10/17/2012 4:52PM

Breeders' Cup Classic: Defections keep field under the limit

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Dullahan will be pre-entered in the Classic, but will also be pre-entered in the 1 1/2-mile Turf.

The defection of Stay Thirsty on Wednesday from the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the confirmation that Wise Dan will not even be pre-entered in the race, means that the number of horses expected to be pre-entered in the Classic on Monday should not exceed the maximum of 14. And there is a chance that fewer still could run in the race on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita, since, at the least, Dullahan and Nonios will be pre-entered in two races and could opt out.

The news regarding Wise Dan was expected – owner Morton Fink and trainer Charlie Lopresti always had said the Mile was their target – but Fink on Wednesday said Wise Dan wouldn’t even be pre-entered in the Classic, just to kick tires for a week.

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Horses can be pre-entered in more than one BC race on Monday, but Fink said there was no chance Wise Dan would even be pre-entered in the Classic, let alone be considered to run.

“I sent in my entry slip three days ago, and just put down the Mile,” Fink said from his home in Chicago. “That’s the only one we’re running in.”

Both the Mile and the Classic are on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita.

The official list of pre-entries will be announced next Wednesday. At that time, horses can be put in more than one race. But when final entries are taken, and post positions drawn, on Oct. 29, horses must be put in one race.

In the case of the Classic, at least two horses will be pre-entered in two races.

Dullahan, the winner of the Pacific Classic, will be pre-entered in both the Classic, at 1 1/4 miles on dirt, and the Turf, at 1 1/2 miles, trainer Dale Romans said Wednesday. Dullahan arrived at Santa Anita on Monday, and Romans said he would work on the dirt on Saturday.

Romans said he did not yet know who would ride Dullahan in the Classic if he runs there.

Nonios, second in the Awesome Again, will be pre-entered in both the Classic and the Dirt Mile, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Wednesday. Martin Pedroza has the mount.

By contrast, trainer Mark Casse on Wednesday said Hawthorne Gold Cup winner Pool Play would be pre-entered only in the Classic, and would not cross-enter the Marathon. Miguel Mena will be aboard, Casse said.

As of Wednesday, it appeared 13 horses would be pre-entered Monday in the Classic. Including jockeys, the field is expected to be Alpha (Ramon Dominguez the rider), Brilliant Speed (Junior Alvarado), Dullahan, Flat Out (Joel Rosario), Fort Larned (Brian Hernandez Jr.), Game On Dude (Rafael Bejarano), Golden Ticket (David Cohen), Mucho Macho Man (Mike Smith), Nonios (Pedroza), Pool Play (Mena), Richard’s Kid (Garrett Gomez), Ron the Greek (Jose Lezcano), and To Honor and Serve (John Velazquez).

– additional reporting by David Grening


Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Flat out-Game' dude exacta straight.......tri/sup all all..........cash all tickets TOSS DULLAHAN IN ANY RACE..........strickly a SYNC caballo
Newo Semaj More than 1 year ago
Either Frankel or Camelot would have slaughtered this motley bunch in the Breeders Cup Classic.
Newo Semaj More than 1 year ago
What an unworthy bunch in the Breeders Cup Classic! The Brits should hve entered either Camelot of Frankel any of which would have slaughtered this motley bunch.
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
People who are getting excited about Game on Dude, Fort Larned, Mucho Much Man and Ron the Greek are deluding themselves or are on some demorphin-like substance. Sure, many who watch the BC won't care, as long as the racing is competitive. But the fact is that there isn't a genuine Grade 1 horse in America today.
Ashley Gwin More than 1 year ago
Game On Dude is......
June Enriquez More than 1 year ago
Trifecta specail ladies classic, Love and Money with Awesome Feathers, Royal Delta with Awesome Feathers, Royal Delta.
June Enriquez More than 1 year ago
Need sofortme money, trifecta straight classic special, Game on Dude with Richards kid with Macho Mucho Man, fort Larned.
Jade Sword More than 1 year ago
This is not a strong field? lol Name any TC race with more fireworks. Game On Dude, Mucho Macho Man, Flat Out, Ron The Greek, To Honor and Serve, Fort Larned. Sweet!
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
It may turn out to be a competitive race, but they're second raters at best. Remember how Game on Dude ran in Dubai?
Steve More than 1 year ago
agreed. definitely not the greatest group. compare this one to the field in Curlin's 1st BC win and you see the difference between competitive group and a strong group. of course, 1998's BC classic is still the measuring stick. Skip Away, Touch Gold, Silver Charm, Swain, Gentlemen, Coronado's Quest and Victory Gallop. oh yah and I didn't even mention the winner of the race yet, undefeated in 1998, Awesome Again.
thomas More than 1 year ago
I have Dullahan at 40-1 on a futures bet for the BC Classic. Just for a ten spot , but still. Go Dullahan!!!
worbleworble More than 1 year ago
I don't see any of these being capable of going with Game on Dude, if he gets away with a plus-47.4 half mile, it's over. Hoping MMM can stalk and pounce, Richard's Kid will be coming late. Let's hope the jockey doesn't keep Flat Out 15+ lengths of the lead this time like last year. Nonios and Fort Larned have a shot for lesser honors, IMO.
joseantoniocc More than 1 year ago
Oh Yeah!!! Definitively the big race of the Breeders´Cup program is the Lady´s Classic... I do believe the winner could be Horse of the Year.