Part of the record number of international horses for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar
A busy morning on the main track in Del Mar with all the international horses training except Suzy Fast (IRE) which was not entered on Monday for its scheduled race in the Juvenile Turf Sprint due to a spike in temperature.
Teona (IRE) (Turf) was the first European horse on the track to do light exercise. She looked in very good shape. The next group was Audaria (FR) (Filly & Mare Turf) and Stamp (IRE) (Juvenile Fillies Turf) both of whom have been catching their eye since landing in Del Mar.
The six horses trained by Charlie Appleby were on the track for the first time since leaving his forties and exercising under Appleby’s watchful eye.
All the horses appeared to be in excellent condition and the Godolphin team reports have been very positive on all the horses since their arrival in California.
Kevin Ryan landed Monday night and was on track to watch his two Turf Sprint contenders. Glass slippers (GB) will look to continue their victory in the race last year. It was ridden this morning by racing jockey Tom Eaves.
Eaves said: âIt’s great to be in the Breeders’ Cup again. I sat on glass slippers for a light canter and she felt great. I just followed Emaraaty Ana (GB) for a circuit and it went well. She is a superb filly and I am really looking forward to the race on Saturday.
Andrea Atzeni, who will be driving Emaraaty Ana (GB) on Saturday, was by the track watching him exercise and said: âI will be driving Emaraaty Ana (GB) on the track tomorrow. It was great to see him exercise and he looked great. I have a nice draw on Saturday in gate two so hopefully we have a little luck running and he will have a big race.
Oisin Murphy, who was recently crowned UK Jockey Champion for the third consecutive year, exercised on Marche Lorraine (JPN) (Distaff) just before 7 a.m. They galloped hard and the exercise seemed to be going well.
Murphy said: âHe’s a beautiful horse and felt great. I can’t wait to take the tour. It’s great to be in Del Mar and I did some great walks this weekend. i will ride Hierarchy (IRE) (Juvenile Turf Sprint) tomorrow morning and I hope to take a ride on Staging (GB) (Juvenile Fillies Turf) at some point before Friday as well. “
Tuesday was the first sighting of the Ballydoyle horses on the track having completed their quarantine requirements. Aidan O’Brien has a team of seven horses who have been on the track together led by Broome (IRE) (Turf) ridden by Dean Gallagher. The chain was accompanied by a pony ridden by Rachel Richardson. They had a trot for a lap followed by a canter. Bolshoi Ballet (IRE) (Turf) who was third in the chain looked particularly fit with cheerful males as he galloped in the back.
Michael Bell was another British trainer to watch on the track Grand Max (IRE) (Juvenile Turf) have a gallop in the hands of regular working rider Joe Bradnam. Great Max (IRE) took a good look around during the exercise but appeared to be in good shape.
Bell said: âIt’s great to be back for the Breeders’ Cup. It’s an amazing race meeting and I’m delighted to be a part of it with Great Max. Joe Bradnam looks happy with himself, so everything is fine.
Connections Blush (FR) (Filly & Mare Turf) were at the edge of the trail after making the trip from France. The same connections recently won the Champion’s Stakes at Ascot and are hoping for more Grade 1 glory on Saturday. Coach Cedric Rossi said his filly was “in great shape”.
Irish trainer Paddy Twomey was overseeing his filly’s training Pearls galore (FR) (Mile).
Twomey said: âPearls Galore has traveled well, she’s settled into the routine here and enjoys the training. She has been galloping on the track the last two days, everything has gone well, we are impatiently awaiting Saturday. Del Mar is a nice trail, the turf will be fast and that will suit him. She is nibbler, clean and tidy and I think she will be able to cope very well with the demands of the track that day.
Matera sky (Sprint) and Large Jasper (Juvenile) were two of the last international horses to come out for exercise. They had a gallop and returned to the quarantine barn via the paddock. They took it all in their stride and looked very relaxed.
Gufo – Otter Bend Stables reached the Turf with his first and only runner, Gufo, a locally bred son of the Declaration of War colt who has never been worse than third in 13 career starts.
For owner and co-breeder Stephen Cainelli, it’s kind of a ‘how do you get past that? Â»Situation. Winning the $ 4million Turf would certainly take the already captivating story to another level and give veteran coach Christophe Clement his first Breeders’ Cup victory.
Gufo secured his spot in the Turf with a one-stroke victory over Japan in the Sword Dancer a âWin ââand You’re Inâ race on August 28 at Saratoga Racecourse. In his most recent start, he finished third in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on October 9 at Belmont Park. He shipped from New York to Del Mar on Sunday with his three teammates Clement en route to the Breeders’ Cup races.
“He had a very good training day this morning,” said Christophe Lorieul, ClÃ©ment’s assistant for 27 years. âHe galloped an easy mile. He was very strong-willed, very advanced, but within himself. I really liked the way it went this morning.
Gufo and regular rider Joel Rosario drew at position 11 in the 14 horsepower Turf and are 8-1 on the morning line.
“It’s not great, but it’s a mile and a half and he has time to try to tuck it in and try to save some ground,” said Lorieul. âObviously on the turf for a mile and a half that’s what you want. It’s not ideal, but that’s why Joel Rosario is paid dearly.
Mo Forza – Seven-time ranked winner Bardy Farm and OG Boss, Mo Forza is on a mission to make up for lost opportunities in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile. Last year, after two solid wins in the Del Mar Mile and the City of Hope Mile, Uncle Mo’s son was one of the Mile’s favorites before injury derailed intern Peter Miller’s preparation. This season, the 5-year-old winner of the 2019 Hollywood Derby returns to the same Del Mar surface as this triumph for his redemption attempt.
âHe’s training really well,â said Miller. âToday we made him jog about a mile and a half and we educated him at the gate, then we educated him in the paddock.”
Mo Forza, who has eclipsed $ 1 million in prize money by winning the same two sets this season, has drawn in the 14-horse field and could make his last career debut.
âI love the job,â Miller said. âI think there is a lot of rhythm and that should annoy everyone. We should be sitting in the middle of the bag, but there is no real strategy other than to hope for a safe trip. Del Mar takes a certain type of horse that can handle turns, short stretches, and firm runs – and if you’ve got that horse, you’re in good shape here.
Flavien Prat, who piloted Mo Forza during his four-game winning streak in the Mile, returns to the saddle on Saturday.
SPRINT ON TURF
Jockey Equipment – Calumet Farm’s Gear Jockey, the 5-1 co-second choice for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, once raced under rider Lyndsay Delello for coach Rusty Arnold.
âIt shipped well with no problem,â said Arnold of Gear Jockey, who arrived in Del Mar late Monday night from Kentucky.
Third as a youngster of the Juvenile Turf at the 2019 Breeders’ Cup in Santa Anita, Gear Jockey will escape from post 10 under Jose Lezcano in Saturday’s race.
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