Heat Haze, Tates Creek Top Southern Cal Workers

Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) candidates Heat Haze and Tates Creek were both on the Hollywood Park worktab Sunday morning, logging half-miles in :47 2/5 and :48, respectively.

"They went good," said Humberto Ascanio, trainer Bobby Frankel's assistant. "Heat Haze went a little too fast, but what are you going to do? They can't be perfect all the time and I think she'll be fine. Tates Creek's work was what I wanted, so everything seems to be good and on track for (the Breeders' Cup)."

Heat Haze last raced on Sept. 27 where she finished third in the Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park. Jockey Jerry Bailey has the mount aboard the 4-year-old daughter of Green Desert in the Breeders' Cup. Tates Creek won the Yellow Ribbon Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita in her last start on Sept. 28. Patrick Valenzuela will be aboard the 5-year-old Rahy mare on Racing's Championship Day.

Ascanio said that all of the Frankel-trained Breeders' Cup runners will remain at Hollywood Park and be shipped to Santa Anita a "couple" of days before.

"Just enough time for them to school and see the track a little," Ascanio said.

Other notable Breeders' Cup works on Sunday:

Oak Leaf (gr. I) winner Halfbridled, the probable favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), worked :59 2/5 under jockey Julie Krone. In company with stablemate Crazy Ensign, the daughter of Unbridled was clocked galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 3/5.

"She worked great, I couldn't be happier," trainer Richard Mandella said.

Fellow Mandella trainees Dessert and Johar, bound for the Filly and Mare Turf and John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), respectively, both logged a mile in 1:40 4/5 over Santa Anita's firm turf course.

Turf candidates Storming Home worked on the lawn for trainer Neil Drysdale, worked six furlongs in 1:16 1/5 around the dogs with former jockey Corey Black aboard. Drysdale's NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) contenders Touch of the Blues and Sarafan both posted a half-mile drills, the former stopping the clock in :52 4/5 and the latter getting a time of :52 1/5

Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) hopeful Bluesthestandard drilled three furlongs in a bullet :33 1/5.

Possible Breeders Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge – contender Toccet went a half-mile in :52 4/5 on the turf.

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