ELLIS HAS A HORSE, AFTER ALL; EXOTIC WOOD SCRATCHES INTO $1 MILLION SPRINT.
Byline: Kevin Modesti Daily News Staff Writer
After Twice the Vice dropped out of the $1 million Distaff with an injury, Ron Ellis Ronald John Edward Ellis (born January 8, 1945 in Lindsay, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs. joked Sunday about founding a support group ``for trainers disappointed by the Breeders' Cup The Breeders' Cup World Championships is an annual series of Grade I thoroughbred horse races operated by Breeders' Cup Limited, a company formed in 1982 by a consortium of North American racing organizations, led by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. .''
``I could get Dick Mandella and the guy with Formal Gold, and we could just sit around and talk about it,'' he said.
But Ellis canceled the session Monday morning. His mare Exotic Wood made the field for the $1 million Sprint after Allen Jerkens-trained Kelly Kip was withdrawn. Ellis, the 37-year-old graduate of Monroe High in North Hills, will have his first Breeders' Cup starter after all.
``It feels good,'' he said. ``Now, if my brother-in-law gets in, it will make for an interesting day.''
Ellis' brother-in-law is Kentucky trainer Paul McGee Paul McGee (born June 19, 1954 in Sligo) is a former Irish football player.
McGee started his career with Finn Harps making his debut at 16 years of age on the 15th of November 1970. While at Harps he won the FAI Cup in 1974. , whose Bet on Sunshine is next on the Sprint waiting list.
Kelly Kip never left New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of . Jerkens said he didn't like the look of a morning gallop.
Anet out: Trainer Bob Baffert Bob Baffert (born January 13, 1953 in Nogales, Arizona) is an American horse owner and trainer. He graduated from the University of Arizona's Racetrack Management Program with a Bachelor of Science degree. withdrew 3-year-old Anet from the $1 million Mile because of an abscessed left hind foot.
That would let Hesabull into the 14-horse race. But his handlers opted for the Sprint. So Naninja is in the Mile and becomes the first Breeders' Cup runner for veteran trainer Mike Mitchell Mike Mitchell may refer to:
``It's exciting,'' Mitchell said. ``I'd run in the Steinlen (on Saturday's undercard un·der·card
The event or events coming before and supporting the main event, as of boxing matches. ) if I didn't get in, but I'd love to be in the Breeders' Cup right here in my own backyard.''
Chris McCarron Christopher John "Chris" McCarron (b. March 27 1955, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame retired jockey.
He was introduced to the sport of thoroughbred racing by his older brother, jockey Gregg McCarron. will ride Naninja and Exotic Wood.
Stevens wins: Gary Stevens won twice Monday at Santa Anita and captured the Oak Tree riding title 23-21 over Kent Desormeaux. Baffert's only starter finished second; the trainer had 19 winners to tie Mitchell's Oak Tree record.
Yellow Ribbon winner Ryafan was voted Horse of the Meet.
Add Baffert: His four 2-year-olds recorded some of the fastest workouts of the morning at Hollywood.
Johnbill went 6 furlongs in 1:10 3/5 and Souvenir Copy went 5 in :58 in their last tuneups for the $1 million Juvenile. Marie J went 5 in :58 3/5 and Vivid Angel went 6 in 1:12 2/5 to stay sharp for the $1 million Juvenile Fillies.
``Bullet Bob came back today,'' said Baffert, who had yielded the fastest-trainer title Saturday when Patrick Byrne sent out Sprint favorite Richter Scale (5 furlongs in :57 1/5) and Juvenile favorite Favorite Trick (:58 4/5).
Who's left?: The rash of injuries and illnesses has cost the seven Breeders' Cup races several would-be favorites and reduced the total number of horses expected to be entered Wednesday to 80.
That's far from the fewest ever. Only 69 horses were entered in the first Breeders' Cup in '84 at Hollywood Park.