10/09/2013 3:15PM

Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Laughing likely to take shot at title

Tom Keyser
Laughing (right) wins the Grade 1 Flower Bowl, making her 4 for 4 on the year.

With a potential championship on the line, Flower Bowl winner Laughing is likely to be supplemented to the Breeders’ Cup for $100,000 to run in the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, trainer Alan Goldberg said Tuesday.

Perfect in four starts this year, all in graded company, Laughing could join one of the better casts for a Breeders’ Cup race this year, one that also is expected to include Beverly D. winner Dank and top Southern California-based mares Tiz Flirtatious and Marketing Mix.

Laughing’s likely participation is an about-face from what her connections initially said after the Flower Bowl, when owner Richard Santulli noted concerns about how poorly she travels.

Goldberg said Tuesday that she is a filly that simply is comfortable in her routine. Laughing is based in New Jersey at Colts Neck Training Center, where she can train away from the racetrack and have turn-out time in a paddock to settle her nerves.

This year, she hasn’t had to travel far, going to Monmouth Park, Saratoga, and Belmont, all by van on the day of her races, Goldberg said.

Goldberg said he intends to send her to the Breeders’ Cup provided she trains well and breezes to his satisfaction the next two Saturdays. She will be required to be on the grounds at Santa Anita the Wednesday before her race and would fly to California the Tuesday of Breeders’ Cup week, along with another filly to keep her company.

Goldberg said the motivation to run was influenced by her top condition after the Flower Bowl and the championship implications of the Breeder’s Cup.

“If she’s doing well, you might as well take your shot,” he said.

Laughing’s Flower Bowl triumph provided her with an entry-paid berth in the race, but her connections still must pay the supplemental fee. Based overseas earlier in her career, she was not an original Breeders’ Cup nominee.

Laughing has used her speed effectively this year, setting soft paces in several of her victories, including the Flower Bowl. And she may again prove the controlling speed of the Filly and Mare Turf, based on the prospective lineup, especially if Vionnet, the pacesetter in the Rodeo Drive and that race’s third-place finisher, does not run.

Vionnet would be a longshot in for the Filly and Mare Turf. She also is being considered for the one-mile Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita on Nov. 3, trainer Richard Mandella said.

Saturday’s Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Keeneland is one of the few races left that could potentially produce additional Filly and Mare Turf starters.

Andy Dean More than 1 year ago
I remember when she first came over last year, watched her closely then, and she was nothing like now. I think the time off has allowed her to mature to the max and "figure it out". Moreover, everyone talks about how she won't get an easy lead but I don't think that matters anymore. True, she does like the lead and has natural speed, but I think she is one of those specimens that does merely what is necessary to be in front, loves the competition, and is tenacious to the end absolutely daring anyone to pass her down the stretch. I watched her races this year very closely and her connections I believe kinda knew what she'd changed into given the fact they started her in a grade 3 to begin with and then immediately went to a grade 1. I'll be watching her connections comments on how she ships and whatnot but I believe she is peaking at the right time and will be very dangerous given the speed carrying nature the Santa Anita turf course has always been, and the tight turns. She and Dank are the ones to beat for the money.
JSwiss More than 1 year ago
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Santulli - interesting to read about Mr. Santulli, seems like he can afford the tariff. How she classes up is a question - and if the connections are willing to ship and pay extra it makes a sensible gambler pay attention.
Roy Roy More than 1 year ago
there will be absolutely no speed in the race that she will be able to go 24..48...maybe 112 if she is able to she will win easily ..hoping she does well with the traveling for the first time so far ...i love her !!!
B More than 1 year ago
I'll be rooting for her as I've enjoyed her and made some money off her this summer, but I'm not so sure I will be betting on her in this. I tend to be stupidly loyal sometimes though.
peter k More than 1 year ago
unless some monsrtress comes over from overseas , which is unlikely and of course treve is not going it seems to be tiz and miz
robert More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure a monstress is required. Just a solid graded performer from across the pond who likes left turns and gets Lasix will likely do quite well.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Cute rhyme, but unless you know something that the rest of the world does not, "Miz" is not going in this race. She has pointed all along for the Turf Sprint, where she will attempt to defend her title. And indications are that Dank is coming over. She may not be a "monstress," but her Beverly D. win was mighty impressive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not including marketing mix?
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
She didn't run on the lead in her race at Monmouth Park. Idon't think its a mut for her. She'll be in deep but who isn't in the B.C.? Talk of the supplemental fee is a joke. Connections have some of the deepest pockets in the game.
TRACY More than 1 year ago
2 horse race. Dank and T Flirtatious. Dank looked very good in Beverly D. MM has lost a step. She had perfect trip against Flirtatious in last and still coudn't beat her.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
She did battle like she hasn't lost a step. I think something was wrong in Arlington and Stevens said he waited a bit long in her last. She fought hard. Omit at your own risk.
Perl More than 1 year ago
She can't beat a world class field. Not on top.
Roy Roy More than 1 year ago
wrong ...dank wont even finish in the top 3
jon g More than 1 year ago
She beat Stephanie's Kitten,Centre Court,Dayatthespa and Better Lucky.Not tough Euros,but not West coast chopped liver either (see MM in Beverly D)
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Obviously something was off. You know she's better than that effort.
Roy Roy More than 1 year ago
obviously is over rated big time
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
Which one of these East Coast monsters she beat are running in the Breeder's Cup?
muskierob More than 1 year ago
$100,000 gone. No chance to beat Marketing Mix or Tiz Flirt.