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Street Sense shows off for the photographers before his workout

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 10/23/07

Juvenile   Juv.Fillies   Sprint   Distaff   F&M Turf   Mile   Turf   Classic   Juvenile Turf   Dirt Mile   F&M Sprint   Workout Photos   Misc. Photos

It was unusually warm on Tuesday at Monmouth Park as Breeders' Cup entrants put in some maintenance work under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80's, with a fast main track and firm turf course. Many entrants arrived on the grounds today and will be on the track over the next two mornings. Here are photos for 21 of the horses on the track with comments and a link to a profile for each.

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Friday workout photos
Thursday workout photos
Wednesday workout photos
Sunday workout photos


Street Sense - the Breeders' Cup Classic contender worked 5 furlongs in 1:01 1/5 on Tuesday morning with regular rider Calvin Borel aboard. Trainer Carl Nafzger said, "He worked great. He relaxed real good with Calvin, then he picked it up and finished off strong. He came back blowing just right. He needed to test the track and he did. He is a different horse than he was before the Derby. He is a patient horse now, professional. He has grown up a lot since the Derby and if you are going to compete against older horses, you've got to grow up." Borel added, He handled this track like he does at Churchill. When I asked him, he was there for me from the 1/8 pole to about 1/16 past the wire. He is doing good. They had better come ready. You don't find these horses every day. I have ridden 25 years and he is a jock's dream."

Tiago - galloped 2 miles on the main track on Tuesday morning in preparation for the Classic, and then drew the outside post 9. Trainer John Shirreffs said, "That's fine. It doesn't matter with him. He's going to drop back and coming running anyway, so it's OK."

Balance - the Distaff entrant worked 5 furlongs in 1:01 2/5 on the main track with exercise rider Martin De Rubin aboard. De Rubin said, De Rubin, "I liked the work. She was very good. She went nice and easy, and I let her finish a little strong. She feels good and she likes the racetrack." Trainer David Hofmans added, "She went really fine. She did her regular work and finished well, getting her last eighth in 12 (seconds), which was very nice. Victor (Espinoza) usually works her, but Martin worked her today and we're happy with the work. I didn't want anything any faster, and she galloped out real strong."

Bear Now - Canada's representative in the Distaff, walked on the main track on Tuesday after arriving Monday night from Woodbine. Rita Schmidt, assistant to trainer Reade Baker, said, "(Bear Now) is a good horse to deal with, but she can be sharp and opinionated. She is business-like and loves her job though."

Fri Guy - the Turf entrant worked 4 furlongs on the turf in 51 seconds.

Red Rocks - last year's Turf winner jogged on the main track with two pony horses around him in preparation for his title defense.

Jeremy - cantered on the turf course in preparation for the Mile.

Purim - galloped 1 mile on the dirt in preparation for the Netjets Breeders' Cup Mile. After drawing post 12, trainer Tom Proctor said, "It's better to do the squeezing than be the squeeze. There's nothing you can do about it."

Idiot Proof - the Sprint entrant jogged on the main track, and will break from post 7 on Saturday. Trainer Cliff Sise said, "It's good. I've got one speed horse, Bordonaro, outside me, but at least I've got Baffert (Midnight Lute) and the rail horse (Smokey Stover) buried. Idiot Proof has more speed than anybody. If nobody else wants to go to the lead, we'll be in front. I'm not worried about an off track if it rains. He's by Benchmark out of a Bertrando mare. He should relish an off track."

Midnight Lute - went out for a jog over the main track.

Gottcha Gold - the Dirt Mile contender galloped on the main track on Tuesday morning.

Park Avenue Ball - the Dirt Mile entrant worked 4 furlongs in 50 1/5 on the main track on Tuesday, and then drew post 7. Trainer Jim Ryerson said, "We're happy with it. I would rather be out there than inside. I'd like to have him having his choices turning up the backside and I think the seven post gives him plenty of opportunity to do that. I don't think he'll get caught too wide in the first turn."

Timarwa - cantered on the turf course on Tuesday morning.

Maryfield - the Filly and Mare Sprint contender went out for a maintenance gallop.

Oprah Winney - the Filly and Mare Sprint entrant jogged on the main track. On Tuesday afternoon, she was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Simply Perfect - the Filly and Mare Turf entrant jogged on the main track on Tuesday.

Clearly Foxy - galloped 1 1/2 miles on the main track and then drew post 2 for the Juvenile Fillies. Norman Casse, assistant to father Mark Casse said, "That's actually what we wanted. The owner (Charles LaLoggia) is ecstatic. Last year we drew the far outside (Post 14 with Skip Code in the Juvenile) and he blew the turn and the race. At least this year she'll be in the thick of it. Also, two was the number of Volponi when he won the Classic (in 2002) and she's by Volponi, so it's perfect."

Grace Anatomy - went out for a gallop on the main track in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies.

Izarra - the Juvenile Filly contender jogged 1 mile on the main track on Tuesday morning, and drew post 8. Dan Landers, assistant to trainer Ron McAnally said, "That's a good spot. She's a late runner. She's a testament to Mrs. (Janis) Whitham's skill at breeding." Izarra is a granddaughter of Bayakoa who won the Breeders' Cup Distaff in 1989 and 1990.

Set Play - worked 4 furlongs in 46 1/5 on Tuesday morning with exercise rider Fidel Alvarez aboard, for a bullet work. Trainer Peter Miller said of his Juvenile Filly contender, "She's pretty fit. It (the fast work) doesn't matter. She's got speed if we want to use it."

Preachin Man - the Juvenile Turf contender stood in the starting gate and jogged on the main track.

Strike the Deal - the Juvenile Turf entrant jogged on the main track.

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