Havre de Grace is going where Zenyatta once did, facing the boys in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The 4-year-old filly is 5 of 6 this year and a victory could burnish her credentials for Horse of the Year, although Uncle Mo and Flat Out loom as major threats.
A record total of 193 horses, including Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite, were pre-entered Wednesday for the $26 million, 15-race Breeders’ Cup world championships at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 4-5. That tops last year’s total of 184.
Aikenite was cross-entered in the Sprint and Dirt Mile. He will be ridden by Javier Castellano.
Todd Pletcher leads all trainers with 15 horses pre-entered.
Havre de Grace was pre-entered in the 1¼-mile Classic, along with 13 others, including Uncle Mo, Travers winner Stay Thirsty, Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Flat Out, Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, European star So You Think, Belmont Stakes winner Ruler on Ice and 2010 Belmont winner Drosselmeyer.
Havre de Grace’s owner Rick Porter also entered his filly in the $2 million Ladies’ Classic as an insurance policy.
“The only reason we wouldn’t run in the Classic is if we drew the 1 hole or if we saw a complete difference in the weather on Friday and Saturday,” he said on a conference call.
Final entries and the post-position draw will be Monday.
Uncle Mo counts as one of the sporting world’s more remarkable comeback stories of the year.
The 3-year-old colt was the early Kentucky Derby favorite before being sidelined after the first loss of his career in the Wood Memorial. He was out for four-plus months with a life-threatening liver disease that caused him to lose 200 pounds.
Uncle Mo will be running 1¼ miles for the first time on Nov. 5.
Flat Out was the first Classic entrant to arrive in Louisville.