As expected, Super Saturday at Belmont Park shed some light on the evolving shape of many Breeders’ Cup races.
With 29 days to the World Championships at Churchill Downs, top contenders are now sketching their travel and training plans.
Both will remain at Belmont Park until 10-12 days prior to the race, when they will ship to Churchill Downs. Pletcher said they will likely have one work over the track.
Cape Blanco, victorious in the thrilling Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, was diagnosed with an injury after the race and has been retired to stud.
Havre de Grace, impressive winner of the Beldame, will most likely continue her campaign for Horse of the Year honors with a run in the Classic.
The 4-year-old daughter of Saint Liam has shipped to Keeneland, where she will train over the synthetic surface.
Jackson Bend, second to Uncle Mo in the Kelso, is pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
“It’s his favorite track and (would) probably be his last race, maybe,” he said. “You never know, so why not?”
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