Updated on 09/15/2011 1:15PM

Breeders' Cup attracts 117 pre-entries


An international field of 104 horses, including 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, have been pre-entered in the eight World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup races to be held Oct. 27 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

The total number of pre-entries, which were announced Wednesday, was 117 as 13 horses were entered in two of the Grade 1 races.

Pre-entries were down sharply from 2000 when a record 135 horses accounted for 143 pre-entries. This year's figures were the smallest since the 1997 Breeders' Cup at Hollywood Park when there were 100 pre-entries and 94 horses were entered.

The $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic attracted 16 pre-entries. Besides Tiznow, other chief threats in the Classic field are Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Aptitude, Albert the Great, 2000 2-year-old champ Macho Uno and European invaders Sakhee, Galileo, Fantastic Light and Black Minnaloushe.

Sakhee, winner of Europe's most important turf race, the Arc de Triomphe, was pre-entered in both the Breeders' Cup Turf and Classic. But trainer Saeed bin Suroor listed the Classic, at 1 1/4 miles on the dirt, as the first choice for Sakhee.

Fantastic Light was also pre-entered in the Classic and Turf, with the Classic as his first choice.

Brahms and Numerous Times were pre-entered in the Classic, but listed the $1 million Breeders' Cup Mile as their first choice.

With the size of the field limited to 14 starters, both Brahms and Orientate were not selected into the field and will need scratches in order to draw into the Classic.

The $2 million Turf drew 16 pre-entries, topped by With Anticipation, Timboroa, Mutamam and Hap.

Timboroa, the Turf Classic winner, was supplemented for $90,000.

Two horses, Balto Star and Kalypso Katie, will need horses to scratch in order to draw into the Turf field. However, both horses have preference for other races. Balto Star's first preference is the Mile, Kalypso Katie's first choice is the Filly and Mare Turf.

The $2 million Distaff had 13 pre-entries, including Beldame victor Exogenous, Alabama winner Flute, 2000 Distaff champ Spain and Miss Linda, who was supplemented to the race for $400,000.

The connections of Tranquility Lake, who was also pre-entered in the Filly and Mare Turf, designated the Distaff as their first choice.

Led by Forbidden Apple, Noverre and Atto Mile winner Numerous Times, the $1 million Breeders' Cup Mile boasted the highest number of pre-entries, 19. Five of those pre-entries listed the one-mile grass race, which has never been contested with fewer than 10 starters, as their second choice.

Express Tour and Val Royal were each supplemented to the Mile for $90,000.

With the field for the Mile oversubscribed, the also eligibles for the Mile currently are, in order of preference, Express Tour, Crystal Music, Bach, Sarafan, and Slew Valley.

The $1 million Sprint was second with 18 pre-entries, headlined by 2000 Sprint winner Kona Gold, who will be running in the Grade 1 six-furlong race for the fourth straight year. El Corredor, Delaware Township, Left Bank, Peeping Tom, Squirtle Squirt, Swept Overboard and the filly Xtra Heat are the top contenders in a highly contentious field.

Horses currently listed as also eligibles are Hook and Ladder, Yonaguska, Snow Ridge, and I Love Silver. All will need scratches in order to draw into the field.

The undefeated Officer headlines 13 2-year-old colts entered in the $1 million Juvenile.

Only nine 2-year-old fillies were pre-entered in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies, which brings together Habibti, You, Tempera and Bella Bellucci.

There were 13 pre-entries for the $1 million Filly and Mare Turf with Lailani, England's Legend and Banks Hill as the standouts.

Spook Express was supplemented to the F&M Turf at a cost of $200,000, while Kalypso Katie and Starine were supplemented for $90,000.

The post position draw for the Breeders' Cup races is set for Oct. 24. A maximum of 14 horses can start in each race.

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