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Daily Cup Update: Juvenile Fillies, Monday, Nov. 1
A Z Warrior – The Zayat Stables homebred walked the shedrow at Hollywood Park Monday after working 4f on Sunday.
"It's hard to compare them," said trainer Bob Baffert when asked about any similarities with previous Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winners Silverbulletday and Indian Blessing. "She won the Frizette; a Grade 1. That makes her a pretty good filly."
A Z Warrior will be flown to Louisville Tuesday and will be ridden on Friday by Martin Garcia.
Awesome Feather – According to trainer Stanley Gold, Jacks Or Better Farm’s Awesome Feather continues to “gallop strongly” over the Churchill main track in preparation for Friday’s Juvenile Fillies.
The 3yo daughter of Awesome of Course last worked on Oct. 26 at Calder, timed 5f in 1:02. She will not work again prior to Friday’s race.
“Based on timing, we didn’t want to breeze that close to the race,” Gold explained. “She’s not fazed by the track. She seems to really love it and has eliminated concerns about the track entirely. A horse will either like the track or they won’t. To me there isn’t a benefit to working over galloping.”
Gold confirmed that Jeffrey Sanchez, who has ridden the undefeated filly in all five of her starts, will retain the call for Friday’s race.
“I’ve fielded a lot of phone calls from (jockey) agents, but I think (riding Sanchez) is the right thing to do,” Gold said.
Believe in A. P. – Believe in A.P. galloped over the Churchill Downs main track Monday morning. Believe in A.P., who will be ridden by jockey Garrett Gomez in the Juvenile Fillies, last breezed 6f at Aqueduct in 1:16 on Oct. 29.
“My reports say she went good today at Churchill,” trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said. “I don’t know if I’m going to breeze her again before Friday.”
Delightful Mary – Delightful Mary, the $500,000 sales topper at the Ocala Breeders’ sale last April, galloped 1 1/2m under exercise rider Wayne Brown Monday morning and will not have a workout before Friday’s Juvenile Fillies.
“She turned in a big work here last Monday,” said Kathryn Sullivan, who has been a Woodbine-based assistant to trainer Mark Casse for two years. “She went (5f) in fifty-nine and she really likes this track. She took to it well. She’s been here since the 18th and everything is on schedule.”
Shaun Bridgmohan will be in the irons on Friday instead of Corey Fraser, who has ridden her to two wins and a third in her three lifetime starts.
Harlan's Ruby – The daughter of Harlan’s Holiday jogged 1m and galloped 1m at Churchill on Monday. She will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.
“All my horses are doing well,” said trainer Ken McPeek, who holds a 0-2-1 record from seven starters in the race, including a second last year with Beautician. “I’m going to be a rather boring interview this week. I’m going to let the horses do the talking in their races.”
Indian Gracey – Indian Gracey jogged at Churchill Downs Monday morning, having arrived from California around noon on Sunday. She had her last work at Hollywood Park on Saturday going 5f in 1:00 flat.
She will gallop Tuesday morning under the eyes of owner-trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who will take her to the track early. Indian Gracey, who is coming off a third-place finish in the Oak Leaf Stakes on Oct. 3, will gallop up to the Juvenile Fillies with no works at Churchill.
“I am not concerned at all that she won’t work at Churchill,” Hollendorfer said. “She’s doing good.”
Jordy Y – Trainer Wayne Catalano said Monday morning that, after conferring with owners Darrell and Evelyn Yates, he is “90 percent certain” that Jordy Y will run in the Juvenile Fillies. She has second preference in the Juvenile Fillies turf.
She’s only run on Polytrack so far, but she may be a dirt horse,” Catalano said. “Her pedigree is more dirt than anything. From different camps around the track, I’m hearing that the turf race might be coming up a little tougher than the dirt. She worked really good on turf (Oct. 25 at Keeneland). I could go either way, but Mr. Yates is leaning strongly toward the dirt.”
In her final major preparation for Friday’s Juvenile Fillies, the 2yo daughter of Congrats went 5f in 1:02 1/5 with Robby Albarado aboard.
“She worked very well, I could have had her go a little bit faster, but she got a lot out of it,” Catalano said.
Catalano said that Joel Rosario will pilot Jordy Y in Friday’s Juvenile Fillies.
“His agent Ronnie Ebanks is a personal friend of mine,” Catalano said of Rosario. “He’s riding very well and has won some big races in California. We could do a lot worse.”
Joyful Victory – The 2yo daughter of Tapit arrived safely at Churchill Downs early Monday morning after a flight from Baltimore with stablemates Rightly So (Filly & Mare Sprint) and Havre de Grace (Ladies’ Classic).
Joyful Victory put in her final workout for the race this past Saturday at Delaware Park and trainer Tony Dutrow reported she went 4f in 48 flat. In the Juvenile Fillies she will be making her third career start and will be ridden for the first time by Ramon Dominguez, who has participated in 24 Breeders’ Cup races and won one of them.
R Heat Lightning – The 2yo daughter of Trippi won the Spinaway at Saratoga two races ago with Garrett Gomez, but John Velazquez will be back aboard for the Juvenile Fillies after a troubled second in the Frizette at Belmont Park less than four weeks ago.
“She had a good work on Saturday (4f in 48 2/5 at Churchill) and came out of it in good order,” trainer Todd Pletcher said of the Paul Robsham Stables filly, who galloped Monday. “She should like the added distance.”
Soundwave – The Friends Lake filly, who is carrying a three-race win streak into the Juvenile Fillies, walked the shedrow of trainer Ronny Werner’s barn on Monday at Churchill.
“She’s doing excellent,” Werner said. “She’s really been a dream to train. We took her to the paddock to school and she was so like an 8-year-old mare; just very relaxed.”
Tell a Kelly – The Tapit filly, set for a start in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, jogged 1m Monday morning as she readies for the largest test of her young career.
The Florida-bred winner of the Darley Debutante at Del Mar had exercise rider Jose Alferez aboard as trainer John Sadler looked on during her exercise.
Tell a Kelly is one of several horses Sadler brought to Churchill more than two weeks ago to get ready for races this Friday and Saturday.
“She’s a little antsy and bringing her in early and getting settled is working to her advantage,” the trainer noted. “She’s doing well here.”
Calvin Borel will be aboard Tell a Kelly for the first time in a race Friday.
Theyskens' Theory – Theysken’s Theory arrived at Churchill Downs on the European charter flight on Saturday, and is expected to clear quarantine at 5 p.m. on Monday.
She will go to the track on Tuesday for the first time, either just before the break or just after, with Meehan’s assistant, Paul Burns, accompanying her and a stablemate on a pony. Meehan will be at Churchill on Wednesday.