Hopeful winner Circular Quay, among the Pletcher trainees sent to Hollywood Park.

Hopeful winner Circular Quay, among the Pletcher trainees sent to Hollywood Park.

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Pletcher, Clement Horses Ship to Hollywood

(from Hollywood Park notes)
Circular Quay and Friendly Island, both second in Breeders' Cup World Championship races Nov. 4, head an 11-horse shipment of Todd Pletcher trainees that arrived at Hollywood Park from New York.

The Thursday afternoon flight from New York included six horses from the Christophe Clement stable as well.

The Pletcher horses familiarized themselves with their stalls in Barn 53 North Friday morning with assistant Justin Curran, a native of Ireland, making his first visit to Southern California.

The seven-hour flight included stops at Keeneland and Oaklawn Park.

"Seven of the 11 are owned by Michael Tabor," said Curran. "We should have 30 horses here by the end of the month."

Tabor supports the use of synthetic racing surfaces such as Hollywood's newly installed Cushion Track.

Circular Quay, a Tabor-owned son of Thunder Gulch who won the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, finished second to Street Sense in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs last Saturday.

Friendly Island, a 5-year-old horse with seven victories in 17 starts, finished second to Thor's Echo in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

Other Pletcher horses on the flight included a pair of promising maiden colts, Ravel, by Fusaichi Pegasus , and Gravelli, out of Bella Bellucci; and record-setting Argentine filly South Necking.

Pletcher is the runaway leader in national purse earnings this year.

Arnaud Delacour, a Clement assistant with several trips to California under his belt, said at least three of the six are being aimed at stakes here this month.

Bend a Little is entered in the Hermosa Beach Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday. Quietly Mine, a 2-year-old colt victorious in his last two starts, is nominated to the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 18 but will probably skip that race to await the Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) on turf Nov. 24.

Society Hostess, a 4-year-old filly, will probably run in the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on Nov. 26 after winning four of five starts this year. The Moyglare Stud homebred comes off a victory in the Franklin County Stakes on Polytrack at Keeneland on Oct. 19.

The Clement shipment also included Saint Stephen, a stakes-winning brother to champion Ashado, and In Summation, runner-up to Fast Parade in the Nearctic Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine in his last start.