Six horses expected to race in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park received their final works at Keeneland Oct. 20.
Trainer Eddie Kenneally sent out Kelly’s Landing, who will race in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I). The six-year-old Patton gelding, racing for Jack and Louise Lally’s Summerplace Farm, worked five furlongs in :59.
“He worked super,” said Kenneally. “He’s ready to run. He hasn’t run since March, but he’s a horse that runs very well fresh, so we’re happy.”
Kelly’s Landing raced in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last year, finishing 10th. This year’s race will mark the first start for the gelding since he won the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) at Nad al Sheba March 31. After that performance, Kelly’s Landing received some time off.
“We had hoped to give him a fall race, one race before the Breeders’ Cup as a prep,” Kenneally said. “We had a couple of minor setbacks, so we ran out of time and didn’t have an opportunity to get a prep race into him. It’s not ideal, but I think he’s a horse that can do it. I think he’s a horse that can get fully fit off workouts alone.”
Kenneally said Kelly’s Landing would be flown to Monmouth Oct. 24. Frankie Dettori, who rode Kelly’s Landing to win the Golden Shaheen, will again be aboard in the Sprint.
Ken McPeek worked his 2-year-old contenders A to the Croft and Old Man Buck five furlongs in company, each getting the distance in :59.80. Koolmen Racing Stables LLC’s A to the Croft, second in the Oct. 5 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I), is pre-entered in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). Lawrence Carroll’s Old Man Buck, third in Keeneland’s Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I), was cross-entered in the Oct. 26 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and the Oct. 27 Bessermer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
“They both worked good. It was a nice, solid maintenance work,” said McPeek, who reported that he shipped both horses from Churchill Downs to Keeneland for their works due to an off track at Churchill. A to the Croft and Old Man Buck will fly to Monmouth from Keeneland Oct. 23.
Juvenile Fillies (gr. I)) candidate Grace Anatomy, third in the Alcibiades, worked five furlongs in 1:03. Trained by Doug O’Neill for owners Suarez Racing, Inc., Paul LoDuca and J. Paul Reddam, the Aldebaran filly is scheduled to be on an Oct. 20 flight for Monmouth.
Ashbrook Farm’s undefeated Wicked Style, winner of Keeneland’s opening weekend Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity, put in his final work toward the Juvenile, getting five furlongs in 1:00.80 under jockey Robby Albarado. Trainer Rusty Arnold said the work was exactly what he wanted.
“I wanted him to go in 1:01, and they (the clockers) caught him in a minute and change, so that’s about as close as you can get,” Arnold laughed. “I’m very happy with him.”
Arnold said the colt will fly to Monmouth Oct. 24.
Trainer Mike Stidham sent his Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) winner, Texas Fever, five furlongs in 1:01.40 over the Keeneland turf. It was the final work for the Breeders’ Cup contender, who is cross-entered in both the Juvenile Turf and Juvenile.
“We’re very pleased,” Stidham said. “When the rider asked him to quicken, he picked it up. So I’m very encouraged.”
Stidham said the Victory Gallop colt, who is owned by Stonerside Stable, will fly to Monmouth Oct. 24.