Ceiling Kitty: the sole European runner in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile SprintPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Ceiling Kitty bids to raise roof in Juvenile Sprint
Preview: USA, Friday 8.06pm (live on ATR)
Santa Anita: Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint 6f, dirt, 2yo
QUEEN MARY STAKES winner Ceiling Kitty is the only European runner in this $500,000 contest with John Velazquez taking over from Richard Kingscote.
Undefeated Merit Man and the Bob Baffert-trained once-raced maiden winner Super Ninety Nine are the leading hopes for the home team.
What they say:
D Wayne Lukas, trainer of Hightail
"I don't think he's your average maiden. The (Breeders' Cup) people called me and told me the race was coming up light, so we decided to come in."
Tom Dascombe, trainer of Ceiling Kitty
"She's tough and she has experience. If she gets six furlongs on dirt she has some sort of chance and she probably doesn't need to be top class to win this race."
Robert Hess jnr, trainer of Merit Man
"He is a great athlete. He is a beautifully balanced horse with a great stride. We're ready and may the fastest horse win."