Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Runner-up Om Stretches Out In Seabiscuit

Dan Hendricks-trained Om, a fast-closing second beaten a nose by Obviously in the $ 1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs, returns three weeks later with additional ground to benefit a late run in Saturday’s Grade II $ 200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Om will face seven rivals, two of whom are also coming out of  Breeders’ Cup events.

Vyjack, a half-length victor  over Om in the City of Hope at Santa Anita on October 8, was a well-beaten seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. What a View set a swift pace in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on turf that set up the late runs of internationally-campaigned Tourist and Tepin, who finished 1-2, while What a View faded to last of 14.

The field from the rail for the Seabiscuit: A Red Tie Day (Norberto Arroyo, Jr.), Stylistics United (Tiago Pereira), Om (Gary Stevens), Vyjack (Flavien Prat), What a View (Tyler Baze), Hunt (Mike Smith), Ring Weekend (Drayden Van Dyke) and Hi Happy (Altair Domingos).

With Honors returns to the Del Mar turf, where she won twice during the summer meeting, in the one-mile Jimmy Durante Stakes for two-year-old fillies.

Half-length victories on grass in her debut in July and in the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf in September bestowed Breeders’ Cup status on the J. Keith Desormeaux-trained daughter of War Front. Switched to dirt, she was second to Noted And Quoted in the Chandelier and ninth in the $ 2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.

The field from the rail for the Jimmy Durante: Defiant Honor (Mike Smith), Bella Luma (Gary Stevens), Mo’Vette (Santiago Gonzalez), Journey Home (Drayden Van Dyke), Tiburtina (Victor Espinoza), Partyinthepaddock (Kent Desormeaux), How About Zero (Mario Gutierrez), With Honors (Flavien Prat), Noble Dancer (Fernando Perez), Simmy’s Temple (Norberto Arroyo, Jr.), Miss Sugars (Tyler Baze), Happy Mesa (Martin Pedroza) and La Force (Brice Blanc).

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