Gallant Son ready to charge in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Gallant Son will start from the No. 2 post-position in a field of 13 horses Saturday in the $2 million Bessemer trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park.

The dominant Emerald Downs 2-year-old is 15-1 on the morning line set by Jeff Tufts of Santa Anita. Last year Smarty Deb was 30-1 on the morning line when she became the first Emerald Downs-based runner to compete in the Breeders’ Cup, finishing fifth in the Juvenile Fillies.

Trainer Frank Lucarelli said being inside would help Gallant Son save ground in the mile and one-sixteenth event, and added the bulky field of runners won’t intimidate the colt, who prefers to run from behind.

“He doesn’t mind being around horses,” Lucarelli said. “That’s a good post, we didn’t want to draw outside.”

Gallant Son has taken a shine to the new Pro-Ride synthetic surface at Santa Anita, including a bullet six furlong drill in 1:12 Sunday under regular rider Leslie Mawing.

After getting Monday off, Gallant Son jogged Tuesday and Lucarelli said the tempo would increase with gallops Wednesday and Thursday.

“He’s still sharp and acting good,” Lucarelli said.

Gallant Son will break directly outside Munnings, the 7-2 morning line choice who has run third and second in consecutive Grade I events for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Square Eddie, the 9-2 second choice, drew the No. 4 post and comes off a 4½-length score in the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.


1-Munnings, John Velazquez (15-1), 2-Gallant Son, Leslie Mawing (15-1), 3-Terrain, Jamie Theriot (20-1), 4-Square Eddie, Rafael Bejarano (9-2), 5-Azul Leon, Joel Rosario (20-1), 6-Silent Valor, Edgar Prado (15-1), 7-Elusive Bluff, Michael C. Baze (15-1), 8-Street Hero, Alex Solis (6-1), 9-Mine That Bird, Chantal Sutherland (30-1), 10-Pioneerof the Nile, Robby Albarado (15-1), 11-Midshipman, Garrett Gomez (5-1),12- Bushranger, John Murtagh (6-1), 13-West Side Bernie, Stewart Elliott (20-1).


Santa Anita post-position stats for races at one mile and over on the main track (Sept. 24-Oct. 19): 1—5-45 (11%), 2—5-45 (11), 3—8-45 (18), 4—6-45 (13), 5—8-44 (18), 6—5-42 (12), 7—2-32 (06), 8—2-23 (09), 9—2-15 (13), 10—2-12 (17), 11—1-3 (33), 12—0-2 (0), 13—0-1 (0).



• Who: Gallant Son, Emerald Downs’ 2-Year-Old Champion in 2008

• What: The $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, 1 & 1/16 mile, synthetic surface

• Where: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

• When: 12:55 p.m., Saturday (Race 5 on 11-race program)

• TV/Radio: ESPN, KLAY 1180-AM

• Gallant Son to date: 5-4-0-1, earned $113,038

• Owners: Chris and Dianna Randall, Bellevue (first with 15 wins and $365,457 in purses at Emerald Downs in 2008)

• Trainer: Enumclaw’s Frank Lucarelli (second with 46 wins at the ’08 meeting, second all-time with 541 wins at the Auburn oval)

• Jockey: Leslie Mawing (sixth with 76 wins and tied for first with seven stakes wins at Emerald Downs in 2008)




12:35 p.m. (ESPN2) – $1 million Sentient BC Filly/Mare Sprint

1:15 p.m. (ESPN 2) – $1 million Grey Goose BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

1:55 p.m. (ESPN2) – $2 million Bessemer Trust BC Juvenile Fillies

2:35 p.m. (ESPN2) – $2 million Emirates Airline BC Filly/Mare Turf

3:15 p.m. (ESPN2) – $2 million BC Ladies Classic


10:10 a.m. (ABC) – $500,000 BC Marathon

10:50 a.m. (ABC) – $1 million BC Turf Sprint

11:30 a.m. (ABC) $1 million TVG BC Dirt Mile

12:15 p.m. (ABC) $2 million BC Mile

12:55 p.m. (ESPN) – $2 million Bessemer Trust BC Juvenile

1:35 p.m. (ESPN) – $1 million Grey Goose BC Juvenile Turf

2:15 p.m. (ESPN) – $2 million Sentient BC Sprint

3 p.m. (ESPN) – $3 million Emirates Airline BC Turf

3:45 p.m. (ESPN) – $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic

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