. "I'm hopeful he will have a big performance in the Sprint, perhaps his best performance of the year. He was a little knocked out for the Vosburgh, but he will be a fit horse."
Successful Appeal's stalking style should suit the race well, said Kimmel.
"The pace is going to be heavy up front," he said, " and closers historically don't do that well."
The 4-year-old colt, winner of the A.G. Vanderbilt Stakes for one of his two victories this year, will he shipped to Kentucky on Monday, sharing a van with Affirmed Success (Mile) and Christophe Clement's Breeders' Cup horses. Kimmel is slated to arrive Thursday.Affirmed Success Staying On The Ground
-- With gusting winds blowing debris and swirling leaves around Belmont Park, trainer Rick Schosberg was glad he elected to ship Affirmed Success on a van to Kentucky on Monday for his engagement in the Mile.
"Our backup plan was a plane, but with these winds .... " he said. "It's an easy ship and he does it well. He will leave late afternoon Monday and arrive before training hours on Tuesday."
Affirmed Success, who started in the 1998 and '99 Sprint, had an easy gallop around Belmont Park Saturday morning.
"He stretched his legs over the main track," reported Schosberg.Jorge Chavez will have the mount in the Mile.
"In a mile turf race, the trip is going to win the race, period, end of story," said Schosberg. "That's where the jockey and racing luck comes in. If every horse in the race runs his best race, maybe a length would separate them at the wire."Clement To Van Horses On Monday
-- Forbidden Apple, Ciro and Craigsteel are scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs early Tuesday morning via horse van.
"I prefer to go five days out," said Clement, who will saddle Ciro and Craigsteel in the Turf and Forbidden Apple in the Mile. "They are all doing well."Mott Contingent Leaves For Churchill Downs
-- Accompanied by assistant trainer Kenny McCarthy, Vision and Verse (Classic), Dream Supreme (Sprint), King Cugat (Mile), Hap (Mile) Snow Polina (Filly and Mare Turf) and Subtle Power (Turf) departed New York's Kennedy airport for Louisville Saturday morning. Trainer Bill Mott's other two Breeders' Cup hopefuls, Down the Aisle (Turf) and Mongoose (Juvenile) are already at Churchill Downs. Mott was to arrive in Louisville Saturday.