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What's missing here? Trainer Aidan O'Brien gallops Lillie Langtry, favorite for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, without a safety helmet or vest.
World Championships
Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 11/05/2009

Saturday Results:   Turf Sprint   Juvenile Turf   Juvenile   Sprint   Dirt Mile   Mile   Turf   Classic
Friday Results:   Marathon   F&M Sprint   Juvenile Fillies Turf   Juvenile Fillies   F&M Turf   Ladies Classic

Thursday morning at Santa Anita was much different from earlier in the week, with heavy clouds and mist hiding the mountains and a bit cooler temperatures. Although the track was busy, the one horse everyone was waiting to see was Zenyatta who arrived Wednesday afternoon. They didn't have to wait long as she was on the track by 6:25am, when it was still dark due to the clouds hiding the rising sun. All the European horses were out, with several trying out the turf course. California Flag was back out again too, and looked none the worse for his little riderless romp on Wednesday.

Since we have already seen so many horses already, I concentrated on the few we hadn't see yet and favorites, so only 20 horses today. Click the small picture to see a larger version.

Wednesday workout photos   (45 horses)
Tuesday workout photos   (33 horses)
Monday workout photos   (47 horses)
Breeders' Cup Entries and Post Positions - for all 14 races with morning line odds and free past performances


Zenyatta galloped on the main track with regular exercise rider Steve Willard after arriving from her training base at Hollywood Park on Wednesday. "We went out at 6:20 and she stood around and looked around," said Willard. "She jogged off and galloped once around and came back through the paddock. She did it really terrific. Just superb." Jockey Mike Smith added, "She's ready. If she fires, she's certainly going to be the one to beat. I think you're going to see something amazing."

Awesome Act schooled in the gate and then galloped on the turf in preparation for the Juvenile Turf. The colt, who broke his maiden on Oct. 1, and then was ninth in the Dewhurst Stakes last out after a poor start on Oct. 17, drew post 9 in the full field for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, a perfect spot according to trainer Jeremy Noseda. Ryan Moore will be aboard the Kentucky-bred for the first time Saturday.

Careless Jewel galloped 1 mile Friday morning under exercise rider Moises Guce and was to school in the paddock during the afternoon races. "We'll run her next year. That's the plan. After this race she'll go to Waver Tree Farm in Ocala (Florida) for a nice break and then we'll get her ready to run as a 4-year-old." Trainer Josie Carroll added, "She's got a lot of natural speed so she'll be on the lead or close to the lead. Music Note has early speed as well, and she's capable of sitting close to her and will be there in the stretch."

Conduit, the defending champion in the Turf, went to the turf course for a gallop in company with stablemate Zacinto. He comes into Saturday's race off two wins in France, is also coming to the race the right way, trainer Sir Michael Stoute said. He drew post 5 for the Turf, with Kieren Fallon to ride for the first time.

Cost of Freedom schooled in the starting gate and then galloped 1 mile on Thursday in preparation for the Sprint. Trainer John Sadler said, "We wanted him to be real comfortable in that gate. He's in a race where you've got to come out of there right or you're in big trouble. There's lots of speed down inside with him and he's got to be on his toes."

Dancing in Silks schooled in the starting gate and then jogged once around under exercise rider Ricky Agari in preparation for the Sprint. Agari said the gelding "went through his usual drill. We take him over and stand in the gate, then we sort of 'hobby horse' around the track one time a little jog, a little gallop, all at a slow pace. Just enough to get him some exercise and keep him loose. Since we gave him that break (from January to August this year), he's just blossomed. He put on weight and he's doing great."

Dar Re Mi went out for a gallop on the turf course Thursday under jockey Frankie Dettori who replaces regular rider Jimmy Fortune in the Turf. Trainer John Gosden said, "From the filly's point of view, we thought it would be a lot fairer to run her close to her favorite distance, even if that meant taking on the boys. You don't want to be dictated to by anybody else's running style, you just want to run according to how you're traveling and how the jockey feels about it."

Devil May Care galloped 1 1/4 miles in preparation for tomorrow's Juvenile Fillies. Trainer Todd Pletcher said, "She didn't break great the first time, the second time she stumbled. I think she's gifted enough that she was able to overcome both situations. She's a nice filly. She seems to like the track here."

Diamondrella galloped down the hillside chute crossing over the main track this morning in preparation for the Turf Sprint where she will take on the boys. Ruth Hargreaves, assistant to trainer Angel Penna, Jr. and her exercise rider, said, "I think this distance is actually ideal for her. Turning back in distance won't be any problem for her. Neither will be running against the boys for the first time in her life. She's up to the task. She's all race horse. She's pretty straightforward and is a real professional. And there are other fillies in this field."

Dynaforce went out for some light work Thursday in preparation for the Filly and Mare Turf. Trainer Bill Mott said, "It looks like she'll be one of the speed horses in the field. She was game in this race last year. She would have been more of a factor, but she ran into some trouble. She should be a factor this year."

El Gato Malo galloped on the main track under exercise rider Juan Olivera Thursday after shipping from Hollywood Park on Wednesday. Trainer Craig Dollase said of the Turf Sprint, "There will be a decent pace, and if you're not in, you can't win."

Karelian galloped on the main track and then relaxed later with his front legs in an ice bucket. Asked about the loss in the Shadwell Mile at Keeneland, Sarah Arnold, assistant and wife of trainer Rusty Arnold said, "I think between the soft turf and the layoff, it just caught up with him late. He was very sharp that day, but he is rateable. He's won races a lot of different ways. You just have to let him do what he wants to do. He always runs well. He might not always get the best trip or the best ride, but he always runs his race." Rajiv Maragh will be in the irons for the Mile on Saturday.

Lookin at Lucky jogged at Santa Anita Thursday morning, having completed his final work before the Juvenile on Monday when he went 4f in 47 1/5. Trainer Bob Baffert said, " The outside post is a bummer. I was pretty disappointed with that. One thing's for sure, Garrett Gomez is going to have to put on a Hall of Fame type of ride to get him there. He knows the horse, it's not like he's getting on him for the first time. He can turn him on or shut him off, and when he's been riding one a lot, I don't have to tell Garrett anything."

Mastery, the morning line favorite in the Marathon, schooled in the starting gate and galloped with stablemate Delegator. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said, "He trains on the Tapeta (synthetic) track at home and it's close to the same ground here, which will suit him." Bin Suroor added that Mastery may go in the Japan Cup next.

Pounced cantered on the turf with stablemate Dar Re Mi in preparation for the Juvenile Turf. He finished second in his last start, the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Oct. 4 at Longchamp. He will be ridden by Frankie Dettori for the first time on Saturday.

Quality Road galloped 1 1/4 miles on the main track. "I think he's coming up to the race really well," said Todd Pletcher, who took over the training of the Elusive Quality colt after a quarter-crack in his right front hoof sidelined plans for the Kentucky Derby. "He's had a good series of prep races, and I thought he galloped over the track really well this morning. We're hoping this surface is something that he likes. Based on his pedigree being by Elusive Quality out of a Strawberry Road mare, there's some turf influence there and usually that's helpful on synthetics. This is an ambitious spot."

Rip Van Winkle went out with the rest of team Coolmore on Thursday in preparation for the Classic and looked much better today than on Wednesday. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "The issue we had with him (in the right rear) a week or two ago, was the last that we've had with him. I'm amazed really that 'Rip' has been through the season that he has and run in the races. He's run in all top races all the time. Usually when a horse suffers those things, the season does catch up to them."

Telling galloped down the hillside chute across the main track with trainer Steve Hobby in the irons, the same path he will take at the start of the Turf. Hobby said, "It went great, he marched right down there. It was a bit to do for nothing. He's a professional, but if we didn't give him a practice run, after the race I didn't want to be asking myself 'what if'. It's not like the sprinters who have to fly across from the turf to the Pro-Ride. In a 1 1/2-mile race, we'll cross it in 25 and change, so it's not nearly as much of a concern."

Twice Over "just had an ordinary canter of seven furlongs" according to trainer Henry Cecil. He earned a trip to the Classic with a victory in the Champion Stakes, at odds of 14-1, at Newmarket on Oct. 17. It was this third consecutive victory and first in Group I company. He finished second in the Champion last year. Irish jockey Tom Queally, 25, making his debut in the Breeders' Cup this year, is Twice Over's regular rider.

Zensational went out for a gallop on Thursday in preparation for the Sprint. Jockey Victor Espinoza said, "He's a runner. Bob (Baffert) has him ready to go for this race. I have a lot of confidence in my horse, he's unbelievable. Anything happens in the race, but so far right now it looks good, and when I'm on top of one of the favorites, then obviously I have more confidence than if I were riding a longshot." Baffert joked to Espinoza, "I want you to make sure you have a new set of stirrup leathers on that saddle of yours, because when you're water-skiing down the backside trying to hold him, the last thing I need is for one of your leathers to break."

Zip Quik galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Bobby Ochoa in preparation for the Juvenile Turf. "All is good, all is well," said trainer Patrick Biancone. Zip Quik, still looking for his first stakes win after five starts, gets new jockey Mike Smith in the irons Saturday.
Left: Trainers Eoin Harty and Saeed bin Suroor chat on the apron during training hours. Bin Suroor trains 14 Breeders' Cup entrants including favorite Music Note in the Ladies Classic for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing, while Shirreffs trains Neko Bay in the Dirt Mile, Life is Sweet in the Ladies Classic, and favored Zenyatta in the Classic.

Right: Trainer John Gosden (left) inspects the turf course near the finish line as his horses gallop down the backstretch. He trains Dar Re Me in the Turf and Pounced in the Juvenile Turf, along with Rainbow View in the Ladies Classic over the main track.

Full info on all the Breeders' Cup results:

Saturday Results:   Turf Sprint   Juvenile Turf   Juvenile   Sprint   Dirt Mile   Mile   Turf   Classic
Friday Results:   Marathon   F&M Sprint   Juvenile Fillies Turf   Juvenile Fillies   F&M Turf   Ladies Classic

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