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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• DECISION ON DULLAHAN IMMINENT FOR BREEDERS’ CUP
• SHACKLEFORD, EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE IN BC DRILLS
• FANS GREET THEIR HERO SHACKLEFORD AT SANTA ANITA
• SMITH APPROPRIATELY HAS MOUNT IN SUNDAY’S LURE STAKES
DULLAHAN WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP RACE, BUT WHICH ONE?
Dullahan worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s conventional dirt track Saturday morning under Tammy Fox in a minute flat, after which trainer Dale Romans said a decision on whether the Pacific Classic winner would run in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic or the $3 million Turf at Santa Anita next Saturday would likely not be rendered before Monday’s deadline. “I thought he went really good,” Romans said shortly after the 9 a.m. drill. “I haven’t talked to her (Fox) yet, but he went fast and he looked good doing it.”
Dullahan is pre-entered for the Classic at 1 ¼ miles on dirt and the Turf at 1 ½ miles.
“We’ll talk to her and Jerry (Crawford, owner, who races as Donegal Racing). It’ll be Jerry’s decision. We’ll have a meeting with her and see what she says. There’s no rush, but by entry time on Monday, we’ll have it settled by then.”
Dullahan’s three career wins have all come on synthetic surfaces. The 3-year-old son of Even the Score is winless in four turf starts and winless in six races on traditional dirt.
Asked his thoughts about that, Romans was resigned to his fate. “Well,” he said, “they wouldn’t change this to Poly for me, so there’s nothing I can do about it. We’ll see what happens.”
Shackleford, second in last year’s Dirt Mile, went five furlongs with Fox up in a minute flat as the 2011 Preakness winner prepares for another go in the Dirt Mile. Also for Romans, Little Mike (Turf or Mile) worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s grass course in 1:01.80, while Moonwalk (Juvenile Fillies Turf) went the same distance in 1:01.60.
Also, unbeaten Juvenile Fillies favorite Executiveprivilege worked six furlongs for Bob Baffert in 1:14.20 in company with stablemate Sir Allison, who was clocked in 1:14.80. Martin Garcia was aboard Executiveprivilege, who will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano in the Juvenile Fillies.
Elsewhere: Super Ninety Nine (Juvenile Sprint) worked five furlongs for Baffert in 59.40 with stablemate Candrea, who was timed in 1:00.60; Marathon contender Commander, winner of his last six starts, worked five furlongs for trainer Troy Taylor in 1:00.40; Smiling Tiger (Sprint) went four furlongs from the gate in a bullet 46.80 for Jeff Bonde; Love and Pride (Ladies’ Classic) and Tara from the Cape (Juvenile Fillies Turf) worked in company on the main track for Todd Pletcher, each going in 48 seconds flat;
Also, Capo Bastone (Juvenile), six furlongs in 1:11.60; Lady of Shamrock (Filly & Mare Turf), seven furlongs in 1:28.20; Under Review (Juvenile Turf), six furlongs on grass in 1:14.60 and Switch (F&M Sprint), six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.20, each worked for John Sadler; Second City (Sprint and Dirt Mile), six furlongs in 1:14 for Ben Cecil; and John Scott (Dirt Mile), five furlongs in 1:00.40 for Carla Gaines.
“Her work was good,” Sadler said of Switch’s second straight bullet move. “She’s ready to go. She likes this track and she likes this distance (seven furlongs).”
Other turf workers Saturday included Gervinho (Juvenile Turf, four furlongs in 48.40 for Carla Gaines); In Lingerie (F&M Turf, four furlongs in a bullet 46.60 for Todd Pletcher); Turbo Compressor (Turf, four furlongs in 47.40, also for Pletcher); Reneesgotzip (F&M Sprint, five furlongs in 59.40 for Peter Miller); Dry Summer (Juvenile Turf, six furlongs in 1:13.80 for Jeff Mullins); Stormy Lucy (F&M Turf, six furlongs in 1:14.60 for Frank Lucarelli); and Bourbon Bay (Turf, six furlongs in 1:13.40 for Neil Drysdale).
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Breeders’ Cup trivia: which horse pre-entered for this year has the most wins, the most starts and has won the most money?
Among Breeders’ Cup candidates scheduled to work at Santa Anita Sunday are Classic favorite Game On Dude and Turf Sprint contender California Flag, winner of that event in 2009.
Next Friday’s local weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 76 degrees and a 10 percent chance of rain, while Saturday’s is partly cloudy, a high of 79 degrees, with no chance of rain.
Trivia answer: Fame and Glory (Marathon) has the most wins with 14; Romp (Marathon) the most starts with 53; and St Nicholas Abby (Turf) has earned the most money, $4,253,121.
ROMANS, SHACKLEFORD TURN BARN 76 INTO EQUINE THEATRE
Thanks in large part to the power of Twitter, Facebook and the welcoming hospitality of trainer Dale Romans and crew, a crowd of approximately 80 horse lovers descended upon Santa Anita’s Barn 76 at 11 a.m. Saturday, as Romans presented stable stars Shackleford (Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile), Little Mike (Breeders’ Cup Turf ), and Dullahan (Turf or Classic) to the enthusiastic gathering, most of whom were armed with cameras.
“This is all thanks to Laura Hernan,” said the self-effacing Romans. “She handles our social media and she said we’ve been getting all kinds of requests to meet ‘Shack,’ and so I decided today would be the best day to try and accommodate as many people as possible.
“Both ‘Shack’ and Dullahan worked five eighths this morning and they both went in a minute, which is the third best time of the morning.”
Along with a large gathering of fans, HRTV was on hand to document the “Meet and Greet,” as Romans first addressed questions regarding how his horses trained earlier and then brought each horse out individually to pose for pictures.
Before Romans brought out his first horse, Little Mike, a winner of this year’s Arlington Million, one of the attendees told Romans, “Somebody (in media) said that Shackleford worked too fast and that he might be over the top.”
To which Romans quipped, “Tell him to get a trainer’s license . . . He trains fast and he runs fast.”
Next out was recent Pacific Classic winner Dullahan, of whom Romans said, “This is the only horse in the history of racing who has three wins and all three have been in Grade I races.”
When asked if Dullahan would be entered in the Breeders’ Cup Classic or the 1 ½-mile Turf, Romans said, “I’ll talk to Tammy (Fox, who is Roman’s chief exercise rider, assistant and life partner) tonight and we’ll make a decision. If was up to me, I’d run him in the Classic, but we’ll discuss it.”
The morning’s main event came when Romans paged Shackleford, a winner of last year’s Preakness and this year’s Grade I Metropolitan Mile Handicap and Grade II Churchill Downs Stakes.
When the 4-year-old son of Forestry emerged from his shedrow, there was no doubt that he is the Romans’ stable star. The striking chestnut posed calmly with his ears pricked and turned his head from time to time to take in the shutter-clicking throng.
“Shackleford, he knows he’s the king,” said Romans. “He’s an absolutely special horse. When he won the Preakness, they always have a big party at the barn afterwards and there must’ve been a thousand people come by to pet him.”
After approximately five minutes, Romans asked if anyone had a mint. Several people said they did, and at that point, Romans allowed about 25 people, mainly small children, to come forward and have their picture taken with the barn’s leading man.
“I always thought he was a super cool horse and we wanted to give him a good name,” said co-owner and breeder Mike Lauffer, who had been on-hand earlier for Shackleford’s final Breeders’ Cup breeze. “We visit North Carolina a lot and the Shackleford Banks are part of the barrier islands off the coast. They are populated by wild horses that are believed to be descendents of a Spanish shipwreck in the 1700s.”
Yes, it was quite a show Saturday morning at Barn 76 and, as the song promises, “The Best is Yet to Come.”
BREEDERS’ CUP ZENYATTA CELEBRATION PROVIDES FAN EXCITEMENT
Team Zenyatta has announced that race-goers staying for the second annual Breeders’ Cup Zenyatta After-Party Celebration next Friday, Nov. 2, will be treated to racing celebrity appearances, special live entertainment and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items during a live auction honoring Zenyatta. The After-Party Celebration will be at Santa Anita’s FrontRunner Restaurant from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. following the day’s races and will be emceed by Frank Mirahmadi.
The official Breeders’ Cup event is a popular one and this year will offer appearances by Zenyatta’s trainer, John Shirreffs, racing manager and voice of the Zenyatta Diary, Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs, and her regular rider, Mike Smith.
Additionally, a cavalcade of past and present jockeys will attend the After-Party on behalf of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), including John Velazquez, Ramon Dominguez, Joe Talamo and Javier Castellano, as well as Hall of Fame great Laffit Pincay Jr.
In addition to the PDJF, the After-Party Celebration also will benefit CANTER as well as other equine, children, and racing-related charities.
Fans also will be treated to live entertainment by Liza G. and her “Zenyatta” song and the raffle of a special artist proof of the "Zenyatta, Horse of our Lifetime" bronze by Nina Kaiser, sculptor of the life-sized Zenyatta statue recently unveiled at Santa Anita.
A silent auction with Zenyatta memorabilia and artwork will take place throughout the evening and a live auction will feature premium items including a canvas from acclaimed equine artist Jaime Corum featuring Zenyatta entitled "Breeders’ Cup Gold,” an original halter from Zenyatta’s foal, and a trip to see Zenyatta at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky.
Amenities include a California buffet, a cash bar featuring Z-cocktails, and race replays from Friday’s Breeders’ Cup program. Tickets are $50 for admission only, or $95 for admission and the buffet. A limited number of tickets are available for sale on "http://www.zenyatta.com”.
As an added benefit for “The Queen’s” most loyal fans, reserved seating for the Breeders’ Cup races in the specially designated Zenyatta Section is also available for $150 on Friday and $250 on Saturday. See http://www.zenyatta.com for sales and details.
SMITH HOPES TEMPLE’S DOOR LURES HIM TO WINNER’S CIRCLE
It would be apropos if Mike Smith wins Sunday’s $65,000 Lure Stakes, since the Hall of Fame jockey was aboard the horse the race is named for in back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Mile triumphs in 1992 and 1993.
The 46-year-old jockey rode Lure to a three-length win at 5-1 in 1992, then returned to ride the son of Danzig for trainer Claude (Shug) McGaughey and the Claiborne Farm to a 2 ¼-length victory as the 13-10 favorite in 1993.
On Sunday, Smith rides Temple’s Door for owner Ingrid Truman of Las Vegas and trainer Jeff Mullins in the seventh edition of the race for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf.
A 4-year-old son of stakes-winning turf miler Leroidesanimaux, Temple’s Door attended the pace last out in the mile and a quarter John Henry Turf Championship before fading to seventh in the Grade II marathon won by front-running Slim Shadey, who is bound for next Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf.
“Temple’s Door made a nice run in the John Henry,” Smith said. “It looked like he put himself in a spot to maybe get a big part of it, then hung the last eighth, 16th of a mile. Sunday we’re going shorter and he’s training really well.
“I’ve actually worked him his last couple works. He really came out of the race great. Jeff and his crew have done a good job keeping him happy and fresh. I think he’s going to run well.
“The fact that the race is named for Lure is cool. I’d like to win it. That gives it extra meaning.”
The field for the Lure: Red Sun, Rafael Bejarano, 8-5; Ryehill Dreamer, Joe Talamo, 6-5; Bud I Crushed It, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Brushburn, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Temple’s Door, Smith, 4-1; and Polytechnicien, Corey Nakatani, 3-1.
SANTA ANITA SPONSORS FREE BREEDERS’ CUP SEMINAR THURSDAY
Sponsored by Santa Anita, Daily Racing Form and HRTV will combine forces to provide fans with a comprehensive free Breeders’ Cup Handicapping Seminar following the races at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Sirona’s, which overlooks Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.
HRTV’s Joanne Jones and Daily Racing Form’s Mike Watchmaker will be joined by legendary public handicapper Prof. Gordon Jones.
Watchmaker will attempt to “keep up with the Joneses” as the triumvirate analyzes, handicaps, and “x-rays” the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships in depth.
Watchmaker has been a longtime columnist and line maker with America’s Turf Authority, while Professor Jones has an extensive resume that includes a ground-breaking run as lead handicapper and racing reporter for the defunct L.A. Herald Examiner, and is also the author of several books, headed by “Gordon Jones To Win!”
Joanne Jones has worked as a simulcast paddock analyst at a number of tracks, including Hollywood Park and Gulfstream and is a highly respected on-air analyst with HRTV.
Regular cocktail and beverage service will be available to those attending the free DRF/HRTV Seminar, which will also be broadcast live on DRF.com and HRTV.com.
FINISH LINES: Go home a winner: Joe Talamo, seemingly en route to his first-ever Southern California riding crown, has won the last race at Santa Anita for the past six racing days . . . Fernando Garcia of El Monte became the seventh fan to win with his selection in the popular CashCall $1,000 to Win Contest Friday. He selected Miss Communication and collected $1,600 on the 3-year-old filly who paid $3.20 . . . Diva Q (Danielle) from Toronto was a participant in today’s infield barbecue event. She is a BBQ celebrity from the BBQ pit masters TV show and is favored in today’s competition. Diva Q has been tweeting all morning about the beauty of Santa Anita and has over 5,000 followers. Asked if she knew who Frank Stronach is, she said, “Are you kidding? Every Canadian knows who Frank is.” Advised that Stronach is founder and chairman of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, she was beside herself with joy . . . Former top rider Richard Migliore, now lending his expertise on HRTV, was a welcome face at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning, just in from the East Coast.