(from Churchill Downs)
Trainer Ken McPeek has left his six Breeders' Cup World Championships weekend starters behind for the time being to race during the upcoming Hollywood Park fall meet, he said Nov. 12.
McPeek started five runners in Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita and four of them brought home checks for a combined haul of $837,000.
Those five, along with the Argentina-bred Teamgeist, who ran sixth in the Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) on Nov. 6, are remaining in California.
“The stakes program at Hollywood Park is the main reason, and some of them may stay out there through the winter,” McPeek said.
McPeek said Beautician, the runner-up in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), would be pointed toward the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) on Dec. 20 rather than to Churchill's Golden Rod (gr. II) Nov. 28.
“Beautician needs more time than three weeks,” McPeek explained.
He said Noble's Promise , third in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), is headed for the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) a day before the Starlet at Hollywood.
“Noble’s Promise will probably be 2-1 or less in the CashCall Futurity and that is $750,000,” McPeek noted.
Bridgetown, who ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. II), and House of Grace, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, most likely will resurface Thanksgiving Weekend at Hollywood Park.
“Bridgetown is a one-mile max 2-year-old now and the Generous (gr. IIIT on Nov. 28) is a mile and the race here (the Grand Canyon) is a mile and a sixteenth,” McPeek said. “With House of Grace (pointing for the gr. IIIT Miesque n Nov. 29), it’s the same thing and those races out there are for $100,000 and the ones here are $60,000.”
Connie and Michael, who finished eighth in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, is to test allowance company at Hollywood. Teamgeist is being pointed to the 1 1/16-mile Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) on Dec. 5.
“Connie and Michael needs the Polytrack the way she goes,” McPeek said. “With Teamgeist, why bring her back here and then turn around and ship her back out?”