Beethoven – John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith’s Beethoven walked the shedrow again on Monday, awaiting clearance from quarantine, which was expected to come by 5 p.m. He arrived at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Traveling head lad Pat Keating said that he, like all the runners from Ballydoyle, “traveled well, and we couldn’t be happier.”
Court Vision – The TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile-bound Court Vision turned in his last serious workout before Saturday’s race Monday with a 5f breeze over Aqueduct’s main track in 1:02. Exercise rider Michelle Nevin was aboard for the work.
“He’s not the greatest work horse in the world; he’s a bit lazy in the mornings,” Nevin said. “I was really happy with him this morning.”
Court Vision, with jockey Robby Albarado to ride, enters the Mile off a victory in the Woodbine Mile. Court Vision is shipping to Kentucky on Tuesday.
“He’s training great, but man this race is coming up tough,” trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said. “His Woodbine win was unbelievable.”
Delegator – Godolphin’s Dansili colt (photo by Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs) cleared quarantine and made his first visit to the track at 10 a.m. Monday.
The 4yo went out for some light exercise on the main track with two other European-based horses that has cleared quarantine, Debussy and Biondetti.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is expected to arrive later in the week after saddling Campanologist and Holberg in the Melbourne Cup on Nov. 2.
Delegator finished fifth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile. He has made two starts this year, winning the Dubai Duty Free Cup at Newbury on Sept. 17 and finishing fourth as the favorite in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 16.
Get Stormy – Trainer Tom Bush watched his Bernard Baruch winner gallop
1 3/8 m under exercise rider Anna Hollander Monday morning at Churchill Downs.
Bush headed back to his home base at Belmont Park in New York and is planning to return to Louisville on Wednesday.
Regular rider Javier Castellano will be aboard for the race on Saturday. Get Stormy has won eight of 17 career starts, all on turf, and the 4yo Stormy Atlantic colt has picked up stakes victories at four tracks, including Churchill Downs. In his most recent outing he was fourth in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 9.
Gio Ponti – Late today, connections decided that Gio Ponti will go in the Mile. Gio Ponti, who finished second in last year’s Classic, galloped over Belmont Park’s main track this morning. Gio Ponti was pre-entered in both the Classic and Mile this year.
“He’s doing great, really excited about running him Saturday,” trainer Christophe Clement said. “He’s leaving (for Kentucky) Tuesday.”
Jockey Ramon Dominguez has the mount.
“I’ve never had a horse like him,” Clement said. “He’s been top class at two, three, four and five. He’s a pleasure to be around.”
Goldikova – The 5yo mare, who will be going for an unprecedented third straight victory in the Mile, arrived at Churchill Downs late Saturday and was expected to clear quarantine Monday afternoon. She will be out on the track Tuesday morning.
Trainer Freddy Head, who holds the distinction of being the rider of the great miler Miesque – the first horse to win back-to-back Breeders’ Cup events in 1987-88 – will arrive on Wednesday to supervise final training of Goldikova, who has won four of her five starts this year.
The daughter of Anabaa – Born Gold, by Blushing Groom, won the Prix de la Foret last out on Oct. 3 to become the all-time leading European runner in Group or Grade 1 victories with 11. She is owned by her breeders, the Wertheimer Family.
She will again be ridden by Olivier Peslier, who has been aboard in every one of Goldikova’s 20 lifetime starts, with 14 wins, three seconds and two thirds.
Paco Boy – The Calvera Parternship horse was walked in the quarantine barn Monday morning. He arrived on a flight from Europe Saturday evening, is expected to clear quarantine later Monday and make his first visit to the track Tuesday morning.
Trained by Richard Hannon Jr., the 5yo son of Desert Style has tangled with two-time defending Mile winner Goldikova three times in Europe this season. Though he finished behind her each time, he has been very close to her at the wire.
Paco Boy was second to Goldikova by a neck in the Queen Anne Stakes on June 15 at Ascot, was third, again a neck back, when she finished second in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville on Aug. 15 and was the runner-up by a half-length to her in the Prix de la Foret on Oct. 3 at Longchamp
Proviso – Juddmonte Farms’ 5yo mare went to the Churchill Downs turf course shortly after 9:30 Monday under jockey Kent Desormeaux and breezed 4f in 51 3/5 in the only move of the morning at the distance.
“She earned her way in,” said trainer Bill Mott of the decision to take on two-time defending champion Goldikova and a supporting cast of talented males in the Mile. “She was very good. Kent did a great job with her. She warmed up nicely, off a little easy, but she came through the stretch in 23 and change. He never let her off the bridle, and she galloped out very strong. I couldn’t be happier.”
Formerly trained by the late Bobby Frankel, Proviso comes into the Mile on a four-race win streak that includes a victory over males in the Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in March.
She will be ridden by regular jockey Mike Smith seeking her fifth win in nine starts going one mile. The daughter of Dansili defeated the opposite sex twice in Europe before coming to the states.
Sidney's Candy – Sidney’s Candy put in his final Breeders’ Cup Mile drill Monday morning at Churchill Downs when he covered 5f on the grass course at 9:30.
With exercise rider Jose Alferez up and trainer John Sadler looking on, the son of Candy Ride was the first horse to break off and work during the track’s grass training session on a crisp Kentucky morning. The chestnut was timed through splits of 12, 24 3/5, 37 3/5 and 49 2/5 en route to a final time of 1:01. Track clockers caught him going out 6f in 1:15 3/5.
“It was a good move for him,” Sadler said later back at Barn 39. “He’s a fast horse and his speed will be in play here Saturday. Anyone who saw his race at Del Mar this summer (La Jolla Handicap when he established a course record for 1 1/16m of 1:39 2/5) knows that he’s a special horse capable of special things.”
Sidney’s Candy, whose last visit to Churchill Downs saw him push the pace before falling back in the Kentucky Derby, was bred by and is currently owned by the weight-loss guru Jenny Craig. Sadler noted that there are ongoing negotiations for a possible sale of the horse to Middle East interests prior to his start Saturday.
“Either way – in Jenny’s colors or with the possible new owners – he’ll run Saturday,” Sadler stated.
Society's Chairman – The oldest horse in the Mile field at age 7, Society’s Chairman is being vanned down from his base at Woodbine and will arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. Trainer Roger Attfield will be on hand Wednesday.
The son of Not Impossible, owned by Charles Fipke and George Waud, finished second to Gio Ponti in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland last out on Oct. 9. Julien Leparoux, who rode that day for the first time, will have the mount again in the Mile.
Society’s Chairman has won once in five starts this season, taking the Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream in March.
The Usual Q. T. – With serious work behind him, the 4yo gelded son of Unusual Heat galloped a mile Monday as he heads into Saturday’s Mile.
Trainer Jim Cassidy said Monday from his Hollywood Park base The Usual Q.T.’s regimen would follow Monday’s lead, with the possible exception of galloping on the turf course later in the week.
The gelding’s regular jockey, Victor Espinoza, will be aboard for the Mile.