Elizabeth Valando's 5yo mare FREE AS A BIRD who backed off the Texas plane when spooked by engine noise said trainer Ian Wilkes.
She was 15/1 in Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
Latest - HANDSOME MIKE in Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
Santa Anita pulled together a top-class fixture list for its meet.
Many of the horses who did not make the Breeders' Cup cut have a chance to race all week and in earlier races on the BC days of October 31 and November 1.
Simon Callaghan's NIGHT SONG GB races in an $75,000 Allowance Optional Claiming at about 6.5f on Turf.
Jamie Spencer rides for owner Alice Bamford.
Aidan O'Brien's colt MAGICIAN IRE was injured when starting his workout at Santa Anita Racetrack Wednesday.
There is concern that it is not routine injury. He has been retired.
Update: Aidan O'Brien said the injury was not that serious, but it was not worth risking the horse on such fast ground.
MAGICIAN was preparing to defend his title in the $3 Million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf, Group 1 for 3yo+ at 1-1/2 miles against 12 others.
Without the favorite, TELESCOPE IRE and FLINTSHIRE GB start 7/2 early favorites.
Sir Michael Stoute trains TELESCOPE and France's FLINTSHIRE is trained by Andre Fabre.
O'Brien's 4yo £6 million filly CHICQUITA IRE keeps Frankie Dettori as jockey despite Joseph O'Brien's availability.
MAIN SEQUENCE USA, trained by Ireland's David Lanigan until July, transferred to Graham Motion and is 6/1 for the Turf.
The one 100% horse who has a good chance is HARDEST CORE USA who is trained by Edward Graham at 10/1.
There are many stories favorite TORONADO IRE in the $2 Million Breeders' Cup Mile, Group 1 for 3yo+ on Turf, is vulnerable.
Speculation is on OBVIOUSLY IRE, ANODIN IRE & TRADE STORM GB.
The Irish contingent thinks MUSTAJEEB GB is training well for Dermot Weld and could upset the obvious candidates.
He has experienced Patrick Smullen as jockey, leaves stall 4 and starts at 6/1.
THERE COMES CHROME!
Out of the rising morning sun came the horse nearly everyone came to see. Shouts of "Here comes Chrome!" reverberated throughout the insider crowd at Clocker's Corner at Santa Anita Park.
CALIFORNIA CHROME, the charismatic California thoroughbred who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was accompanied by three horses on his way out to work, but hugged the rail alone on the way back to the barn - giving everyone a close, good look at him under regular workrider Willie Delgado.
The 'peoples' horse, MUCHO MACHO MAN, thrilled the Breeders' Cup crowd last year when he won the Classic.
But not since the great mare ZENYATTA has there been a horse who has so gripped America's racing hearts.
And he, like ZENYATTA, is a California-trained horse who is second favourite to win the Classic from outside poll position 13.
He's never run on the outside, but both his trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza think he is safer on the outside.
Yes, there are rumors (and one overheard instruction) to keep CHROME outside.
If they want to stop him, no doubt they will be trying to stop the favorite SHARED BELIEF as well.
While the spoilers may spoil the race for the favorites (and the public), it might give BAYERN and TONALIST or another a chance to win.
Meanwhile Alan and Art Sherman are galloping CHROME 1-5/8 miles every day at the track and say he is training better than ever.
CHROME's making a paddock appearance after his gallop Thursday and his trainer Art Sherman will participate in the Breeders' Cup Trainer and Jockey Press Conference. He will be joined by Jerry Hollendorfer (SHARED BELIEF), Graham Motion, Todd Pletcher, Michael Chang, Gary Stevens and Eddie Graham.
Update: Art Sherman and Jerry Hollendorfer are old friends who would be happy if either won the Breeders' Cup Classic. They represent the finest old training traditions of Northern California.
Gary Stevens Like Bayern
Jockey Gary Stevens, who won last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff and Classic, has no ride in the Classic.
He has just returned to racing after having a risky knee replacement. He is the only jockey who has made the transition back to riding at top level after this type of surgery.
He says his knee is as good as new.
If he were to choose a horse to ride in the Classic, he would like to be reunited with his old pal BAYERN who will be ridden by the young jockey Martin Garcia who made his name at last year's BC.
Roman's Chritina's Journey
Trainer Dale Romans is excited by prospects for CRISTINA'S JOURNEY - a 2yo filly by Any Given Saturday - Toss The Feather by Dixie Union.
He is sure the 6/1 filly has a good chance to win the Grade 1 $2 Million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies run at 1-1/16m on Dirt. Miguel Mena rides her.
Current favourite is ANGELA RENEE who is trained by Todd Pletcher.
Palmer's AKTABANTAY Out of Juvie Turf
Young British trainer Hugo Palmer brought his exciting 2yo colt AKTABANTAY GB (Oasis Dream GB) to compete in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, 1m on Turf, and the colt was raring to go (photo).
Unfortunately, he hurt his hoof in his track workout at Santa Anita and was pulled from the race costing Palmer his first chance to compete in the BC.
Palmer felt that the welfare ( of the colt comes first as he looks like a Classic talent.
AKTABANTAY's departure left a place for FAITHFUL CREED IRE (Bushranger IRE), on the BC reserve list, to fill Stall 15. He's trained by Brian Meehan and will be ridden by Kieren Fallon. Early odds are 20/1.
Fallon just won an impressive race at Santa Anita on Jerry Holendorfer's NOTORIOUS and feels "rejuventated".