Sir Michael Stoute, a man who has trained a record four winners of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, arrived at the track on Wednesday morning and declared Santa Anita his favourite hunting ground in the United States.
The Freemason Lodge trainer is to saddle the inexperienced Ulysses in Saturday’s renewal and also has Queen’s Trust in the line-up for a tilt at the Filly & Mare Turf.
On arrival trackside, Stoute declared: “I love Santa Anita. It’s been a very lucky place for us, but with Ulysses this will be part of the learning curve.”
He continued: “He’s got a reasonable level of form at a mark of 116 but he does need to improve, he’s just a baby and he’s been on his toes here but with each morning he’ll be more chilled.
“I think he will handle the ground and the track, it will do him good mentally and although it’s a gamble pointing him at this race, I think it’s the right thing to do.”
Queen’s Trust has, according to Stoute, been unlucky in her races in the UK this year, and he added: “I just hope she gets the rub of the green.
“She was unlucky at Newbury when she was trapped on the fence. She was messed about in the Ribblesdale and ran a beautiful race in the Nassau.
“She’s fully entitled to be here.”