Midshipman, unbeaten in two starts for trainer Bob Baffert after his gritty victory in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), heads a field of 10 in the $250,000 Norfolk Breeders Cup Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meet Sept. 28.
Grade I winner Circular Quay, a 4-year-old son of leading sire Thunder Gulch, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2009 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
War Pass, last year's unbeaten champion 2-year-old male and multiple grade I winner who was injured in April of this year, has been retired to stud to William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Robert and Janice McNair just might change their minds about getting out of racing now that their homebred Midshipman won the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 3 closing day. The photo finish victory at seven furlongs over the synthetic surface came just several days after the McNairs announced they were selling their horses and Central Kentucky farm to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation.
War Pass capped off his perfect season Jan. 21 with championship honors as the leading 2-year-old male.
- By Ron Mitchell
Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner War Pass was bred in Kentucky by Cherry Valley Farm and possesses the solid bloodlines of Cherry Valley owner Seth Hancock.
Herman Sarkowsky's Dixie Chatter and Barry Schwartz and Ed Wachtel's Attila's Storm have been scratched from the Oct. 27 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), respectively.
Steve Asmussen trainee Curlin, winner of this year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), began his serious preparations for an expected engagement in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) by working a half-mile on Keeneland's Polytrack surface in :51.80 Oct. 9.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin enjoyed a big upset in winning the Sept. 29 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park against a stellar field with Lahudood. McLaughlin's less surprising winner earlier on the card, Etched, could be bound for the $2-million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.
Juvenile Champion Stevie Wonderboy, winner of the 2005 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been retired from racing and will stand at Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.
Tracking a hotly contested pace early, Street Sense came up the rail and ran away with the $1,832,000 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) by 10 lengths at Churchill Downs Nov. 4.
Everyone had been saying the field for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) was evenly matched. Obviously Mike Battaglia, who makes the morning line at Churchill Downs, agreed.
Charles Laloggia's Skip Code got a feel of the Churchill Downs main track Sunday, Oct. 29, as he completed his final preparations for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Merv Griffin owns what one might call a "wonderboy." And we're not talking about the baseball bat that the Robert Redford character Roy Hobbs swung to perfection in the movie, The Natural. The performance that Griffin's Stevie Wonderboy gave in the 2005 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Belmont Park was as good as they come and proved just as exciting as the tape-measure home runs that Hobbs hit off "Wonderboy." Unlike those dingers, however, Stevie Wonderboy's performance was all too real.
Stevie Wonderboy, winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), worked six furlongs on Hollywood Park's fast main track Thursday in 1:12 3/5, breezing, for his 3-year-old debut in the grade II San Rafael Stakes at one mile on Jan. 14.
Sorcerer's Stone, winner of the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and sixth to Stevie Wonderboy in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Belmont Park, is set to undergo what is described as "minor" ankle surgery on Thursday. The colt will miss a planned start in the $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) on Nov. 26.
In his first serious workout since finishing second to First Samurai in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I), Darley Stable's Henny Hughes sizzled a half-mile in :47 Friday at Belmont Park as he continues to work toward the Oct 29 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
One day after pre-entries for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were announced, there were two defections Thursday. Dressed to Kill, a maiden pre-entered in the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), has been withdrawn from the 1 1/16-mile race after sustaining a fracture of the left front pastern bone.
Wilko, upset winner of Saturday's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in his first North American start, will remain in the U. S. and be trained by Craig Dollase during a 3-year-old campaign aimed at the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Behind both horses [Roman Ruler and Proud Accolade] are committed owners who have plunked down some serious coin and have already reaped some reward on their investment. Interestingly enough, both horses hail from first-crop sires.
Wilko, a two-time allowance winner on turf in England, is heading to the $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) after being purchased in part by California owner Paul Reddam.
Trainer Julio Canani's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship-bound duo of Special Ring and Sweet Catomine both worked at Santa Anita on Wednesday morning.
Multiple grade II winner Roman Ruler, getting ready to make his next start in the Oct. 30 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), worked :35 2/5, breezing, at Santa Anita on Sunday under Dana Barnes. But according to trainer Bob Baffert the bay son of Fusaichi Pegasus went much slower and easier in his first published move since winning the Oct. 3 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II).
Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed that Champagne (gr. I) winner Proud Accolade would make his next start in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Lone Star Park.
Jay Em Ess Stable's Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) winner Declan's Moon will skip the Oct. 30 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Lone Star Park, trainer Ron Ellis said, and will instead be prepared for next year's Triple Crown trail.
Grade II winner Roman Ruler, who suffered his first career defeat in the Sept. 8 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II), was put through his first workout since then at Santa Anita Wednesday, completing seven furlongs in 1:25 4/5.
Nine Irish-based, Aiden O'Brien-trained colts, led by ONE COOL CAT and GRAND REWARD, were nominated to the 2004 VISA Triple Crown Challenge. Only one of them, TUMBLEBRUTUS, has raced in the United States.
Coming from off the pace, Action This Day delivered a longshot blow to the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) with a shocking last-to-first score at 26-1. Trainer Richard Mandella ran 1-2 as Minister Eric also rallied to run second.
This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Breeders' Cup, and only one trainer has saddled horses in each rendition of racing's biggest day. D. Wayne Lukas, in addition to his vast success in Triple Crown events, is by far the winningest Breeders' Cup conditioner.
Medaglia d'Oro was installed as the 3-1 favorite for the $4-m illion Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) when a field of 10 was entered Wednesday for the 1 1/4 mile race at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) hopeful Cactus Ridge breezed five furlongs in 1:00.26 prior to Saturday's first race at Hawthorne Racecourse.
With the defections of many of the leading 2-year-olds from this year's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), there has been a great deal of talk recently about the atrocious record of Breeders' Cup Juvenile winners in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). But there is more to it than meets the eye.
Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) contender Cactus Ridge posted a strong workout at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday morning, finishing his half-mile drill in :49 2/5.
Minister Eric, prepping for the $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Juvenile, and The Tin Man, a candidate for the $2 million John Deere Turf, each worked Friday morning for Richard Mandella.
Siphonizer's status for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 25 at Santa Anita was undecided after the fourth-place finisher in the Norfolk as the 7-2 co-second choice displaced his soft palate in the race.
Trainer Eoin Harty didn't give up on Ruler's Court and the 2-year-old colt proved Harty's faith to be well placed with a 14-length triumph in Sunday's $250,000 Norfolk (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
A bone scan performed Tuesday confirmed that the injury suffered by Sky Mesa was a minor one.
Padua Stable's Vindication and The Thoroughbred Corporation's Kafwain provided trainer Bob Baffert with a 1-2 finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Vindication is a name with special meaning for Satish Sanan and his family.
When post positions were drawn Wednesday at Arlington Park for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), the connections of Sky Mesa didn't want to be too far outside or too far inside. After the son of Pulpit was awarded the No. 9 spot, everyone breathed a sigh of relief, according to Donna Ward, who assists her husband, trainer John Ward.
Tom Amoss is pulling double duty these days at Arlington Park. He trains Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile contender Lone Star Sky, and he serves as an analyst on the "The Works," the popular daily program on the TV Games Network.
Sky Mesa not only likes to be on time, he likes to be early. And that has made life interesting for his connections.
Longshot Tout Seul rallied from last to take Saturday's Group I Dewhurst Stakes for 2-year-olds at Newmarket, defeating Tomahawk by a length and a quarter.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien is considering an astonishing attempt at running Tomahawk not just in Saturday's group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes but also in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile a week later.
John Ward Jr. doesn't remember ever running a 2-year-old 1 1/8 miles. And he would prefer not to do so now. But that's the distance for the longest ever Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and the trainer is blessed with the ideal candidate, Sky Mesa, a colt with stamina in his bloodlines and a running style that fits two turns.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile contender Lone Star Sky was outfitted with blinkers for the first time Monday as he breezed four furlongs in :50 at Churchill Downs under regular jockey Mark Guidry.
Michael Tabor's Zavata, one of the top 2-year-olds in training last summer at Saratoga, breezed a half-mile in :50 2/5 at Arlington Park Sunday morning in preparation for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 26.
Fabien Ouaki & Patrick L. Biancone's Whywhywhy, the 1 3/4-length winner of Belmont Park's Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 15, worked a bullet five furlongs handily in :59 3/5 at Arlington Park Saturday morning.
When they go to the post for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), the likely favorite will be Sky Mesa.
There has been much discussion regarding the decision to change the 2002 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Filly distance to 1 1/8 miles instead of one mile, which was the original distance of the two juvenile races, first run at Hollywood Park.
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