Barn Notes From Churchill DownsFusaichi Pegasus Frisky In Morning Gallop
-- Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus left the impression that he enjoys cool Kentucky mornings in a brisk gallop Wednesday at Churchill Downs.
Exercise rider Andy Durnin was aboard the 3-year-old son of Mr. Prospector as he galloped about 1 1/4-miles over a "fast" track. The Neil Drysdale trainee started off in the company of a pony before reaching out to strike at the pony. The colt was then allowed to stride out on his own.
"He was playing when he pulled up," said Drysdale.
Fusaichi Pegasus was knocked out of a run in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park by a minor foot injury. But Drysdale said that injury is not a major concern at this point.
"I think the foot's in pretty good shape," he said.
Drysdale said again that he anticipates "two or three" works for Fusaichi Pegasus before the Breeders' Cup -- but he has no firm schedule at this time.
"It will be two or three, depending on the weather and the track," he said.Barn Talk
-- Overbrook Farm's Cat Thief, the upset winner of the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), is scheduled to work on Friday. Jockey Pat Day is expected to be in the saddle for the work. Lukas said the colt, who has not won since his Classic upset, is doing very well since a disappointing run in the Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) -- a race in which he displaced his soft palate. "We've been able to change around his equipment and it looks like we've really corrected that," said Lukas. "He's doing as well right now as he has ever done"...Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Miss Pickums, fourth last weekend in the Walmac Alcibiades (gr. II) at Keeneland, is still "possible" for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). Trainer Paul J. McGee said owners Jan, Mace and Samantha Siegel are considering that race. The Afternoon Deelites filly is not Breeders' Cup-eligible, so the owners would have to pay a fee to make her a supplemental entry...Trainer Robert Holthus said his Humana Distaff (gr. II) winner Ruby Surprise, a disappointing fifth in the Three Chimneys Spinster Stakes (gr. I), will run next in the Churchill Downs Distaff (gr. II) on the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup undercard...Trainer Tom Amoss said Canadian International (gr. I) runner-up Williams News came out of the race well and will be pointed toward a run in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I). Williams News lost by a nose to Godolphin's European invader Mufataweq.Work Tab
(Track: FAST) -- Belmont Futurity (gr. I) winner Burning Roma, a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:04...Guided Tour, runner-up in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) and a possible contender in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), breezed a half-mile in :49 2/5...WHAS-11 Stakes winner Unbridled Time breezed four furlongs in :47 1/5...Rock and Roll, winner of the 1998 Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II), breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5.