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Obligatory gallops by with the foggy infield in the background and the rising sun just touching the treetops.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Workouts

Date: 11/03/2022

Thursday morning was colder during training at Keeneland with temperatures in the mid 40's, and the main track rated fast and turf good. It was foggy at first but once the sun got up, that burned away. The temperature also rose with the sun and a high around 70 expected. Training hours Friday and Saturday will be over before sunrise as they are shortened on the race days.

Here are photos for 39 of the horses on the track Thursday morning. Click the small picture to see a larger version.

horse racing breeders cup Happy Saver (Classic) missed a morning of training Wednesday because of a quarter crack in his left hind foot, jogged once around the main track at 6am with Humberto Zamora and later schooled in the paddock. "Happy Saver had a good morning this morning," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He got stitched up, will go the paddock later this morning and gallop Friday morning."
horse racing breeders cup Hot Rod Charlie (Classic) galloped 1 1/8 miles under exercise rider Connor Murray. "He trained well and cooled out well," trainer Doug O'Neill said. "We're all really excited and optimistic. (Flightline) is without a doubt the obvious horse to beat, but Hot Rod Charlie's the blue collared, lunch pail, hard hat, show up every race type of horse. If something happens, and Flightline doesn't run his best race, and Hot Rod Charlies does, we could maybe shock the world."
horse racing breeders cup Life is Good (Classic) galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Amelia Green and later schooled in the paddock for trainer Todd Pletcher.
horse racing breeders cup Olympiad (Classic) walked through the paddock then galloped 1 1/8 miles under assistant trainer Neil Poznansky. Trainer Bill Mott said, "I know how good (Flightline and Life Is Good) are, but I'm not going to rule (winning) out. You see things happen in horse racing all the time. Those are two great horses, but the thing you don't want to forget is that our horses is very, very good. He's really a good horse."
horse racing breeders cup Rich Strike (Classic) galloped once around under exercise rider Gabriel Lagunes and later schooled in the paddock. Lagunes said, "When we came down the stretch past the grandstand and the people started calling his name, he got real strong. He knows his name." Trainer Eric Reed added, "I never thought I could have this much fun. I'm loving this because the horse is loving it. (Flightline) looks full of fire and ready to run. He's the only horse I see training like mine."
horse racing breeders cup Taiba (Classic) galloped twice around. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "Race luck gets you beat. If anything's going to get (Flightline) beat, it's going to be racing luck. I've sent horses up there where they didn't get the trip, they didn't break or they did something and they get beat. On paper I know they don't run the race on paper but I think he's easily a good five lengths faster than all of us. It could be seven. It could be 10. I don't know. Even though he hasn't had that many starts, I just give him the utmost respect. I know what greatness looks like, and, believe me, he is great."
horse racing breeders cup Clairiere (Distaff) galloped twice around. Trainer Steve Asmussen said, "It's tremendous field with tremendous horses and we love having them to run in it. With that being said, there are variables running at Keeneland. I think with the brief Spring Meet and brief Fall Meet, you just don't get a great feel for exactly where you want to be in a race all the time and get them used to it."
horse racing breeders cup Malathaat (Distaff) galloped 1 1/2 miles under Amelia Green and later schooled in the paddock. She has never raced against stablemate Nest, but they are both undefeated at Keeneland. "That possibility showed up on our radar about the start of Saratoga," trainer Todd Pletcher said.
horse racing breeders cup Nest (Distaff) galloped 1 1/2 miles under Nora McCormack and later schooled in the paddock. She has never raced against stablemate Malathaat, but they are both undefeated at Keeneland. "That possibility showed up on our radar about the start of Saratoga," trainer Todd Pletcher said.
horse racing breeders cup Search Results (Distaff) galloped once around. She has been based at Keeneland since early October and had her fourth and final work over the surface Oct. 29, going 5f in 1:01.20.
horse racing breeders cup Nautilus (Turf) galloped twice around. "He's doing very well and he is adjusting very well and very fast here," trainer Paulo Lobo said. "I got him three months ago. It's not the perfect scenario to run a horse from South America the first time in America in the Breeders' Cup. Ideally we would need about five or six months. We needed more time, but he has been training well and looks well and happy."
horse racing breeders cup War Like Goddess (Turf) galloped twice around. Trainer Bill Mott said, "She's training well. It would be great to win with her."
horse racing breeders cup Family Way (Filly & Mare Turf) schooled in the paddock. Winless since the Orchid (G3) in April, she was second in both the Ladies Marathon (G3) at Kentucky Downs and the Rodeo Drive (G1) at Santa Anita for trainer Brendan Walsh.
horse racing breeders cup In Italian (Filly & Mare Turf) schooled in the paddock. "In Italian has just progressed all year," trainer Chad Brown said. "She's gotten stronger and faster. She's identified her preferred style is going to the front and she's a dangerous horse. When you get a horse with a lot of speed and they can carry it, they're hard to beat because they're always in front of you and they just keep going. You're at their mercy. They are rare horses to have."
horse racing breeders cup Rougir (Filly & Mare Turf) won the E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1) at Woodbine last out for trainer Chad Brown.
horse racing breeders cup Annapolis (Mile) galloped once around and schooled in the paddock. Trainer Todd Pletcher said, "That's a tricky post (11) for him. Irad (Ortiz Jr.) is going to have to work out a good trip from there."
horse racing breeders cup Malavath (Mile) worked 4f on turf in 52 seconds. He was second last out in the Prix de la Foret (G1) at Longchamp for trainer Francis-Henri Graffard.
horse racing breeders cup Pogo (Mile) won the TIEA Challenge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket last out for trainer Charlie Hills.
horse racing breeders cup Shirl's Speight (Mile) galloped 1 1/2 miles on the training track under exercise rider Ally Walker, accompanied by trainer Roger Attfield on the pony. "It is in the hands of the racing gods now," Attfield said.
horse racing breeders cup Smooth Like Strait (Mile) was second in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) and Arlington Million (G1) for trainer Mike McCarthy.
horse racing breeders cup Aloha West (Sprint) schooled in the paddock. He comes here off a win in the Kelly's Landing at Churchill Downs for trainer Wayne Catalano.
horse racing breeders cup C Z Rocket (Sprint) schooled in the paddock."In 2020 we didn't have our best trip and things didn't go well. I think with a better trip, we maybe could have won it with him," trainer Peter Miller said. "We broke way inside of Whitmore and wound up running 30-or-so more feet than Whitmore. All credit to Whitmore, but we felt compromised by our trip. I like our post with him. I like being outside. He's drawn the rail in the last four races, so it's nice to get off the fence. He's a fresher horse this year and his last race was his best race and I think he's coming up to an equal or better race. We need a pace setup and it should be hot, so I'm optimistic. He loves this racetrack, that's for sure."
horse racing breeders cup Elite Power (Sprint) galloped once around. Trainer Bill Mott said, "He's been a late developer and didn't break his maiden until he was a 4-year-old. He's a horse who really took a lot of patience. He ran late in his 3-year-old year and his bones were still developing. We had problems with his shins and had to get a couple races in him just for the experience and then gave him the winter off. He has repaid us. He was third in his first start back as a 4-year-old and hasn't been beaten since. He's taken every step and done everything right. Is 6f his ideal distance? We'll see. I think the seven-eighths is probably a perfect distance for him, but we don't have that option. We hope for a good honest pace up front and something that might back up a little bit and give him a shot to show himself off."
horse racing breeders cup Edgeway (Filly & Mare Sprint) schooled in the paddock. She won the Rancho Bernardo Handicap (G2) at Del Mar last out for trainer John Sadler.
horse racing breeders cup Frank's Rockette (Filly & Mare Sprint) schooled in the paddock. "Frank's Rockette is coming off a really good race at Charles Town a very good effort going the same 7f distance she's going to run here," said trainer Bill Mott. "She couldn't be coming into it much better. I mean, she's really doing well. I'm very happy with her."
horse racing breeders cup Wicked Halo (Filly & Mare Sprint) galloped once around. She comes here off wins in the Prioress (G2) at Saratoga and the Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland for trainer Steve Asmussen.
horse racing breeders cup Cazadero (Turf Sprint) galloped once around and schooled in the paddock. "If you told me when we bought him that he'd be running in the Breeders' Cup, I would have told you were crazy," trainer Brendan Walsh said. "Then he ran great at Saratoga and came flying at the end, so then we decided to take a shot in Canada and here we are. It set up beautifully for him that day and hopefully this one will too. Obviously, there will be plenty of speed, so hopefully we can cut into that at the end. He's a horse who will be fun to have for races in Saudi and Dubai, hopefully, because he's really a 6-7f type of horse, but hopefully he can get the 5 1/2 on Saturday."
horse racing breeders cup Cody's Wish (Dirt Mile) is named after 16-year-old Cody Dorman, who met the colt when a foal at Godolphin's Gainsborough Farm. The interaction was brought together as part of Keeneland's association with the Make A Wish Foundation. Afflicted with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, Dorman has followed Cody's Wish's career closely and, despite being unable to walk or speak and forced to communicate through a tablet. Trainer Bill Mott said, "He's coming in the race fresh and doing really well. We're happy with him. The difference with him is this is a two-turn race and we feel like he's really good at a mile. I'm uncertain how the two turns and different configuration will be for him. He's a great big horse and the reason I always like a one-turn mile is because it gave him plenty of time to get into his stride going down a long backside. He could get into his rhythm and start his run."
horse racing breeders cup Cyberknife (Dirt Mile) galloped 9f under exercise rider Edwin Vargas and later schooled in the paddock. "He's training really well," trainer Brad Cox said. "He's been very consistent all year. I think the Mile is right race to get to the winner's circle. I think as long as he breaks well and gets involved early, but not necessarily on the lead or anything, but as long as he's involved and has position turning for home, I think he'll be right there."
horse racing breeders cup Laurel River (Dirt Mile) won the Pat O'Brien (G2) at Del Mar for trainer Bob Baffert.
horse racing breeders cup Pipeline (Dirt Mile) galloped once around. "It's a nice draw for him inside on this mile configuration and could be an advantage," trainer Chad Brown said. "He's training well and it's a big step up for him, but he's always been a horse we have thought a lot of. I like him in a two-turn situation. He's a big, leggy and free-moving horse who has speed and can carry it. A mile and an eighth might be a tick too far, but I like the cutback to a mile."
horse racing breeders cup Blazing Sevens (Juvenile) galloped twice around. "I like him going two turn and. I think it will be a plus for him stretching out," trainer Chad Brown said. "He really doesn't have a lot of similarities to Good Magic, other than being precocious. He is a bit bigger at this age. I think the draw will be good for him and he should be able to work out a trip from there," Brown concluded. "We are really excited about this horse."
horse racing breeders cup Curly Larry and Mo (Juvenile Turf) makes his stakes debut here off his maiden win at fourth asking at Keeneland for trainer Caio Caramori.
horse racing breeders cup Nagirroc (Juvenile Turf) galloped twice around. "When you buy a horse at this time of the year you've got to have the Breeders' Cup in mind, and that's why you get into these horses, so we rushed him a little bit to do that (run in his first race for the connections)," trainer Graham Motion said. "When he won, in order to get him (to the Breeders' Cup), we really needed to run him back again (in the Futurity). He's just done everything so professionally. He's a cool horse."
horse racing breeders cup Cairo Consort (Juvenile Fillies Turf) won the Catch a Glimpse Stakes and then was a close second in the Natalma (G1) at Woodbine for trainer Nathan Squires.
horse racing breeders cup Comanche Country (Juvenile Fillies Turf) galloped 1 1/4 mile through the fog Thursday morning with exercise rider Romain Techer. "She just looked like a typical European filly, maybe a bit on the smaller side," trainer Phil D'Amato said. "She had good bone and good body to her. She was just one of those typical two-year-old European fillies that I usually get. I think she's very versatile and it'll be up to Umberto (Rispoli) to decide where he wants to be. Whether he wants to be stalking or further back, I think she can do it all."
horse racing breeders cup Free Look (Juvenile Fillies Turf) schooled in the paddock. "She has a nice, cozy draw and getting back on firm turf is going to be key," trainer Chad Brown said. "She is maybe not as brilliant as some of the other ones we've brought in we've had some heavy favorites before in this race but she compares favorably and certainly has a similar pattern coming out of the Miss Grillo and then coming into this race. She has a world-class jockey on her and she gives us some hope in a race that looks like it has several win candidates that she could spring an upset."
horse racing breeders cup Spirit Gal (Juvenile Fillies Turf) schooled in the paddock. She comes here off a win in the Star Appeal Stakes at Dundalk for trainer Willie Browne.
horse racing breeders cup Lady Hollywood (Juvenile Turf Sprint) won the Prix d'Arenberg (G3) at Longchamp for trainer Alice Haynes.
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The Ballydoyle string "Aidan's Army" charge down the backstretch into the dense fog at sunrise.

Friday: Juvenile Turf Sprint   Juvenile Fillies Turf   Juvenile Fillies   Juvenile Turf   Juvenile  
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