European Notes: Japanese Horses in Quarantine

From Breeders' Cup Notes Team
Agnes World (Sprint), Maltese Superb (Filly & Mare Turf)-Japan's two runners in the 17th Breeders' Cup Championship remain in quarantine at Keeneland after shipping in from Chicago Monday night. They are expected to van to Churchill Downs on Wednesday.

Agol Lack (Classic), Dansili (Mile), Kingsalsa (Mile), Goldamix (Filly & Mare Turf)-Elisabeth Fabre, wife of trainer Andre Fabre, received bad news when she arrived on the Churchill Downs backstretch Tuesday morning. Agol Lack, now the first horse on the preference list for the Breeders' Cup Classic, was running a temperature. "He won't be running," she said. "Both Dansili and Kingsalsa shipped well and we are hopeful Kingsalsa (who appears to be first on the Breeders' Cup Mile preference list) will get in. Andre has a reservation and a ticket but I think that he may not come."

Quarantine clearance for the nine European horses who arrived yesterday came through at 9:30 a.m. Track superintendent Butch Lehr left the track open an extra ten minutes to accommodate the Europeans, and Dansili and Kingsalsa both jogged briefly on the main track. (Carlos Laffon-Parias-trained Filly & Mare Turf entrant Goldamix also jogged on the main track.) "They have done all their training before they came so nothing is planned for later in the week," Mrs. Fabre said. "Dansili is tough and experienced and should run well."

Arkadian Hero (Mile)-Trainer Luca Cumani, who won the Breeders' Cup Mile with Barathea here in 1994, is expected in Louisville tonight and traveling head lad Ian Willows will be able to report this year's Mile runner, Arkadian Hero, cantered seven furlongs on the turf course just after 9:30 a.m..

"He isn't used to barn life here so he is having to adapt," said Willows of the horse. "He might blow out about four furlongs on Thursday, but Luca will work from what he sees and then decide."

Bernstein (Mile), Giant's Causeway (Classic), La Vida Loca (Juvenile Fillies) and Turnberry Isle (Juvenile) - Four horses trained by Aidan O'Brien were due to arrive Tuesday afternoon after a flight from Ireland. Only three of them will be running this weekend, however.

Alastair Donald, the International Racing Bureau representative, said La Vida Loca is being shipped to Churchill Downs, but will not run in the Juvenile Fillies. Giant's Causeway, winner of the Irish Champion Stakes last month, will be making his main track debut in the Classic. Michael Kinane will ride all the O'Brien-trained horses.

Bertolini (Sprint), Diktat (Mile), Fantastic Light (Turf), Muhtahir (Mile) and Noverre (Juvenile)-Muhtathir and Diktat cantered 1 1/4 miles in company around the main track under the watchful eye of trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

"They are both doing very well," the trainer said. "I'm very pleased with them. They are coming into the race in excellent condition. Now we just have to wait to see if Diktat gets in, and we won't know that until tomorrow."

Muhtathir is listed in the body of the Mile, while Diktat is on the preference list. Muhtathir won the Prix Jacques le Marois in July and was fifth in the Atto Mile on Sept. 10, his most recent start. Diktat last started in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in September, and has not won a race in more than a year.

Two other Godolphin hopes, Bertolini and Noverre, cleared quarantine at 9:30 a.m. after arriving from Europe Monday morning. The horses were just walked under the shed after being released. Frankie Dettori is slated to ride all the Godolphin horses, and will be aboard Muhtathir if both the Saeed bin Suroor-trained runners get into the Mile.

Catella (Filly & Mare Turf)-had a canter on the main track with exercise rider Zdenek Machu aboard. With trainer Peter Schiergen not arriving until Thursday, the German filly's exercise was supervised by Annett Richter, head traveling person for the stable. Richter said the 4-year-old filly was handling her first North American visit very well.

"She's been very happy here," Richter said. "We think she has a good chance. She has been running very well against colts and it's nice to have her run against fillies again. She likes a fast pace in front of her and she likes the firmer ground. In her last race (a third in the Preis von Europa), it was very soft and not to her liking. I think she will like this course."

Richter said Catella will canter again Wednesday and blow out on Thursday. "She will work 300 meters (about three-sixteenths of a mile) on Thursday," Richter said. "That will be her final preparation." The Filly & Mare Turf will mark Catella's first start against fillies and mares this year.

Crimplene (Distaff)-Trainer Clive Brittain sent his Breeders' Cup Distaff entrant Crimplene to the main track for a canter Tuesday morning and said she would blow out six furlongs tomorrow, possibly with Distaff rider Frankie Dettori up. Crimplene, who will have a second schooling session at the gate on Thursday, holds a second-preference entry in the Mile but she will go in the Distaff.

"The Mile is sure to be full wherein the Distaff there are usually fewer runners and the draw isn't so relevant," Brittain said. "None of these races are easy but I'm confident she'll handle the dirt. Nine furlongs is well within her capabilities--she showed that at Goodwood (1 1/4 miles Nassau Stakes)--otherwise she'd have gone in the Mile."

Distant Music (Mile), Indian Lodge (Mile), Montjeu (Turf)-The three European runners cleared quarantine at 9:30 this morning but did not go to the track. Distant Lodge's trainer, Barry Hills, whose son Richard will partner Mutamam in the Turf, is scheduled to arrive Wednesday. Indian Lodge's conditioner, Amanda Perrett, whose father, Guy Harwood, saddled 1-2 favorite Dancing Brave to finish fourth in the '86 Turf, is due in today.

Fruits of Love (Turf)- was released from quarantine at 9:30 a.m. and was on the main track 15 minutes later for a leisurely jog. The horse, trained in England by Mark Johnston, has had just two starts this year. Johnston was due in at Churchill Downs Tuesday afternoon.

Kalanisi (Turf) and Petrushka (Filly & Mare Turf)-Petrushka and Kalanisi had uneventful canters on the turf course, much to the relief of trainer Michael Stoute. Kalanisi thrilled the workwatchers and dismayed his trainer Sunday with a wild display of bad behavior that included dumping his rider.

This morning, Stoute took no chances, bringing the 4-year-old to the track after everyone else had gone. Kalanisi was accompanied by a pony his entire tour of the turf course and was on his best behavior the entire time.

"I wanted to let the track clear so he could see what he was doing today," Stoute said. "He went with a pony to make sure he made a clear run."

Stoute said Kalanisi was used to working alone at Newmarket and felt the heavy traffic on the track Sunday might have contributed to the colt's actions. Kalanisi won the Champion Stakes at Newmarket last month.

Petrushka, who is deemed to have a big chance in the Filly & Mare Turf, came on the course before her stablemate and had a steady canter once around the grass course.

"We're very happy with her," Stoute said. "She's been here eight days and has done well. She's a very adaptable filly. She's had a long year -- she's been racing since April -- but she's handled it well."

Mutamam (Turf)-Sheikh Hamdan's Breeders' Cup Turf entrant cantered a "steady" seven furlongs on the turf course Tuesday morning and Wayne Tanner, traveling head lad to trainer Alec Stewart, declared himself satisfied with the 5-year-old's progress.

"He's eating and drinking and I'm very pleased with him," Tanner said. "He'll probably have a blowout of four or five furlongs on Thursday or Friday. He's an adaptable horse and we've been thinking about the Breeders' Cup for him for a while. He usually makes the running at home so he can be near the pace here and this ground--we'd call it good, fast ground in England--