Several Horses with Maryland Ties Among Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

October 29, 2021

Caravel in The Very One

LAUREL, Md. – Klaravich Stables’ Consumer Spending, rallying winner of the Oct. 2 Selima at Laurel Park, was among several horses with connections to Maryland pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 5 and 6 at Del Mar.

Trained by Chad Brown, Consumer Spending was pre-entered in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). She will be attempting to follow the same path as Maryland-bred Sharing, who parlayed a victory in the Selima to a 13-1 upset in the 2019 Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Klaravich Stables Inc.’s Consumer Spending made her stakes debut a winning one, surging past horses late and drawing away by 2 ½ lengths while under wraps in the $150,000 Selima at Laurel Park on October 2, 2021. (Photo Maryland Jockey Club)

Koala Princess, based with Arnaud Delacour at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., was also pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. She has won her only two starts, taking the Sept. 12 Ainsworth last out at Kentucky Downs.

Ready to Purrform, a 3 ¼-length winner of the Laurel Futurity Oct. 2 for Cox, was pre-entered in the $1 million Juvenile Turf (G1), where he is the second of six horses on the also-eligible list.

Estilo Talentoso, runner-up in the Feb. 20 Runhappy Barbara Fritchie (G3) at Laurel, was pre-entered in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), which drew only seven horses with the presence of five-time Grade 1 winner Gamine. Following the Fritchie, Estilo Talentoso placed in back-to-back Grade 1 stakes, won the Bed o’ Roses (G3) and was second in the Princess Rooney (G2).

Lael Stable’s Arrest Me Red was pre-entered in the $1 million Turf Sprint (G1). The 3-year-old colt won on debut in August 2020 at Laurel Park for Delacour and is 2-0 since being moved to trainer Wesley Ward this year. Both wins came in stakes, most recently the Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational (G3) against older horses Oct. 2.

On the also-eligible list for the Turf Sprint are Caravel and The Critical Way. Bred and co-owned by Liz Merryman and trained by Fair Hill-based Graham Motion, Caravel won the $100,000 The Very One May 14 at historic Pimlico Race Course when Merryman was his trainer, before selling a majority share to Bobby Flay following a victory in the July 24 Caress (G3) at Saratoga. The Critical Way was second by a neck in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 15 at Pimlico.

Under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Special Reserve won the Maryland Sprint (G3) May 15, 2021 at Pimlico for trainer Mike Maker by 1 3/4 lengths. (Photo Maryland Jockey Club)

The $2 million Sprint (G1) saw 12 pre-entrants including Special Reserve, winner of the Maryland Sprint (G3) May 15 at Pimlico for trainer Mike Maker, and Lexitonian, winner of Pimlico’s Chick Lang (G3) and Laurel’s Concern in 2019.

Maker-trained Somelikeithotbrown, winner of the May 15 Dinner Party (G2) at Pimlico, was pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), where he is the fourth also-eligible. Channel Cat, winner of the 2018 Bald Eagle Derby at Laurel, was pre-entered and is on the also-eligible list for both the Mile and $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).

The formidable Maryland-bred Knicks Go winning the inaugural Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs on October 2 is targeting the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). (Photo Churchilldowns/Coady Photography)

Four-time Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Knicks Go, bred in Maryland by Angie and Sabrina Moore, topped several horses with connections to Maryland. 

Knicks Go was pre-entered in the $6 million Classic along with Medina Spirit, third in the May 15 Preakness (G1); Grade 1 winner Art Collector, fourth in the 2020 Preakness; and Max Player, fifth in the 2020 Preakness and sixth in the May 14 Pimlico Special (G3).

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David Joseph/Maryland Jockey ClubTOP PHOTO: Bobby Flay and Elizabeth Merryman’s Caravel (on the rail white cap) with Florent Geroux aboard gets the win by a nose after a deadbeat battle in The Very One Stakes with Gotta Go Mo (#12 outside yellow cap), Jose Ortiz up, and Victory Kingdom (AUS) (center green silks), Flavien Prat piloting, May 14, 2021, at Pimlico Race Course. (Photo Maryland Jockey Club)

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