ARCADIA, Calif. -- With only eight horses going postward in the Breeders' Cup Turf, the draw should have no effect whatsoever in the 1 1/2-mile contest, which starts halfway down Santa Anita's hillside course.
Installed as the 7-5 morning-line favorite, defending titleholder Conduit will start from post 2 with regular rider Ryan Moore aboard. It is significant to note that Moore has opted for Conduit over his Michael Stoute-trained stablemate Spanish Moon, who breaks from post 7.
Anyone thinking of backing the 5-2 Spanish Moon should be aware that he was banned from racing in Britain for six months for repeated refusal to enter the gate there. Banished to France, he merely won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the Group 2 Prix Foy, both at the Turf distance. Kieren Fallon has been assigned the problem of coaxing him into the gate. Once ensconced, Spanish Moon has never shown any problems about getting out of the gate.
Stoute, whose flight from Heathrow Airport in London was delayed two hours Tuesday afternoon, was to arrive in southern California on Tuesday evening to supervise final preparations for the two Turf favorites.
Dar Re Mi has stuck with her first preference in the Turf, disdaining the shorter distance of the Filly and Mare Turf. Positioned in post 5 at 3-1, she will be ridden by Frankie Dettori. She had been ridden in two Group 1 wins this season by Jimmy Fortune, who remains at home in England.
Presious Passion is sure to bust right out of the gate and take a big lead under Elvis Trujillo. The winner of the Clement Hirsch at 1 1/4 miles over the Santa Anita turf on Oct. 11 will try and take them all the way for trainer Mary Hartmann.
With Dettori riding Dar Re Mi, trainer Brian Meehan will employ Julien Leparoux to ride Red Rocks, the horse who holds the twin distinctions of having won the 2006 Turf and of beating Curlin in his lone try on turf in last year's Man o' War Stakes.