10/16/2012 2:51PM

Breeders' Cup Classic: Brilliant Speed to make final start of his career

Tom Keyser
Brilliant Speed will retired after the Breeders' Cup Classic and stand stud at Three Chimneys.

Brilliant Speed, whose biggest win came in the 2011 Blue Grass Stakes, will make the final start of his career in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 3, trainer Tom Albertrani said Tuesday.

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Brilliant Speed is scheduled to begin stud duty in the spring at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky. Now age 4, Brilliant Speed has made the bulk of his starts on turf, and his biggest win came on Polytrack, but he was a close third in last year’s Belmont Stakes after finishing seventh in the Kentucky Derby, which, like the Classic, is at 1 1/4 miles on dirt.

“There’s no downside,” said Albertrani, who admitted he and owner Charlotte Weber would be “taking a little bit of a chance” against a group of proven older dirt runners.

Albertrani said Junior Alvarado would ride Brilliant Speed in the Classic.

Brilliant Speed is a son of the recently deceased Dynaformer, who was at Three Chimneys, so he will carry on that line at the farm.

Brilliant Speed was bred and is owned by Weber’s Live Oak Plantation. Live Oak also has To Honor and Serve in the Classic. He is trained by Bill Mott.

Brilliant Speed has won 3 of 20 and is winless in six starts this year. He most recently finished third in the Bowling Green Stakes on the Belmont Park turf Sept. 8.

Pre-entries for all 15 Breeders’ Cup races are due Monday and will not be announced until two days later, on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Albertrani said Brilliant Speed would not be cross-entered in any other race.

“We’re just going to enter the Classic,” he said.

Also Tuesday, Whitney winner Fort Larned, third most recently in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs in 1:03 with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., who trainer Ian Wilkes said would ride Fort Larned in the Classic.

A maximum of 14 horses can run in the Classic, and it appears the field will be very close to that number. If more than 14 are pre-entered, as many as seven horses – including Flat Out, Fort Larned, and Game On Dude – would be guaranteed berths based on having won Win and You’re In races. If there are fewer than seven Win and You’re In qualifiers, the rest of those seven slots would be filled by those having earned the most Breeders’ Cup points this year.

After those seven are determined, the next seven would be selected, in order of preference, by an international Breeders’ Cup committee. Any remaining horses above 14 would be placed on an also-eligible list, in order of preference, by the committee.

Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Wasn't it a sloppy track the Day Brilliant Speed ran a "good one" in ther Belmont?? Not 100% sure, but if it was, that really isn't considered a "dirt start" in my book. I remember him getting beat by Boys/Tusconova in debut on dirt and a weak Derby run and a weak Jim Dandy race on dirt. Maybe a start or few more on it??? So let's say Brilliant Speed ran 4x on dirt and never picked up his feet except for the sloppy track............ The odds of it raining on Nov 3rd int Santa Anita are 1%, so WHY WHY WHY would they even consider this horse to run. ( I am referring to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE that picks the entrants)??????? Zero Shot. We know why the owners want him to run. For good seats on BC day..... What else?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As far as I know the last time he ran on dirt was the Belmont. He looked like he was going to win the Belmont before he hung in the final furlong so maybe dirt is his best surface. His 7th in the Derby wasn't bad either. He can get the distance too. Very interesting. Could he be sitting on a big one like Drosselmeyer last year? How many of you critics had Volponi?
Perl More than 1 year ago
I thought of Volponi, but Volponi had freaked on the dirt at least once before he freaked in the BC Classic. Not a horrible comparison though. This horse is more likely up for 3rd or 4th if he really fires and that's worth a lot of money in this race. Kudos to his connections for giving it a go.
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Good comment,Anonymous. I had Drosselmeyer cold in the Classic, and kind of change my handicapping a little for the classic. This is not the greatest field of horses, and in my opinion, pretty wide open. A good trip, savvy rider, and some luck, makes Mucho Macho Man, look pretty interesting.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Agree with the other comments, this horse doesn't seem noteworthy enough to have an article like this written about him. Although I saw an article on Equibase about this also. Here's his record. 20-3-3-7 1.2 million in earnings http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=8322213&registry=T.
U R A Yahoo Loser More than 1 year ago
In other news, water is wet...
Perl More than 1 year ago
He stank on the turf all year so why not take a chance. He ran well in the Belmont so maybe the track comes up muddy.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Yes....Go plant a garden in So Cal and let me know if it rains or if you have to water it yourself everyday. LOL
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
Brilliant Speed and Dullahan should not be allowed in Classic, thats a joke
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
mrm More than 1 year ago
And Drosselmeyer should not have run either.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Ridiculous. You act if these horses are Rick's Natural Star or something. Brilliant Speed has been running in graded stakes races for the past couple of years. He is multiple grade 1 placed horse. Is he a longshot? Absolutely. He's probably 75-1 to win the race, but to say he shouldn't be allowed is nothing short of absurd. As for Dullahan, he won't get my money, but he has won a pair of G1s this year.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Talk about taking a horse out of his comfort zone. I love this Dynaformer, but he doesn't stand a chance in the Classic. This is nothing short of a mistake, and the connections need to rethink this blundering move.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Great box seats, though.
mrm More than 1 year ago
Do you know anything about this game? If you did then you would know that the owner of Brilliant Speed doesn't need to run a horse to get good seats.
cory s More than 1 year ago
Odd choice when he was 3rd in the BC Turf last year and his best races are definitely on the grass. Please note that Albertranni has never been one to just show up. He always (4/4) hits the board on BC day. Balletto (twice) Bernardini as well as Brilliant Speed last year. If he hits the board this time it will be a true surprise.
raj More than 1 year ago
i guess I'll never understand why a graded race taken off the turf and run on dirt is subject to a downgraded; but when tracks switched from dirt to synthetic - they were allowed to keep their grade - these are the synthetic Grade I Blue Grass winners (07) Dominican, (08) Monba (09) General Quarters (10) Stately Victor (11) Brilliant Speed (12) Dullahah and now these some of these quasi below average turf horses will become sires.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Go back to Andy's article...how is this horse even allowed in the race ?
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
A 98 Beyer is interchangable. That's what Andy says. Dirt, gravel, whatever. ZERO SHOT. No odds are considered an overlay on this horse. At 350-1, i would pass and i look for value everyday at the track.
mrm More than 1 year ago
You probably threw out Drosselmeyer.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
I love it when people take shots at Beyer. I saw somebody call him an imbecile under another article. ha ha Surprised the DRF Censors didn't see that one.