O’Brien ‘big three’ in Breeders Classic
Monday, July 8 2013
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CHASE THE DRAGON...he is one of seven in the Breeders Stakes from the John O'Brien barn....
CHAMPION trainer John O’Brien will have three “big guns” in his arsenal for the T And T Breeders Classic.
This race open to locally-bred three-year-olds to be run off at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, over 1800 metres on August, has attracted nominations from 35.
Heading the O’Brien charge are Pot Of Gold, Always A Princess and Chase The Dragon. He could also saddle Headline News, Central Square, Hyat Princess and Gold Rush in the race with a purse of $500,000.
Always A Princess won her last start, winning the Gleneagle Stakes over 1750 metres, beating Sweet Genius into second, while Pot Of Gold has been second in the Easter Guineas and third in the Midsummer Classic. Chase The Dragon is the weaker of the three O’Brien top nominations, but he won in great style on Saturday last by a comfortable 3 3/4 lengths over 1750 metres. Apart from Sweet Genius, main challengers to the O’Brien barn will be Readyfortheroad who beat a bunch of maidens on Saturday last.
When fourth nominations were collected, 35 three-year-olds were nominated, and fifth nomination fees of $600 becomes due and payable on or before Wednesday.
Here are the horses for which nomination fees were paid for the “Breeders”.
T AND T BREEDERS CLASSIC (GRADE.I) - NATIVE BRED 3.Y.O. - PURSE: $500,000 -1800 METRES
AFTERTHEBOOKS; ALL IS YOURS; ALWAYS A PRINCESS; ARCHANGEL; AZIZA; BATTLE BOUND; BIG PROFIT; BLACK PEPPER; BRASH N WILLING; CAMELOT; CENTRAL SQUARE; CHASE THE DRAGON; DROGBAR; GOLD COIN; GOLD RUSH; HEADLINE NEWS; HEIDI’S TZIPPI; HONOUR ROLL; HYAT PRINCESS; ICONIC; INDIAN MEDICINE; POT OF GOLD; PRECISE MOVE; READYFORTHEROAD; RELEASE D BEAST; RIGHT TO RULE; SAYNOMORE; SETTLE D SCORE; SOMETHING BLACK; SWEET GENIUS; UPSET D DANCE; UNCLE MAX; WING COMMANDER; UNNAMED EX-POLITICS; EX-PURE DELIGHT.