Diversify to Pre-Enter in BC Classic

Ralph and Lauren Evans’ GI Jockey Club Gold Cup winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Diversify (Bellamy Road) is expected to be among the pre-entries for the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic when the box is closed Monday, Ralph Evans said Sunday morning. The New York-bred earned a “Win and You’re In” berth to the premier race at the World Championships with a front-running score in the Gold Cup, but Evans and trainer Rick Violette Jr. have remained on the fence about entering a race against other formidable front-running foes such as Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) and Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song).

“We were pleased with the work so we’ll pre-enter, but the final decision has not been made,” said Evans, who co-owns Diversify with his daughter Lauren. “We’re very much on the fence. There are a couple in there that have the same running style as we do, so we might run the risk of being compromised [with a fast pace] and there’s lots of races in New York. Frankly, I would love to run, but the final decision is up to Rick.”

Diversify breezed five furlongs in 1:01.58 over the Belmont main track with exercise rider Rodney Paine aboard in what would be his penultimate breeze for the Classic should he run. The conclusive decision will come after Diversify’s next and final work before Breeders’ Cup, slated for Saturday, Evans said.

“After the pre-entries, we’ll have one sharp work hopefully and if all goes well, then we’ll probably get our space on a plane with some other horses that are going to Del Mar late,” he added. “Unless something comes up, it’ll be a late decision.”


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