The Aiken-trained Godolphin Racing entries had mixed results Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Fortify finished fourth in the 1 1/16-mile $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup juvenile, beaten a little more than four lengths but it was still good enough to earn a paycheck of $120,000. The field raced lasix free, and didn’t have the benefit of racing on the diuretic that reduces the blood flow in capillaries to prevent exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhaging. The Kiaran McLaughlin charge had two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey Ramon Dominguez in the irons. Fortify made a menacing bid in upper stretch but couldn’t maintain the momentum while being hung 4 wide.
The son of Grade Two winner Distored Humor increased his lifetime earnings to $268,000.
Emcee was sent off as the race favorite in the field of nine entries for the $1 million Grade One Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. The Grade One winning son of Unbridled’s Song set the early pace, yielding the lead to the eventual winner Tapizar, before fading to finish sixth. Emcee is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and was ridden by Alan Garcia.
Grade 1 winner Alpha was among the 12 entries in the 1 1/4-mile Grade 1 $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The son of Bernardini broke well from the gate, something that has troubled him in the past, came away clean and was in good stalking position early but was empty when asked with a half-mile remaining in the race Alpha eventually stopped before being eased by jockey Ramon Dominguez. The bay colt is conditioned by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Michael House and Sam Britt’s Gabriel Charles definitely showed he was in charge on the Breeders’ Cup, undercard as the juvenile colt drew clear to claim his first stakes score in the 6 1/2-furlong Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview Stakes Saturday at Santa Anita Park. The bay son of Street Hero was bred by Dr. Doris Tummillo and was sales prepped at the Palmetto Thoroughbred Training Center by James Layden. Gabriel Charles is out of Tummillo’s stakes placed mare Star of Atticus, and Gabriel Charles was the producer’s third winner. It was Gabriel Charles turf debut.
Gabriel Charles was consigned by Price Thoroughbreds at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company 2012 April Two-Year-Olds in training sale and was purchased for $160,000. It was the juvenile colt’s second victory after two disappointing finishes in Grade One company. Gabriel Charles is conditioned by Jeff Mullins.
“He was a good looking colt,” said Tummillo. “They were looking for the right race for him. I’m wonderfully delighted for the owners and all of his connections.”
Tummillo has consigned Gabriel Charles’ half-sister, a filly by Kipling, to the Keeneland January Sale.
Gabriel Charles increased his lifetime earnings to $102,000.