10/18/2014 10:40AM

V. E. Day pointing to Breeders’ Cup Classic

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Barbara D. Livingston
V. E. Day (left) beats stablemate Wicked Strong by a nose in the Grade 1 Travers.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Travers Stakes winner V. E. Day is being pointed to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Saturday.

Jerkens said the combination of a race that appears to have plenty of speed and the fact that owner Magalen Bryant “wants to take a shot” led to the decision to likely run.

Jerkens cautioned that a final decision wouldn’t be made until Monday, when owners have to pay a fee to pre-enter their horses, but all indications are that the horse will run.

V. E. Day is another 3-year-old in a race that already is expected to include Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist, the undefeated multiple Grade 1 winner Shared Belief, and Haskell Invitational and Pennsylvania Derby winner Bayern.

V. E. Day, a son of English Channel, had a four-race win streak snapped in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, where he finished sixth, beaten 8 1/2 lengths. V. E. Day was wide down the backstretch and then lost a little more ground after horses tried to avoid the fallen jockey, Rajiv Maragh, who had gotten unseated from his mount, Wicked Strong, 4 1/2 furlongs from the wire.

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V. E. Day made a wide move to get into contention at the quarter pole but couldn’t sustain his run through the lane. Jerkens said the horse came out of the race in good order, and he worked a half-mile in 49.89 seconds over Belmont’s main track Tuesday.

“He seems good to me,” Jerkens said. “He’s kind of workmanlike all the time. He’s the same all the time.”

Coming out of the Gold Cup, Jerkens had initially discounted the Classic in part because he feared that Santa Anita’s main track would be too speed-favoring.

“Everyone tells me, at least recently, it’s been pretty fair,” Jerkens said. “It looks like horses have come from out of it.”

Jerkens likely will need to find a rider for V. E. Day since Javier Castellano, who rode V. E. Day in the Travers and Gold Cup, is committed to Moreno. Jose Lezcano, aboard V. E. Day for three wins this year, is scheduled to ride Zivo.

The addition of V. E. Day to the Classic field brings the likely number of pre-entrants to at least 17. Horses who could be relegated to the also-eligible list include Big Cazanova, Prayer for Relief, and Noble Moon.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought about betting this race, then said nah... It will be fixed too. So i keep my monies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope Big Cazanova, Prayer foe Relief and Noble Moon don't get in. They have no chance. All they'll do is get in the way.
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
tommy I appreciate that you are usually polite even to the people who do not agree with you - but what you have written below is called red boarding. claiming you cashed a ticket, and a very significant one - after a race. even if it is true, it is super low class to brag about it, and if it is not true - well draw your own conclusion. I am just going to say this one time - I think you're own private vo2 theories are bunk. and I want to see you on this board after V.E. Day runs up the track and Shared Belief crushes him. will you have the class to admit you were entirely wrong??
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
Just because a horse is a closer doesn't mean he has no chance at Santa Anita. Day 2 last year favored closers.
Ian Douglas More than 1 year ago
The track was playing a lot fairer on day 2. But it was not favoring closers
tazcat1973 More than 1 year ago
I agree . More fair but definitely not favoring closers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jimmy knows his horses. If he goes with VE Day to Santa Anita take notice.
Angelo More than 1 year ago
He doesn't want to go, his owner does.
tommy More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing horse for long distance. He has a very high vo2 max and high lactate threshold to explain why he can close at the end of long distance races. I bet him huge in the travers and it paid huge dividents. There was one race in sloppy track he won by a head which drf says he got lucky but if you watch the race, his gate opened late and his opponents had a 1-2 fur long head start. In my eyes he ran 1 1/8 at 147 flat in a sloppy track. VE Day all the way!!! Plus castellano is a god jockey who will ride Moreno this time and when asked about he jockey gold cup he said he had no room to close with VE Day when jerkens told him he had the best horse and wanted him close to the pace about 2 lengths behind the leaders to start race
Russ Brown More than 1 year ago
I don't see how Bayern and Moreno won't set this up to make it easier for Shared Belief. If Shared Belief doesn't fire, VE day is a longshot horse you can't ignore. He went extremely wide after Wicked Strong's mishap. I was waiting for this announcement and I'd also like to see Tapiture in this race.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Russ, sounds like you agree with me except I don't like shared belief at all. Everyone on this site doesn't agree with me when they can't argue with me because I am 100 percent right!!! When I say shared belief won his races with a lot less weight compared to other horses, he will lose when they make them all equal weight. Shared belief highest weight when he ran and won a long distance race at 1 1/4 was 118 lbs lol weak, when compared to tonalist and California chrome at 126 lbs kentucky derby Preakness winner and Belmont stakes winners. Look at Bayern in he travers, he wasn't used to heavy weight at a long distance and he didn't even finish the race, I was watching for 10 minutes after and not sure if he crossed he finish line lol. Anyway Russ I can't talk anymore on my advices because it's top secret and I'm known for having the only wining trifecta or superfecta tickets where I take the entire pool!!! Last time I did that was at lone star this June where it paid 1-4-all since nobody had winning tickets and I played everyone else and got the whole pool without paying taxes because I had 30 separate tickets with 225 dollars each ticket lol
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Shared Belief will be Off the board Russ.
MoneyMarcus More than 1 year ago
Horrible article David!!! You can at least tell the reader why Wicked Strong is not pointing to the Classic. Leaves me wondering what happened to Wicked Strong.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
Hey you get what you pay for Money!
Angelo More than 1 year ago
He's shut down for the year.