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Daily Cup Update: Turf Sprint

11/2/2011

TURF SPRINT

Broken Dreams – The Glen Hill Farm homebred galloped 1 ¼ m on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and she will have a rooting section in the stands on Saturday when she tries to win a Breeders’ Cup race just as her grandmother One Dreamer did in 1994.

“Mr. (Leonard) Lavin is 92 now so he’s staying on the farm. But Craig (Bernick) and his mother (Carol Lavin Bernick) are definitely coming to watch her run,” said trainer Tom Proctor.

Craig Bernick, Lavin’s grandson, took over running the Glen Hill operation several years ago and serves as the president. Lavin started Glen Hill in 1967 and perhaps the stable’s proudest moments was when One Dreamer, the granddam of Broken Dreams, won the Distaff (now Ladies’ Classic) at odds of 47-1 seventeen years ago.

Chamberlain Bridge – While the defending Turf Sprint champion hasn’t had as strong a season as he had last year when he won five of eight starts, trainer Bret Calhoun likes the signs he’s showing in his training and is expecting a strong effort on Saturday.

“After he didn’t run well in his first couple of races this year, we decided to take a different approach with his races and training,” said Calhoun. “We started spacing his races farther apart and it seems to have worked. His last race in the Turf Monster (when third at Parx) was a key race for us. It showed that he still has it and he’s really been touting himself with his training.”

Hoofit – The 4yo New Zealand-bred gelding jogged 1m under exercise rider Muffy Trimmer Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.

Hoofit, who won only two of 16 starts on New Zealand turf, is undefeated in his two starts in the U.S., both coming on synthetic tracks. After scoring in an allowance race at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 2, the Graham Motion-trained gelding held on to win the Phoenix Stakes by a nose under Edgar Prado, who has the return mount.

Regally Ready – A five-time winner from eight starts this year, Vinery Stables’ 4yo gelded son of More Than Ready has been installed as the lukewarm 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Turf Sprint.

Perfect in two starts over the Churchill turf course, the Steve Asmussen charge ran a couple of “subpar” races prior to taking down the Neartic at Woodbine in his most recent outing.

“Off the win in the Turf Sprint (May 7 at Churchill), he had run six times since November, and we thought it was time to back off of him so we could be in this position (Breeders’ Cup) later in the year,” Asmussen said.

“I was concerned about his first two races back (third in the My Frenchman at odds of 1-5 and 10th in the Turf Monster at odds of 8-5), but he’s coming off a very nice win in the Nearctic and is doing well.”

Corey Nakatani, who has been aboard the gelding in six of his last seven starts, returns to the irons on Saturday.

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