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World Championships
Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 11/02/2017

Thursday morning was brighter still than previously this week, but still overcast until nearly noon when the sun finally came out. It was in the 60's early but warmed up to the 70's around noon. The last of the quarantine horses were released so it was the Aidan O'Brien show most of the late morning as they came out, walked a bit then jogged. Arrogate came out really early and I almost missed him, although as horrid as my shot was I may as well have missed him, but he came out to school during the second race so we waited for that.

Here are photos for 33 of the horses on the track Thursday morning or schooling in the paddock, mostly different from the first three days. Click the small picture to see a larger version.

horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Arrogate (Classic) galloped twice around under exercise rider Dana Barnes, and then schooled in the paddock during the 2nd race Thursday afternoon. Trainer Bob Baffert said, “The surface (during the San Diego Handicap) was weird. It’s not like that at all (now). They had just put in a new track. But he was way behind and you couldn’t do that. You had to be up close. He still could have run better, but I think a lot of it is the way I prepared him. I take the blame for him getting beat the first time. The second time, it looked like he wasn’t going to run and all of a sudden he started running at the end. I think he should run well.”
horse racing breeders cup Churchill (Classic) walked 1 mile and jogged 1 mile under jockey Donnacha O'Brien. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, “We were very happy with his run at Ascot last time. He did not get the greatest of runs and got stopped twice over a furlong out. We were very pleased with that performance, and as long as we were happy with the horse after the race, it was always a possibility that we would come for the Classic.”
horse racing breeders cup Collected (Classic) galloped twice around under exercise rider Augustine Laura and then schooled in the paddock during the afternoon's second race. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "This (track) is made for a horse like Collected or Gun Runner, where they can get out there and their speed is dangerous. They can zip around those turns. Gun Runner is the horse to beat.”
horse racing breeders cup War Decree (Classic) also galloped once around the track much like his stablemate Churchill.
horse racing breeders cup West Coast (Classic) galloped twice around under exercise rider Dana Barnes. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "I would never have dreamt that I was going to be a horse trainer. Maybe a Quarter Horse trainer, because I loved Quarter Horses. But being a Thoroughbred trainer? I never thought about that. That’s a whole different league, a whole different level. It’s like being in the majors."
horse racing breeders cup Alluring Star (Juvenile Fillies) galloped on the main track.
horse racing breeders cup Birdie Gold (Filly and Mare Turf) went out for morning exercise on Thursday.
horse racing breeders cup Calculator (Sprint) put in some light work in advance of his World Championships run.
horse racing breeders cup Carina Mia (Filly and Mare Sprint) schooled in the paddock during the first race Thursday afternoon.
horse racing breeders cup Cliffs of Moher (Turf) jogged and galloped once around along with the rest of the Aidan O'Brien stable.
horse racing breeders cup Drefong (Sprint) schooled in the paddock during the 2nd race for trainer Bob Baffert alongside stablemates Arrogate and Collected.
horse racing breeders cup Fanciful Angel (Turf) went out for a jog and gallop for trainer Chad Brown, and then schooled in the paddock during the second race.
horse racing breeders cup Finest City (Filly and Mare Sprint) galloped on the main track.
horse racing breeders cup Firenze Fire (Juvenile) experienced a spike to 101.6 F after arriving at Del Mar. This morning the thermometer read 101.3 and he was sent out to gallop under exercise rider Garrett Servis, son of trainer Jason. Jason Servis breathed a sign of relief, and said, "The blood work came back clean. He looks good today and feels good. Everything seems to be OK and we're on for Saturday's race.”
horse racing breeders cup Goodyearforroses (Filly and Mare Turf) galloped on the turf. Trainer Richard Baltas said, “I’d like to see her back off the pace. The last time (8th in the Rodeo Drive), I put blinkers on her and she was a little too keen and too close to the pace. The blinkers are coming off for this.”
horse racing breeders cup Happily (Juvenile Fillies Turf) was reluctant at first to go out on to the track with her O'Brien stablemates but once led out on to the main track by one of the outriders all seemed well.
horse racing breeders cup Highland Reel (Turf) was first out and walked a circuit and a half of the track before going a gentle canter. All of the O’Brien team followed a similar pattern and all looked extremely well in their coats, but did look sweaty.
horse racing breeders cup Kitten's Roar (Filly and Mare Turf) is the first also-eligible and will need a scratch by Friday morning to draw in.
horse racing breeders cup Lancaster Bomber (Mile) went out for a steady gallop along with the rest of the O'Brien string.
horse racing breeders cup Mendelssohn (Juvenile Turf) walked a circuit and a half of the track before going a gentle canter.
horse racing breeders cup Moonshine Memories (Juvenile Fillies) galloped 1 1/2 mile Thursday as she moved closer to race day. Trainer Simon Callaghan said, “What we need to do is just keep her happy and keep her energy up.”
horse racing breeders cup Paulassilverlining (Filly and Mare Sprint) schooled in the paddock during the first race for trainer Chad Brown
horse racing breeders cup Rhododendron (Filly and Mare Turf) walked a circuit and a half of the track before going a gentle canter. All of the O’Brien team followed a similar pattern.
horse racing breeders cup Roly Poly (Mile) walked a circuit and a half of the track before going a gentle canter. All of the O’Brien team followed a similar pattern.
horse racing breeders cup Separationofpowers (Juvenile Fillies) schooled in the paddock during the first race for trainr Chad Brown.
horse racing breeders cup September (Juvenile Fillies Turf) walked a circuit and a half of the track before going a gentle canter. All of the O’Brien team followed a similar pattern.
horse racing breeders cup Seventh Heaven (Turf) walked a circuit and a half of the track before going a gentle canter. All of the O’Brien team followed a similar pattern.
horse racing breeders cup Solomini (Juvenile) schooled in the paddock during the first race for trainer Bob Baffert.
horse racing breeders cup Stormy Liberal (Turf Sprint) galloped once around the main track.
horse racing breeders cup Suedois (Mile) ) looked in great shape as he cantered around the turf and Fergal Davis who has been overseeing Suedois’ preparation in the absence of trainer David O’Meara could not be more pleased. “He is really well in himself and I am happy, happy, happy. He will love the track and I don’t think he has been in better shape. I think he has got a great chance on Saturday.” Davis said.
horse racing breeders cup The Tabulator (Juvenile) was out Thursday morning to gallop once around.
horse racing breeders cup U.S. Navy Flag (Juvenile) walked and jogged around two laps of the track, while audibly complaining as he passed the crowd of fans and media at the end of the stretch.
horse racing breeders cup Washington DC (Turf Sprint) walked a circuit and a half of the track before going a gentle canter. All of the O’Brien team followed a similar pattern.

Full info on all the Breeders' Cup races:

Friday: Juvenile Turf   Dirt Mile   Juvenile Fillies Turf   Distaff  
Saturday: Juvenile Fillies   Turf Sprint   F&M Sprint   F&M Turf   Sprint   Mile   Juvenile   Turf   Classic

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