Rest, a trip abroad in store for Cigar Breeders' Classic winner, if healthy, is headed for United Arab Emirates

October 30, 1995|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF

ELMONT, N.Y. -- Cigar will likely be going halfway around the world to find new challenges.

Bill Mott, trainer of the probable U.S. Horse of the Year, mapped out a schedule for the Breeders' Cup Classic winner yesterday that includes a Florida vacation at Payson Park, a mid-winter start in either the Donn or Gulfstream Park handicaps and then a sojourn that will take the horse to the United Arab Emirates for the March 27 inaugural running of the $4 million Dubai Cup.

"This horse will get a complete physical in the next couple of months," Mott said. "He's 5 years old, and if he's not showing a lot of wear and tear, we will go on and race him next year.

"We can't duplicate his 1995 campaign if we travel all the way to Dubai with him. So he's likely to have fewer races in 1996. There might be only a couple of races for him in late spring and early summer, and essentially he'll have a late summer and fall campaign similar to the one he had this year."

Cigar, who won the 1 1/4 -mile Classic in a record time of 1 minute, 59 2/5 seconds, could make his final start in the 1996 Breeders' Cup at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto, the same track where former U.S. champion Secretariat ran his last race.

Cigar's jockey, Jerry Bailey, said he had to work so hard to hold back the horse in the early stages of Saturday's Breeders' Cup race, that "I almost lost the feeling in the tips of my fingers. I expend more energy restraining this horse than asking him to run."

Cigar earned $1.56 million in the race -- his 12th consecutive victory -- and his career total $5,089,015 ranks him fourth in all-time earnings among American thoroughbreds.

Unbridled's Song, the rising star of next year's 3-year-old crop, .. also will be taking off soon for Florida after his gutsy win over Hennessy in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

"He'll get a little rest, then make his first 3-year-old start in the Hutcheson Stakes in early February at Gulfstream Park, said owner Ernie Paragallo.

"He'll do the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby series then prep for the Kentucky Derby in the Wood Memorial," said Paragallo. "We're using the Wood [at Aqueduct] because this is where we're from."

Paragallo, who is in the computer and real estate businesses, lives in Lloyd Neck, N.Y. He entered the thoroughbred game three years ago. Prior to Unbridled's Song, he had a reputation for "pinhooking" thoroughbreds, buying and then reselling them.

Asked how much he thinks the horse, who is now the likely winter book favorite for the 1995 Kentucky Derby, is worth, Paragallo said, "Put any price you want to on him and he's worth it. But he's not for sale."

Three other Breeders' Cup winners -- My Flag (Juvenile Fillies), Desert Stormer (Sprint) and Northern Spur (Turf) -- will continue to race next year.

Distaff winner Inside Information and the Irish filly, Ridgewood Pearl, who beat the males in the Mile, are being retired and will be bred in the spring.

Only one serious injury was reported among the 81 horses that ran Saturday.

The German runner, Lando, required several stitches in his knee after a rough trip in the Turf.

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