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Oct 22, 2004

Pre-entries set for Breeders' Cup


Grand Prairie, TX (Sports Network) - Last year"s winner of the Breeders" Cup

Classic, Pleasantly Perfect and 101 horses have been pre-entered for this year"s

Breeders" Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The Breeders" Cup will be

 conducted at Lone Star Park on Saturday, October 30.

Thirteen horses have been pre-entered for the $4 million Classic. Pleasantly Perfect will

face among others Belmont Stakes and Travers winner Birdstone. Also listed to run in the

Breeders" Cup Classic is 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri.

Azeri is also pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders" Cup Distaff. Azeri won this race in 2002

 on her way to being named both Older Female of 2002 and Horse of the Year. Also

 pre-entered in Distaff is three-year-old filly Ashado, 2002 Juvenile Filly winner Storm Flag Flying

and multiple stakes winner island Fashion. Twelve fillies and mares have been pre-entered

 in the Breeders" Cup Distaff.

For the Breeders" Cup Juvenile Filly a total of 16 two-year-olds have been named. Only

14 thoroughbreds will be allowed to start in any of the Breeders" Cup races. The top three

 fillies pre-entered are Sweet Catomine, Sense of Style and Runway Model.

Only eight two-year-old colts and geldings have been pre-entered for the $1.5 million

Breeders" Cup Juvenile. Coming in from Delaware Park will be Afleet Alex winner of two

 stakes races at Saratoga. Also named are Champagne Stakes winner Proud Accolade

and Norfolk Stakes winner Roman Ruler.

Fifteen of the fastest horses in training have been pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders"

Cup Sprint. The three top contenders named for the six-furlong event are Met Mile winner

 Pico Central. Speightstown and Midas Eyes. Speightstown has won seven of his last

ten starts. Midas Eyes is coming off a win in the Forego Handicap.

As always many horses have been cross-entered in the three turf races on the World

 Thoroughbred Championship card. Eleven horses have been pre-entered in the $2 million

 Turf race. Kitten"s Joy will face Powerscourt along with Magistretti and Request for Parole.

The Breeders" Cup Mile received the most pre-entries with 19. A pair of three-year-olds

 are among the group. Artie Schiller and Blackdoun will take on top grass runners

Freefourinternet, Honor in War and Soaring Free.

Fourteen ladies have been pre-entered for the $1 million Breeders" Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

 The top two horses from the United States are Yellow Ribbon winner Light Jig and Bobby

 Frankel"s Megahertz. Coming from Europe are Katdogawn, Nebraska Tornado

and Yesterday.

The post position draw for the 21st Breeders" Cup World Thoroughbred Championships

will be conducted on Wednesday, October 27 at Lone Star Park.

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