Oak Tree at Santa Anita: Kona Gold, Ladies Din Work

Wednesday worktab notables: Kona Gold, prepping for the Ancient Title, breezed three furlongs in :35.60 under regular rider Alex Solis . . . Probable Ancient Title starter Elaborate also breezed three panels in :35.40 for trainer Paco Gonzalez . . . Ladies Din breezed four furlongs in :48.00 for trainer Julio Canani. Ladies Din was nominated to the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile but is not likely to enter . . . El Corredor, nominated to both the Goodwood and Ancient Title but not likely for either, breezed six furlongs in 1:12.40 Tuesday . . . Also Tuesday, River Keen, nominated but not likely for the Goodwood, breezed five-eighths in :58.00 . . . Edneator, probable for the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, missed his scheduled turf work with the turf course closed for training Wednesday, but went to the track for a gallop under Bryson Cooper. "He was pulling on me pretty good," said Cooper . . . Jockey Chris McCarron ships east again Thursday. McCarron will ride Tout Charmant in the First Lady Stakes Friday at Keeneland, then is New York bound to ride Riboletta in the Beldame and Forest Camp in the Forest Hills at Belmont Park, among others . . . Trainer Wesley Ward reported that Men's Exclusive would not start in the Ancient Title. "We'll wait for an easier race," said Ward. . . Trainer Montie Wickcliffe hasn't ruled out an Ancient Title run but was leaning toward a start in the Cal Cup Sprint for his speedy 3-year-old This Tune Can Hum. "That's a tough, tough deal," said Wickcliffe. "Those are all seasoned horses." This Tune Can Hum is 7-for-10 lifetime, including a pair of Fairplex Park stakes wins, earning $172,090 to date. This Tune Can Hum equaled the 6 1/2 furlong Fairplex track record in winning the Governor's Cup in his last start. "He's still a ways away from his best. He's an amazing little horse. He's small, but mighty," said a smiling Wickcliffe. . . Trainer Don Warren said that his Fairplex Park stakes winner, Mr Joe C, is likely for the $125,000 Cal Cup Juvenile. Warren also said that 2-year-old filly Always The Lady is possible for the $75,000 Anoakia Stakes Oct. 18 . . . Jockey Kent Desormeaux tripled Monday, including a win in the $75,000 Henry P. Russell aboard Shellbacks while Felipe Martinez doubled . . . Probable for Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 Ancient Title, with jockeys and weights: Kona Gold, Alex Solis, 124; Elaborate, Victor Espinoza, 116; Regal Thunder, Corey Nakatani, 115; Chilukki, 113. Probable for Saturday's Grade II, $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, with jockeys: Iridonos, Corey Nakatani; Purely Cozzene, Victor Espinoza; War Chant, Gary Stevens; Irish Prize, David Flores; Edneator, Gallyn Mitchell. Possibles include, Auction House and Devine Wind.

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