On Monday, Shake You Down had his final tune-up, going five furlongs in :45 1/5. Mike Luzzi, who will ride him in the Sprint, flew in for the work.Interestingly, there are not many front-runners in this year's Sprint. Shake You Down can run on the lead, but Lake said he actually prefers a horse in front of him for the first eighth of a mile."He likes to be outside and if a horse is ahead of him at the start of the race, he really pounces and gets very tough," he said.
Last year, Lake's first Breeders' Cup starter, Thunderello, drew the one hole in the Sprint."I told Edgar (Prado) that he had to go from there," Lake said. "We didn't have any choice."Three different jockeys that hade ridden Thunderello told Lake he was the fast horse they had ever been on. He showed that in the Breeders' Cup.At nearly 50-1, Thunderello very nearly stole the Sprint, running a game second to Orientate. Thunderello ran fractions of :21.53, :43.91, and :56.09. Orientate hit the wire in 1:08.89.This year, he has a colt that will be one of the favorites.Lake deals with many claiming horses; some work out; some don't."It's the nature of the claiming game," he said. "This horse has been a dream. He does everything so easily."With those claiming horses, Lake finished fifth last year by earnings, with $8.2 million. This year, he ranks fifth through late September.Last year on Breeders' Cup day, Lake won seven races at other tracks. "One was a $4,000 claimer and that meant as much to me as Thunderello's race," he said. "My job is to win races."On Oct. 25, having trained for just a dozen years, he has a chance to win the biggest of his young career.
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