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Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 10/30/2018

Tuesday was chilly and overcast, but no wind. The main track was rated fast and the turf course was rated good and even more horses came out on the turf today, including Enable. There was only one Breeders' Cup horse who had a timed works today: Soldier's Call. The special Breeders' Cup training time was much busier than yesterday, plus there was extended paddock schooling time after the turf works were over and lots of the Breeders' Cup horses came over for that.

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Here are photos for 81 of the horses on Tuesday morning. All Breeders' Cup contenders must 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) galloped 1 1/2 miles and stood in the starting gate under exercise rider Javier Meza. Trainer John Sadler said, “(Post 14 is) a perfect spot for him. He shouldn't be bothered out there and he'll be able to move into whatever slot best works for him going into the first turn.”
horse racing breeders cup Axelrod (Classic) jogged once around under exercise rider Nikki Diodoro. Trainer Mike McCarthy is hoping for “a clean break and a good spot. The way we do things, means he'll most likely be forwardly placed at (the first turn).”
horse racing breeders cup Collected (Classic) arrived from California this morning.
horse racing breeders cup Discreet Lover (Classic) jogged 1 1/2 miles and galloped 1 1/2 miles. Owner-trainer Uriah St. Lewis said, “It really hit me this morning when I came in at 5:45. It was dark, but all the lights were on and horses were on the track. Where I am stabled at Parx Racing, we have to wait for daylight to train. I think the race will set up the same as the Jockey Club Gold Cup. I love the post (13) we drew. We just have to break and get position and make one run.”
horse racing breeders cup Gunnevera (Classic) galloped 1 mile under exercise rider Victor O'Farrel. Trainer Antonio Sano said, “He had a slow gallop. Tomorrow he will pick it up. Never in my life did I think my horse wouldn't be in the field. When the Breeders' Cup called me that he was in, I was so happy. The mile and a quarter will be good for my horse. There is speed in the race. I told the jockey there's no need to rush my horse. His best chance to win the race is to close."
horse racing breeders cup Lone Sailor (Classic) schooled in the paddock and galloped 1 mile under exercise rider Maurice Sanchez. “I am satisfied with it,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “He is going to tuck in and save ground and make one run. I don't think (post 14) will be a problem for (favorite Accelerate).”
horse racing breeders cup McKinzie (Classic) flew in from California. Trainer Bob Baffert said, “McKinzie is a horse that I always felt at the beginning of the year was going to be my Derby horse. He got hurt and fortunately I had that little red horse come along, Justify, that picked up the slack. I think it was a blessing in disguise that he hurt his hock and didn't have to run against Justify. Now he's come back and run unbelievable off the layoff in the Pennsylvania Derby. We know he's a fast horse, but he's still a little bit lightly raced. The way he's been training – we'll see how he goes over the track here – he looks great. We're looking forward to him.”
horse racing breeders cup Pavel (Classic) galloped 1 1/4 miles under exercise rider Amir Cedeno.
horse racing breeders cup Roaring Lion (Classic) was the first of the Europeans to take to the Churchill Downs track this morning. The son of Kitten’s Joy did a gentle canter around one circuit of the track and appeared happy on the surface before heading back to the barn.
horse racing breeders cup Thunder Snow (Classic) galloped including an easy blowout through the stretch. “The horse is ready and in good form,” trainer Saeed bin Suroor said. “He came back well from his last race in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. Thunder Snow, he's looking very good mentally and physically looking really good and heavy. He's fresh and today he did a little exercise and looked in good shape. He's ready to go.”
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup West Coast (Classic) arrived by plane Tuesday. Trainer Bob Baffert said, “I think he's going to get a lot of action. He looks good. I really like him coming into this race. He's doing really, really well. I expect a big race from him.”
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Catalina Cruiser (Dirt Mile) undefeated morning line favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, took a 1 1/4 mile turn around Churchill Downs’ main track. Juan Leyva, a former jockey who now serves as trainer John Sadler’s assistant, was up for the exercise. Sadler was extremely happy with Catalina Cruiser’s post position draw Monday afternoon. “It’s ideal for him,” Sadler said. “Being on the outside [10 post in a 10-horse field] should keep him away from trouble and will let Drayden [Van Dyke] do what he needs to do.”
horse racing breeders cup City of Light (Dirt Mile) schooled in the paddock after training ended.
horse racing breeders cup Giant Expectations (Dirt Mile) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Abel Tasman (Distaff) arrived from California. Trainer Bob Baffert said, “I think she will run well. She’s a horse you have to be aggressive with. Mike (Smith) wasn’t aggressive with her the last time. She fell back and never really got in the race. She was flat. Now she’s on the inside. I like her when she draws the inside because he has to force the issue a little bit and she wants to get running early. If you let her fall back it’s hard for her to get going again. Mike was telling me, if he asks her to go, after she takes off if there is a horse in front of her he’s afraid she’s going to run over the top of horses. He’s going to have to be aggressive with her.”
horse racing breeders cup La Force (Distaff) galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Helen Isler. Sabine Gallagher, assistant and wife of trainer Paddy said, “That’s a good spot for her (post 3). We’re hoping for a lively pace. She usually picks her spot in the race and closes well.”
horse racing breeders cup Mopotism (Distaff) galloped 1 1/4 mile Tuesday morning under exercise rider Amir Cedeno. “She’s sort of under the radar,” trainer Doug O’Neill said, “But she has come back from her break with renewed energy and stamina. She seemed pretty tired after her last race (sixth in the Delaware Handicap), so we sent her to the farm for a little freshening. She’s looking good and acting good right now.”
horse racing breeders cup Vale Dori (Distaff) stood in the starting gate at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning and galloped about 1 mile under exercise rider Dana Barnes. In the Distaff, she will start from post eight with Joe Talamo, who was up for the Zenyatta victory.
horse racing breeders cup Verve's Tale (Distaff) galloped a mile under Heather Smullen, and schooled in the paddock after training ended. “I love the post. She a tough mare. She’s gotten better with age. She’s a step below Grade 1 probably, but she tries hard every time. She’s a nice sound filly,” trainer Barclay Tagg said. “I love her. I’ve had her all along.”
horse racing breeders cup Wonder Gadot (Distaff) added some joyful leaps into her gallop in what trainer Mark Casse calls her Wonder Woman imitation. “He said, "We know she loves Churchill. The best race she ever ran was when she was second to Monomoy Girl in the Kentucky Oaks. After she worked on Oct. 25 I was walking her and five minutes later she was jumping with all four feet off the ground and kicking. She has a lot of energy. That is just her. It is not something you can train into them. They either have it or they don’t. She is a rare individual.”
horse racing breeders cup Wow Cat (Distaff) got her first look at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning for trainer Chad Brown, galloping one mile around the dirt course shortly after 9 o’clock and promptly returning to the barn. “She’s coming into the race well,” Brown said. “She seems to have gotten better the longer she has been with us. I couldn’t be happier with the way she’s training. Hopefully there’s a good, strong pace in front of us.”
horse racing breeders cup Dream Pauline (Filly and Mare Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Finely'sluckycharm (Filly and Mare Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Happy Like a Fool (Filly and Mare Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Highway Star (Filly and Mare Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Kirby's Penny (Filly and Mare Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Marley's Freedom (Filly and Mare Sprint) arrived from California.
horse racing breeders cup Miss Sunset (Filly and Mare Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Shamrock Rose (Filly and Mare Sprint) galloped once around and then schooled in the paddock.
horse racing breeders cup A Raving Beauty (Filly and Mare Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Fourstar Crook (Filly and Mare Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Paved (Filly and Mare Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Santa Monica (Filly and Mare Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Sistercharlie (Filly and Mare Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Smart Choice (Filly and Mare Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Thais (Filly and Mare Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Code of Honor (Juvenile) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Complexity (Juvenile) got his first feel for the Churchill Downs main track Tuesday morning for trainer Chad Brown and then schooled in the paddock. “He has a lot of natural speed as we have seen in both of his starts,” Brown said. “Two turns can be a question mark for him, but he relaxes nicely in the mornings and afternoons and Jose (Ortiz, jockey), gets along with him really well. I’m confident the horse is going to settle and give it his best going a mile and a sixteenth.”
horse racing breeders cup Derby Date (Juvenile) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Dueling (Juvenile) galloped once around and then schooled in the paddock.
horse racing breeders cup Game Winner (Juvenile) arrived from California. Trainer Bob Baffert said, “He’s the kind of horse that could maybe get his name on that sign right there, hopefully, one day. He’s that kind of horse.”
horse racing breeders cup Signalman (Juvenile) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Standard Deviation (Juvenile) schooled in the paddock.
horse racing breeders cup Topper T (Juvenile) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Baby Nina (Juvenile Fillies) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Bellafina (Juvenile Fillies) has been training at Churchill Downs under exercise rider Serafin Carmona. Tuesday was just another day at the office, trainer Simon Callaghan said. “She went out and stood and then we took her straight out and she galloped a mile and a half, which is her normal routine,” Callaghan said. “I was really happy. She’s getting over the track well and switched leads perfectly. It was a nice, regular gallop. She’s come back and looks good.”
horse racing breeders cup Cassies Dreamer (Juvenile Fillies) schooled in the paddock.
horse racing breeders cup Jaywalk (Juvenile Fillies) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Restless Rider (Juvenile Fillies) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Serengeti Empress (Juvenile Fillies) galloped Tuesday morning after the first renovation break under Chico Herrera and visited the paddock. “I am satisfied with it,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “She was inside the last time she ran. It is no secret we are going to the front unless somebody really gets crazy. They are going to have to go fast to be in front of us.”
horse racing breeders cup Sippican Harbor (Juvenile Fillies) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Vibrance (Juvenile Fillies) schooled in the paddock.
horse racing breeders cup Concrete Rose (Juvenile Fillies Turf) galloped on the main track at 7:30 on her first day at Churchill Downs. Exercise rider Karine Cotinaud Lhuillier was aboard for trainer Rusty Arnold. Concrete Rose drew post position one and will be ridden by Jose Lezcano who has been aboard the undefeated filly in her two starts. “The post doesn’t matter to me,” Arnold said. “It will be up to the jock to work out a trip.”
horse racing breeders cup Lady Prancealot (Juvenile Fillies Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Current (Juvenile Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Marie's Diamond (Juvenile Turf) will be trainer Mark Johnston’s first Breeders’ Cup runner, and followed Roaring Lion around the track at a similar pace.
horse racing breeders cup Opry (Juvenile Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Uncle Benny (Juvenile Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup War of Will (Juvenile Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Chelsea Cloisters (Juvenile Turf Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Comedy (Juvenile Turf Sprint) galloped on the turf.
horse racing breeders cup Legends of War (Juvenile Turf Sprint)
horse racing breeders cup Pocket Dynamo (Juvenile Turf Sprint) went out on to the dirt for the first time this morning and was very much on his toes and took a while to adapt to the surroundings.
horse racing breeders cup Shang Shang Shang (Juvenile Turf Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Soldier's Call (Juvenile Turf Sprint) worked 3f in 37.20.
horse racing breeders cup Stillwater Cove (Juvenile Turf Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Almanaar (Mile) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Analyze It (Mile) schooled in the paddock.
horse racing breeders cup Firenze Fire (Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Imperial Hint (Sprint) continued to impress in his preparation for the 6f affair Tuesday morning with a jog and canter the wrong way around the Churchill Downs oval in an attempt to subdue what was a visible fervor. “I’m very confident,” said Luis Carvajal Jr, trainer. “I can’t ask for anything better with the way he’s doing it. Health-wise and fitness-wise, the horse is doing great. He’s mentally doing really well and coming off some very good wins in New York. I know this is the Breeders’ Cup, but we are going in with a good chance and he’s more mature, too, this time. I’m looking forward to racing Saturday.”
horse racing breeders cup Promises Fulfilled (Sprint) returned to the track on Tuesday after breezing 4f on Sunday 48 2/5. “He came out of his work great and went out there and trained good today,” trainer Dale Romans said.
horse racing breeders cup Seven Trumpets (Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Channel Maker (Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Enable (Turf), the even-money favorite in the Turf after winning her second Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1), looked in great shape as she cantered around one lap of the turf.
horse racing breeders cup Hi Happy (Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Robert Bruce (Turf) galloped twice around and then schooled in the paddock.
horse racing breeders cup Sadler's Joy (Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cuphorse racing breeders cup Disco Partner (Turf Sprint) galloped once around and later schooled in the paddock.
horse racing breeders cup Rainbow Heir (Turf Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup Vision Perfect (Turf) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup World of Trouble (Turf Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.
horse racing breeders cup The paddock at Churchill Downs with Disco Partner schooling on Tuesday.
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Saturday: F&M Sprint   Turf Sprint   Dirt Mile   F&M Turf   Sprint   Mile   Distaff   Turf   Classic

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