Thursday, October 13, 2016

Oaklawn Stars Making Breeders’ Cup Plans

Oaklawn figures to be well represented in the Breeders’ Cup, when the 33rd annual event is held Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita in suburban Los Angeles.

Several major stakes winners in Hot Springs are scheduled to compete, including Hoppertunity and Effinex in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5. Hoppertunity and Effinex ran 1-2, respectively, in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) Saturday at Belmont Park.

Hoppertunity won the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) in 2014 at Oaklawn. Effinex won the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 16. Also pointing for the Breeders’ Cup Classic is Melatonin, this year’s Oaklawn Handicap runner-up. The 1 ¼-mile Breeders’ Cup Classic is the richest race run in North America.

Oaklawn Handicap winner Wild Again won the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1984 at Hollywood Park under Pat Day, Oaklawn’s all-time leading rider.

Forever Unbridled, winner of the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 15 at Oaklawn, is scheduled to run in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 4.

Point Piper and Texas Chrome are scheduled to run in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Nov. 4. Point Piper finished third in this year’s Oaklawn Handicap before setting a track record (1:32.90) in the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) Aug. 14 at Emerald Downs.

Texas Chrome began his 3-year-old campaign with a third-place finish in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes April 15 at Oaklawn. He has won his last three starts (all stakes), including the $400,000 Super Derby (G3) Sept. 10 at Louisiana Downs and $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) Sept. 25 at Remington Park.

Trainer J.R. Caldwell, an Oaklawn regular, said Texas Chrome will represent his first starter at Santa Anita.

The $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Nov. 5 is excepted to feature A.P. Indian, who is unbeaten in six starts this year. A.P. Indian, second in an allowance/optional claimer in his 4-year-old debut at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting, set a 6-furlong track record (1:08.43) in the $250,000 Phoenix Stakes (G2) Friday at Keeneland.

The previous record (1:08.58) was set by Runhappy in last year’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Runhappy was named champion male sprinter of 2015. A.P. Indian would secure an Eclipse Award with a victory next month.

Guns Loaded, an allowance/optional claiming winner last year at Oaklawn, is scheduled to run in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) Nov. 5.

Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Haveyougoneaway is expected to be among the favorites in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) Nov. 5. Under the care of 2009 Oaklawn training champion Allen Milligan, Haveyougoneaway won Oaklawn’s $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23 and $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes Feb. 20. Now with New York-based trainer Tom Morley following a private sale after the Oaklawn meeting, Haveyougoneaway is coming off a victory in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.

Also expected for the 7-furlong Filly and Mare Sprint is Tara’s Tango, third in this year’s Apple Blossom.

Pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup will be announced Oct. 26.

In the Ring

Haveyougoneaway, winner of the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes and $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes this year at Oaklawn, is entered in Fasig-Tipton’s November Sale as a racing/broodmare prospect.

Haveyougoneaway is scheduled to make her next start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

Also entered in the Nov. 7 sale are Call Pat, winner of Oaklawn’s $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 19 (broodmare prospect) and Sarah Sis, winner of Oaklawn’s $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) last year (racing/broodmare prospect). Sarah Sis finished second to Haveyougoneaway in the American Beauty.

Finish Lines

Ivan Fallunovalot, winner of Oaklawn’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes the last two years, worked a bullet half-mile (:47.61) Wednesday morning at Remington Park. Trainer Tom Howard of Hot Springs said Ivan Fallunovalot is a candidate for the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Nov. 19 at Laurel. … Danny Caldwell, Oaklawn’s leading owner the last three years, has a meet-high 20 victories at Remington Park. … Retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, Oaklawn’s all-time leading rider, turned 63Thursday.

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