At least a couple of Florida trainers are pretty unhappy with the travel scenario for their Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” contenders, according to the Daily Racing Form.
Kathleen O'Connell, trainer of the Filly & Mare Sprint candidate Stormy Embrace, winner of an automatic berth into the race, said she was told by the Breeders' Cup there's no direct equine flight from Florida to California for the World Championships.
“Right now, the Breeders' Cup people are telling me they have no flight out of Florida, that I have to put her on a van and take her all the way to Lexington to get her out there,” O'Connell told DRF Wednesday. “And that's just not fair, especially for a horse who won a Challenge race and has already earned a spot in the field. We're only going if she can get a direct flight.”
Trainer Saffie Joseph is also having trouble getting Pennsylvania Derby winner Math Wizard from Florida to Southern California.
“Right now I have no flight, but we're going to talk to the Fed Ex people about providing one, especially since right now there are about five or six other horses from here planning to go out there for the Breeders' Cup,” Joseph said.
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