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The Aidan O'Brien crew out on the track Thursday morning, 15 Breeders' Cup runners plus ponies.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 11/01/2018

Thursday, as expected, was very wet with steady rainshowers and wind, temperatures in the low 60's, with the main track sloppy and the turf course yielding if not soft. At this late stage there were no timed works for Breeders' Cup entrants, with most participants going out for 1 or 2 easy circuits to stay sharp for their championship races. The large Aidan O'Brien contingent finally cleared quarantine and were able to do their customary clockwise trot on the outside in single file, followed by a canter through the stretch.

Thankfully the forecasts have changed and there won't be rainfall on Friday or Saturday, but the track will still be "off" at least through Friday due to 2 days of rain. You can check the latest forecasts here.

Here are photos for 35 of the horses on Thursday morning. All Breeders' Cup contenders had to be on the grounds 72 hours prior to their race. Click the small picture to see a larger version.

horse racing breeders cup Accelerate (Classic) jogged one mile then schooled in the paddock. Trainer John Sadler said, "No problem, just a matter of making sure he got the exercise in. I'm sure the track will be to his liking on Saturday."
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Collected (Classic) galloped on Thursday morning.
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Gunnevera (Classic) took a leisurely gallop around the Churchill Downs track under exercise rider Victor O'Farrel. Trainer Antonio Sano said, "I'm so happy with my horse right now. Last year, it was different. The horse was good, but right now he's doing better. He's more mature. He needs to win a Grade 1 race. Maybe, it will be this one."
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Mendelssohn (Classic) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn with Donnacha O'Brien. His travel buddy, Seahenge (right) lead the parade around the track even though he is not racing this weekend.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."

horse racing breeders cup Thunder Snow (Classic) cantered one mile on the main track. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said, "He won the Dubai World Cup and now we are looking for him to run a big race on Saturday in the Classic. Sheikh Mohammed decided that this was the plan after the Dubai World Cup, so we gave him a break for almost five months and then started preparing him for the main race, the Classic. We started with him in the (Juddmonte International) in England, where he lost two shoes in the race on the turf. He came back well and we brought him to Belmont in the Jockey Club and he ran a really huge race. And now, we are looking forward to the Classic and to see a really good result from him again."
horse racing breeders cup Abel Tasman (Distaff) galloped 10f during the special Breeders' Cup training window at 7:30 under exercise rider Dana Barnes.
horse racing breeders cup Blue Prize (Distaff) galloped 1 1/4 miles under exercise rider Memo Moya Thursday morning for her first training session at Churchill Downs since arriving from Keeneland Wednesday morning. "I hope she keeps running. I think she could be even better next year at 6," trainer Ignacio Correas said. "The prime years for Argentine horses are 6 and 7."
horse racing breeders cup Miss Sunset (Filly and Mare Turf) galloped on Thursday morning and tried to take a bite out of the rail.
horse racing breeders cup Athena (Filly and Mare Turf) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Magic Wand (Filly and Mare Turf) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Game Winner (Juvenile) galloped on Thursday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Just Wonderful (Juvenile Fillies Turf) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Anthony Van Dyck (Juvenile Turf) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Current (Juvenile Turf) galloped on Thursday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Henley's Joy (Juvenile Turf) galloped on Thursday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Somelikeithotbrown (Juvenile Turf) galloped on Thursday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Big Drink of Water (Juvenile Turf Sprint) galloped on Thursday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Moonlight Romance (Juvenile Turf Sprint) schooled in the paddock.
horse racing breeders cup Pocket Dynamo (Juvenile Turf Sprint) was pretty frisky during his gallop this morning.
horse racing breeders cup Sergei Prokofiev (Juvenile Turf Sprint) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Shang Shang Shang (Juvenile Turf Sprint) schooled in the paddock.
horse racing breeders cup So Perfect (Juvenile Turf Sprint) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Van Beethoven (Juvenile Turf Sprint) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Clemmie (Mile) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Divisidero (Mile) galloped on Thursday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Gustav Klimt (Mile) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Happily (Mile) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup I Can Fly (Mile) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Limousine Liberal (Sprint) jogged on the sloppy main track under Freddy Torres. "I would have stayed at Keeneland until Saturday morning if I could have," trainer Ben Colebrook said of the 6yo gelding who trained Wednesday morning at Keeneland before vanning to Churchill Downs.
horse racing breeders cup Roy H (Sprint) defending champion in this race galloped on Thursday morning. Trainer Peter Miller said, "We plan on (stablemate Distinctive B) setting the pace. I think that will be a perfect complement to Roy H's style. Roy H should be sitting just off the lead and make his move down the stretch, which is his style."
horse racing breeders cup Hunting Horn (Turf) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Liam the Charmer (Turf) galloped on Thursday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Magical (Turf) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Lost Treasure (Turf Sprint) walked for a circuit and a half of the track clockwise in company with the rest of the Ballydoyle team before jogging back through the stretch to the gap and back to the barn. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "I am happy with them all. They have been in the barn for two days so it was nice to get them out. Hopefully the rain will stop and the ground will dry out. This track dries out quickly here at Churchill Downs."
horse racing breeders cup Ruby Notion (Turf Sprint) galloped on Thursday morning.
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Left: It was a cavalry charge down the stretch as the Aidan O'Brien herd came back by for the third time cantering.

Right: Rain doesn't bother trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

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Left: The Breakfast Marquee in the infield for the owners, breeders, and horsemen to watch the workouts from.

Right: The rain didn't keep horses off the turf this morning as quite a few still came out to gallop on the wet grass.

Full info on all the Breeders' Cup races:

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

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