Week of November 7, 2011
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
The head-spinning Breeders’ Cup has come and gone, and in some respects should not have been a surprise given how head-spinning the rest of the year has been (think way back to the ups and downs of the road to the Triple Crown). There’s no shortage of race recaps (and you’ve probably read them all by now!) so we’ll focus on what’s next for the stars of Breeders’ Cup 2011.
Want to own a Ladies Classic winner? You’ll have your chance this week as Royal Delta will be sold in the Keeneland November Sale, which starts today. It will be up to her buyer to determine if she races again, stays with trainer Bill Mott, etc. Pachattack, who ran third in the Ladies Classic was sold for $1.2 million to Flaxman Holdings on Sunday and will go to trainer Graham Motion to race next year. Second place It’s Tricky will remain in training. Most of Bob Baffert’s horses, including beaten Ladies Classic favorite Plum Pretty, are likely to remain in training next year.
Undefeated Juvenile Filly winner My Miss Aurelia will get a little rest and then join trainer Steve Asmussen’s west coast string in California. This probably means that she’s likely to meet third place runner Weemissfrankie during the spring Kentucky Oaks preps at Santa Anita, although Weemissfrankie may make one more start this year in the December 10 Hollywood Starlet. Upset Filly & Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl will get a break before she resumes training in Florida. She’s also likely to make an appearance at the Keeneland spring meet. Well beaten F&M Turf favorite Stacelita, who had a great run in the U.S. winning the Beverly D and Flower Bowl, will undergo treatment for an eye injury she sustained in the Flower Bowl before shipping to Japan to begin her new breeding career. Beaten Filly & Mare Sprint favorite Turbulent Descent is pointing to the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Hollywood park in late December.
Juvenile stars Hansen and Union Rags are done racing for the year and both are heading to Florida. Undefeated Hansen, who apparently is a handful, might remaining in training, trainer Mike Maker noted, “He strikes me as a horse that would be probably happier in the barn – doing his job.”
Impressive Dirt Mile winner Caleb’s Posse will get a month off then spend the winter at Oaklawn Park while second place Shackleford head to Florida. Sprint monster Amazombie will remain in training for next year with an eye towards a Breeders’ Cup repeat since the 2012 event is at his home track of Santa Anita. Beaten favorite Big Drama was retired on Sunday, no announcement has been made about where he will stand. Turf sprinters Regally Ready & Country Day to run again, and possibly soon!
Mile shocker Court Vision was slated to retire prior to the Breeders’ Cup, and beaten favorite Goldikova will be begin her new career as a broodmare by visiting super sire Galileo, sire of Cape Blanco, Frankel and half-sister Galikova, to name a few.
A flurry of European invaders will be staying in the United States. Annouce, who scratched out of the F&M Turf, will go to Bill Mott, Questing, who ran fifth in the Juvenile Filly will go to Kiaran McLaughlin and Schmoos, who closed gamely for second in the Juvenile Sprint, will go to Ben Cecil.
Trainer Larry Jones had no regrets about running Havre de Grace in the Classic and said she would race again next year, as will second place finisher Game on Dude. Winner Drosselmeyer had already been scheduled to stand in New York next year. It was announced on Monday that Juvenile champ and 10th place classic finisher Uncle Mo has been retired,
no word on what’s next for stablemate Stay Thirsty will remain in training next year, targeting the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Also of note, Marathon favorite A.U. Miner, who sustained a fracture, will have surgery today. Best of luck to him for a successful surgery and recovery.
Monday Nov 7 UPDATES: Earlier I added that Uncle Mo had been retired and today he shipped to Ashford Stud. Dubawi Heights, who finished 6th in the Filly & Mare Turf, was sold to Shadai Farm for $1.6 million retired. Her Smile, who finished third in the Filly & Mare Sprint, was sold Adena Springs for $1 million. Flat Out may join Ruler on Ice on Thanksgiving weekend in the Clark Handicap!
Tuesday Nov 8 UPDATES: Gio Ponti, who ran fifth in the mile, was retired and will stand for owners Castleton Lyons. It was Ladies Classic day at the Keeneland auctions with last year’s winner Unrivaled Belle selling for $2.8M (video of auction) and Royal Delta fetching a whopping $8.5M (video of auction), the highest price paid at Keeneland for a horse in training! New owners, Besilu Stables seem likely to race her next year but were unsure if she’d stay with trainer Bill Mott. Creative Cause, who ran third in the Juvenile, is done for the year and will point to the Derby preps at Santa Anita.
Mucho Macho Man, who last ran in the Belmont Stakes, is set to make a return to the races on Wednesday at Aqueduct in an optional claimer. You may remember that Mucho Macho Man lost a shoe not once, but twice during the Triple Crown. As it turns out, the 2011 Belmont winner Ruler on Ice lost a shoe in the Classic, but did close well for third. Trainer Kelly Breen said that Ruler on Ice might make a start in the Clark Handicap on Nov 25 at Churchill Downs.
And finally, Australian Sprinting sensation Black Caviar extended her undefeated campaign to 16 wins on Saturday in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic Victoria Racing Club Stakes. No word on when she races again.
Like much of the Breeders’ Cup contenders, the Weekly Roundup is going to take a little break. Although, like Ruler on Ice, we’ll be back for one last 2011 hurrah with a post-Thanksgiving weekend roundup. In the interim, keep your eye on our Trip Notes section, @helloracefans on Twitter and our actively updated Facebook page while we plan for an exciting 2012 here at Hello Race Fans!
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