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Thumb_grening David Grening , Saratoga , 2018-08-26 - DRF Live Posted : Aug 26, 2018, 12:59 PM

Elate could point to Breeders' Cup Classic

Bill Mott is just full of surprises this weekend.

On Saturday, Mott was surprisingly vocal after the stewards did not disqualify Abel Tasman from first and bumping with the Mott-trained Elate in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga.

On Sunday, when I asked if he would look forward to a rematch with Abel Tasman in the Breeders' Cup, Mott said, "they may have to put her in the Classic to meet us." The Breeders' Cup Classic, run at 1 1-4 miles, will be run on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs as will the $2 million Distaff at 1 1-8 miles.

Mott said he is strongly considering pointing Elate to the Classic, where she would meet some of the top older males and 3-year-old males in training. The 1 1-4-mile distance is attractive to Mott for Elate, who at 3 won the Grade 1 Alabama and last month won the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, both at 1 1-4 miles.

Beyond just the distance, Mott said, "I just think she’s that good. In all due respect to all our other competition --  I'm not taking anything away from anybody -- I just believe in our horse. Not trying to be cocky or arrogant, I think we’re going to take it under serious consideration."

Bob Baffert, before catching a plane Sunday morning back to California, wasn't definitive what would be next for Abel Tasman though simply pointing to the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs is the most likley option.

Elate will likely run in the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Park on Oct. 6 in her next start.

A complete Personal Ensign folo later on drf.com