Run Away stays in his com­fort zone

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Jay Priv­man – ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Steve An­der­sen

DEL MAR, Calif. – There was no case of Breed­ers’ Cup fever for Run Away’s con­nec­tions, who de­cided to pass on last week’s Ju­ve­nile with one of the most ac­com­plished 2-year-olds in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia be­cause they be­lieve their horse’s best chance is around one turn.

Run Away has won four times in five starts, all in sprints, and will try to run his record to 5 for 6 when he heads the Grade 3, $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes go­ing seven fur­longs Satur­day at Del Mar.

“We’re pretty sure this is what he wants to do,” Si­mon Cal­laghan, who trains Run Away for owner Kaleem Shah, said Thurs­day morn­ing. “We might change our mind – if he runs a big race and fin­ishes well go­ing seven fur­longs we try a one-turn mile – but we’re pretty sure this is what he wants, which is why we didn’t go in the Breed­ers’ Cup.”

Run Away’s lone loss was in his only try at seven fur­longs, in the Del Mar Fu­tu­rity, where he fin­ished 5 1/2 lengths be­hind the vic­to­ri­ous Bolt d’Oro. He’s un­beaten at shorter dis­tances. But he showed in his last start – a vic­tory in the Bar­retts Ju­ve­nile at Los Alami­tos – that he’s ca­pa­ble of ral­ly­ing from far­ther off the pace, in­stead of hav­ing to mix it up from the get-go.

“That wasn’t the plan go­ing in, but it’s nice that he was able to do it,” Cal­laghan said. “He got some dirt in his face and backed out of it, but then he ran on well. He was tough to gut it out. It gives us con­fi­dence go­ing in that he doesn’t need the lead.”

Five oth­ers en­tered the Bob Hope, in­clud­ing Beau­ti­ful Shot, Mour­inho, and Here Is Happy, the first three fin­ish­ers in the six-fur­long Speakeasy at Santa Anita on Oct. 15.

The Bob Hope goes as race 5 on a nine-race card that be­gins at 12:30 p.m. Pa­cific.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Run Away, by Run Away and Hide Last 3 Bey­ers: 74-74-75

◗ He’s the most ex­pe­ri­enced horse in the race.

◗ Flavien Prat has rid­den him in all his starts and is back aboard.

Beau­ti­ful Shot, by Trappe Shot Bey­ers: 73-63

◗ He is un­beaten in two starts, hav­ing won his de­but at Del Mar be­fore tak­ing the Speakeasy, us­ing an off-the-pace style to tally both times.

“He might be a lit­tle more ag­gres­sive now that he has two races un­der his belt,” said his trainer, Keith De­sormeaux. “I think he un­der­stands the game and that makes him more dan­ger­ous.”

Mour­inho, by Su­per Saver Ca­reer Bey­ers: 70-86

◗ His de­but win pro­duced the fastest Beyer Speed Fig­ure any­one in this field has run, but he failed to hold off Beau­ti­ful Shot in the Speakeasy af­ter setting a blis­ter­ing early pace.

◗ He wore blink­ers in his first two starts, but they come off for this race.

◗ Dray­den Van Dyke, who rode him first time out, climbs back aboard, re­plac­ing Martin Gar­cia.

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