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Breeders' Cup Classic: Fort Larned, most of his rivals, intend to race again in 2013
By Jay Privman
ARCADIA, Calif. – All the principal runners from Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, including the victorious Fort Larned, emerged from the race in good order, and most will remain in training for next year, their respective trainers said Sunday morning.
Fort Larned left Sunday morning for a flight to Kentucky, where he will be in light training at Churchill Downs before heading to Florida during the winter to begin his 2013 campaign, trainer Ian Wilkes said.
After owner Jan Whitham on Saturday said Fort Larned would remain in training at age 5, Wilkes said he’d “like to try this again.”
Fort Larned got a 117 Beyer Speed Figure.
Mucho Macho Man, who just missed when finishing second, “came out of his race great,” according to his trainer, Kathy Ritvo.
“He’ll stay here until Tuesday,” Ritvo said. “I’ll just let him rest a little before he goes to Gulfstream Park,” where Ritvo is based in the winter.
Ron the Greek and Flat Out, who finished third and fourth, respectively, for trainer Bill Mott, were scheduled to leave on Monday morning for Payson Park in Florida, where Mott spends the winter, according to his assistant, Rudolphe Brisset.
“They ran hard,” Brisset said. “They ate everything. Their legs look good. But they’re tired.”
Mott’s other runner, To Honor and Serve, who finished 10th in his final career start, left Sunday morning for Gainesway Farm, where he will enter stud.
Richard’s Kid, who finished fifth, “came out of it great,” according to his trainer, Doug O’Neill.
O’Neill said Richard’s Kid might race again this year, perhaps in Hong Kong, and that the Dubai World Cup was a possible early goal in 2013.
“This was the main goal this year,” O’Neill said of the Classic. “He came out of it in great shape. He ran a very credible race.”
Game On Dude, seventh as the 6-5 favorite, also emerged in good shape, according to his trainer, Bob Baffert.
Baffert was winless in nine BC races, and only one of his runners finished in the money.
“It started out bad when Super Ninety Nine was scratched on Friday after he got cast in his stall,” Baffert said Sunday morning. “We never got a chance to get out of our seats and cheer yesterday. Nothing went our way.”
Baffert said if Game On Dude runs again this year, it would be in the Grade 3, $250,000 Native Diver Stakes at Hollywood Park on Dec. 1, but he stopped far short of committing to that race.
Baffert had a remedy for the poor Breeders’ Cup showing.
“I think we’re going to go to Disneyland and shake this [stuff] off,” he said.
Pool Play, who was eighth, was accompanying Fort Larned on the flight back to Kentucky on Sunday.
“Actually he came out of the race great, which is good,” said his trainer, Mark Casse. “I’d have loved for him to run better, but he was good and healthy this morning.”
Casse said even though Pool Play likes Churchill Downs, coming back in the Clark Handicap later this month “might be a little too darn close.”
“It’s not impossible,” he said. “But shipping out here and back, that might be a little much.”
Brilliant Speed, who finished 11th in the 12-horse field in his career finale, is off to stud at Three Chimneys Farm.
Think its great all these are coming back next year. The handicap division will be a great one. Can't wait!
WISE DAN ran a super fast race and should be HOY. How about Animal Kingdom's run off 8 month layoff?
Frankel went 0-38 before his first BC win
the 2 year old girls ran 1 second faster than the 2 year old boys. the girls had a slower track and a slower pace. looks like a filly will the kentucky derby. the reasons the beyer for the classic was so big is. the juvy and the dirt mile were run by below average quality fields. these 3 races were compared to each other to figure out the beyer number. wise dan only ran 2 seconds faster than the 2 year old boys one mile turf race on the same day. both tracks had very quick times. but why does excelebration and moonlight cloud get such high timeform ratings ? because the english were tired of black cavier getting all of the headlines. wise dan disposed of all of frankel's main competition in easy fashion. now the english will blame it on the travel. which is why frankel stayed at home. what a fraud.
Will any of the Classic runners win a graded stake next year? They will have to rely on beating one another with avoidance behavior in the morning scratches. There's some good allowance horses moving up next year. There has to be. Things can change. Maybe not. Maybe change into spare change. Sellin' oranges on the corner next year.. they so bad.. My old lady got better form....
Good work by Fort Larned. Would have preferred Mucho Macho Man (would've netted $800+ because of doubles and exotics), but the trifecta saved the weekend from being a disaster. However, the tri seemed light. ($150 for 50 cents?)
How did SuperNinetyNine get cast in his stall? Wasnt there a night watchman around on the eve of the biggest day in racing ?!?!?
I'm stunned by that Beyer. As someone pointed out elsewhere, how does it happen that Fort Larned ; who ran a 1 1/4 in 2:00 1/5 vs. a 1:57 4/5 track record got a Beyer 10 points higher than Wise Dan who broke the track record?
BILL MOTT MADE 2 MISTAKES THAT COST ROYAL DELTA HORSE OF THE YEAR.HE NEVER SHOULD HAVE TAKEN HER 2 DUBAI AFTER LAST YEARS DISTAFF.AND I THINK SHE WOULD HAVE WON THE CLASSIC YESTERDAY. ZENYATA TRIED THE BOYS TWICE AND WON HORSE OF THE YEAR WHEN SHE LOST.BILLY U SHOULD HAVE GAVE HER A CHANCE!
Tapizar, Shanghai Bobby, Trinniberg, Fort Larned...what do they all have in common? They all were within a length of the lead or had the lead at the 1/4 and 1/2 mile poles. Hightail, Beholder, Royal Delta the day before...what's that? you guessed it, all within a length or had the lead. Every dirt race...speed. Let me get this straight we bring the best horses in the world together and we put them on a California track that virtually eliminates any horse's chances that isn't within sniffing distance of the lead? This is our showcase? Then we complain that horses break down because they are bred for speed? Shame on the people that run horse racing- no wonder the industry isn't growing
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