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Godolphin Contingent Ready to Roll to Kentucky

10/31/2010

Godolphin Racing will have a prominent hand in the Breeders' Cup as Girolamo, Sara Louise, Gayego, and Vineyard Haven are bound for Louisville after breezing at Belmont Park this weekend.

Godolphin's contenders for the Dirt Mile, Vineyard Haven and Gayego, turned in separate breezes on Sunday.

Gayego, who in his most recent start defeated yesterday's Grade II Fayette winner Successful Dan in the Presque Isle Mile on Sept. 10, breezed four furlongs in :48.88.

"He finished up great and galloped out good, and he's another one we're real happy with," said Mettee. "That Presque Isle race looks pretty good now that Successful Dan has come back and won two starts. The one-turn mile should be perfect for him."

Vineyard Haven, most recently third in the Grade I Forego at Saratoga Race Course on Sept. 24, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.42.

"He went in 1:01 2/5 and went out in 1:13 4/5," said Mettee. "Hopefully he can get outside draw. Like Gayego, he seems to like being outside horses a little more. You just have to hope that with a big field and a one-turn mile that they both get good draws and aren't tucked down along the inside, because that field is loaded with horses like Tizway and Crown of Thorns and Here Comes Ben."

Breeders' Cup Sprint entrant Girolamo earned a bullet on Saturday for his 1:00.06 five-furlong breeze, his third official workout since winning the Grade I Vosburgh at Belmont Park.

"Girolamo went really well --he went especially well yesterday," said Rick Mettee, assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor. "After a big race like the Vosburgh, you never know how they'll handle it, but he seems to have thrived since then."

Sara Louise, who will be making her second start of 2010 when she competes in the Filly & Mare Sprint, turned in a 47.67 four-furlong breeze in the second quickest of 23 moves at the distance on Saturday.

"She went back to the track today and trotted, and we're real happy with the way she's coming up to the race," said Mettee. "We'd like to have another race in her, but we didn't have that luxury. At least we got a race into her, and she's healthy, sound, and fresh. She's run at Churchill before, and seven furlongs should be a good distance for her."

Mettee said all four horses will depart Belmont by van tomorrow, arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, and will take to the track on Wednesday.

"All of them have shipped before, and Belmont is such a good place to prepare a horse," said Mettee. "We're away from all the hustle and bustle of things and we're not huge believers in needing a race or a work over the track. Sometimes shipping is good for horses; it gets them up on their toes."


(Edited from track notes)

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