U.S. horses find splendor on grass Lure, Kotashaan prove superiority Breeders'Cup notebook

November 08, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

ARCADIA, CALIF — ARCADIA, Calif. -- The 10th Breeders' Cup proved conclusively that the best American horses ran on the grass this year, not the dirt.

Bertrando, the top U.S. dirt horse, was beaten by Arcangues, a 133-to-1 long shot from France, in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and the U.S.based stars Saturday at Santa Anita Park were turf runners Lure and Kotashaan.

But is the best turf runner the miler Lure? Or marathon type Kota- shaan? Or is it Star of Cozzene, who missed the Breeders' Cup?

Although short on stamina, Lure proved he could win on both coasts. He traveled to seven different tracks in five states and won six of eight starts, including the Breeders' Cup Mile for the second straight year. The only horse that beat him? Star of Cozzene, twice.

Kotashaan, however, never ventured out of California. He won six of nine starts, including the Breeders' Cup Turf at 1 1/2 miles. But he, too, was beaten twice by Star of Cozzene.

Star of Cozzene, not nominated to the Breeders' Cup, won six of 10 U.S. starts. Two of his defeats were by Lure. They met a total of four times, and each beat the other twice.

Shug McGaughey, Lure's trainer, said yesterday that Lure won't race again this year. He winters at Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., and then follows the same kind of campaign in 1994 that he did this year. That means Maryland fans, who saw him win the Dixie Handicap at Pimlico during Preakness Week, probably will see him run again next May.

Kotashaan faces another showdown with Star of Cozzene in the $3 million Japan Cup in Tokyo on Nov. 28, a race that could decide the U.S. Horse of the Year title.

Both horses are owned by Japanese syndicates. Should either win, it could be just the victory each needs to prove that he should be named U.S. Horse of the Year.

Brocco wins, Dehere bleeds

Undefeated 2-year-old Brocco, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in stakes record time, will take the California route to the 1994 Kentucky Derby with the April 2 Santa Anita Derby as his main pre-Triple Crown goal.

His trainer, Randy Winick, 44, is the son of well-known horseman Arnold Winick, who operates the Del Ray Training Center in Del Ray, Fla.

Winick purchased the Florida-bred colt last spring for $215,00 out of a 2-year-old-in-training sale in Pomona, Calif.

"He is bred to run long, but he showed at the sales trials he was pretty handy and quick. So it made an interesting package," Winick said.

Brocco is owned by Albert Broccoli, 84, of Beverly Hills, Calif., who came to Hollywood in 1932 and produced the James Bond movies.

Meanwhile, Dehere, the 3-5 Juvenile favorite that finished eighth, bled during the race, according to his jockey, Chris McCarron.

Injury report

Although there were no breakdowns during the seven Breeders' Cup races, one horse, Phone Chatter, winner of the Juvenile Fillies, came back lame in a hind leg.

Her trainer, Dick Mandella, who also conditions Kotashaan, said there was a swelling in the filly's right hind ankle and that she was "off" when she cooled out.

Fraise, fourth in the Turf, was sore in his right eye after being pelted by a grass clod, and trainer Andre Fabre, who conditions Classic winner Arcangues, complained that all five of his runners in the Turf came back with bruised eyes. Opera House, a French horse in the Turf, also returned with cuts on his legs.

None of the injuries, however, was considered serious.

Plans for Cup starters

Classic winner Arcangues is being retired to the Haras du Buff in Normandy, France. Runner-up Bertrando and third-place finisher Kissin Kris will race next year and are being pointed to the Charles H. Strub Handicap series at Santa Anita. So is Gilded Time, who finished third in the Sprint after a year off.

Watch out for Maryland horses Valley Crossing and Forry Cow How, who could run next in the Hawthorne Gold Cup. That race will be the final career start for fourth-place Classic finisher Marquetry.

A number of European horses will stay in the United States. Mandella gets Serrant (11th in Turf); Dernier Empereur (12th in Turf) goes to Rodney Rash, and D. Wayne Lukas is the new trainer of Monde Bleu (seventh in Sprint).

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Jockey Jerry Bailey reiterated his pre-Classic unfamiliarity with Arcangues.

"I only knew trainer Andre Fabre from pictures that I had seen of him," Bailey said yesterday. "I figured I'd just stay with the horse in the paddock and he'd show up. But he didn't. The groom kept talking to me in French and I just kept nodding my head, but I couldn't understand a word he said."

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