A number of horses connected, in one way or another, to the mid-Atlantic are headed to Santa Anita.  Following yesterday’s post position draw, here, in part two of two, is the early scoop on some of ’em:

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

  • Rainha Da Bateria, another trainee of Graham Motion’s at Fair Hill, this daughter of Broken Vow has won two of three races, including the Grade 3 Jessamine at Churchill Downs.  She’s 12-1 in the morning line and will break from post seven under Joel Rosario.  “The post that I’m most happy with is Rainha Da Bateria’s,” Motion said yesterday, comparing her post with those of his two other runners.  “The seven is a good post. I didn’t want her to draw outside.”
  • Nicky’s Brown Miss won the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies nicely but figures to be up against it in this event; she’s 20-1 in the morning line and will break from the eight hole under Francisco Torres.  The daughter of Big Brown has one win from six starts for Monmouth Park-based trainer/owner/co-breeder Savino Capilupi — and that’s his only win in 45 starts as a trainer.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

  • Souper Colossal has certainly made his mark in a short time, winning all three of his starts at his Monmouth Park home for trainer Eddie Plesa and owner Live Oak Plantation.  The son of War Front sped to a five-furlong win in the Tyro Stakes in his second career start and followed that up with a decisive score in the Sapling, Monmouth’s signature juvenile event.  He’s 12-1 on the morning line and will break from the eight-hole under regular rider Paco Lopez.  Souper Colossal worked four furlongs in a sharp 45 3/4 seconds yesterday at Santa Anita — a work Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Welsch said was “colossal.”

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

  • International Star is a New York-bred whose breeders — Katy Voss and Bob Manfuso — are Marylanders.  A half-brother to stakes winners Fools in Love and D C Dancer, who less than two weeks ago won the Maryland Million Sprint, International Star has been first or second in all four of his starts for trainer Mike Maker and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey.  He ran second in the Grade 2 With Anticipation at Saratoga and then won the Grade 3 Grey at Woodbine to punch his ticket.  He’s 15-1 and will break from the 12-hole under John Velazquez.


Though he’s Florida-bred and New York-based, Tightend Touchdown (8-1, Turf Sprint) has done most of his successful running in the mid-Atlantic.  He has won back to back runnings of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup at Penn National and run second or third in the last two runnings of both of Parx Racing’s Grade 3 turf sprints, the Parx Dash and the Turf Monster… Arnaud Delacour trainee Ageless, based at Fair Hill, is on the also-eligible list for the Turf Sprint… Three horses on Friday’s undercard have regional links: Pennsylvania-bred Patrioticandproud in the Grade 2 Las Vegas Marathon Stakes, Virginia-bred Long on Value in the Grade 2 Twilight Derby, and Ring Weekend, trained in Maryland by Graham Motion, also in the Twilight Derby…Rusty Slipper, 20-1 in the Filly and Mare Turf, is another Fair Hill-based Graham Motion trainee… Saturday’s undercard includes a West Virginia-bred, Lamontagne, in the Juvenile Turf Sprint, and Pennsylvania-bred On the Backstreets in the Senator Ken Maddy…

The Mid-Atlantic Contingent