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