Pavel back at O’Neill’s barn, will train up to BC Clas­sic

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CYPRESS, Calif. – Pavel, win­ner of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Hand­i­cap in June at Churchill Downs, has re­sumed train­ing with Doug O’Neill at Santa Anita and is on sched­ule for the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic in Novem­ber.

O’Neill said Thurs­day that Pavel re­joined his sta­ble ear­lier this month fol­low­ing a week­long break at a lo­cal farm in late Au­gust. Pavel was sec­ond to Ac­cel­er­ate in the Grade 1 Pa­cific Clas­sic on Aug. 18 at Del Mar.

Owned by Paul and Zil­lah Red­dam, Pavel will not start be­fore the BC Clas­sic on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs, O’Neill said.

“He looks phe­nom­e­nal,” O’Neill said. “If all goes well, he’ll have his first work­out next week.”

Pavel earned a fees-paid berth to the BC Clas­sic with his win in the Stephen Foster. A 4-yearold, Pavel has won 3 of 11 starts and earned $1,375,000. He was fourth in the $10 mil­lion Dubai World Cup ear­lier this year.

Stakes win­ner Mended re­tires

Mended, a $12,500 claim who won 10 con­sec­u­tive races and be­came a stakes win­ner in 2017, has been re­tired, trainer John Martin said Fri­day.

Mended fin­ished last of five in the Tran­quil­ity Lake Stakes on Aug. 24 at Del Mar. She was re­cently shipped to Ken­tucky’s Tay­lor Made Farm, which bought a 50 per­cent share in the 5-year-old mare from own­ers Troy and Mar­itza Ono­rato.

“It was time to give her a va­ca­tion and bring her back, or re­tire her,” Martin said. “We didn’t want to push her.

“We’re happy she’s re­tired in good shape and should be happy in re­tire­ment.”

By Bro­ken Vow, Mended was claimed for $12,500 from a fourth-place fin­ish on Jan. 6, 2017, at Golden Gate Fields. She won her next 10 starts – seven races at Golden Gate Fields, one at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasan­ton, one at Del Mar, and the $110,000 Claim­ing Crown Glass Slip­per Stakes at Gulf­stream Park last De­cem­ber, her 10th and fi­nal win.

Mended was win­less in five starts this year, in­clud­ing a head loss to Mopo­tism in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes in Jan­uary at Santa Anita and a sec­ond, by 6 1/2 lengths, to Fault in the Grade 1 Santa Mar­garita In­vi­ta­tional in March.

Martin said Mended thrived while train­ing on the Tapeta Foot­ings syn­thetic sur­face at Golden Gate Fields.

“She wasn’t train­ing as well when I took her to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and trained her on dirt,” said Martin, who is based at Golden Gate Fields. “A lot of the wins came here or when I shipped her out of here.”

Mended won 13 of 31 starts and earned $385,144. She earned $340,074 af­ter be­ing claimed.

Black­jack­cat train­ing with Glatt

Black­jack­cat, third in the Breed­ers’ Cup Mile last Novem­ber at Del Mar, re­cently re­sumed train­ing with Mark Glatt.

A three-time stakes win­ner last year, Black­jack­cat was rested af­ter a sev­enth-place fin­ish in the Grade 1 Shoe­maker Mile in June at Santa Anita.

“He’s about ready to breeze,” Glatt said.

Owned by Al and Sandee Kirk­wood, the 5-year-old Black­jack­cat has won 6 of 18 starts and earned $588,415. He was beaten 1 1/4 lengths by World Ap­proval in the 2017 BC Mile.

Glatt has as­pi­ra­tions for this year’s BC Mile with the 4-year-old Sharp Samurai, who fin­ished third in the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile on Aug. 19, but was pro­moted to sec­ond af­ter a ri­val was dis­qual­i­fied and placed third for caus­ing in­ter­fer­ence.

Sharp Samurai is likely to start in the Grade 2 City of Hope Mile, a $200,000 turf race Oct. 6 at Santa Anita.

Spec­ta­tor, win­ner of the Grade 2 Sor­rento Stakes at Del Mar in 2017, has re­turned to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing sum­mer in New York.

Trainer Phil D’Amato said Spec­ta­tor has been turned out for a brief rest and will re­join his sta­ble this au­tumn. The Grade 1 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fil­lies at seven fur­longs Dec. 26 at Santa Anita is a long-term goal.

Owned by Rick and Sharon Waller and Lit­tle Red Feather Rac­ing, Spec­ta­tor was sixth in the Grade 3 Vic­tory Ride Stakes on July 8 at Bel­mont Park and last of eight in the Grade 1 Test Stakes on Aug. 4 at Saratoga, when trained by Michelle Nevin.

Ear­lier this year, Spec­ta­tor was sec­ond in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks.

◗ Sun­day’s nine-race pro­gram at Los Alami­tos marks the con­clu­sion of the sec­ond of three weeks of the Los Angeles County Fair meet­ing, which runs through Sept. 23. The last week of rac­ing from Sept. 20-23 is high­lighted by the $100,000 Bar­retts Ju­ve­nile for 2-yearolds on Sept. 22.

Santa Anita opens its sixweek au­tumn meet­ing Sept. 28.

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