McEwen Stakes nominations – 2015

View the nominations for the 2015 McEwen Stakes. The McEwen Stakes will be run on Saturday 5th September at Moonee Valley racecourse.

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1CHAUTAUQUAH5Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
4GOLD RORYG6Mark Riley
5GREGERSM5David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
6GRIANTEM5David Brideoake
7HEADWATERC3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
8I’M ALL THE TALKH5Gary Portelli
9IT IS WRITTENG7Robbie Griffiths
10KLISHINAM6David Bourne
11KURO (NZ)H4Lee & Anthony Freedman
12LE BONSIRG8Mick Price
14MISS STEELEM5Michael Kent
15PARCELF3Wez Hunter
16SISTONICM4David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
17SUPIDOH4Michael Kent
18SWEET EMILYM5Phil Sweeney
19THE QUARTERBACKG5Robbie Griffiths
20TYCOON TARAM5Symon Wilde
22WRITTEN DASHM4Danny Curran


Trainer Bob Baffert has no regrets about running American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes despite the Triple Crown winner’s defeat.

Until Saturday (Sunday AEST) American Pharoah had not lost a race since his debut last August at Del Mar.

He had reeled off eight straight wins, seven at Grade One level including his historic sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

In the Travers, his first try at 1-1/4 miles (2000m) since the Derby, American Pharoah was pressed from the gate to the top of the straight by Frosted before getting clear. But he but didn’t have enough left to hold off the late-running Keen Ice.

The question now is when, or if, American Pharoah will run again.

Owner Ahmed Zayat said immediately following the Travers the horse would be retired at the first hint of regression.

A day later, Baffert said he had not seen any sign of that and would prefer to train him up to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on October 31 at Keeneland, his last scheduled start before going to stud.

“He looks great today,” Baffert said. “He could come back and freshen up and run.

“I don’t think he tailed off. I think he just didn’t bring his ‘A’ game. If you look at him, he still looks pretty healthy. He doesn’t look like a tired horse.”

“If I had to do it again, I would have brought him here. I’m glad I brought him.

“I think racing needed something like this,” Baffert said. “It’s amazing, what he’s done for racing.

“Everybody in town afterward, when they saw me they said, ‘We’re sorry. We feel so bad for you, Bob, but thanks for bringing that horse.’ It almost ended well. We almost pulled it off.”

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