Carl Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge, defending champion in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT), tuned up for an expected repeat bid the morning of Oct. 19 by working a bullet five furlongs in :59 with jockey Jamie Theriot up on the main track at Churchill Downs.
Working shortly after the track opened at 6 a.m. on a surface labeled as wet-fast, Chamberlain Bridge recorded fractions of :11 4/5, :23 2/5, :35 2/5, :47 and out six furlongs in 1:13 4/5. The five-furlong time was nearly a second and a half better than the next fastest time.
“You can’t do any better than that,” Theriot said. “I think he has a big, big chance.”
Theriot rode the Bret Calhoun-trained Chamberlain Bridge to victory in last year’s Breeders’ Cup.
In the 27-year history of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, riders have won the same race in consecutive years 18 times with seven coming with the same mount. The Turf Sprint has had only three runnings and no rider has repeated.
“The (prospective) field doesn’t look as a deep as last year,” said Theriot, who also has been Chamberlain Bridge’s regular rider for works. “There were some tough horses in there last year.”
Bred in Kentucky by Eugene Melnyk, Chamberlain Bridge is a son of War Chant—She’s Got Class, by Trempolino. He enters the Turf Sprint off a career record of 17-4-8 from 36 starts, for earnings of $1,684,531.