10/27/2012 1:56PM

Breeders' Cup Turf: Romans still torn between two races for Little Mike

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Trainer Dale Romans remains uncertain whether he wants to run Arlington Million winner Little Mike in the Breeders' Cup Mile or BC Turf.

ARCADIA, Calif.- Trainer Dale Romans has not ruled out a start in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 3 for Little Mike, the winner of the Arlington Million in August.

Little Mike is pre-entered for the BC Mile and BC Turf, with the Mile as his first preference.

Romans said on Saturday that he wants to study the BC Turf, notably the pace scenario, before making a final decision.

“I think we’re 60-40 for the Mile,” he said. “It will be about who is going in each race and the speed scenario.”

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Owned by Priscilla Vaccarezza, Little Mike, 5, has won 11 of 20 starts and $1,454,412. The Arlington Million is his most prestigious victory, but the gelding also won the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby undercard on May 5. In his last start, Little Mike was fifth on yielding turf in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park on Sept. 29.

The turf course will be firm at Santa Anita next weekend, regardless of which race is chosen for Little Mike.

Saturday at Santa Anita, Bourbon Bay worked six furlongs in 1:13.40 on turf in company with stablemate Fire With Fire.

A 6-year-old, Bourbon Bay has won six turf stakes at Santa Anita in his career. He would be a longshot in the Grade 1 BC Turf, a race led by Point of Entry, a four-time stakes winner this year.

Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
remember Court Vision. beating Goldikova last yr. I guess a horse is a horse of course of course.
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Little Mike and Obviously will kill each other on the front end with Wise Dan pickin up the pieces??
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Dale wake up and smell the coffee. U might hit the board in the mile. POE already whipped u in the mile an ahalf, so whats there to wonder about?
Nadine Mohamed More than 1 year ago
Hey connections of lil mike in case u guyz didn't get the memo, obviously will get in and obliviously will smoke wise dan and everyone else that enters the gate in the mile
PeterG More than 1 year ago
He's got no shot in either race so who cares.
Tom Coughlin More than 1 year ago
Dale.. don't be stubborn. Little Mike is not a Grade 1, 12 furlong horse. Put him in the mile where he belongs and let the chips fall where they may.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Him want COOKIE!
scott More than 1 year ago
what?