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Daily Cup Update: Marathon, Monday, Nov. 1

11/1/2010

Awesome Gem – The 7yo gelding jogged 1m at Hollywood Park Monday under exercise rider Jose Orozco in preparation for his fourth Breeders' Cup start and first in the Marathon. He finished third in the 2007 Classic, sixth in the 2008 Mile and seventh in the 2009 Classic.
  
"The Marathon distance fits him well," said Sergio Martin, assistant to trainer Craig Dollase, en route to Kentucky. "He's lost a little speed but he's very honest."
   
The veteran will be making his 39th start at his 12th track. He will be flown to Kentucky Tuesday and be ridden by David Flores.

                 
Bright Horizon – A 3yo son of Galileo, Bright Horizon enters the Breeders’ Cup Marathon off a win in the Irish Cesarewitch Handicap over two miles. He arrived at Churchill Downs on Saturday and walked the shedrow on Sunday and again on Monday morning. He is expected to clear quarantine by late Monday afternoon and make his first trip to the track Tuesday morning.

“He traveled well, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Pat Keating, head lad for trainer Aidan O’Brien.


Eldaafer – IEAH Stables and Mansour Albaroudy’s Eldaafer, who arrived at Churchill on Sunday night, put in his final major preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Marathon last Friday at Delaware Park. He breezed 4f in 49 2/5 with trainer Diane Alvarado in the irons.

“He worked a mile two weeks ago and six furlongs last week,” Alvarado said.  “This last work was just for maintenance.  He galloped out well and is real happy, but he can be a punk sometimes. He almost dropped me after the work. He’ll gallop 1 ¾ miles without getting tired. He’ll run all day, but he does what he wants to do.”
           
Hall of Famer John Velazquez has been named to ride.


Giant Oak – In his final major preparation for Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Marathon, Virginia H. Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak fired a bullet 5f work over a fast main on Sunday track at Hawthorne in 1:00 3/5.
 
“His main work was the week before,” trainer Chris Block said of the 1m move in 1:41 3/5 on Oct. 24 at Hawthorne. “This one was just for maintenance, but I’ve never seen him work by himself like that. It was a very good move. He’s usually a little lazy in the morning.”
 
Giant Oak will van from Cicero, Ill. to Churchill on Tuesday, and Garrett Gomez has been named to ride.
 
“He’s one of the best in the world,” Block said of Gomez. “I’ve always wanted him to ride this horse, and I wasn’t going to pass up on the chance. His aggressiveness in the saddle is a big plus.”


Million Seller – The 4yo daughter of A.P. Indy arrived at Churchill Downs from Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland on Monday.

Jockey Jeremy Rose has the mount on Million Seller.


Prince Will I Am – On Saturday, in his final major preparation for Friday Breeders’ Cup Marathon, Casa Farms I LLC’s Prince Will I Am breezed 4f over a fast main track at Churchill in 49 2/5.
 
“He did it well in hand for me,” said trainer Michele Nihei, who was aboard for the work. “He actually broke off at the five-eighths pole and went 1:13 1/5 from there, and then finished up the actual (timed) work before galloping out another three-eighths of a mile.”
 
Javier Castellano will ride Prince Will I Am in Friday’s Marathon.
 
“I let Susie (owner Atkins) make that decision,” Nihei said. “She struggled between the two guys who had just won on him (Castellano and Jose Lezcano) because they had both done an outstanding job. It was a coin flip, and when the coin fell, she asked me to check with Javy (Castellano)."

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