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The Aidan O'Brien conga line makes its way past the stands.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 10/31/2019

Thursday training at Santa Anita was conducted under clear skies with the coldest temperature of the week at 42, although by 11am it warmed up to the 70's. Several European entrants took to the turf during the 8:30 break, however the Aidan O'Brien 10-horse string went on the main track after that break for their customary conga line canter. The post position draw was conducted Monday afternoon, so check out all the entries, post positions, and morning line odds here later that night.

Here are photos for 39 horses on Thursday 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 Elate (Classic) galloped, walked through the paddock, then walked the shedrow. Trainer Bill Mott said, "I know Elate is going to a good home and she's ready to start her new career (as a Claiborne broodmare). I feel fortunate that they've allowed us to keep her in training this year because she had a brief stint last year with only a couple starts and then she had a little issue. They said ‘We'll give her a little time' and it wasn't a serious problem and it worked out well. She's run well for us this year, she's had a good year."
horse racing breeders cup Math Wizard (Classic) galloped 1 3/8 mile under assistant trainer Sabine Langvad. "He's doing really good," trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said. "He loves this weather. I'm really happy with how he's doing so far. He's showing a lot of energy. On numbers, he needs to improve four or five lengths. Seeing his behavior and his attitude here, he's giving me the confidence that he could."
horse racing breeders cup McKinzie (Classic) favorite galloped 1 3/8 miles under Humberto Gomez. "He couldn't be doing any better right now. I just want the horse to show up. If he shows up and gets outrun, he gets outrun. There's a lot on the line. There's championships on the line. There is Horse of the Year on the line. That's the beauty of the Breeders' Cup. They are going to give out a lot of championships this weekend. I just hope that some of mine are on that list."
horse racing breeders cup Mongolian Groom (Classic) jogged 2 miles with rider Jesse Cardenas. Trainer Enebish Ganbat said, "I felt very happy (Wednesday) because the horse galloped very strongly and came back in a normal condition."
horse racing breeders cup Owendale (Classic) went to the track with stablemate Covfefe shortly before 9 a.m., stood in the gate and then galloped 1 3/8 mile. "He's awesome," trainer Brad Cox said. "He's doing great."
horse racing breeders cup Seeking the Soul (Classic) 1 1/2 mile before returning to his barn through the paddock. The Stephen Foster Handicap winner has been making quite the impression all week as he seeks to better his second-place finish in last year's Dirt Mile. "He's excellent, he's really doing good," trainer Dallas Stewart said.
horse racing breeders cup Vino Rosso (Classic) galloped 1 1/2 miles. "He's doing super," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "I wish the race were today." Breeder John Gunther added,  "He ran such a big race (in the Jockey Club Gold Cup) and we hope he runs well. He's one of the best horses in the race and one of the favorites, so he should be right there."
horse racing breeders cup War of Will (Classic) jogged Thursday under Shane Tripp. "He's as good and happy and looks as well as he ever has," Mark Casse said. "It's always a concern with 3-year-olds taking on older horses so we're going to find out how he fits into the picture. But for us, as a trainer, all you can do is ask to be the best you can be and let the chips fall. That's where I would say we're at with him. He's as good as he can get right now. He needs some luck and we'll see what happens."
horse racing breeders cup Yoshida (Classic) galloped, walked through the paddock, then walked the shedrow. Trainer Bill Mott said, "I just hope that he'll be successful and have some luck the first couple years at stud and then he can stay where he is at. That's what we've been working for – trying to build up his record well enough so he would be popular the first year or two at stud. I would think he would have a fairly good attraction (in the stallion market). He's got that Sunday Silence blood in him and I think we should be looking for that."
horse racing breeders cup Omaha Beach (Dirt Mile) favorite galloped 1 1/2 mile Thursday under regular rider Taylor Cambra. "He's certainly talented enough for the Classic, but the Proper thing is the mile," Richard Mandella said. "The Classic may have been asking too much."
horse racing breeders cup Midnight Bisou (Distaff) left Barn 59 with exercise rider Angel Garcia and continued to please onlookers as she prepares to cement her perfect season and throw her hat into the Horse of the Year ring in Saturday’s Distaff. Trained by Steve Asmussen and owned by Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing, the daughter of two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute will break from post four in the 11-horse field. “Today she schooled at the gate and then galloped,” Asmussen said. “She’s doing well.”
horse racing breeders cup Paradise Woods (Distaff) galloped twice around the training track under exercise rider Cisco Alvarado and then schooled in the paddock. "I hope she does match up with (Distaff favorite) Midnight Bisou. That would be wonderful," John Shirreffs said. "The Distaff is a very special race for me in a lot of ways and it's an exciting time when you come to the Breeders' Cup and the big race venues. There is a lot of energy, a lot of excitement. That's the top of the game so you always want your horse to perform well."
horse racing breeders cup Street Band (Distaff) was schooled in the paddock by trainer Larry Jones. "She's was pretty lively (Thursday morning)," Jones said. "It was a cool morning here and she was ready to warm up. She went nice, but you could tell she was on her toes. She was a little ranker galloping today, but it was under control. I think she's ready if she'll just continue to hold her composure."
horse racing breeders cup Covfefe (Filly and Mare Sprint) favorite went to the track with stablemate Owendale shortly before 9 a.m., stood in the gate and then galloped 1 3/8 mile.
horse racing breeders cup Fanny Logan (Filly and Mare Turf) galloped twice over the turf with Frankie Dettori once again in the saddle. The daughter of Sea The Stars looked extremely happy out on the Santa Anita Turf and did a strong canter down the stretch.
horse racing breeders cup Fleeting (Filly and Mare Turf) ike the rest of the Ballydoyle team, did nothing more than to walk to the top of the backstretch before turning around doing a very gentle canter down the home stretch and then walking back to the barn, almost in single file. The team from Ballydoyle all looked well and seemed happy to be out on the track after their trip over from Ireland.
horse racing breeders cup Just Wonderful (Filly and Mare Turf) ike the rest of the Ballydoyle team, did nothing more than to walk to the top of the backstretch before turning around doing a very gentle canter down the home stretch and then walking back to the barn, almost in single file. The team from Ballydoyle all looked well and seemed happy to be out on the track after their trip over from Ireland.
horse racing breeders cup Mrs. Sippy (Filly and Mare Turf) schooled in the paddock at 10am.
horse racing breeders cup Sistercharlie (Filly and Mare Turf) favorite galloped 1 1/4 mile. "We've thought of possibly trying her (against the boys)," Brown said. "With the schedule we put her on, it just didn't make sense and just didn't work out."
horse racing breeders cup Dennis' Moment (Juvenile) favorite galloped once around. Owner and namesake Dennis Albaugh said, "The bloodline was good but the horse just had quality. He looked excellent, and that's what we kept coming back to. We were happy when the hammer finally went down. He had all the right breeding. And we put him to work and he just kept improving. He's just kept getting better and better all along. And the demeanor of this horse is unbelievable. A lot of my other horses, they'll try to take a bite out of you and stuff but this horse just lays there and lets you pet him. To be the favorite in this kind of race is unbelievably exciting."
horse racing breeders cup Donna Veloce (Juvenile Fillies) favorite galloped a mile under regular exercise rider Ivan DeSilvo. "An independent blood stock agent, Ben McElroy, had unsuccessfully bid on her at a yearling sale last year on behalf of another client.  So, Ben obviously had an eye on her and when she was entered in this winter's Fasig-Tipton Florida Select Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, we discussed her and watched her breeze.  That led to our making the successful bid ($800,000)," trainer Simon Callaghan noted.  "We have very high aspirations for her." 
horse racing breeders cup Albigna (Juvenile Fillies Turf) favorite had a steady 1 mile canter around the main track.
horse racing breeders cup Etoile (Juvenile Fillies Turf) like the rest of the Ballydoyle team, did nothing more than to walk to the top of the backstretch before turning around doing a very gentle canter down the home stretch and then walking back to the barn, almost in single file. The team from Ballydoyle all looked well and seemed happy to be out on the track after their trip over from Ireland.
horse racing breeders cup Tango (Juvenile Fillies Turf) like the rest of the Ballydoyle team, did nothing more than to walk to the top of the backstretch before turning around doing a very gentle canter down the home stretch and then walking back to the barn, almost in single file. The team from Ballydoyle all looked well and seemed happy to be out on the track after their trip over from Ireland.
horse racing breeders cup Andesite (Juvenile Turf) galloped once around. "He's doing well," Brad Cox said. "He's a horse that tries every time. We've led him over there three times and he's given us big efforts every time. He had a tough trip at Saratoga (when third in the With Anticipation Stakes) and came back to run a big race in the Pilgrim (when second by a head). I think if he hadn't been a green 2-year-old that day, he could have gotten there. He's a solid horse, not a big horse, but he gives you a big effort every time. He's a very honest, solid horse."
horse racing breeders cup Arizona (Juvenile Turf) like the rest of the Ballydoyle team, did nothing more than to walk to the top of the backstretch before turning around doing a very gentle canter down the home stretch and then walking back to the barn, almost in single file. The team from Ballydoyle all looked well and seemed happy to be out on the track after their trip over from Ireland.
horse racing breeders cup Billy Batts (Juvenile Turf) galloped once around. "Ideally I'd like to see him sitting behind the pace in third or fourth,"Peter Miller said. "We are taking the blinkers off him to get him to relax a bit. He's also better with a target. Hopefully he'll get a clean break and get a position and not get shuffled back. I'd like him to save some ground. Being a City Zip, I think the mile is OK," he continued. "I'm not sure about beyond it yet."
horse racing breeders cup Fort Myers (Juvenile Turf) ike the rest of the Ballydoyle team, did nothing more than to walk to the top of the backstretch before turning around doing a very gentle canter down the home stretch and then walking back to the barn, almost in single file. The team from Ballydoyle all looked well and seemed happy to be out on the track after their trip over from Ireland.
horse racing breeders cup Four Wheel Drive (Juvenile Turf Sprint) favorite galloped once around.
horse racing breeders cup Kimari (Juvenile Turf Sprint) galloped over the main track.
horse racing breeders cup King Neptune (Juvenile Turf Sprint) like the rest of the Ballydoyle team, did nothing more than to walk to the top of the backstretch before turning around doing a very gentle canter down the home stretch and then walking back to the barn, almost in single file. The team from Ballydoyle all looked well and seemed happy to be out on the track after their trip over from Ireland.
horse racing breeders cup Circus Maximus (Mile) favorite, like the rest of the Ballydoyle team, did nothing more than to walk to the top of the backstretch before turning around doing a very gentle canter down the home stretch and then walking back to the barn, almost in single file. The team from Ballydoyle all looked well and seemed happy to be out on the track after their trip over from Ireland.
horse racing breeders cup Lord Glitters (Mile) galloped twice around the turf at 7:30am.
horse racing breeders cup Om (Mile) went out Thursday morning for a gallop over the main track.
horse racing breeders cup Anthony Van Dyck (Turf) like the rest of the Ballydoyle team, did nothing more than to walk to the top of the backstretch before turning around doing a very gentle canter down the home stretch and then walking back to the barn, almost in single file. The team from Ballydoyle all looked well and seemed happy to be out on the track after their trip over from Ireland.
horse racing breeders cup Bandua (Turf) galloped once around the turf course at 7:30am.
horse racing breeders cup Mount Everest (Turf) like the rest of the Ballydoyle team, did nothing more than to walk to the top of the backstretch before turning around doing a very gentle canter down the home stretch and then walking back to the barn, almost in single file. The team from Ballydoyle all looked well and seemed happy to be out on the track after their trip over from Ireland.
horse racing breeders cup Zulu Alpha (Turf) galloped 1 1/4 mile. "The U.S.-based horses are the same horses taking turns beating each other. They've been doing that for a lot less money," Mike Maker said. "Cross out his last race and he definitely deserves the chance. At Belmont he had the one hole. There was a very slow pace. He kind of got boxed in there and he never rally had a chance to run," Maker said. "He didn't run true to form, so we're just crossing it out."
horse racing breeders cup Imprimis (Turf Sprint) jogged clockwise under exercise rider Jay Glass.  "It went real well. He's excited. He feels good," trainer Joe Orseno said. "He'll jog again tomorrow. We're only going five furlongs. We're good. After Royal Ascot, I freshened him up and I thought it went well. At Kentucky Downs and Keeneland we had two troubled trips, that's all there is to it. It's not anybody's fault. He just got unlucky. I don't think it was being stuck on the inside. You can be on the inside and win. He just got trapped down in there – Keeneland worse that Kentucky Downs. At Keeneland, it was just atrocious. I thought he was tons the best and didn't get a chance to show it."
horse racing breeders cup Leinster (Turf Sprint) jogged 1 mile and galloped 1 mile with Crystal Conning aboard at 5:30am, and then schooled in the paddock at 10am. "Wayne got unlucky with him," Rusty Arnold said. "He entered three times on the grass and all the races came off. Amy Dunne wanted to try him on grass. He is a half-brother to (two-time defending Turf Sprint winner) Stormy Liberal, so I got him in Florida. The first time I entered him, the race came off the grass and I didn't run. When we got to Keeneland, he was still a maiden and I entered him in an allowance and he landed on the also-eligibles. There were some scratches, he drew in and won the first of three in a row."
horse racing breeders cup Totally Boss (Turf Sprint) jogged and galloped at 5am and then schooled in the paddock at 10am. He is the 5-1 co-second choice for the Turf Sprint and will break from the rail under Jose Ortiz.
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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