ARCADIA, Calif. — Count Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey among those who believe one can indeed have too much of a good thing.
After adding just one race — the Filly and Mare Turf — to the original lineup of seven races during the event's first 23 years, the Breeders' Cup has expanded by leaps and bounds the past two seasons, increasing to its current format of 14 races held over two days.
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Although the new contests, particularly the ones over the turf, have succeeded in drawing a host of international contenders and satisfying horsemen who might not have felt there was a perfect spot for their trainees, McGaughey is among those who feel the expansion is threatening to water down the sport's year-end championships.
"I'm going to cut my nose off to spite my face, but yes, there are too many races. I like the old Breeders' Cup," said McGaughey, who will saddle four horses over the next two days. "Maybe after I see how these two days go I might change my opinion, but I liked it when it was eight races.
"It's almost a little like all these overnight stakes they write now. It's not that hard to be a stakes winner or stakes-placed anymore. And if they overdo it here, that can be the case, too. But it keeps the people's interest."
Indyanne, Elusive Bluffare scratched
Indyanne, winner of the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 4, was scratched from Friday's Filly and Mare Sprint because of a low-grade fever and cough, according to trainer Greg Gilchrist.
"It's like she has a sore throat and could probably go to work but she's just not quite herself," Gilchrist said.
Indyanne has won five of six lifetime starts with her only loss coming when she ran second in the Grade II Victory Ride at Saratoga on Aug. 23.
Elusive Bluff, who was scheduled to run in Saturday's Juvenile, was also scratched Thursday because of a bruised hoof.
Casino Drive getting into gear
Undefeated Casino Drive, who has been residing at Hollywood Park this week, jogged Thursday morning before being shipped over to Santa Anita.
The son of Mineshaft remains the mystery horse of the Breeders' Cup. He has made only three career starts — one in Japan in February, the Grade II Peter Pan in May and an allowance race at Santa Anita on Oct. 12.
"He faces (Curlin) ... but on the good side he is still fresh and hasn't had too many hard races," said Nobutaka Tada, racing manager for owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto. "We believe in his potential and ability."