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The horses on the track Wednesday morning.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 10/24/07

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

In stark contrast to Tuesday morning, Wednesday was dark and wet. Intermittent rain fell making for very difficult shooting conditions. The track did not get sloppy but the turf course was soft. We apologize for the decrease in photo quality as a result of the weather. Today we stayed over on the grandstand side of the track for a bit of a different view since the sun angle didn't matter with the rain. Many of the European horses arrived yesterday and will come out of quarantine soon, so look for them to be out on the track on Thursday morning.

Here are photos of 19 horses and almost all are different from Tuesday. Click the small picture to see a larger version.

Friday workout photos
Thursday workout photos
Tuesday workout photos
Sunday workout photos

Hard Spun - galloped 1 mile on the dirt in preparation for the Classic. Trainer Larry Jones said, "Lawyer Ron will either be first or second and we'll be in the other spot. You have your confirmed closers and you have your confirmed front-runners. Curlin will be in mid-pack and Street Sense and Tiago will be further back. We're just hoping for a slow 47 or 48 (seconds) for the half. I don't think any of these horses are the types that have to bring their racetrack with them. I don't think having run at Monmouth is really an advantage. It is known as a speed favoring track, and if it holds to that rule on Saturday, it will be good for me. I've told people that Street Sense was playing in the World Series at this time last year and we were playing tee-ball. We had to make up a lot of ground to even make the Derby. He's gotten bigger and stronger since then. We're happy with him. He's shown a lot of maturity in his last two races."

English Channel - jogged on the main track and schooled in the paddock in preparation for the Turf. "It's kind of sad to think that this may be his last race for us," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He has been such a big part of our success over the past few years. Horses like him are not easy to replace." "He is always there," said jockey John Velazquez. "He can be a little difficult to ride, but you just have to do everything to make him comfortable early."

Bear Now - Canadian entrant in the Distaff, went out for a 1 1/2 mile main track gallop, then schooled in the starting gate and in the paddock. Ruth Schmidt, assistant to trainer Reade Baker, said of her chances, "It's definitely a challenge, but one I think she's up to, for sure.” The No. six post Bear Now drew is not ideal to her front-running style, the assistant said, "but it's better than having an outside post."

Benny the Bull - jogged on the main track in preparation for the Sprint. Trainer Richard Dutrow said, "Mark (Guidry, jockey) knows him well and has had a lot of success with him. He'll just have to feel the speed and make his run at the right time. Benny's a compact little thing and if he gets a straight and narrow path he's going to take it."

Dixie Chatter - a Juvenile contender, went out for a gallop on the dirt under exercise rider Janeen Painter on Wednesday morning. "He looks like a combination of his sire and dam," said Mandella, admiring the colt while he was being hosed down outside Barn 16. "He's more leggy like Phone Chatter, with the prettiness of Dixie Union. He came up short in the Del Mar Futurity (fifth place) after missing some training but moved forward when he won the Norfolk. He is growing and gaining all the time."

Forefathers - cross-entered in both the Sprint and the Dirt Mile, schooled in the paddock with trainer Bill Mott and then galloped 1 mile on the dirt. "The final discussion hasn't been had (with owner Ahmed Zayat)," said Mott, whose options include the Sprint and the Dirt Mile. "I believe everybody is leaning toward the Sprint, but that's not final. Usually it overfills, so I'm surprised it only drew 11. Obviously, we've got time. I don't think there's any rush to make a decision. We can see what the track condition is and all the other factors that enter into the race.

Greg's Gold - a Sprint entrant, galloped 1 1/2 miles and then schooled in the paddock. "He's doing everything just fine," trainer David Hofmans said. "He's taking us to the race. We just have to stay out of his way. He'll be able to get a good stalking position so he can make his usual late run."

La Traviata - entered in the Filly and Mare Sprint, jogged 1 mile and schooled in the paddock under exercise rider Diego Rodriguez.

Midnight Lute - schooled in the paddock and galloped on the dirt under exercise rider Sarah Cillie in preparation for the Sprint. "I think he was made the favorite based off his last performance," said trainer Bob Baffert in reference to an impressive 2 1/4-length victory in the Forego(G1). "You're always looking for that inspirational performance. That's why he is the favorite. He will need that performance. The distance is definitely a factor. He doesn't have the gate speed true sprinters do. The break is so important to him. It's critical. If he can be within two lengths turning for home, he will need racing luck to find a seam. He looks ready. He has changed. He has filled out. He's a bigger stronger horse. We always had high hopes for him as a 2-year-old, but he had throat issues. The Forego was his coming-out party. We decided on the Sprint. We thought we could run in another mile race down the road."

Miss Macy Sue - entered in the Filly and Mare Sprint, jogged 2 miles on the main track on Wednesday morning with exercise rider Enrique Ramirez up. Trainer Kelly Von Hemel said, "I think she just matured. We thought we had this kind of filly, or maybe not quite this good, but we knew we had more filly than what she was showing last year. I think the little time off (from October to March) plus her maturing into her four-year-old year has enabled her to put it all together."

Nownownow - jogged 1 mile under exercise rider Rebecca Kamerman and schooled in the paddock in preparation for the Juvenile Turf.

Octave - entered in the Distaff, jogged and schooled in the paddock.

Passage of Time - cantered on the soft turf course on Wednesday in preparation for the Filly and Mare Turf.

Prop Me Up - schooled in the starting gate and then galloped 1 1/4 miles in preparation for the Distaff.

Smarty Deb - entered in the Juvenile Fillies, went out for a 1 1/2 mile trot and then schooled in the paddock. Trainer Doris Harwood said, “We're from Emerald Downs. We don't have these kinds of races. We have to prove we can do it. It's a challenge."

Wait a While - entered in the Filly and Mare Turf, jogged on the main track and then schooled in the paddock. "She is entered with Honey Ryder (post two) and she should keep the pace honest," said trainer Todd Pletcher. "She has been very consistent for us. She has run on different tracks and different surfaces and she always runs well."

Wild Gams - galloped 1 mile on the turf despite being entered in the Filly and Mare Sprint. Trainer Ben Perkins said, "It's nice to be here at home. She's a Jersey-bred. Her owner (Everett Novak of New Farm) lives in Jersey. I told him that the last couple years they'd had a race with these conditions with the Breeders' Cup, only it was $250,000. So I said there'll definitely be a race for her to run in. Then they came out with this and it's a million."

Zee Zee - schooled in the paddock and then galloped 1 mile on the dirt in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies, accompanied by trainer Bill Mott. Mott said, "She's doing well and she works very well on the dirt. We felt like the race was not limited to one or two superstars. We felt it was a wide-open race if you had a good horse, so we're in there taking our chances. She's a very consistent, hard-trying filly."

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