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Trip Notes: 2011 Breeders' Cup Friday
Friday, November 4th | Saturday, November 5th
BC Juvenile Sprint (race 5)
Heavily favored Secret Circle validated bettors' confidence – but it wasn't without a scare. In pushing his record to 3 for 3 he broke very sharply, dueled with Trinniberg, had no trouble putting that rival away into the lane, opened up as if he would win a laugher but then got very weary late, was racing greenly and just got to the line before hard-charging Euro filly Shumoos. Considering it was just his 3rd start, the first time he's shipped and that he absolutely sizzled the first quarter it was understandable he got tired, and that may have made the filly's charge look better than it was. Looks like Bob Baffert has another top prospect. Shumoos, not only a filly facing boys but racing in the U.S. and on dirt for the first time, was a bit reluctant to load and they had to keep her from sitting in the gate. Once they broke she bided her time, moved to the rail into the lane and came home strongly to give the winner a scare. Holdin Bullets stalked the pace, tried to make a run at the winner into the lane but was no match. Seeker sat back and could make only modest headway.
BC Juvenile Fillies Turf (race 6)
Stephanie's Kitten, a Grade 1 winner on synthetic, showed she's as good on turf as she came home strongly for the win. She was tucked in midpack, not far off Stopshoppingmaria's modest pace, angled to the inside into the lane to find room, came bursting through and then swung back out for the score. Obviously a bright future here as her versatility of surface gives her connections lots of options. Stopshoppingmaria did everything right. Trying grass for the first time she went right out to the lead but was able to back up the pace. That left her with plenty in the tank, she spurted clear into the lane and looked the winner in midstretch. Sweet Cat stalked the pace, tried to make a run at her into the lane but just couldn't keep up, giving sire Kitten's Joy a 1-3 finish. Up did the best of the Euros as she was tucked inside, had to maneuver out for room in the lane, found and finished well but was too late. The race shape and traffic worked completely against Somali Lemonade and favored Euro Elusive Kate, who were well back early and could make only modest headway in the lane.
BC F&M Sprint (race 7)
Musical Romance, let go at 22-1, continued her good form and may also have confirmed that the inside was the place to be. She bided her time while saving ground, appeared beaten turning for home when favorite Turbulent Descent edged past but stuck to her guns and gamely persevered to rerally and get the win. Switch, 2nd in this last year had to settle for the same spot this year. She was well back early, commenced a strong wide run on the far turn and carried it to the wire but just wasn't good enough. Her Smile likewise sat back, started a smart wide run just in front of Switch and stayed on gamely. Pomeroys Pistol prompted the pace throughout, couldn't stay with the closers in the lane but kept to her task well. Turbulent Descent, the favorite, didn't break sharply but settled well. She then rushed up into a hole that wasn't there going down the backside and had to check. She got resettled, came with a smart wide run to take command into the lane as if she would go on and win but then ran out of gas. The trouble surely had an effect but whether it was the culprit is another matter.
BC Juvenile Fillies (race 8)
No doubts who the 2-year-old filly champion is as My Miss Aurelia looked super remaining unbeaten in 4 starts and continuing the dominance of favorites in this race (17 for 27). She broke alertly to dog pacesetter Candrea, had no trouble taking over from that rival turning for home, quickly opened up and was kept to task to keep hard-trying Grace Hall at bay. Being by Smart Strike, she surely figures to be as good going longer and is the obvious early favorite for the Grade 1 Ky. Oaks. Grace Hall did nothing wrong and looks quite promising for 2012 as well. She sat midpack early, edged closer to be just behind the winner turning for home, angled out for room and kept on doggedly but just couldn't get to the winner while much the best of the rest. Weemissfrankie, best of the West, sat back while staying wide, came with a threatening run turning for home but was no match for the top 2. Self Preservation, another West Coast filly, lagged back and finished well up the inside. Candrea set the pace under constant pressure but gave way badly once passed. It's likely back to shorter trips for her.
BC F&M Turf (race 9)
Race complexion changed some when one of the favorites, Announce, was scratched after acting up during the warm-up and suffering some cuts on her right hock after scraping the rail. The race itself was just as chaotic, with Canadian Perfect Shirl posting the upset. Held out of the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor due to soft ground, she still didn't get firm ground here but it didn't matter. She settled well midpack as the field was tightly bunched. She managed to follow Nahrain into the lane as that gal made the lead, then moved out from behind and outkicked that gal and another Euro Misty for Me as a few others including favorite Stacelita had brutal trips. Nice as this win was you get the feeling if they ran this race 10 times you'd have 6 different winners. Nahrain got a great trip stalking the pace. She surged to the lead between horses and looked the winner but couldn't quite finish with the winner. Misty for Me stumbled badly at the start, which may have been a blessing. She lagged well back, stayed in the clear, swung wide for clear sailing into the lane and powered home. Aruna was toward the back and finished full of run from between horses but just ran out of ground. Dubawi Heights pulled hard to the lead early, but then settled to set a modest pace but couldn't kick with the others. Stacelita seemed to be in a great spot but was hemmed in through the lane.
BC Ladies Classic (race 10)
Royal Delta likely locked down 3-year-old filly championship honors with an impressive victory. The daughter of top-class Empire Maker got a great trip stalking the pace. She still had some work to do by midstretch but kept on resolutely to overpower her rivals and win going away. She would sure be imposing if she came back in 2012, particularly as it's likely the Empire Makers will get better with age.. It's Tricky, another contender for the 3-year-old filly title, stalked the pace of Plum Pretty, made a run at that foe into the lane, and was just going past that rival when Royal Delta went surging past. She was still a clear 2nd. Pachattack sat midpack and made steady headway though she was never really a threat. Ultra Blend, the ultra-consistent Californian, was fractious in the gate, broke very poorly and was well back but came with a decent run. Plum Pretty, so impressive winning the Grade 1 Ky. Oaks here in the spring and the Grade 2 Cotillion, bounced out to a clear lead, battled back when hooked by It's Tricky into the lane but gave way readily once passed.