Game On Dude, Euroears, and Amazombie head a strong contingent of 41 Southern California runners that will be heading to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 4 and 5.
Game On Dude, winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 5 and the Grade I Goodwood Stakes on Oct. 1, is headed for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Trained by Bob Baffert, he is owned by Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride Stable, Lanni, Mercedes and Schiappa. Game On Dude will again be ridden by Chantal Sutherland, who is seeking to become the first female jockey to win the Classic.
Euroears, also trained by Hall of Famer Baffert, worked a sensational five furlongs at Santa Anita on Oct. 24, registering a bullet 56.60 drill. Baffert pre-entered both Euroears and The Factor in $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
The Factor, a winner of the Grade I Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 28, was also pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and Baffert has indicated he may be leaning to the Mile with the grey son of War Front.
Also heading for the Sprint is Amazombie, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding owned in part and trained by Bill Spawr. He comes off a rousing win in the Grade I Ancient Title Stakes on Oct. 8 and will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
Among the contingent of Santa Anita based fillies and mares heading for Churchill Downs is undefeated Weemissfrankie, who was pre-entered in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies, to be run on Nov. 4.
Trained by Peter Eurton, Weemissfrankie was an impressive winner of the Grade I Oak Leaf Stakes on Oct. 2. She is owned by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable, Ciaglia and Rob Dyrdek of MTV fame.
Heading for the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf are Dubawi Heights, winner of the Grade I Yellow Ribbon Stakes on Oct. 1, Cambina, Cozi Rosie, Harmonious, and Medaglia d’Amour.
Five locals are pre-entered in the $1 million Filly and mare Sprint: multiple Grade I stakes winning Turbulent Descent, Champagne d’Oro, Great Hot, Irish Gypsy and Switch.
Other Southern California-based runners heading for the Breeders’ Cup are: Creative Cause, Drill and Majestic City for the Juvenile Colts; and Caracortado, Broken Dreams, California Flag, and Camp Victory for the Turf Sprint.
Southern California fans will be able to root for their favorites at Santa Anita, which will simulcast the entire two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships for watching and wagering. In addition, Santa Anita will present live racing both days.
Admission gates open at Santa Anita on Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. The first race from Churchill Downs will go at 11 a.m. First live race post time at Santa Anita is 12:50 p.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 5, Santa Anita’s admission gates will open at 8 a.m. The first race from Churchill Downs will go at 9 a.m. First live race post time at Santa Anita is scheduled for 10:40 a.m.
For more information, go to www.santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.