10/21/2013 1:44PM

Belmont Park: Last Gunfighter pre-entered for Breeders' Cup Classic

Barbara D. Livingston
Last Gunfighter (right) works with Easter Gift at Belmont Park on Monday.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Last Gunfighter, winner of a trio of Grade 3 races this year including the Pimlico Special, was pre-entered Monday for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and will be ridden in the race by Javier Castellano, trainer Chad Brown said.

Last Gunfighter was one of 11 horses Brown pre-entered Monday for seven of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races, to be run Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita.

Originally, Last Gunfighter was being considered for the $1 million Dirt Mile. But Brown said he felt the 1 1/4 miles of the Classic was a better fit for Last Gunfighter, a son of First Samurai. Brown noted that Last Gunfighter’s speed figures at races of 1 1/8 miles or farther were better than his numbers going shorter.

“All his relevant figures that we use are better going longer,” said Brown, adding that Last Gunfighter got his best Ragozin speed figure when fifth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. “It’s such a big purse, even if he can get a piece of it makes it worth it.”

Despite his status as the leading rider in North America in races and purse money won, Castellano was open for the Classic. Castellano has three wins and a second in four rides aboard Last Gunfighter.

Another late addition to Brown’s Breeders’ Cup contingent was the 3-year-old filly Alterite in the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf. Alterite won the Garden City at Belmont on Sept. 14 and was beaten a neck by Kitten’s Dumplings in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 12. Owner Martin Schwartz elected to put up the $100,000 supplemental fee to make her eligible for the Breeders’ Cup.

“It’s not my nature to run back in three weeks and run three times in seven weeks, but I’ve been very impressed the last two days with this filly’s energy level,” Brown said. “She seems to be hitting the ground nice and smooth. I can’t say she wouldn’t have a shot in the race being how she came out of the QE II.”

Brown said Alterite would work at Belmont over the weekend before a final decision would be made on whether she will run.

Brown did not pre-enter Shadow Banking in the Juvenile Turf. Although Shadow Banking finished second to stablemate Bobby’s Kitten in the Grade 3 Pilgrim, Brown said he hasn’t been happy with the colt’s training the past couple of days and plans to back off the son of Harlan’s Holiday for a while.

Bobby’s Kitten will still represent Brown in the Juvenile Turf, and he put in a sensational four-furlong workout in 48.25 seconds over the Belmont turf course, making up three lengths on workmate Storming Inti and finishing a length in front at the wire.

Brown pre-entered four in the Juvenile Fillies Turf: Kitten Kaboodle, Testa Rossi, Granny Mc’s Kitten – all stakes winners – and Ready to Act, who was on her way to winning the Natalma before jumping the rail in deep stretch. Kitten Kaboodle stood out among the four of those during workouts Sunday, and she will be ridden by John Velazquez.

Brown pre-entered the pair of Real Solution and Big Blue Kitten for the Turf; East Gift in the Dirt Mile; and Summer Applause in the Filly and Mare Sprint.

Crystal David More than 1 year ago
I like Last Gunfighter but I don't see him winning the Classic.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
a lot of want to be horse experts making their opinion heard about chad browns putting horses in diff races. looking back at his record im thinking he prob has somewhat of a clue what hes doing when it comes to placing his horses. just my opinion tho
michael More than 1 year ago
Last Gunfighter nicehorse butno not a gr 1 .
JeanK More than 1 year ago
Last Gunfighter was my pick in JcGc ran well late...one turn race mind you two turn might be better for him... this horse can run big, game horse if looked in the eye coming into the final turn... still has to beat Lukas horse... nice exacta.
Perl More than 1 year ago
What Lukas horse? You mean Will Take Charge? In order to beat Will Take Charge, he only needs to finish in the top 5 or 6.
Chris Jones More than 1 year ago
I agree that Will Take Charge appears to be at best the 4th or 5th best horse in the race, but with the probable pace scenario, WTC has a good chance to win the race - ala' Drosselmeyer in 2011. Any horse that runs on or near the pace in this race this year - Ft Larned, MMM, G-O-D, Moreno, Paynter, Graydar - all throw-outs.
Kevin Tucker More than 1 year ago
You're throwing out the two horses who were first and second the entire race last year and were 6 lengths clear of the show horse.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
Best horse does not always this race. WTC is becoming a monster. Has grown into his own, showing maturity and class at the right time.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
I would agree with you Jean. WTC is the only 3YO that has a chance to win this Big One. D Wayne is having a pretty decent year and never count him out. WTC is on a roll.
Mark More than 1 year ago
PM has a shot more so than wtc imo. ran a real nice second in jcgc. beating all his olders except RTG who freaked . and TAP is having another big year . good luck .
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
PM and TAP yes had good years and in the JGC, PM against elders for the first time ran very good. WTC , his first time against elders in his next will be a price and I like that. DWL, this year, my man. Good Luck to you to.......
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Does it appear that Pletcher has backed off on his stock a mite this year - and that they are doing a mite better? We can only hope...
Greg More than 1 year ago
Bobby's Kitten is a monster, Big blue kitten is if he can stay clear outside these r two locks.
AzLimitPoker More than 1 year ago
Bobby's Kitten will be Chad Brown's only winner this year.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Little Mike, Indy Point, the fugue. Even if he does stay clear. I'm.not saying he wont win but a horse that has never ran on Santa anita turf course might be a strong favorite but lock going a mile. 1/2. Point of entry is another quality horse. Turf, sprint and Classic seem to be strongest fields this year 1,2,3 IMO
Mark More than 1 year ago
You have the wrong chad horse in turf. Real Solution is the one you want .
Greg More than 1 year ago
DRF PLUS is a joke, just like everything these days, suck as much out of people as u can.!!
Russ Van Wingerden More than 1 year ago
Only one non DRF Plus article! It seems to me that the horse industry should be supporting the racing form and not the fans. We absorb the high takeouts and have to pay to follow the sport in print. Prospective fans are not inclined to buy an edition to read about racing except for maybe the Kentucky Derby. I understand it's a business but it seems the horse player is always taking the short end of the stick.
Anne Mayea More than 1 year ago
LOL - on the DRF FB page they say there will always be free articles to read on the web site- what a joke - I only found 3 on the whole site this morning that were free and only 1 of any interest. Too bad that the fans like me are getting shut out.
Starr D More than 1 year ago
I AGREE! I will NEVER pay to read articles online! What a terrible way to treat bettors and fans and surely NOT a way to gain new fans!!!!
jon g More than 1 year ago
His best #'s were a 5th in the JCGC,his toughest field faced
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a great mindset. If he gets a piece of it, it will be worth it. You do not enter a horse in a race like the classic to get a piece of the purse. You are supposed to be in there, because you think your horse has a legitimate chance of .WINNING". We wonder why some of these races have tragedies.? A tiring horse in a mile and a quarter race, is always dangerous, and grossly unfair to the other riders and horses. Stay the hell home, and wait for a race that your horse can compete in.
rfbeaks More than 1 year ago
So you think you are smarter than Chad Brown one of the best horse trainers in the country?
Perl More than 1 year ago
Actually the BC Classic is a great place to enter in a plodder who you think can clunk up for 3rd, 4th or even 5th. I believe third place is worth $600k, 4th place $250k, and even fifth place like 150.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Perl how much does it cost to enter classic? 150k fifth place. I don't have a problem with this. The owner has the right to put that horse in whatever race he wants. Classic has had a few head scratchers cross the finish line first. Personally I don't think verrazano will be in a cake walk in mile and he had a serious chance to win dirt mile
Mike More than 1 year ago
I think connections of Last Gunfighter have the right to enter the horse (and spent their $$) where they choose. We would all like to think that every owner and trainer only enters horses in spots they think they can win. But if that was the case, we wouldn't have 20 horse fields in the Derby every year. It's their $$, they can spend it as they please. And we can criticize them if we choose. I'll defer to Chad Brown in this case. His Breeders' Cup record is better than mine.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
all the speed there looks to be in this race its hard to say what the out come will be. im sure when it is all over there will be quite a few horses that look like they didnt belong. last gun fighter wont finish dead last i bet
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
if you have been around horse racing any amount of time im quite sure you have heard a lot of other trainers say we just want a grade 1 placing to help when the go to the breeding shed. or maybe they feel they can AT LEAST get a piece of it. happens all the time. and im not expecting it to happen this time but other times the horse in question ends up winning
Mike More than 1 year ago
Also, I venture to say that Last Gunfighter has more credentials to run in the Classic than Volponi or Arcangues did. I'm not predicting a win, I'm just saying it's always easy to manage someone else's horse from afar. It's their $$, they an spend it as they please.
AzLimitPoker More than 1 year ago
I actually thought Volponi had a great chance to win the Classic that year because it was a wide open race and he was in good form. i placed $50 on him across the board! As for Arcangues I was sitting in the grandstand looking at my Dad in shock when the horse we played Bertrando got laped by this 99-1 shot, simply amazing. Last Gunfighter will be lucky to split the field in the Classic
Mike More than 1 year ago
If many people shared your opinion, Volponi wouldn't have paid that big of a price. My comments weren't meant to attack those that liked Volponi (or Arcangues), but rather to point out how easy it is to manage other people's horses for them. It's the owner's money, it can be spent as they choose. Just like we can feel free to criticize their choice.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Both of you are right, people have the right to criticise and its the owners money. +1 I think he would have better chance in mile but you know what, at least we will have a full field.