Archives for October 10, 2018

Breeders’ Cup 2018: New Win and You’re In Horses

The Breeders' Cup horse racingJohn C. Oxley’s Strike Silver has the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on his calendar after clinching a fees-paid slot with his triumph in Sunday’s $200,000 Indian Summer. The inaugural running of the Juvenile Turf Sprint will be at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2.

“The game plan is to go for the Breeders’ Cup,” trainer Mark Casse’s assistant David Carroll said. “He will probably stay at Keeneland for a little while before shipping to our barn at Churchill Downs.”

The Indian Summer marked the turf debut for Strike Silver, who won his career debut at Churchill in June and was a close second in the Sanford (G3) at Saratoga in July.

Trainer Wesley Ward was pleased with the second-place effort by Hat Creek Racing’s Chelsea Cloisters in the Indian Summer.

“You look like you’re a winner and then you get nailed at the wire,” Ward said.

Trainer Jorge Abreu, who went out on his own in 2016 and saddled his first Keeneland winner this spring, will be gunning for his first Keeneland stakes victory Wednesday when he sends out two runners in the 28th running of the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Representing Abreu will be Steve Weston’s Moravia (GB) and NY Final Furlong Racing Stable and Maspeth Stable’s Espresso Shot in the stakes, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race that awards the winner a fees-paid berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2.

Moravia has made all four of her starts in Ireland with a maiden victory and a Group 3 runner-up finish coming at Leopardstown, the latter being her most recent start July 26.

Trainer Abreu Has a BC Contender in Wednesday at Keeneland

“Mr. Weston bought her just before her last start and we got her in the barn in July,” Abreu said. “The plan all along was for this race and then the Breeders’ Cup.”

The acclimation process for Moravia has gone well.

“I like what I have seen and she has trained really well since we got here,” Abreu said of the filly, who last worked Sept. 29 at Saratoga.

Manny Franco will have the mount Wednesday.

Flavien Prat comes in from California to ride Espresso Shot, who comes into the race off a maiden victory at Belmont Park on Sept. 14.

“She has a lot of ability,” Abreu said of Espresso Shot, whose two starts have come against fellow New York-breds. “She ran a good race at Saratoga going 5½ furlongs on the turf and then won the off-the-turf race (at 1 1/16 miles) at Belmont. She has got some class to her.”

Source: Keeneland

Breeders’ Cup 2018: 2yos in Florida

Gulfstream Park horse toteArindel’s Cookie Dough overcame adversity in her first start around two turns in the $400,000 My Dear Girl at Gulfstream Park, providing trainer Stanley Gold with his record-extending 20th victory in the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series.

The 1 1/16-mile FSS finale for juvenile fillies sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida co-headlined eight stakes worth $1.325 million with the $400,000 In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile open division FSS finale.

After watching the daughter of Brethren draw off to a 7 ½-length victory despite a rough trip under Jeffrey Sanchez, Arindel’s Brian Cohen targeted the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs Nov. 3 as the homebred filly’s next start.

“We’re going to the Breeders’ Cup,” Cohen said. “Last year, we took a shot and we got a piece of it, so we’ll try again,” said Cohen, referring to Blonde Bomber’s third-placed finish behind Caledonia Road in last year’s Juvenile Fillies.

Trainer Stanley Gold saddled Awesome Feather for a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2010 under Sanchez after she swept the Florida Sire Stakes series with a victory in the My Dear Girl.

Breaking from the No. 12 post position, which had produced only two winners since the racetrack was reconfigured in 2005, Cookie Dough was bumped very wide heading into the first turn and subsequently becoming somewhat rank as she pulled Sanchez into contention on the backstretch as Myrrh set fractions of 23.69 and 47.99 seconds for the first half mile. Cookie Dough, who had previously captured the seven-furlong FSS Susan’s Girl, continued to advance on the far turn on the outside and assumed the lead leaving the turn into the backstretch. Starship Nala, who had finished second in the Susan’s Girl, started a rally on the turn into the homestretch but was no match for Cookie Dough. Blazing Brooke, who finished third in the Susan’s Girl, rallied from last to finish third again, another half-length back.

Cookie Dough ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.50.

“The first turn I tried coming in, but all the horses went together and we got bumped outside. When my horse saw the horse in front, she wanted to pass. I saw some space to get through, so we were able to get a better position,” Sanchez said. “She relaxed, we waited for our moment and finished strong.”

Gold, who admitted to saying, “Oh, No,” when he saw Cookie Dough get bumped on the first turn, was impressed with the homebred filly’s resilience in the face of adversity.

“She repeated her previous race, only she did it around two turns with a late-firing kick. She had to be used early and still had something left,” Gold said. “That’s a biggie when you see how they handle two turns.”

Source: Press Release