Gulfstream Alumni Ready For Breeders' Cup
October 28, 2010
Quality Road, Paddy O’Prado And Unrivaled Belle Lead All-Star Cast
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL. Florida Derby and Donn Handicap winner Quality Road will lead more than a dozen Gulfstream alumni to post Nov. 5-6 at Churchill Downs for the $26 million Breeders’ Cup.
Quality Road, who set track records when winning the 2009 Florida Derby and 2010 Donn, is one of five Gulfstream alumni who pre-entered for the $5 million Classic, which will feature the undefeated mare Zenyatta.
Gulfstream will once again be the place to be on Breeders’ Cup weekend to watch and wager on all 14 races. First post for Championship Friday is 2 p.m. First post for Championship Saturday is 12:05.
Silks Simulcast Center will open at 11 a.m., on Friday and 10 a.m., on Saturday. Personal carrels are available in Silks for $10 with monitors, $5 without monitors. Wagering will also be available throughout the facility. There will be advance wagering for Saturday’s program on Friday.
Gulfstream alumni pre-entered to run in the Classic against Quality Road and Zenyatta include:
- Paddy O’Prado, who broke his maiden winning the Palm Beach Stakes and has since become a multiple-graded stakes winner and finished third in the Kentucky Derby.
- First Dude, who finished fifth in the Florida Derby before finishing second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes.
- Fly Down, who started his 3-year-old season at Gulfstream winning under allowance conditions before winning the Dwyer Stakes at Belmont and finishing second in the Travers by a nose.
- Pleasant Prince, beaten a nose in the Florida Derby and coming off a victory in the Oklahoma Derby.
Unrivaled Belle, winner of Gulfstream’s Rampart, will be one of the favorites in the $2 million Ladies’ Classic. The 4-year-old filly comes into the Breeders’ Cup off three consecutive second-place finishes in Grade I races. Acting Happy, who won her racing debut Jan. 24 at Gulfstream, is also entered in the Ladies’ Classic.
In the $2 million Mile, Court Vision, placed first in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, will lead a field against Europe’s super mare Goldikova, seeking an unprecedented third consecutive Breeders’ Cup win. Also pre-entered in the Mile is Appleton winner Society’s Chairman.
South Florida-based trainer Marty Wolfson will saddle Jessica Is Back in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint. The 6-year-old mare easily won the March 13 Ocala by nine lengths after finishing second in the Sunshine Millions Distaff. Also entered in the Filly & Mare Sprint is My Jen, who finished seventh in the Old Hat.
Cool Coal Man, who won the 2008 Fountain of Youth for trainer Nick Zito and was third in the 2010 Gulfstream Park Handicap, is pre-entered in the $1 million Dirt Mile while Winchester, second in the Mac Diarmida and fourth in the Pan American, will go to post in the $3 million Turf. Warrior’s Reward, who won across Gulfstream Feb. 11, and Supreme Summit, fourth in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, are both pre-entered in the $2 million Sprint.
The Breeders’ Cup will kick off Friday with the $500,000 Marathon featuring three Gulfstream alumni – Eldaafer, Gabriel’s Hill and Prince Will I Am.