Champagne d'Oro

Santa Anita: Champagne d’Oro gets final shots

Barbara D. Livingston
Champagne d'Oro will get at least one more start in Monday's Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita before she is retired.

Champagne d’Oro will be retired in January and will have one or two more races before she is sent to Kentucky to be bred to Bernardini, trainer Eric Guillot said Monday.

She will start in Monday’s $100,000 Monrovia Stakes over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course, which could lead to a start in the $300,000 Santa Monica Stakes over seven furlongs on the main track on Jan. 28.

Calder: Champagne d'Oro rested, ready for Princess Rooney Handicap

Barbara D. Livingston
Champagne d’Oro has shipped to south Florida for the Princess Rooney.

MIAMI – If you want to talk to a trainer who speaks his mind, Eric Guillot is your man. If you want to bet on a trainer who knows a thing or two about shipping a horse into a tropical climate like south Florida during the dead of summer for a stakes race, once again Guillot is your guy.

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Champagne d’Oro needs time to recuperate from colic

Barbara D. Livingston
Champagne d'Oro needs at least three months off to recover from a bout with colic.

Champagne d’Oro, the fourth-place finisher in the Grade 2 El Encino Stakes last Sunday, will be given three months’ rest after suffering a bout with colic after that race that required a brief hospitalization, trainer Eric Guillot said.

Champagne d’Oro was sent to a local clinic on Sunday and returned to Guillot’s stable on Wednesday. The trainer said the 4-year-old Champagne d’Oro will return to training in May.

Champagne d’Oro back to two turns for El Encino

Barbara D. Livingston
Champagne d'Oro needs at least three months off to recover from a bout with colic.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Champagne d’Oro’s career has been defined by two Grade 1 wins around one-turn in New York last year – the one-mile Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park in June and the seven-furlong Test Stakes at Saratoga in August.

Trainer Eric Guillot has different goals for 2011 – winning major stakes around two turns. The first opportunity, and a difficult one, will be Sunday’s $150,000 El Encino Stakes over 1 1/16 miles for 4-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.

The distance and the age restriction suit Champagne d’Oro.

2010 Eclipse Awards: Champagne d'Oro

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Trainer Eric Guillot and Southern Equine Stable LLC had clearly defined goals for Champagne d’Oro from the beginning. Through 14 career starts she has never run in an allowance race, or in any type of claiming race. She raced against stakes company in the Cinderella and Landaluce last year as a 2-year-old in her second and third starts, when she was a maiden.

Champagne d'Oro's La Brea workout postponed

Barbara D. Livingston
Champagne d'Oro wil try to break a two-race losing streak in the Grade 1 La Brea at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Wet weather kept Santa Anita’s main track closed for training Saturday and prevented Champagne d’Oro from a workout in advance of the $250,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on opening day of the meet, Dec. 26.

Initially, trainer Eric Guillot was frustrated at the disruption, but after thinking through the situation, he decided that Champagne d’Oro may not need that much exercise to be ready for the Grade 1 race over seven furlongs.

Guillot plans to have 20 horses for Churchill fall meet

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Eric Guillot says Champagne d'Oro will prep for the Breeders’ Cup by facing older fillies and mares in the Oct. 9 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eric Guillot has consolidated a 20-horse stable at Churchill Downs, marking the first time the Louisiana-born trainer will have a sizable contingent of runners to compete on the Kentucky circuit.

Guillot, who had raced primarily in Southern California since 2006 before leaving earlier this year to move back east, has one of the top contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in Champagne d’Oro, the standout 3-year-old filly who won the Grade 1 Acorn and Grade 1 Test in New York this year.

Champagne d'Oro headed to Presque Isle

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The multiple Grade 1-winning 3-year-old filly Champagne d’Oro will make her next start in the Grade 3, $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes on Sept. 11, trainer Eric Guillot said Saturday.

The Masters, run at 6 1/2 furlongs, will be her final prep for the $1  million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

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