Updated on 09/17/2011 5:37PM

Sadler to keep Our New Recruit fresh until the big day


Our New Recruit will train up to the Breeders' Cup Sprint, trainer John Sadler said, and on Wednesday at Santa Anita he worked four furlongs in 48 seconds.

Tyler Baze, who was aboard for the move, will have a difficult decision to make later this month, when he has to choose between Our New Recruit and Kela in the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 30.

"I haven't given up that call yet," said Ivan Puhich, agent for Baze. "It's a little early yet."

Our New Recruit won the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 27, then returned from a five-month layoff to capture the $76,000 Pirate's Bounty at Del Mar in his last start Sept. 6. He won the six-furlong race in 1:08.20, which was the fastest time at the distance at the Del Mar meet.

"Our plan was to come back from Dubai and give him a nice rest off the trip, and he came back even better," said Sadler.

Sadler said he will pass on the Grade 1, $250,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 10.

"We think for our horse, it's a little bit close," he said. "He does really well with a little more spacing."

Sadler will instead enjoy watching the Ancient Title, as well as the Grade 1, $500,000 Vosburgh at Belmont Park on Saturday. A six-furlong race, the Vosburgh is expected to draw divisional heavyweights Speightstown, Pico Central, Midas Eyes, and Cajun Beat, who won the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2003.

"The key race is the Vosburgh," he said. "That will be a fun race to watch."

Sadler said Our New Recruit will have four more works before the Breeders' Cup. The move Wednesday was for maintenance purposes. "It was just a nice easy work," he said. "We've got plenty of time."

Our New Recruit's next work will be a five-furlong move Tuesday.

Our New Recruit, who has won 6 of 17 starts and over $1.4 million, is scheduled to ship to Lone Star Park for the BC Sprint on Oct. 25, five days before the race.

Baze has ridden Our New Recruit twice, in the Pirate's Bounty and in an optional claimer the horse won last October. Baze is 2 for 3 on Kela, including wins in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup at Del Mar on July 25 and the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien at the same track Aug. 15. Baze was also fifth aboard Kela in a two-turn race in April.

Kela is trained by Mike Mitchell. Last week, Mitchell said he, too, is passing the Ancient Title because he feels Kela will benefit from having more time between starts heading into the BC Sprint.

The other major prep for the BC Sprint is the Grade 3 Phoenix Breeders' Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 8. Gold Storm, who earned a 111 Beyer Speed Figure for his win in the $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint, will ship out of his Lone Star Park base Monday for the race, said his trainer, Bubba Cascio.

Sprint Contenders
3-year-olds & up, 6 furlongs. Purse: $1 million.

1Pico CentralP. Lobo5-1
Saturday's Vosburgh boasts a battle between #s 1, 2, 3, and 4 here
2SpeightstownT. Pletcher4-1
Perfect this year, and his ability at 6 furlongs is unquestioned
3Midas EyesR. Frankel6-1
Has some big efforts to his credit, but none bigger than his Forego
4Cajun BeatR. Frankel8-1
Upset this race last year, and is now doing business for Frankel
5AlkeT. Pletcher10-1
Should not be taken lightly off his strong early-season form
6Clock StopperD. Stewart15-1
His powerful late run makes him a threat every time he starts
7Our New RecruitJ. Sadler12-1
Dubai Golden Shaheen winner came back strong at Del Mar
8KelaM. Mitchell12-1
Really put it together at Del Mar, but may prefer a bit more distance
9PohaveD. O'Neill12-1
Solid, but had no excuses in losses to Speightstown and Kela
10BluesthestandardT. West15-1
Second to Our New Recruit recently, and second in this last year

- The top 10 contenders for each of the eight Breeders' Cup races are ranked by Mike Watchmaker, who set the odds and wrote the comments. Actual Breeders' Cup fields will have up to 14 starters.