Bill Mott Stable Tour

The Hall of Fame trainer is a ten-time BC scorer and reveals his runners for the 37th Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland this weekend.

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Bill Mott is a three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer best known for his handling of 1995 Horse of the Year Cigar, who capped a 10-for-10 campaign with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, one of ten BC wins Mott has accrued over the years.

In 2020, he became the seventh North American trainer to reach the 5,000-winner mark. He has six entered at Keeneland this weekend

Watch the 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November.

FRANK’S ROCKETTE (Sprint): A three-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, she brings a four-race win streak into the toughest race in which she’s competed in her career. She was pre-entered for this and the Filly and Mare Sprint at seven furlongs a distance at which she lost her only start.

“We preferred the distance that’s why we chose that over the Filly and Mare Sprint,” Mott said. “We weren’t sure if there was a right or wrong decision, we know we’re stepping into deep waters regardless of which race we’re in.”

A runner who early on seemed to be a need-the-lead type, she has shown she can be successful from slightly off the pace.

“We found out that she does not have to be on the lead, she rates well,” Mott said. “Naturally, there’s going to be plenty of speed in that race. She has the ability to be a stalker so we’re fine with that.”

HARVEY’S LIL GOIL (Filly & Mare Turf):  Became the first Grade 1 winner sired by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah when she captured the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland on October 10th. Previously, she had won the Grade 3 Regret Stakes on turf at Churchill and was also a stakes winner on dirt earlier in the year.

Mott said given her success over the Keeneland course it made sense to stick with the turf for Harvey’s Lil Goil, who was also pre-entered for the $2 million Distaff.

“Both races are top heavy, they’ve got good horses in both fields, but I guess we did win on the grass here so that was probably the biggest reason we ended up here,” Mott said.

She was beaten a neck by Micheline in the Dueling Grounds Oaks at 1 5-16 miles, so Mott doesn’t feel the 1 3-16 miles of the Filly and Mare Turf will be an issue.

“I don’t know that she has any particular distance limitations,” Mott said. “Nine furlongs and more is to her benefit with her style. She has plenty of stamina.”

HOROLOGIST (Distaff):  A New Jersey-bred mare who was best known for being undefeated at Monmouth Park, she raised her game this fall with a decent third to Monomoy Girl in the Grade 1 La Troienne at Churchill Downs followed by a three-length victory over the likes of Point of Honor and Dunbar Road in the Grade 2 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park.

She was supplemented by her owners for a fee of $100,000 to run against Monomoy Girl and Swiss Skydiver in the Distaff.

Mott calls Horologist an “apple-cart horse,” as in upsetting the apple cart.

“She seems like she’s gotten stronger as we’ve gone along and her races have been good,” Mott said. “Maybe she’s ready for another good one. She’s just really done well. It seems like she’s doing everything right, she’s filling out. I’m very happy with her.”

CASA CREED (Mile): Winless in four starts this year, drew into the BC Mile on entry day when Beau Recall was removed from consideration. Certainly seemed out of place as the pacemaker in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile when ultimately finishing fourth.

Last victory came in the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga in August 2019.

CHANNEL MAKER (Turf): Enters the Turf off of dominant Grade 1 victories in the Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park, both races run over his preferred soft ground.

“His biggest races have been on softer ground; there’s not much rain during the course of the week but as we speak the ground has a lot of give in it,” Mott said. “We’re not going to get a baked, hard racetrack like you would have in July or August.”

Channel Maker, who finished 11th in the 2018 Turf and 12th in last year’s Turf, has impressed Mott with how well he’s coming into this race.

“I’d have to say he looks great, carrying good flesh, he’s run two dynamite races in his last two races and the outcome has been very good,” Mott said.

TACITUS (Classic): A multiple Grade 2 stakes winner, he’s been of a bit of an underachiever at the Grade 1 level. He is winless in seven Grade 1 races including a third-place finish as the odds-on favorite behind three-year-olds Happy Saver and Mystic Guide in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

“We wound up on the lead because somebody had to be there, not sure that’s his cup of tea, he’s probably a little bit better with a target,” Mott said. “Naturally, in the Classic there will be plenty of pace, he’ll have a target. We have to hope he’s good enough to compete with the best of them.”

Watch the 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November.

Bill Mott Stable Tour
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