Maryland rooting interests cut further as `Irving' lost

Breeders' Cup notebook

October 22, 2003|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

ARCADIA, Calif. - The already-thin Maryland contingent in the Breeders' Cup on Saturday at Santa Anita Park grew thinner by one yesterday when trainer Michael Dickinson announced that Deeliteful Irving would stay home.

The 5-year-old horse was Dickinson's contender in the Turf. The trainer said merely that Deeliteful Irving "did not come out of his last breeze the way I wanted." The horse breezed six furlongs in 1 minute, 15 seconds Friday at Dickinson's Tapeta Farm in Cecil County.

Meanwhile, Toccet galloped 1 5/8 miles yesterday at Santa Anita in preparation for the Turf - or the Classic. Dan Borislow, owner of the Laurel-based colt, had said Toccet would run in the Turf. But John Scanlan, the trainer, said Borislow is now considering the Classic. He said Borislow, who lives in Florida, will decide this morning before post positions are drawn for the eight Breeders' Cup races.

After Toccet galloped, he was one mad horse, Scanlan said.

"I give him carrot treats all day, but I ran out," he said. "He's a carrot freak. I'm going to give him 300 cc's of carrot juice the day before the race."

Forest Music, who sizzled in her debut Oct. 8 at Laurel Park, will arrive today at Santa Anita. She will attempt to become the first horse to win the Juvenile Fillies in her second start. Mark Shuman trains the Unbridled's Song filly for Michael Gill at their training center in Pennsylvania.

Shake You Down, who spent much of his 33-race career in the Maryland barns of Benny Feliciano Jr., John Salzman and Gino Luigi, will be a favorite in the Sprint. The 5-year-old gelding owned by Marylander Robert L. Cole Jr. now resides in the Belmont barn of Scott Lake.

Et cetera

Ryan Fogelsonger, the former Maryland jockey who relocated this year to California, will ride Vino Tinto is the Juvenile Fillies. The modestly bred $6,500 yearling has won both of her races at Louisiana Downs. ...

Horses are still arriving for Saturday's races. Due today for the Classic are Evening Attire, Funny Cide and Volponi. Perfect Drift is due tomorrow from Kentucky. ...

Azeri, who was withdrawn Monday from the Distaff, was found to have acute tendinitis in her left foreleg. ...

Trainers Richard Mandella and Bobby Frankel plan on starting eight horses each in the Breeders' Cup. The record is held by D. Wayne Lukas, who had 14 starters in 1987. In fact, Lukas holds the four top spots with, in addition, 12 in 1988, 11 in 1989 and 10 in 1985 and 1996.

Lukas is the only trainer with a starter in each of the 19 Breeders' Cups. He has three this year (Race for Glory in the Juvenile, and Be Gentle and Renaissance Lady in the Juvenile Fillies). ...

Falbrav, the English turf star, will contest the Turf and not the Classic, said his trainer, Luca Cumani. The 5-year-old Irish-bred has won six Grade I stakes. He has won 12 of 24 races - all on turf.

Darryll Holland, his jockey, said he's "thrilled Falbrav is going on the turf because it will be rock hard, which he'll love."

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