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American Pharoah, Big Blue Kitten Lead 28 NJ Runners in Breeders' Cup

Posted Thursday, Oct 29, 2015

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Oceanport, N.J. – This year’s Breeders’ Cup is set for Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Monmouth Park, Hillsborough and Woodbridge OTWs will simulcast all the championship races from Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Leading the list of runners who made it to this year’s Breeders’ Cup via Monmouth Park is American Pharoah, who wowed a record crowd of 60,000 plus in winning the Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational this summer at the shore racetrack.  The Triple Crown winner has been installed the 6-5 favorite in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic for owner Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert.

Monmouth Park’s other Grade 1 race, the United Nations Stakes, will see a two-time winner of that event look to capture the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf, when Big Blue Kitten and jockey ‘Jersey’ Joe Bravo break from the gate on Saturday afternoon.  Big Blue Kitten, who won the U.N. in 2013 and 2015, goes for trainer Chad Brown in the mile and half turf event and is second choice at 8-1.

In addition to American Pharoah and Big Blue Kitten, New Jersey will see representation from trainer Kelly John Breen, himself a New Jersey native, who is set to saddle three runners this year. Trainer Jorge Navarro, top conditioner at Monmouth the past two seasons, will send out the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Private Zone, who stabled and trained in Oceanport all summer long.

The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile will see three runners who made multiple starts at Monmouth this summer, with trainer Marcus Vitali sending out Iselin winner Valid to take on Monmouth Cup and Salvator Mile winner Bradester as well as Majestic Light Stakes victor Red Vine.

Looking to post an upset in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint is Joe Franklin, who was a $50,000 claim earlier this year for trainer David Jacobson and Final Turn Racing Stables, LLC.

“Shortly after the claim, David (trainer Jacobson) decided to test the horse on the turf and we were pleasantly surprised with back-to-back turf wins at Monmouth and Belmont,” said James Costabile, managing partner of Final Turn Racing Stables.  “He is a 3-year-old with a great deal of potential and we look forward to the opportunity to represent New Jersey racing and participate in the Breeders’ Cup.”

Other Monmouth runners in this year’s Cup races include graded stakes winner Got Lucky, who took this year’s Molly Pitcher, and Photo Call, who won the Grade 3 Violet Stakes in August.

The following is a full list of horses with New Jersey ties running in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Championship races:


$5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic:

-          American Pharoah, winner of 2015 William Hill Haskell (G1)

-          Keen Ice, 2nd in 2015 William Hill Haskell (G1)


$3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf:

-          Big Blue Kitten, winner of 2015 and 2013 United Nations Stakes (G1), 2nd in 2014 Cliff Hanger Stakes (G3), 2nd in 2013 Monmouth Stakes (G2)

-          Big John B, multiple allowance winner in 2013

-          Cage Fighter, 3rd in 2015 Oceanport (G3) and 4th in Monmouth Stakes (G2)

-          Da Big Hoss, 4th in maiden special weight in 2014

-          Shining Copper, 3rd in 2015 United Nations (G1), 5th in 2013 Restoration Stakes, 3rd in 2013 Jersey Derby

-          Slumber, 2nd in 2015 United Nations (G1)


$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile:

-          Mshawish, 6th in 2014 Oceanport Stakes (G3)

-          Recepta, 4th in 2015 Eatontown Stakes (G3)


$1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint:

-          Favorite Tale, 2nd in 2015 Decathlon Stakes

-          Private Zone, stabled and trained at Monmouth Park 2015

-          Salutos Amigos, winner of 2015 Mr. Prospector Stakes

-          Stallwalkin’ Dude, 2nd in 2015 Teddy Drone Stakes


$2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf:

-          Photo Call, winner of 2015 Violet Stakes (G3)

-          Watsdachances, 3rd in 2014 Matchmaker Stakes (G3)


$1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint:

-          Merry Meadow, 2nd in maiden special weight in 2013

-          Room for Me, winner of 2015 Regret Stakes

-          Stonetastic, winner of maiden special weight in 2013, winner of allowance race in 2014


$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint:

-          Lady Shipman, winner of 2015 Crank it Up and Klassy Briefcase Stakes

-          Joe Franklin, two-time winner at Monmouth in 2015, 3rd in 2015 Jersey Shore Stakes (G3)


$2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff:

-          Calamity Kate, allowance winner in 2015, 4th in maiden special weight in 2014

-          Got Lucky, winner of 2015 Molly Pitcher Stakes (G3) and 2nd in the Monmouth Beach Stakes

-          Untapable, 5th in 2014 William Hill Haskell Invitational (G1)


$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf:

-          Ruby Notion, winner of 2015 Colleen Stakes


$1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile:

-          Bradester, winner of 2015 Monmouth Cup (G2) and Salvator Mile (G3), 2nd in 2014 Iselin Stakes and 2014 Monmouth Cup (G2) and Salvator Mile (G3)

-          Red Vine, winner of 2015 Majestic Light Stakes, 2nd in Salvator Mile (G3)

-          Valid, winner of 2015 Iselin Stakes (G3), 2nd in Monmouth Cup (G2), 3rd in Salvator Mile (G3), 2nd in Majestic Light Stakes, winner of 2014 Monmouth Cup (G2), 3rd in Iselin (G3) and Salvator Mile (G3)




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