Dettori Pilots Roaring Lion, Enable For Parts Of Wednesday’s Training Sessions

John Gosden arrived in Louisville late Tuesday night with Frankie Dettori and both were trackside early this morning to see Roaring Lion (Classic) do a strong canter around one circuit of the Churchill Downs oval with usual work rider Bernario De Paiva. Shortly after, Dettori got on board and put Roaring Lion through the gates.

“I briefly sat on Roaring Lion and put him through the gates for Mr. Gosden and he seems to be in really great form.” said Dettori.

All eyes were once again on Enable (Turf), who this morning was reunited with her regular pilot Dettori. She appeared very happy with the surface and after doing a strong canter returned to the barn.

Gosden was pleased with the daughter of Nathaniel.

“She has taken longer to come out of the Arc which is understandable,” he said. “She has gone there not 100 percent but she is eating and drinking well and has settled in nicely. She has had a light campaign and Iast year she won five Group 1’s and I would have like to have come here on a crest of a wave but she has won an Arc.”

Karl Burke’s Havana Grey (Turf Sprint) also did a stronger canter around one lap of the main track whilst Robert Cowell’s Pocket Dynamo (Juvenile Turf Sprint) was once again very much on his toes but once settled set off down the backstretch at a decent pace. The 2-year-old son of Dialed In went one lap of the track before heading home.

The Mackem Bullet (Juvenile Fillies Turf) had other ideas about cantering on the track. The daughter of Society Rock went on to the dirt by the gap nearest the chute but when she got to the next gap further down the backstretch she decided to head back to the barn. She was soon back on the track and did a steady canter. Ben Robinson who rode The Mackem Bullet reported the filly to be “Still a bit fresh.”

Richard Hannon’s Well Done Fox (Juvenile Turf) went out with a pony and similar to Tuesday did a steady canter. Eziyra (Filly and Mare Turf), who will be bidding to give Dermot Weld his first win at the Breeders’ Cup, went out on to the main track and after jogging down the backstretch with his pony set off and did a steady canter for one lap before returning home.

The Andre Fabre duo of Talismanic and Waldgeist (both Turf) followed a similar pattern to yesterday. They walked to the winning line and then jogged back to the gap before turning around and cantering down the backstretch.

The other French trio of Lily’s Candle (Juvenile Fillies Turf), Polydream (Mile) and The Black Album (Juvenile Turf) soon followed on to the dirt. Lily’s Candle, winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac, was far more settled than she was Tuesday and with her companions did a gentle canter.

East (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Princess Yaiza (Filly and Mare Turf) both did a much stronger canter than Tuesday and both breezed a couple of furlongs down the backstretch.

Charlie Appleby was also trackside to watch his trio of La Pelosa (Juvenile Fillies Turf), Line of Duty (Juvenile Turf) and Wild Illusion (Filly & Mare Turf) all have a good blow. Race rider William Buick was on board Wild Illusion and reported: “She is in great shape and was quite fresh today but it is all systems go for the weekend.”

The William Haggas duo of Queen of Bermuda (Juvenile Turf Sprint) and One Master (Mile) both went about their exercise is a professional manner and both seemed very happy out on the turf. The Newmarket handler is expected to be trackside in the morning.

Sir Michael Stoute was also here to see Mustashry (Mile) and Expert Eye (Mile) both stretch their legs out on the turf. Mustashry did a gentle canter around the track whilst Expert Eye with Dettori in the saddle did a much stronger canter. He took a while to adjust to the track but by the time Dettori had finished he was a lot more at ease.

“He was a bit fresh and I thought he was going to try and get rid of me at first,” said Dettori.

Stoute appeared relaxed about Expert Eye:

“Since he has got over his stall problem he has been pretty consistent. He has gone close in a Group One when he was second in the Sussex Stakes. I am happy with the draw but am a bit worried about the rain that is forecast. If it was good or good to soft that would be OK, but anything worse I would be concerned.”

Aidan O’Brien’s strong challenge for this year’s Breeders’ Cup will clear quarantine later today and will be seen out on the Churchill Downs track Thursday morning.


Liam the Charmer – His normal 1 1/4-mile gallop was all that was asked of John Henry Turf Classic winner from trainer Mike McCarthy Wednesday morning over the main track at Churchill Downs.

The grass runner, who will vie for a victory in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at 1 1/2 miles, worked over the Churchill Downs turf course Saturday and as McCarthy has mentioned before “all the heavy lifting is done” so it’s a matter of just keeping the horse well and happy until race time Saturday.

Robert Bruce – Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf entrant Robert Bruce, along with all of trainer Chad Brown’s dozen Breeders’ Cup runners, got his second exercise at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning. The Arlington Million winner jogged one mile on the main track.

“He’s doing really well,” Brown said. “He galloped today like most of our horses and is doing great coming into the race.”

The multiple Group/Grade I winner drew post four in the 13-horse Turf field and has morning-line odds of 10-1. Irad Ortiz Jr. rides.


Chad Brown – The Chad Brown-conditioned quintet for the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf– Sistercharlie, Thais, Fourstar Crook, A Raving Beauty, Santa Monica—all galloped one mile on the main track Wednesday morning. A Raving Beauty was accompanied by a pony ridden by assistant trainer Jose Hernandez.

Fresh off a win in the one-mile First Lady at Keeneland on Oct. 6, the daughter of Mastercraftsman was also pre-entered in the Mile against males. Brown and owners Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables opted for the Filly & Mare Turf over 11 furlongs—a trip she has not tried since May 2016 when fourth in the Italian Oaks under the tutelage of German conditioner Andreas Wohler.

“It was a tough decision because she’s won two Grade 1s at a mile this year, so the obvious thing to do was to keep her at that distance,” Brown said. “At the end of the day, we felt that perhaps the pace scenario in the longer race would work to her benefit. Additionally, numbers-wise, it still looks like the Mile race against the boys is going to be a faster race.”

In 2014, Brown made a similar decision with Dayatthespa, who opted for the then-10-furlong Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita over the Mile four weeks after winning the First Lady. Brown, who would become the second trainer to start five horses in a race, is high on how the improving Fourstar Crook is coming into the race. The earner of more than $1.6 million is also owned by Dubb and Bethlehem Stables in partnership with Gary Aisquith.

“She’s had a remarkable career,” he said. “She’s quite a story, being a New York-bred who came to us at age 2 and came up the ranks the hard way and worked her way all the way up to be a Grade I winner. She’s a real workmanlike horse and she can act on soft turf just fine.”

The 6-year-old daughter of Freud exits arguably her best three efforts of her career—wins in the Flower Bowl Invitational and New York Stakes at Belmont and a hard-trying second to Filly & Mare Turf morning-line favorite and stablemate Sistercharlie in Arlington’s Beverly D. She has won 12 of 19 starts and has a record of 3-1-1 in five tries on ground less than firm.


Oscar Performance – Amerman Racing’s Oscar Performance took a turn on the turf course Wednesday morning with Arnoldo Orellana aboard for trainer Brian Lynch.

“I just wanted him to get a feel for it,” Lynch said.

Oscar Performance finished ninth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar going 1 1/2m, but on Saturday he will be going a mile, the same distance he won over at Santa Anita in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Lynch said the decision to cut back was an easy one.

“He set a world record (for a mile) in the Poker and had a big effort in the Woodbine Mile,” Lynch said. “His best races have been at a mile. Last year he was a 3-year-old who was tailing off a little bit and facing a really good field of older horses.

“He is going off to stud after this race, so we’ll never know (about the longer distances). That’s not to say he wouldn’t get a mile and a half as a 4- or 5-year-old.”


Stormy Liberal, Richard’s Boy and Conquest Tsunami – Headed by 2017 winner and runner-up, this trio gives trainer Peter Miller one of the strongest hands among those hoping to battle for a Breeders’ Cup winner’s statuette, even though none is the morning-line favorite in the Turf Sprint.

Stormy Liberal won last year’s race by a head over Richard’s Boy and they are both back sporting solid records. Stormy Liberal comes to the race off three straight victories and Richard’s Boy has posted two seconds in his return from a layoff after the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in Dubai.

Conquest Tsunami adds another option and will enter the race after just being nipped by Stormy Liberal in his most recent race.

All three, who arrived on the grounds Tuesday after a flight from Miller’s Southern California base, jogged on the track Wednesday for Miller. They probably will do a bit more Thursday, the trainer said.

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