From the Breeders' Cup Notes Team
LOUISVILLE, KY - Following is the daily report on the horses running in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, the first race of the Breeders' Cup Championship to be run Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Beautiful Pleasure- John Oxley's defending Breeders' Cup Distaff champion Beautiful Pleasure galloped 1 1/2 miles on the main track after the renovation break with assistant trainer Donna Ward up.
"She had a strong gallop Sunday, five-eighths in 1:04," said Ward, whose husband John was in Lexington Monday with the rest of the stable. Jorge Chavez, who has ridden Beautiful Pleasure in her past 15 starts, will have the call Saturday.
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Heritage of Gold-Jack Garey's Heritage of Gold galloped 1 1/2 miles over Churchill Downs main track on Monday. The Tom Amoss-trained 5yo mare will have her final workout before the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Tuesday with a five-furlong move on the turf planned. Regular rider Shane Sellers will be aboard for the work.
The work marks the second time Amoss has switched Heritage of Gold's training to the turf in an attempt to round her back into form following a second straight loss in Keeneland's Spinster Stakes on October 14.
"She's doing good," Amoss said. "She came out of her last work fine. She always trains well. I can't really say there's a difference on the turf. I can't say she's doing this or doing that."
Jostle-Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Jostle has been at Churchill Downs for a week now and is feeling good.
"She may be feeling too good," said her trainer John Servis this morning as she bounced by him in the shedrow. "She's been bucking and playing and doing super."
Jostle, who won the Cotillion last out at Philadelphia Park, worked 5 fur. here on Friday in 1:00 2/5. She galloped 1 1/2 miles today and will do the same tomorrow. Servis indicated he may breeze her on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.
Jockey Mike Smith rode Jostle in her last four starts, winning three of them - Cotillion, Alabama, and Coaching Club American Oaks - and will ride her in the Distaff as well. Smith has won eight Breeders' Cup championship races, including the Distaff twice (1995, Inside Information; 1997, Ajina).
Lu Ravi- Fujita Yoshio's Lu Ravi jogged with Joe Deegan up when the track opened at 5:45 Monday morning.
"I always jog her the first day back to the track after a work," said trainer Carl Bowman, whose charge worked 5 fur. in 58 2/5 on Saturday. Jerry Bailey will have the mount Saturday.
Lu Ravi comes into the Distaff off her worst outing in a seven-race campaign in 2000, a sixth-place finish behind probable Distaff favorite Riboletta in the Ruffian on Sept. 16.
"That was a one-turn race, and she is not that kind of horse," said Bowman of Lu Ravi, whose only other non-two turn race was in her debut in 1997. "In that kind of race, you have to put her up in the race early. She's a real smart horse, and she is accustomed to going around two turns.
"Even in her two-turn races, she will sit there and when she wants to move, she'll make her own move. Pat Day says when he has ridden her, if you get to moving on her and try to get her to move too soon, she resents it. I think the one-turn race and trying to put her in the race sooner than she had been accustomed to, it made her mad. I can't tell you how temperamental she is. That's her biggest negative. She thinks she is smarter than everybody else."
Plenty Of Light- Spinster winner Plenty of Light was declared out of the Distaff on Sunday by trainer Elliott Walden.
"She galloped Thursday, and Friday she had a little filling in her left front ankle," Walden said. "We x-rayed it, and it was clean, but it didn't go right down, so I am not going to take a chance on running her. I think next year is going to be her year anyway."
Riboletta- Trainer Eduardo Inda said the Brazilian-bred mare, winner of her last six starts, walked shedrow Monday morning after working 5 fur. in 1:00 3/5 breezing the previous day.
"She will just gallop up to the race," said Inda of the 5yo mare. "She worked very good yesterday. So far she has been training super."
Exercise rider Jose Cuevas, who worked Riboletta, also worked South American-bred champion mares Bayakoa and Paseana for trainer Ron McAnally when Inda worked as the head assistant to the Hall of Famer. "It's a different era," Cuevas said when asked to compare the mares. "But Riboletta is really really good."
Spain- The Thoroughbred Corporation's Spain galloped before the renovation break Monday morning. Victor Espinoza will ride the filly in Saturday's Distaff. Spain last worked on Oct. 25, going 5 fur. in 59 1/5. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Spain would gallop up to the Distaff but "may stretch her legs a little bit" one day down the stretch.
Speaking of Time- Runner-up in the Lady's Secret Handicap at Santa Anita in her last start Oct. 9, the 4yo filly was flown from California to Kentucky Monday. She worked 6 fur. in 1:15 4/5 Saturday at Santa Anita. Trainer Barry Abrams will send out his first Breeders' Cup starter.
Surfside- Overbrook Farm's Surfside, third in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, galloped Monday morning before the renovation break. Pat Day, who has ridden Surfside in all 11 of her career starts, will have the mount Saturday. Surfside, who has worked twice since returning to the races Oct. 11 following a six-month layoff, will gallop up to the Distaff. Tranquility Lake- See Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Report.