Thursday, October 22, 2015

Arkansas Derby and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah Leads All Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was among 200 horses pre-entered for the 32nd annual Breeders’ Cup Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland. Pre-entries for the 13 Breeders’ Cup races were announced Wednesday.

American Pharoah, who won Oaklawn’s $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14 and $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11, was one of 10 horses pre-entered in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Oct. 31, a 1 ¼-mile race that will mark his final career start before entering stud.

Curlin swept the Rebel, Arkansas Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2007 en route to Horse of the Year honors.  Concern finished second in the Rebel before winning the Arkansas Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1994.

Breeders’ Cup post positions will be drawn Monday.
 
Breeders’ Cup Bound

In addition to American Pharoah, several other Oaklawn stakes winners and stakes-placed runners are pre-entered in Breeders’ Cup races. Tapiture and Mr. Z are pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Oct. 30.

Tapiture won the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) in 2014. Mr. Z finished third in this year’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) and $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).

Defending champion Untapable is pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) Oct. 30. Untapable, the country’s champion 3-year-old filly of 2014, won the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 10.  Also pre-entered in the Distaff is Stopchargingmaria, fourth in last year’s $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3).

Holy Boss, who won the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes April 10, is pre-entered in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Oct. 31. Habitually slow-starting Kobe’s Back, seventh in last year’s $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2), is also pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Along with American Pharoah, Hard Aces, sixth in this year’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2), is pre-entered in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Oct. 31.
 
Waiting Game

Four Oaklawn-raced horses, including three stakes winners, pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Oct. 30 and $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Oct. 31 are considered also-eligibles because both races oversubscribed.

Oaklawn stakes winners Ivan Fallunovalot, Alsvid and Gentlemen’s Bet are among 21 horses pre-entered in the Sprint, which will have a maximum field of 14. They are Nos. 16-17-18, respectively, in order of preference for the 6-furlong race.

Tom Howard of Hot Springs, who trains Ivan Fallunovalot, said Thursday morning that he was surprised his gelding and Alsvid are on the also-eligible list.

“Alsvid, hell, he outran Work All Week. He should have been in the body of the race, but he’s behind us and outran us,” said Howard.

Ivan Fallunovalot won Oaklawn’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes Feb. 7 and finished second to Alsvid in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 9. Alsvid then beat reigning male sprint champion and Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Work All Week in the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (G3) May 30 at Churchill Downs.

Ivan Fallunovalot also won the $75,000 David M. Vance Sprint Stakes Aug. 8 at Remington Park and the $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup Sept. 27.

According to Breeders’ Cup rules, order of preference in oversubscribed races is based on: 1) Breeders’ Cup Challenge race winners, 2) a point system and 3) judgment of a panel of racing experts. The Racing Secretaries and Directors Panel ranked all horses pre-entered in the oversubscribed races.

Ivan Fallunovalot worked a half-mile in :47.22 Thursday morning at Remington, and Howard said he’s proceeding as if Ivan Fallunovalot will run in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, particularly since several horses in the main body of the race could opt for another spot.

“When I look at him in the morning, unless there’s something afoul, then we’ll make plans to get out of here,” Howard said. “It could happen any day now. We’re going to go ahead and go and take the gamble.”

Both Alsvid and Gentlemen’s Bet are already in Kentucky at Churchill Downs. Gentlemen’s Bet won the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 7 (Ivan Fallunovalot ran second).

Street Strategy, a three-time Oaklawn winner, is No. 15 – or third in order of preference – for the Mile, which will have a maximum of 12 starters. He is among 16 horses pre-entered in the Mile.

Deadline for Breeders’ Cup entries is 9 a.m. (Central) Monday.  

At the time of entry, a maximum of 14 horses (or 12) will be accepted for each race, based on the order of preference at pre-entry. There will be up to two also-eligibles for each Breeders’ Cup race, designated in accordance with the Racing Secretaries and Directors Panel’s order of preference for oversubscribed races at the time of pre-entry.

Scratch time for all Breeders’ Cup races is 7 a.m. (Central) Oct. 30.
 
Finish Lines

Race Day worked a half-mile in :48.20 Thursday at Keeneland in preparation for possibly his final career start in the $200,000 Fayette Stakes (G2) Oct. 30 at Keeneland. Race Day was the top older two-turn male at this year’s Oaklawn meeting, winning the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) March 14 and $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 11. Race Day will enter stud next year at central Kentucky’s Spendthrift Farm. … Treasure Box, a 3-year-old half-sister to Oaklawn Apple Blossom winner and millionaire On Fire Baby, worked 6 furlongs in 1:16 Tuesday at Churchill Downs in preparation for her comeback, possibly at the Churchill Down fall meet. Treasure Box (tibia fracture) hasn’t started since winning her March 13 career debut at Oaklawn. On Fire Baby, who won the $500,000 Apple Blossom (G1) in 2013 and Oaklawn’s $125,000 Honeybee Stakes(G3) in 2012, is in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper. … The Pizza Man, who trained at Oaklawn during the final few weeks of this year’s meeting, is pre-entered in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.

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