10/25/2010 3:35PM

Bribon not supplemented to Breeders' Cup Sprint

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Barbara D. Livingston
Bribon will skip the Breeders' Cup Sprint and instead target the Bold Ruler Handicap and Cigar Mile.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Todd Pletcher said he pre-entered 11 horses on Monday for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 5-6 at Churchill Downs. However, Bribon was not among them.

Owner Derrick Smith elected against paying the $180,000 supplemental fee to make Bribon eligible for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Instead, Bribon will run in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park as a prep for the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 27.

Pletcher said that several factors came into play in the decision not to run Bribon in the Breeders’ Cup, including the fact that he is a 7-year-old gelding and a come-from-behind sprinter in what will likely be a large field. “And,” Pletcher said, “$180,000 is a lot of money to put up.”

Bribon, who has won 10 of 35 starts and earned more than $1 million in his career, has won three graded stakes at Belmont, including the Westchester and Metropolitan handicaps in 2009 and the Grade 2 True North earlier this year. In the last two runnings of the Cigar Mile, Bribon was beaten less than a length both times.

“He’s run well at Belmont, he ran well in the Cigar Mile last year,” Pletcher said. “We just felt like the two-race program here is a better option for him.”

Pletcher’s group of Breeders’ Cup pre-entrants included Quality Road (Classic), Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty (Juvenile), Life At Ten and Malibu Prayer (Ladies’ Classic), R Heat Lightning (Juvenile Fillies), Aikenite (Dirt Mile), Pluck (Juvenile Turf), Allure d’Amour and More Than Real (Juvenile Fillies Turf), and Rose Catherine (Turf Sprint).

On Monday, Quality Road and Malibu Prayer – both owned by Edward P. Evans – left Belmont by van and were expected to arrive early Tuesday morning at Churchill. On Tuesday, Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty, Life At Ten, R Heat Lightning, Allure d’Amour, and Rose Catherine were to be flown to Churchill, where Pluck, More Than Real, and Aikenite are already stabled.

Friend Or Foe: Cigar Mile or break

Friend Or Foe came out of his impressive five-length victory in Saturday’s Empire Classic “real good,” said trainer John Kimmel, who now must decide whether to point the 3-year-old New York-bred to the Grade 1 Cigar Mile or give him a break to focus on a 4-year-old campaign.

Friend Or Foe ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.94 – the fastest of 17 Empire Classics run at the distance – and earned a 100 Beyer Speed Figure. He is now 4 for 4 in one-turn races, and the Cigar Mile is run around one turn. Friend Or Foe has gone winless in two starts around two turns, finishing fourth in the Jim Dandy and sixth in the Travers last summer at Saratoga. Still, neither Kimmel nor jockey Alex Solis believes Friend Or Foe is simply a one-turn horse.

“Solis said two turns would be better for him,” Kimmel said. “You just got to let him have his head; he’ll run many horses off their feet. The last couple of races going two turns, maybe we tried to take him in hand and he ended up getting in a lot of trouble.”

Hudson win tops Terranova’s big day

Trainer John Terranova was out of town as it was happening, but he enjoyed his stable’s three-win Saturday nonetheless, watching it unfold on a television set at Keeneland.

General Maximus won the $125,000 Hudson Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths in between victories by half-siblings Midnight Mass and Zellweger (both out of the dam Tuesday Prayer). The stable was denied its fourth win when Chorus Music was beaten two lengths while running second to You Go West Girl in the Ticonderoga later on the card.

Tonja Terranova, John’s wife and assistant trainer, saddled all the horses as John was at Keeneland, where Negligee finished seventh in the Raven Run.

Terranova said he was confident that General Maximus would run a big race in the Hudson after finishing third in the Easy N Dirty Stakes 17 days earlier.

“We went with alternative tactics last time and it really backfired,” Terranova said about attempting to take the speedy colt off the pace. “That’s not something he wants to do. We thought he’d run a big, big race [Saturday]. I thought it’d be hard to beat him.”

Terranova said General Maximus came out of the race well, but he did not have any plans for the 3-year-old. Aqueduct hosts the Grade 3, $100,000 Fall Highweight at six furlongs on Thanksgiving Day, but Terranova is pointing Wall Street Wonder to that race.

Meanwhile, Terranova said that Citrus Kid, runner-up to Prince Will I Am in the Grade 1 Jamaica, would make his next start in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park on Nov. 28. On Monday, Citrus Kid worked four furlongs in 1:01.64 over Belmont’s main track.

Admiral Alex points to Discovery

Admiral Alex, who was sharp in winning Sunday’s $70,000 Arts and Letters Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths, will be pointed to the Grade 3, $100,000 Discovery at Aqueduct on Nov. 20, owner/trainer Leon Blusiewicz said Monday.

Blusiewicz said that Admiral Alex would be sent to the front in the Arts and Letters, and he had to run a quarter in 22.56 seconds under Cornelio Velasquez to wrest the lead from Our Dark Knight. But Admiral Alex kept on trucking through a half-mile in 45.66, three-quarters in 1:09.88, and a mile in 1:34.51 before completing the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.67 while being taken in hand late. He earned a 100 Beyer Speed Figure.

“This ain’t a good horse, this is a super horse,” Blusiewicz said Monday. “If I had the money, I’d run him in the [Breeders’ Cup] Classic. I’d dare somebody to beat him. Cornelio said he doesn’t want to run a mile and an eighth, he wants to run a mile and a quarter, mile and a half.”

Blusiewicz was high enough on Admiral Alex to run him in the Travers off simply a maiden win three weeks earlier. Admiral Alex finished last in that race and then second-to-last in the Jamaica, a Grade 1 on turf.

Also Sunday, Arson Squad won the $70,000 Mighty Forum Stakes from well off the pace. He ran a mile in 1:35.27 and earned a 101 Beyer. Arson Squad could run next in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. Arson Squad, owned by Samantha and Mace Siegel and trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., finished fourth, beaten less than a length, in the 2008 Cigar Mile.