A Grade 1 winner on the dirt as a juvenile last year, Doug O’Neill-trained Ralis enters the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on the heels of a recent foray into turf racing. In five attempts on the grass, the 3-year-old son of 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Square Eddie owns three second-place finishes in stakes company, including a strong rally two races back in the nine-furlong Del Mar Derby to lose in a photo finish. Last out, he closed from 10 lengths back in the local prep for the Turf, the John Henry Turf Cup, to finish sixth beaten only 2 1/4 lengths. Stretching out to 12 furlongs for the first time in the Turf, the good-looking bay colt and winner of two of 15 will have to improve even more against what is an internationally exemplary field.
J. Paul Reddam of Reddam Racing has had 35 starters on Breeders’ Cup weekend, acquiring three victories, including Red Rocks in the 2006 Turf and subsequent Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in last year’s Juvenile. A Windsor, Ontario, Canada native and former professor of philosophy, Reddam has long been associated with trainer O’Neill, including their first Kentucky Derby victory with I’ll Have Another in 2012.
O’Neill has an enviable track record in American classics and has also done well on racing’s biggest weekend. A winner of five Breeders’ Cup races from 39 starts and more than 2,000 races, the native of Dearborn, MI, and California-based conditioner is having another excellent year with a Kentucky Derby victory and more than $8.5 million in earnings.