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The flashy Talismanic with the infield fountain behind him.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 10/31/2017

Tuesday morning at Del Mar was even more cloudy than Monday, although the temperature was still around 60 degrees. Just before 8am a light rain started which persisted until nearly 9am. Because of the clouds and rain, it stayed dark all morning. All week it is supposed to stay cloudy and cool, so no pretty, sunny photos this year! Bob Baffert shipped over 16 horses from Santa Anita and they arrived at the Del Mar barn after 4am.

Here are photos for 40 of the horses on the track Tuesday morning, mostly all different from Monday with only a couple of repeats. Click the small picture to see a larger version.

horse racing breeders cup Gunnevera galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Victor O’Farrel. “He’s feeling good. He galloped strong,” O’Farrel said. “He was feeling so good this morning, he jumped in the air. He likes the track; he likes the weather; he likes everything. I think he will run very big Saturday.” Trainer Antonio Sano said of his Classic hope, “I’m so proud of the condition of my horse right now. He’s a different horse. He’s stronger; his coat is better; he’s gained weight. The horse is very happy. All my years as a trainer, I think you can’t train a horse for just one race. You train them to run for a long time – two, three, four years.”
horse racing breeders cup Lady Eli is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Filly and Mare Turf. The Chad Brown trainee drew post 9. A close second in this race last year, she comes here off a 3 race win streak including the Ballston Spa (G2) and Diana (G1).
horse racing breeders cup American Pastime is 12-1 on the morning line for the Sprint. The Bob Hess Jr. trainee drew post 3. He comes here off a close second in the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx.
horse racing breeders cup Avenge just missed scoring a front-running victory in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf before finishing third and is back to try and pull it off this year. Trainer Richard Mandella makes no excuses for the mare, simply saying, “She gets out of the gate really well and we'll just see how it all works out.” She schooled in the paddock before galloping on the main track.
horse racing breeders cup Best Performance who arrived last week in advance of her stablemates Pure Sensation and Disco Partner, continued to train beautifully for her start in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds, who owns her with Tango Uniform Racing, said after the draw that he was pleased with her assignment in post one.
horse racing breeders cup Blonde Bomber drew post 5 in the Juvenile Fillies at 20-1 morning line. Jose Lezcano gets the call for trainer Stanley Gold. She comes here off her win in the Our Dear Peggy Stakes at Gulfstream.
horse racing breeders cup Bucchero galloped once around the turf under exercise rider Doug Morley. Trainer Tim Glyshaw said of his Turf Sprint entrant, “He’s going to need to improve his numbers to win, but we felt like he deserved the shot after his last few races." He drew post 11 of 12 in the Turf Sprint, but Glyshaw said it was better than the alternative. “I think at the time there was just the one, the seven and 11 (post positions) left. I definitely didn’t want the one.”
horse racing breeders cup By The Moon is a 12-1 shot in the Filly and Mare Sprint. Rajiv Maragh breaks from post 7 for trainer Michelle Nevin. She is unraced since winning the Ballerina (G1) at Saratoga.
horse racing breeders cup Capla Temptress is a 6-1 contender in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Joel Rosario gets the call for new trainer Bill Mott from post 7. She won the Natalma (G1) at Woodbine for her final prep for original trainer Marco Botti, after starting her career in Europe.
horse racing breeders cup Catholic Boy drew post 4 in the Juvenile Turf for trainer Jonathan Thomas. Manuel Franco gets the call aboard the 12-1 shot, undefeated in his 2 starts so far including the With Anticipation (G3) at Saratoga.
horse racing breeders cup Encumbered is 15-1 morning line in the Juvenile Turf out of post 9. Mario Gutierrez gets the call for Simon Callaghan. He won the Del Mar Juvenile Turf over the same trip but was 6th when trying the dirt in the Frontrunner (G1) at Santa Anita.
horse racing breeders cup Flameaway is a 20-1 outsider in the Juvenile Turf out of post 10. Julien Leparoux will be in the irons for trainer Mark Casse. He won the Bourbon (G3) at Keeneland, a race which was taken off the turf and run on a sloppy dirt track.
horse racing breeders cup Free Drop Billy won the Breeders’ Futurity, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Juvenile by four lengths. Trainer Dale Romans said, “He’s a push-button horse. He always has been. He’s one of the horses that you know you have to deal with the least. He’s sound. He’s smart. He always does everything right. He’s always happy. From Day 1 galloping him on the racetrack he was such an efficient mover we really liked him. We thought that as he was stretched out he would get better. You never know until they try it, but he did it and it worked. He did improve.”
horse racing breeders cup Goodthingstaketime is the second also-eligible in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, with Florent Geroux getting the assignment for trainer James Stack. The maiden was 2nd in the Curragh Stakes (G3) then 6th in the Ireland Super Auction Stakes.
horse racing breeders cup Hemp Hemp Hooray drew post 12 in the Juvenile Turf at 8-1 morning line. John Velazquez rides for trainer Wesley Ward. After winning the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth he was a close second in the Summer (G2) at Woodbine.
horse racing breeders cup Highway Star is 15-1 in the Filly and Mare Sprint. The Rodrigo Ubillo trainee drew post 10 and will have Angel Arroyo in the irons. She comes here off her Gallant Bloom (G2) win at Belmont.
horse racing breeders cup Hunt drew post 11 in the Turf at morning line 15-1. Flavien Prat rides for trainer Phil D'Amato. Winner of the Eddie Read (G2) and Del Mar Handicap (G2) over this course, he was 7th in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont.
horse racing breeders cup James Garfield galloped on the main track. Trainer George Scott said of his Juvenile Turf hope, “The drizzle will not put us off. He shipped over really well and has not lost much weight and has eaten everything since he has arrived. Preparations have gone sweetly so far but I do appreciate that there are still two days to go. Frankie (Dettori) who is riding for us is in great form at the moment. I flew over with him and he was very excited and was difficult to keep quiet. He is a magic rider and I am sure he is going to make something happen so I am hoping that it is going to happen on my horse.”
horse racing breeders cup Karar jogged on the outside of the track with a pony in preparation for the Mile.
horse racing breeders cup My Boy Jack, winner of the Zuma Beach at Santa Anita, drew post 13 in the Juvenile Turf at 8-1 morning line for the Desormeaux brothers - trainer Keith and jockey Kent.
horse racing breeders cup Nezwaah worked 5f on the main track in 1:01 4/5 in preparation for the Filly and Mare Turf.
horse racing breeders cup Now You're Talking cantered on the main track. She goes in the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday.
horse racing breeders cup Paquita Coqueta is the second also-eligible in the Turf Sprint, with Corey Nakatani in the irons for trainer Chad Summers, off her 4th place finish in the Sensible Lady Turf Dash Stakes at Laurel.
horse racing breeders cup Paradise Woods galloped once around Tuesday morning. "She likes to be on the lead but she can also come from a bit off the pace so we'll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out. She's a very talented filly," trainer Richard Mandella said. Flavien Prat is her regular rider and will be aboard Friday.
horse racing breeders cup Piedi Bianchi galloped a mile Tuesday and will be ridden in the Juvenile Fillies by Mario Gutierrez. “She's been training really good for us,” said assistant trainer Leandro Mora, “and we're hoping for good things from her Saturday. We think she has a lot of potential.”
horse racing breeders cup Practical Joke drew the outside post 10 in the Dirt Mile. Joel Rosario gets the call on the 6-1 shot for Chad Brown.
horse racing breeders cup Princess Warrior is 12-1 morning line in the Juvenile Fillies out of post 3. Brian Hernandez Jr. rides for trainer Ken McPeek.
horse racing breeders cup Queen's Trust, defending champion of the Filly and Mare Turf, cantered one lap of the turf course.
horse racing breeders cup Ribchester (Mile) cantered on the main track.
horse racing breeders cup Roy H topped off his preparation for the Sprint by posting a bullet 3f workout in 36 4/5 Tuesday morning. It further enhanced trainer Peter Miller's stance on the 5yo gelding's prospects after saying of Monday's post position draw of No. 8, “He drew just great. He can sit third or fourth off the pace and we're hopeful he'll be good enough to pull it off [the win].”
horse racing breeders cup Rushing Fall is the 7-2 morning line favorite in the Juvenile Fillies Turf out of the 11 hole. Regular ride Javier Castellano rides the Jessamine Stakes (G3) winner for trainer Chad Brown.
horse racing breeders cup Senga jogged on the outside of the track with a pony in preparation for the Filly and Mare Turf.
horse racing breeders cup Sharp Azteca is 9-2 second choice in the Dirt Mile out of the 3 hole. Paco Lopez rides on Friday for trainer Jorge Navarro.
horse racing breeders cup Tell Your Mama is a 30-1 outsider in the Juvenile Fillies. Kent Desormeaux will be in post 2 for trainer Bob Hess Jr.
horse racing breeders cup Ulysses (Turf) cantered one lap of the turf course. Frankie Dettori will ride for trainer Sir Michael Stoute on Saturday.
horse racing breeders cup War Flag is 12-1 morning line in the Filly and Mare Turf. Jose Ortiz gets the call for trainer Shug McGaughey out of post 1.
horse racing breeders cup Whitmore (Sprint) jogged two miles under Laura Moquett, wife and assistant to trainer Ron Moquett. Ron said, “That’s (post 5) perfect for us,” Moquett said. “He likes to mix things up and he’ll be right in the middle. I was hoping for anything between four and seven, so five is perfect. “He’s doing really well. I like the way the plan is coming together and I like the way he’s acting.”
horse racing breeders cup Wonder Gadot (Juvenile Fillies) is owned by MGM Studios head Gary Barber and he named her for Gal Gadot, the former Miss Israel, international supermodel and star of the blockbuster film Wonder Woman. Trainer Mark Casse said, “Everyone keeps asking me if Gadot is coming to the race. She knows all about the filly, follows her races and is very interested in her.” She jogged 1 lap of the main track on Tuesday.
horse racing breeders cup Wuheida worked 6 furlongs on turf in 1:15 2/5 under exercise rider Kirsty Milczarek in preparation for the Filly and Mare Turf.
horse racing breeders cup Zelzal is a 20-1 outsider in the Mile. Gregory Benoist gets the call for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget out of post 6.

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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