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California Chrome leaves the paddock after schooling Tuesday morning before sunrise.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 10/28/2014

Tuesday morning's training hours were much like Monday but slightly cooler with temperatures in the low 60's early on. The main track was fast and the turf firm, under sunny skies and minimal wind. Several of the European entrants cleared quarantine this morning and were out on the track.

Here are photos for 55 of the horses on the track Tuesday morning. Click the small picture to see a larger version. We arrived in the pre-dawn darkness, so some of the photos taken before sunrise are a bit dark, but that is beyond my control.

horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup California Chrome galloped on the main track and then schooled in the paddock under exercise rider Willie Delgado. Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, trainer Art Sherman, said of the Classic contender, “The morning report is that California Chrome is training great. He was dragging Wille around this morning. We took him to the paddock and he was walking on his hind legs. He’s pretty happy right now. Out there (post 13), you can dictate your own race. It looks like Moreno and Bayern are going to be out there. Hopefully we can be sitting a length or two behind them. Hopefully at the 1/4 pole, we can get the lead and keep going.”
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Cigar Street galloped on the main track after arriving from New York late Monday night. Trainer Bill Mott said of the Classic contender, “He’s come back off a long layoff and he’s had two races. Some handicappers like the third start off a layoff best; if you subscribe to that theory. He’s a relatively fresh horse. He hasn’t had a hard year. He’s had two races and he should be fit. We’ve run him five times and he’s won four and been second once. He’s done nothing wrong.”
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Prayer for Relief went out for a jog on the main track in preparation for the Classic. Trainer Dale Romans said, “He’s sharp, he’s eager to train. He’s as good or better than he’s been all year. The 1 1/4 is good and the race should set up good for him, but the question is whether or not he’s good enough. This is a strong group of 3-year-olds. But, they are all going to have to step up against the older horses."
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Toast of New York went out on the Santa Anita track for the first time in preparation for the Classic, cantering about 2 miles under James McCarthy, assistant to trainer Jamie Osborne. McCarthy said, “He was really good today and I was really pleased with him."
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V.E. Day worked 4f in 48 3/5 under exercise rider Kelvin Pahal. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said of his Classic contender, “He went really good. We weren’t looking for a whole lot. He had worked a half-mile before we left for here. He’s a beautiful, big, long horse with a beautiful, absolutely gorgeous shoulder. He just has the mechanics to cover the ground. He’s got the same way of going on both (dirt and turf).”
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Big Bane Theory galloped on the main track in preparation for the Dirt Mile.
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Golden Ticket went out for some light work Tuesday. He goes next in the Dirt Mile.
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Goldencents galloped on the main track exercise rider Jonny Garcia in preparation for his Dirt Mile title defence. Trainer Leandro Mora said, “I’m confident in Goldencents because he is doing so good. He’s going to run his own race but I don’t think the other horses want to burn their speed against him.”
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Tapiture returned to the track Tuesday after posting his final work out Sunday in preparation for the Dirt Mile. “Coming out early (to Santa Anita), has worked extremely well for us,” said trainer Steve Asmussen. “Tapiture is doing really well.”
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Belle Gallantey galloped 1 1/2 miles in preparation for the Distaff. Trainer Rudy Rodriguez said, “She really shipped good and is looking and eating well. I’m happy with the way she is. We don’t have to do too much with her – just keep her sound and happy.  She just galloped today.  We just drop the reins and let her do what she wants to do and be comfortable. She’s a very big and strong filly and can be very hyper.  As soon as you get on her, she transforms herself like a good horse does.” 
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Iotapa worked 5f in 1:01 and goes in the Distaff on Friday. Trainer John Sadler said, “She’s been very consistent since we claimed her. She’s only been off the board one time (in 12 starts) for us. We’re very happy with her. We’ll decide after the race if she goes back to Kentucky or not, but I’m inclined to bring her back. She’s entered in the November broodmare sale, like a lot of them are, but chances are I’ll take her out.”
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Untapable, morning line favorite in the Distaff, went out for a jog on Tuesday before dawn. Trainer Steve Asmussen said, “Getting to California early has worked extremely well for our horses. It worked a few years ago when we sent My Miss Aurelia out right after her Cotillion win and she ran second to Royal Delta. (Untapable) has had a chance to settle. She’s doing extremely well. We’re expecting a big race out of her.”
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Artemis Agrotera galloped 1 1/8 miles in preparation for the Filly and Mare Sprint. Trainer Mike Hushion said, “She’s OK. She gets disturbed a little bit by the shipping. We have to worry about getting her back 100 percent on her feet. She certainly looked like it didn’t bother her going over the track this morning. She’s wants to be strong. She wants to be strong in the barn and she wants to be strong on the track. She’s a very active horse in her stall."
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Leigh Court galloped under exercise rider Billy O’Connor. She will make her final start for owner Eugene Melnyk in the Filly and Mare Sprint. Trainer Josie Carroll said, “She’s going to Fasig-Tipton (Nov. 3 in Lexington) and it’s tough because I am really going to miss her. The good ones like her don’t come around all that often. She’s won on dirt, (Polytrack), and turf. She’s a very honest mare. I really don’t know what her best distance is. She’s won going around two turns as well. She’s very special. I hope that whoever buys her at the sale will keep her in training and return her to me."
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Little Alexis went out for a gallop in preparation for the Filly and Mare Sprint.
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Living the Life galloped 1 1/4 miles on the main track Tuesday with exercise rider Alfonso Avalos. Trainer Gary Mandella hopes the English import stretches her United States unbeaten streak to three in the Filly & Mare Sprint Saturday. “She has done everything right and earned the right to show that she’s that good,” said Mandella Tuesday of the 4yo Irish-bred filly who has rallied for two impressive sprint victories at Del Mar and Presque Isle Downs.
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Stonetastic went out for a gallop in preparation for the Filly and Mare Sprint.
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Dank went out on the turf during the 7:30 main track harrowing, cantering for a lap of the course before walking through the paddock to return to the barn. She is back to defend her Filly and Mare Turf title on Saturday.
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Fiesolana went out on the turf during the 7:30 main track harrowing, cantering for a lap of the course before walking through the paddock to return to the barn. Trainer Willie McCreery was on hand for the first time. He was pleased with the Filly and Mare Turf contender and when asked about his draw in post six he said, “The draw is grand and we will be riding her to get home in the race.”
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Just the Judge went out on the turf during the 7:30 main track harrowing, cantering for a lap of the course under jockey James Doyle before walking through the paddock to return to the barn. Doyle said, "Everything was fine and she felt really well. Santa Anita is a lovely track. Although I only did a gentle canter, it is quite quick but not firm, and there is a lovely cushion of grass. It is different grass to back home but it is absolutely fine.”
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Rusty Slipper galloped 1 mile at Santa Anita Tuesday morning in preparation for the Filly and Mare Turf. Trainer Graham Motiom said, “Since she’s come back she hasn’t done much wrong, really, but this is a big step for her. Her last race was very good and her first against Grade 1 horses. I wanted to get her away from soft ground. It kind of made sense to come out here."
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Secret Gesture cantered on the main track in preparation for the Filly and Mare Turf.
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Stephanie's Kitten will make Breeders’ Cup history if she wins the Filly & Mare Turf as the first horse to come back after not competing in the event for two years to secure another victory (after the 2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf). Trainer Chad Brown said, “We had marked out a campaign and it’s remarkable that she made it to every race. I thought she could easily be coming into this race winning three Grade 1’s in a row, but she really had troubled-trip seconds in the Diana and the Beverly D. I think we still have her in some sort of position to potentially win an Eclipse Award."
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Lucky Player went out for a gallop Tuesday morning. He goes next in the Juvenile on Saturday.
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Danette worked 5f in 1:00 2/5 in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies.
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Puca cantered on Tuesday morning for trainer Bill Mott. She broke her maiden by 16 lengths on Oct. 1 at Belmont. Though she lacks stakes experience, she is the 6-1 co-third choice on the Juvenile Fillies morning line. She drew post eight in the field of 12 runners and will be ridden by Joel Rosario.
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Lady Zuzu galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Allyson Walker, while supervised by trainer D. Wayne Lukas on his stable pony. She goes in the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday.
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Nicky's Brown Miss went out for a gallop in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
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Osaila cantered on the main track in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Owner Al Shaqab’s racing manager Harry Herbert said of Osaila, “She’s has improved physically over the last few months and is getting stronger all the time. She has probably got to improve again, but I am looking forward to seeing her run.”
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Partisan Politics arrived late Monday night from New York and goes in the Juvenile Fillies Turf for trainer Chad Brown. She cantered on Tuesday and will gallop Wednesday.
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Prize Exhibit cantered on the main track in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies Turf. The Jamie Osborne trainee found it difficult to adapt to to her new surroundings. “She was OK this morning but was a bit keen,” said her rider Lucy Barry.
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Quality Rocks went to the track Tuesday morning for some easy exercise for trainer Bill Mott. ed and co-owned by Destiny Oaks of Ocala, Quality Rocks was second in the Jessamane Stakes at Keeneland in her most recent start. She drew post 10 in the 14-horse field and will be ridden by Jose Lezcano in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
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Tammy the Torpedo arrived late Monday night from New York and goes in the Juvenile Fillies Turf for trainer Chad Brown. She cantered on Tuesday and will gallop Wednesday.
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Aktabantay cantered on the turf under exercise rider Angela Davis. His trainer Hugo Palmer arrived Monday night and was on hand to supervise his Juvenile Turf entrant.
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Commemorative jogged 1 lap and cantered 1 lap on the turf under jockey James Doyle in preparation for the Juvenile Turf.
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Daddy D T galloped 1 1/2 miles in preparation for the Juvenile Turf for trainer John Sadler. Jockey Corey Nakatani said, “He's getting back on his best surface, turf, and hopefully he'll put his best foot forward and win himself a Breeders' Cup race."
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Danny Boy is still looking for his second win after breaking his maiden in his first start three races ago, but Romans is very optimistic about his chance in the Juvenile Turf. “He’s probably my best chance of winning a Breeders’ Cup race this year. He’s really coming into this race well. He’s improving at the right time.”
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Lawn Ranger galloped on the main track in preparation for the Juvenile Turf.
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Luck of the Kitten galloped on Tuesday under Blake Heap, assistant to trainer Wesley Ward. Heap said of the Juvenile Turf entrant, “He’s doing awesome – really great. He backed up to the half-mile pole and just galloped 1 3/4.  He’s really coming along.” 
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Offering Plan arrived late Monday night from New York and goes in the Juvenile Turf for trainer Chad Brown. He cantered on Tuesday and will gallop Wednesday.
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Papacoolpapacool galloped on the main track in preparation for the Juvenile Turf.
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Wet Sail jogged 1/2 mile on the main track and then cantered 1 mile on the turf in preparation for the Juvenile Turf.
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Mustajeeb galloped on the main track under jockey Pat Smullen in preparation for the Mile. Smullen said, "Mustajeeb seems in good form and I think this race will suit him. His best trip is at seven furlongs back at home, (the distance at which he won the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in June), and an easy mile here should be what he needs."
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Tom's Tribute continued his preparation toward Saturday’s Mile with another gallop Tuesday morning at Santa Anita.  The routine move followed a 5f turf work on Sunday in 1:00 4/5 and a shedrow walk on Monday. “He was a little tougher to handle today – I think because his work the other day was just a maintenance breeze,” trainer Jim Cassidy said.  “He was very keen and is definitely on the muscle.”
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Toronado, the 5-2 morning line favorite for the Mile, went out for a canter on the main track under exercise rider Sean Levey. Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Al Shaqab Racing said, “The horse seems very well. Sean says the horse has never been better. He has had a relatively light campaign this year as the owners also have Olympic Glory and we have kept the two of them apart. He has got a good draw (Post 5) and that gives (Richard Hughes) options in the race. These races take a lot of winning, but we are hopeful going into Saturday.”
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Tourist a 3yo son of Tiznow co-owned by breeder WinStar Farm and Gary Barber, will be making his first start since finishing second in the Secretariat on Aug. 16. He went out for a jog on Tuesday after arriving from New York on Monday night and goes next in the Mile.
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Trade Storm, winner of the Woodbine Mile, cantered on the main track under exercise rider Laura Pike in preparation for the Mile. Pike said, “He felt absolutely fine this morning. He’s an experienced traveler, having been to Canada and Dubai twice. He takes everything in his stride and this trip has been no different."
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Wind Fire, the sole European representative in the Sprint took a while to get used to his new surroundings in the hands of exercise rider Claire Murray when out on the main track. He was doing a gentle canter but when entering the home stretch took a keen hold and started looking around but to Murray’s credit she soon had him under control.
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Big John B galloped 1 1/2 miles in preparation for the Turf. Trainer Phil D'Amato was not enamored with the outside post 13. “With Big John B, starting down the hill and going 1 1/2 I'm not real excited about the 13 hole there. But I've got the Hall of Famer (Mike Smith) and I've seen him give plenty of giant rides from poor post positions.”
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Brown Panther jogged and cantered on the main track accompanied by a pony in preparation for the Turf. He missed his intended last start in the Canadian International at Woodbine, when he became unruly and bolted as the field approached the gate, unseating jockey Richard Kingscote in the process and running loose for about a mile. In contrast, his behavior at Santa Anita has been exemplary thus far for exerise rider Chris Ely.
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Main Sequence galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Alice Clapham Tuesday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for a start in the Turf. Trainer Graham Motion said, “I was definitely surprised the way he ran the first time (in the USA). I don’t think I could have anticipated that. I think he’s improved every time he’s run. Physically and mentally, he’s better. I’ve seen a progression every time he’s run.”
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Telescope cantered about 1 1/2 miles on the turf. Harry Herbert, representative of owner Highclere Stud said of the Turf contender, “Everything has gone to plan with the horse so far. Sir Michael (Stoute) has a great record in preparing a horse for this race, and this has been the plan for some time. I wondered at one point whether we should be running the horse in the Arc, but Sir Michael was adamant that we should stick to the plan and come here. We will see how things go, but my hope is that he will stay in training next year and be campaigned internationally again.”
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Ageless was sent out for a main track gallop on Tuesday. He is entered in the Turf Sprint.
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Home Run Kitten galloped on the main track Tuesday with exercise rider Martin DeRubin. “This colt loves that downhill (for the Turf Sprint),” said trainer David Hofmans of the son of Kitten’s Joy. “He’s just a 3-year-old running against older but he deserves a chance.”
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Silentio galloped 1 1/4 miles with exercise rider Felipe Guerrero Tuesday in preparation for the Turf Sprint. “His races at a mile this year were not quite as good as his best races last year,” said trainer Gary Mandella. “I thought his Pat O’Brien (at 7f on Polytrack at Del Mar) was very good and thought this was a good fit. His owners also have another horse in the Mile and didn‘t want the two to run against each other.”    

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