Breeders' Cup Turf Report--10/22/2001

Following is a rundown of the entries for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) with comments on each horse. Included in the analyses are horses still under consideration for the race as of Monday (Oct. 22). Blueprint was declared out because of an injury. Kalypso Katie's first preference is the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), and that race is not oversubscribed. And Balto Star looks like he is headed for the Mile (gr. IT), which is his first preference. We're leaving in Slew Valley because his camp seems to be favoring the Turf over the Mile. And we're leaving in Sakhee and Fantastic Light because the Godophin camp has not made its intentions clear.

Sakhee. For him: A victory in the prestigious Arc says this turf specialist is peaking at the right time, and a light race record in 2001 says he's fresh. Against him: The Maktoums may opt to run him in the Classic (gr. I). He's only raced in Europe, so no one knows how he'll handle an overseas trip.

Fantastic Light. For him: Turned the tables on one of Europe's best, Galileo, in his last out. Is a globetrotter who handles travel well. Against him: The Maktoums have been calling him their Classic horse for a long time, so it would be a surprise if he wound up here.

With Anticipation. For him: Has come into his own this year, with his efforts including a victory at the Turf distance in the Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) and a win at the Breeders' Cup site, Belmont Park, in the Man o'War Stakes (gr. IT). Against him: His races have been well-spaced, but he's had a long campaign.

Milan. For him: Victory in the Rothmans Royals St. Leger Stakes (gr. IT) was dominating over a distance of ground. Against him: Beaten eight lengths in his last race, the Arc. May be a cut below Europe's best.

Mutamam. For him: Looked tough in a roughly-run Canadian International (Can-I). Has plenty of experience. Against him: While a multiple group winner, he hasn't performed like a top-level horse in Europe.

Timboroa. For him: Won Turf Classic Invitational (gr. I) at BC Turf distance at Belmont Park. His trainer, Bobby Frankel, is hot, hot, hot. Against him: Frankel has never saddled a winner of a Breeders' Cup championship race.

Hap. For him: From a quality program with a Hall of Fame trainer, he is a multiple graded winner on grass. Against him: He has never won at the Turf distance of 1 1/2 miles, and even his trainer admits the son of Theatrical is better suited for 1 1/4 races.

Slew the Red. For him: A multiple group winner in Europe. Against him: A B-team player for the Maktoums, he finished eighth in his North American debut, the Canadian International.

Quiet Resolve. For him: Canada's Horse of the Year and champion grass horse in 2000. Against him: His best days may be behind him. He has only won once in seven starts in 2001. He has never won at the Turf distance of 1 1/2 miles.

Lodge Hill. For him: A Canadian classic winner on the grass. Against him: He is winless in 2001.

Blazing Fury. For him: He's a grade III winner on grass. Against him: He was a well-beaten fourth (by six lengths) in his last race, the Turf Classic Invitational.

Chorwon. For him: Tons of experience and a victory in the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/2 miles in September. Against him: He has been competitive at the grade I level, but has never won.

Slew Valley. For him: Trainer Michael Dickinson knows how to spring a Breeders' Cup upset. Against him: Can be tough to control on the lead. Has never won an added-money event, but was third in this year's Sword Dancer and second in the Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT).