With the morning sun rising in the distance, trainer Stanley Hough sent 2-year-old filly Sensation to the track at Belmont Park Thursday morning in her final serious workout for the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr.I).
With regular jockey Eibar Coa aboard, the daughter of Dixie Union
breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 while working in company with stablemate Trippi Appeal.
"She got something out of it," Hough said of the workout. "That's a nice horse she worked with."
Owned by Cobra Farm and Castletop Stable, Sensation won her first two starts by 4 1/2 lengths and 11 lengths, respectively, before finishing fourth in the Spinaway (gr. I).
"I may have been too ambitious with her," Hough said of the schedule of three races in six weeks culminating in the Spinaway.
After a brief rest, the filly returned to win the Oct. 2 Astarita (gr. III) by 5 1/2 lengths, although Hough said "she still ran a little green."
Facing the likes of Spinaway winner Adieu and multiple graded winner Folklore is a challenge for Sensation. But Hough notes she has an affinity for Belmont, where she has won both of her starts – the Astarita and her maiden.
Hough said he likely will have a quick "blow out" work for the filly Breeders' Cup week.
While Sensation was the only Cup entrant working at Belmont Thursday, the best horse not in the Cup -- Afleet Alex -- was on the track for some exercise. Accompanied by trainer Tim Ritchey, Alex was walked around the track in the opposite direction and then was let go and galloped two miles.
Ritchey said the Northern Afleeet colt, whose recovery from an injury did not progress quick enough for him to be entered in the Cup, would likely have his next workout in about a week.