World Thoroughbred Championships
On Thursday morning a good number of Breeders' Cup entrants galloped over the Belmont track in preparation for their big day on Saturday. Below are photos of some of them. Click on the small image to see a larger version.
Juvenile favorite Officer galloped 1 1/2 miles. Thoroughbred Corp. racing manager Richard Mulhall said, referring to his 2 post, "The shortest way around the track is from the inside. Officer could start from the parking lot. It won't make any difference. It's no concern at all."
Defending Classic champion Tiznow galloped 1 1/4 miles. Trainer Jay Robbins said, "I'm glad he drew out a little bit (post 10). He'll be all right out there. He'll probably be in the first flight. I expect him to run well."
Distaff hopeful Tranquility Lake galloped 1 1/2 miles. Trainer Julio Canani said that she "has to come out running from the one hole in the Distaff. Whatever will be will be."
Juvenile Fillies second choice Habibti galloped 1 1/2 miles. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "I didn't want post one, which stinks here, down on the inside. This is awful. That's what makes this Breeders' Cup so tough. You've got to get lucky. You can train the hell out of them and do everything right but then you've got to deal with a bad draw."
Juvenile entrant Siphonic stood in the gate and then galloped once around the main track.
Classic entrant Guided Tour jogged a mile, stood in the starting gate, and then galloped 1 1/2 miles. Trainer Niall O'Callaghan said, "I'm confident he'll run one of his better races. His appearance is as good as I've seen it. I'm delighted with the 2 post. For a stalker, it's perfect."
Shesastonecoldfox, who drew post 6 in the Juvenile Fillies, galloped on the main track. Trainer Anthony Ferraro said, "She has so much speed she'll be very quick out of there. She'll have enough time to find the best part of the track. She'll go right to the front and play catch me if you can."
Defending Canadian Horse of the Year Quiet Resolve is back trying to avenge his close second-place finish in the Turf last year. He galloped 1 1/2 miles.
Trainer Eoin Harty sent his Juvenile Fillies entrant Imperial Gesture out for a 1 1/2 mile gallop.
Classic outsider Freedom Crest went out for a 1 1/4 mile gallop. Trainer Richard Baltas said, "Aptitude is sitting inside of me and he doesn't have a whole lot of speed so we should be all right. I hope I'll be sitting about fourth down the backside. I don't want him too far back."
Trainer Julio Canani sent out his Mile hopeful Val Royal for a 1 1/2 mile gallop. He said, "The draw (12) was great. I won this race from post 12 with Silic two years ago, and this horse has a similar style."
Distaff entrant Starrer drew the 9 post. She stood in the starting gate and then galloped once around the main track.
Distaff outsider Two Item Limit went out for a jog. Trainer Stephen DiMauro said ofher post 5, "There's speed on both the inside and outside of her. I would have preferred to have all the speed inside. She's a stalker but if she's allowed to drop too far back she'll lose interest. If it's a blistering pace she won't be as close."
Godolphin's Juvenile longshot Essence of Dubai went out for a 1 1/2 mile gallop.
Sprint hopeful Five Star Day went out for a 1 mile gallop. He was blowing hard when he came off the track.
Juvenile longshot Itsallinthechase went to the starting gate and then galloped once around the track.
Sprint hopeful Peeping Tom galloped on the main track. Trainer Pat Reynolds said of his 13 post, "We're a little farther out than we wanted to be. I asked the racing secretary what $100 would get me. He told me two $50's."
Another Sprint entrant, Delaware Township, galloped a mile on Thursday morning.
Mockingbird Farm's Juvenile Fillies entrant Jealous Forum jogged 1 1/4 miles. Trainer Mark Casse said, "It was a good draw (post 3). She's going to rate and it will allow her to sit behind horses and save some ground. She'll need the shortest trip home."
Trainer Keith Desormeaux sent out his Juvenile hopeful French Assault out for a gallop. He said, "I heard the post position (7) and said Bingo! It is exactly what we would hope for, what we would have chosen if given the chance. We are very happy with it."
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- Breeders' Cup Tickets
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- Breeders' Cup Advanced Edition - from DRF with lifetime performances of all the pre-entered horses.
- TV Schedule - for all the preps and other programming leading up to the big day
- Breeders' Cup Challenge - online contest from Breeders' Cup where you can win $1,000,000.
- Points Standings - from the Breeders' Cup with supplements and injuries indicated DRF Coverage - news, rankings, stats, and more
- European News - the latest on the Euro contenders from Sporting Life
- Thoroughbred Times Coverage - Contenders, preps, and history
- Countdown to the Cup - Contenders, news, history and more from the Blood Horse
- Saddletude coverage - nice resouce with online video of many of the important prep races
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