Winning Ways, hailing from the series-sponsoring stable of Calumet Farm, made her way into the final of this season’s 1000m event with a convincing display in the opening round of the competition. This first round, restricted to horses registered to run in the Breeders’ Cup traditionally draws smaller but high quality fields. Even so, nine runners went to post for the sprint in the flat category and Winning Ways looks capable of making her presence felt in later rounds.
Java Juice, from the Barnes Stable ran a good second here and boosted the form later in the day by going one better in the 1600m event. Calumet Farm, the winning owner, claims to have an even better one waiting to be unleashed and so must once again hold a very strong hand in the flat race series final at the end of the month.
Standings and points following round one:
1000m: Winning Ways (Calumet Farm) Qualified for final, Java Juice – 7 points, Typhoon Tracy – 6 points, LagasCatKiller – 5 points, Billy Bob – 4 points, Vinyl Thriller – 3 points, Sunshine Dancer – 2 points, Sunshine Pearl – 1 point, Hels Bells – 0 points.
1600m: Java Juice (Barnes Stable) Qualified for final, Typhoon Tracy – 6 points, Docker de Bonaguil – 5 points, Billy Bob – 4 points, Sunshine Pearl – 3 points, Sunshine Dancer – 2 points, Intrepid – 1 point, Hels Bells – 0 points.
1000m: Desert Brook (Chase Bloodstock) Qualified for final, LagasEpaulDeSam – 3 points, Rhythm is a Mystery – 2 points, Froggy Style – 1 point, Pechera Brook – 0 points.
1600m: Express de Trefle (Jumpstarter Stables) Qualified for final, Desert Brook – 4 points, Gamino Prime – 3 points, Froggy Style – 2 points, King Herod – 0 points, Rhythm is a Mystery – 0 points.
1000m: TheLegend of Sheebas (Richard1) Qualified for final, Shaft – 4 points, Gazza Degatto – 3 points, Gat Decor – 2 points, Urban Hype – 1 point, LagaLaBas – 0 points.
1600m: Gat Decor (Chase Bloodstock) Qualified for final, Urban Hype – 2 points, Gazza Degatto – 1 points, Shaft – 0 points