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Classic contender First Dude with the twin spires behind him during the workouts on Monday morning.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 11/01/2010

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

Churchill Downs will host the 27th Breeders' Cup World Championships on Friday and Saturday this week and Monday morning saw a good number of contenders gallop over the track, including several officially timed works over both surfaces. Foreign horses that just cleared quarantine went out on the main track at 10:00am after the domestic horses had completed their works. The weather was as expected for early November, with clear skies and temperatures in the low 40's at the start of training but warmed up to the mid 50's by the time training ended at around 10:30am.

Here are photos for 27 of the horses on the track with comments and a link to a profile for each. Click the small picture to see a larger version.

Zenyatta schooling in the paddock on Thursday
Thursday workout photos   (28 horses)
Zenyatta on Wednesday
Wednesday workout photos   (32 horses)
Zenyatta arrives on Tuesday afternoon
Tuesday workout photos   (36 horses)
Breeders' Cup Entries and Post Positions - for all 14 races with morning line odds

Al Khali worked 5 furlongs on turf in 1:01 2/5, out 6 furlongs in 1:15 2/5 for trainer Bill Mott. New jockey Julien Leparoux, aboard for the move and gets the call in Saturday's Turf, said, "He was very good. He was comfortable out there." Mott added, "It looked like he was on the bridle most of the way. If you look at him, you'd know he's the type of horse who's going to get better as he gets older."

Banned worked 5f on the turf in 1:02 3/5 for trainer Tom Proctor in preparation for the Juvenile Turf. Proctor said, "He's doing real good. Everything's OK." New rider Joel Rosario will be aboard on Saturday.

Biondetti exited quarantine and went out on the main track for a gallop, with jockey Ahmed Ajtebi on hand to inspect the track. The Mahmoud al Zarooni trainee will go in the Juvenile on Saturday. Al Zarooni said, "It's 90% we will go for the dirt. It would be because of Bernardini and the breeding for the dirt and he's a Group 1 winner on turf. The Juvenile in a Grade 1 and the Juvenile Turf is a Grade 2. We would rather have a Grade 1."

California Flag worked 3f in 36 2/5 on the turf in preparation for his title defence in the Turf Sprint on Saturday. Trainer Brian Koriner said, "I think he got a hold of this course well today. I'm expecting he'll show up." Victor Espinoza gets the call.

Cash Refund, entered in the Sprint, galloped 1 1/2 miles for trainer Steve Margolis. Margolis said, "He's doing really well. He's fresh, he's happy, and he's hitting the ground really well right now. It's been nothing but positives."

Dakota Phone, entered in both the Dirt Mile and Classic, was out on Monday for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. He will blow out 4f on Wednesday and Joel Rosario will be aboard Saturday.

Debussy exited quarantine and went out on the main track after the local horses. He goes next in the Turf for trainer John Gosden.

Delegator cleared quarantine and made his first visit to the track after the locals completed their work. He finished fifth in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile and is back again this year. He has made two starts this year, winning the Dubai Duty Free Cup at Newbury on Sept. 17 and finishing fourth as the favorite in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 16.

Delightful Mary went out on the main track for a gallop. The Mark Casse trainee goes next in the Juvenile Fillies on Friday. Assistant trainer Kathryn Sullivan said, "She turned in a big work here last Monday. She went 5f in 59 and really likes this track. Everything is on schedule." New jockey Shaun Bridgmohan replaces regular rider Corey Fraser on Friday.

Eclair de Lune galloped on the main track under exercise rider Archie Cross for trainer Ron McAnally in preparation for the Filly and Mare Turf. McAnally said, "We're just keeping her busy from here on out. She's ready to run in this race, ready to do her thing." Junior Alvarado, who was aboard in her Beverly D win, gets the return call.

First Dude jogged 2 miles on the main track under exercise rider Tammy Fox in preparation for the Classic. It was the colt's first time to the track since his 5f workout on Saturday in 1:01 1/5. Trainer Dale Romans, said, "He was saying ‘Hi ho silver and bucky, bucky, bucky'. He was just playing out there. He's feeling good. He came out of the work really well." Regular rider Robby Albarado gets the call on Saturday.

Forever Together worked 5f on the turf in 1:01 under rider Julien Leparoux. She will go in the Filly and Mare Turf on Friday for trainer Jonathan Sheppard, who said, "It looked like she went well." Anna Napravnik will be aboard on Friday.

Hibaayeb went out on the main track on Monday morning under assistant trainer Jo Hunnam. The Saeed bin Suroor trainee goes next in the Filly and Mare Turf. Frankie Dettori will be aboard the daughter of Singspiel on Friday.

Informed Decision worked 4f in 47 4/5 for trainer Jonathan Sheppard, with regular rider Julien Leparoux in the irons. She will go in Friday's Filly and Mare Sprint. Sheppard said, "Apparently it went fine. I couldn't see anything. Julien was happy."

J.B.'s Thunder worked 4f in 50 seconds flat in preparation for the Juvenile under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan. Trainer Al Stall Jr. said, "It was a perfect work. Shaun said he was perfectly relaxed, wanted to accelerate on his own when he turned for home. He took off with his ears forward. He came over here from Keeneland and took to the dirt like he'd been here his whole life."

Kinsale King was the first horse on the track after the renovation break. The Carl O'Callaghan trainee is entered in both the Sprint and the Turf Sprint. O'Callaghan said, "He shipped fine. He loves travelling. He's like an old senior citizen, happy to be going somewhere. We're going to go for the dirt."

Madman Diaries galloped on the turf course for trainer Wesley Ward. He is cross-entered in the Juvenile Turf and the Juvenile. Ward said from Florida, "Just a leg stretcher."

Major Gain was sent out by trainer Wayne Catalano on Monday in preparation for the Juvenile Turf on Saturday. Catalano said, "He has the pedigree for the turf. He's (worked on it) twice and handled it real good." Robby Albarado gets the call.

Nina Fever, entered in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, went out for a gallop on the turf for trainer Wesley Ward. She finished her serious training on Sunday with a 5f work on turf in 1:03 3/5.

Pashito the Che will go in the Sprint on Saturday. Trainer Scott Lake sent him out for light work on Monday. Lake said, "Travelling is second nature to him, he hasn't missed an oat. He just bounced around this track the last couple of mornings." Javier Castellano gets the call on Saturday.

Proviso worked 4f on the turf in 51 3/5, out 5f in 1:05 and 6f in 1:19 under jockey Kent Desormeaux in preparation for the Mile. Trainer Bill Mott said, "She earned her way in. She was very good. Kent did a great job with her. She warmed up nicely, off a little easy, but she came through the stretch in 23 and change. He never let her off the bridle, and she galloped out very strong. I couldn't be happier." Mike Smith gets the call on Saturday.

Red Desire, the Japanese hope in the Filly and Mare Turf, jogged on the main track before sunrise for trainer Mikio Matsunaga. Nobutaka Tada, racing manager for the owners, said she will gallop up to her start on Friday.

Riveting Reason schooled in the starting gate and went out for a gallop on the main track for trainer Myung Kwon Cho. He is entered in the Juvenile. Victor Espinoza gets the call.

Sidney's Candy worked 5f on the turf in 1:01, out 6f in 1:15 3/5 under exercise rider Jose Alferez. Trainer John Sadler said of his Mile entrant, "It was a good move for him. He's a fast horse and his speed will be in play here Saturday. Anyone who saw his race at Del Mar this summer knows that he's a special horse capable of special things."

Silver Timber, entered in the Turf Sprint, went out on the main track for trainer Chad Brown.

Unrivaled Belle, who was committed to the Ladies' Classic by trainer Bill Mott after being cross-entered in the Filly and Mare Sprint, worked 4f in 49 2/5 under regular rider Kent Desormeaux. Mott said, "We have an option, but I think the option we're going to take is the Classic. I think she'd be very competitive in the Filly & Mare Sprint going 7/8. She won going two turns here in the spring. I guess that's really where the big reward is (Ladies' Classic)."

Waveline, cross-entered in the Filly and Mare Sprint and the Turf Sprint, galloped on the main track for trainer Ben Cecil.

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