TODAY’S GRADED STAKES
7:55a Premio Ribot Memorial Loreto Luciani-G3, CAP
9:05a Premio Roma-G2, CAP
9:40a Premio Lydia Tesio-G2, CAP
10:15a Premio Carlo e Francesco Aloisi-G3, CAP
3:47p Nashua S.-GIII, AQU
WHY, FOR BAFFERT, IT WAS A JUST A GREAT DAY
by Bill Finley
It's been a difficult few months for Bob Baffert, who acknowledged as much after Authentic (Into Mischief) won the GI Longines Breeders= Cup Classic and wrapped up the Horse-of- the-Year title on a terrific day of racing at Keeneland. He seemed every bit as relieved as he was excited, enjoying a moment where he could divert his focus from Scopolamine, drug positives out of Oaklawn or the latest hit job from the New York Times. It seemed that a weight had been lifted off his shoulders.
"That was awesome. I tell you what, I needed that, didn't I?" he asked after the Classic.
Yes, he did.
There was no denying that Baffert=s problems were a story that hovered over this Breeders' Cup. The face of racing had been hit with one scandal after another, giving his critics ammunition they ran with in their on-going attempts to label him a cheat. Now, he was front and center in one of the sport's most visible events.
When Gamine (Into Mischief) won the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, it was still another reminder of Baffert's problems. Twice this year, she was the subject of medication violations.
STAR-STUDDED LINE UP AT FASIG SUNDAY
By Christie DeBernardis
LEXINGTON, KY--Fasig-Tipton=s November Sale, known as the "Night of Stars," will live up to its billing again when it kicks off Sunday at Newtown Paddocks with a sensational line-up of top race mares, broodmares and weanlings.
AWe have a tremendous catalogue this year with fillies and mares coming off the racetrack, a tremendous group of in-foal mares and the best group of weanlings we=ve ever had,@ said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. AWe are very, very pleased and enthusiastic about the quality of our 2020 catalogue.@
Top Breeders' Cup contenders like champion and now two- time GI Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) (Hip 192), Got Stormy (Get Stormy) (Hip 168), narrow GI Breeders= Cup F/M Turf runner-up Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) (Hip 205), Uni (GB) (More Than Ready) (Hip 228), Distaff runner-up Valiance (Tapit) (Hip 231) and Point of Honor (Curlin) (Hip 198) will be making the trip up Newtown Pike after their tilts in the World Championships at Keeneland Saturday afternoon. Champion Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) (Hip 185), who was forced to miss the Distaff due to an injury, will also go through the ring Sunday.
It was announced late Saturday evening that Flawless (Mr. Greeley), the dam of Saturday's GI Breeders' Cup Classic winner and GI Kentucky Derby winner Authentic (Into Mischief), has been supplemented. Catalogued as Hip 288, she will be consigned by Bridie Harrison, agent for Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds. Flawless is in foal to Into Mischief on a Feb. 18 cover carrying a full sibling to Authentic. Flawless, a TDN Rising Star, hails from a deep female family of top producers, including Holiday Runner, the dam or granddam of Grade I winners Seventh Street, Reynaldothewizard, and American Gal.
Some outstanding mares who have already made the transition into motherhood will be on offer at Fasig, such as Flirt (Kitten=s Joy) (Hip 164), the dam of GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf upsetter Fire at Will (Declaration of War), who is carrying a foal by Lemon Drop Kid. Other top producers in the catalogue include Breeders' Cup heroine Shared Account (Pleasantly Perfect) (Hip 207), who is carrying a full-sibling to 2019 Breeders' Cup winner Sharing (Speightstown); Melody Lady (Unbridled's Song) (Hip 183), who produced GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt S. victor Volatile (Violence); Paris Bikini (Bernardini) (Hip 196), who is responsible for GI CCA Oaks scorer Paris Lights (Curlin); and Cara Marie (Unbridled's Song) (Hip 254), dam of GIII Pocahontas S. winner Girl Daddy (Uncle Mo).
Two other relatives of 2020 Breeders' Cup winners are available Sunday in Voting Agreement (More Than Ready) (Hip 280), a half-sister to GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine Vequist (Nyquist), who sells as a broodmare prospect; and Indelible (Tiznow) (Hip 269), a half-sister to GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile victor Essential Quality (Tapit), who is in foal to Nyquist.