Japan's Personal Rush to Run in BC Classic

(from Lone Star Park notes)
Personal Rush, a Japanese group I winner by nine lengths who is owned by Tomiro Fukami, will be pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Lone Star Park Oct. 30.

Frankie Dettori, a three-time Breeders' Cup winner and the runaway leading jockey in Europe this season, has been booked to ride.

The 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Wild Rush out of the Alydar mare Personally was an eye-popping winner of the Derby Grand Prix (Jpn-I), a $774,000 race against older horses at Japan's Morloka racecourse on Sept. 20. His time of 2:02 4/5 for the 1 ¼ miles on dirt was a track record.

"We believe that Personal Rush is the best three-year-old colt here in Japan, as he has already beat top older horses," said Murayama Bloodstock Agency's Takuya "Taki" Murayama, the authorized agent for Fukami. "The reason why we have decided to try Personal Rush in the Breeders' Cup Classic is very simple. He is so talented and improved a lot this autumn. Obviously, Breeders' Cup is one of the most prestigious races in the world and therefore, it is natural for all the horsemen to consider contending the best horse for the best race."

Personal Rush is currently in export-quarantine at the Japan Racing Association's facility and will be flown to Los Angeles on Thursday. He'll quarantine at Hollywood Park from Oct. 22 through Oct. 24 before hopping aboard a Fed-Ex flight to the Dallas Fort Worth area on Oct. 25.

A winner of five races – including three stakes – and $1,234,820 in nine starts, Personal Rush will be challenging a deep and contentious lineup in the 21st running of the Classic, set for Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

As many as 13 are expected to compete, including defending champ and $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Pleasantly Perfect and Woodward Stakes (gr. I) winner Ghostzapper.

Personal Rush, trained by Kenji Yamauchi, was sold at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale for $57,000, then was purchased for $240,000 at the 2003 Barretts Equine Limited March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Wood bred him in Kentucky.

Pre-entries for all eight Breeders' Cup races will be taken Monday and will be announced Wednesday.