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  • Breeders' Cup Limited

    Breeders' Cup World Championships Teleconference

    October 23, 2019

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    Breeders' Cup Limited – Breeders' Cup World Championships Teleconference, October 23, 2019

    C O R P O R A T E P A R T I C I P A N T S Tom Robbins Jim Gluckson C O N F E R E N C E C A L L P A R T I C I P A N T S Bob Baffert Chad Brown Richard Mandella Shug McGaughey Bill Mott P R E S E N T A T I O N Operator: Good day, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Breeders' Cup World Championship Pre-entry Teleconference. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Following the presentation we will conduct a question and answer session. At that time, participants are asked to press star one to register for a question. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. It is now my pleasure to introduce your host for today, Mr. Jim Gluckson, please go ahead, sir. Jim Gluckson: Operator, thank you. Thank you very much. Good day, everyone, and welcome to the 2019 Breeders' Cup Pre-entry Teleconference for the 36th Breeders' Cup World Championships, taking place for a record 10th time at Santa Anita Park on November 1st and the 2nd. Today, we'll be joined on our call with trainers Bob Baffert, Chad Brown, Richard Mandella, Shug McGaughey, and Bill Mott. Also, here with us today is Tom Robbins, the Chairman of the Breeders' Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel, to answer any questions regarding fields. Before we begin, and bring in our first guest, just a few facts and figures for pre-entry today. There are 188 horses, individual horses pre-entered for this year's Breeders' Cup. Seven of the 14 races are at capacity or oversubscribed. 47 of those pre-entered are international horses. There are 50 Breeders' Cup Challenge winners in the field. We have three returning champions or former champions, in Sistercharlie, Line of Duty and Stormy Liberal. At this particular time, I'm going, as we usually do on these calls, to ask a couple of questions of each guest, one at a time, and then we'll open it back up for questions. So, at this time, we can now have our first guest, who is Shug McGaughey. Shug has won nine Breeders' Cup races in his career and will be trying to win the Classic this year with William S. Farish's Code of Honor. Operator:

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    Breeders' Cup Limited – Breeders' Cup World Championships Teleconference, October 23, 2019

    We now have Mr. McGaughey on the line. Jim Gluckson: Shug, good afternoon. This is Jim Gluckson here in California, how are you today? Shug McGaughey: Very good, Jim. Jim Gluckson: Thank you very much. Shug, outstanding second part of the year here for Code of Honor. We'd like to talk about him and his pre-entry here into the Breeders' Cup Classic. He’s had two excellent races in the Travers and in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and I know you've been patient with him this year. But what was the turning point that you felt so confident about him to decide to pre-enter him in the Classic? Shug McGaughey: Well, I think just the way he's come along since he ran the Derby. There's been a little time he had in between there to get into the Dwyer, and race there, and then had a little time – or we just trained him up to the Travers. I think it gave him a lot of time to develop, not only mentally, but physically also. And I was just – I've been impressed with the way he's come out of his races, especially the Travers, and his Gold Cup. I had a lot of confidence going into the Travers. I had a lot of confidence going into the Gold Cup, I just didn't know how – if he was going to be able to step up against the older horses. And the way he did it and the way he came out of it, I thought he deserved a chance. Jim Gluckson: All right, well, Shug, on Monday, we know that Code of Honor worked[?] five furlongs in 1.26 minutes over a sloppy track at Belmont. Can you comment on the workout and just your – and future workout plans for him before coming to California? Shug McGaughey: Well, I thought he worked excellent, Jim. You know, he run – I was just waiting. Johnny[Velazquez] was in Kentucky on Sunday morning. And so we waited until Monday and then it rained, but they had the track sealed down good and I thought his work was excellent. My dream would have been in between a minute and 1.01 and the galloped out in 1:12 or 1:13. He went in a minute and a couple, galloped out in 12 and a couple and, kind of, pulled off a mile between 38 and 39, depending on who you talk to. And I thought was an excellent work and I think he came out of it very well. Jim Gluckson: All right, well, very good. Thank you. Well, Shug, I think we have some media on the line that would like to ask some questions. So, Operator, why don't we put that together, please? Operator: Yes, sir. If you would like to ask a question, please signal by pressing star one on your telephone keypad. If you are using a speakerphone, please make sure your mute function is turned off to allow your signal to reach our equipment. Again, press star one to ask a question.

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    Breeders' Cup Limited – Breeders' Cup World Championships Teleconference, October 23, 2019

    We have no questions in the queue at this time. Jim Gluckson: All right, so I have some other questions for Shug. I wanted to talk about Johnny and how he has done so well with the horse this year. Shug McGaughey: Well, I think that he's had a lot of confidence in the horse. He worked him in between Champagne last year as a two-year-old and when we went to the Breeders' Cup, and he just came back with a lot of confidence and we started at [inaudible] was a puzzling race and a Mucho Macho. But then I think we all started learning about him and I think he – I learned about him a little bit that maybe he wanted to be trained a little bit more than I was. And I think Johnny (Velazquez) learned that he needed to be just a little bit more patient with him and not trying to rush him. And that's the way we've been going along and the Fountain of Youth worked out really well. And then I think he really – we all really learned in the Dwyer when they outran the first part of it and he just sat there patient with him and cut between horses and finished up well. And that was exactly the way he rode him in the Travers, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and I think that's made a big difference. Jim Gluckson: All right. Operator, let's just check again. If there are no more questions, we can have Shug depart. Is there anything else in the queue? Operator: Yes, sir. Just a reminder, if you would like to ask a question, please press star one now. We do a question from Tim Wilkin, Albany Times Union. Tim Wilkin: Hey, Shug. You said you had a lot of confidence going into the Travers and into the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Do you have that same kind of confidence going into the Breeders' Cup? Shug McGaughey: Well, with the way he's training and stuff, I've got the confidence that he'll – in the next 10 days if everything goes right -- he'll go over and run his race. Now, we're traveling to California, we're running over a different race track than we probably are used to. And, so we're going to have to take some of things into granted. A lot of times, going from east to west on the dirt hasn't had worked out. But, this horse seems to adapt pretty well. And, so we just have to see but it is little bit of a different ballgame. Tim Wilkin: You weren't totally committed to going to this after the Jockey Club. What changed the minds of everybody saying, 'Yes, let's go to this race?' Shug McGaughey: Well, I think just the way that he ran. I didn't – I didn't know – as I said, I had confidence going into the Gold Cup that he would run well, but I didn't know – it was his first time against older horses and how that was going to work out. But, then to see the way that he ran and the way that he came out of it I just thought,

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    Breeders' Cup Limited – Breeders' Cup World Championships Teleconference, October 23, 2019

    well, let's train him – let's go on and commit. And one of the reasons I committed early was to try to keep any conflict with Johnny because I knew some other guys were looking for him too. And I didn't want him to have to be sitting in the middle and me sitting in the middle and the other people sitting in the middle. So, I committed a little bit earlier than I probably would have if there hadn't been that. But, I was just saying, we'll just train him up to it and if everything goes right, we'll go. But as I say, I think that he's come out of his races so well and his work since the Gold Cup has proved that and we're looking forward to the opportunity. Tim Wilkin: Thanks, Shug. Operator: Again, if you would like to ask a question, please press star one now. There are no questions in the queue at this time. Jim Gluckson: All right, well, Shug, thank you for taking the time to join us here today. And we wish you best of luck in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Shug McGaughey: Okay, Jim, thanks a lot. Jim Gluckson: Thank you. I would like to come in with our second guest now. Let's dial out for Chad Brown, please? Operator: Okay, we now have Mr. Brown on line. Jim Gluckson: Chad, good afternoon. Jim Gluckson here in California. Thanks for joining us today. Chad Brown: Thanks for having me. Jim Gluckson: Great. Chad has 12 Breeders' Cup wins in his career and he has excellent chances once again to add more with Bricks and

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