Light BC Work Report at Santa Anita Wednesday
Date Posted: 10/22/2003 6:37:51 PM
Last Updated: 10/25/2003 12:12:09 PM

(from Breeders' Cup track notes)

Adoration, 20-1 in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), breezed four furlongs under regular jockey Pat Valenzuela at Santa Anita Park Wednesday. The clockers and trainer David Hofmans each timed the move in 46 2/5.

"She's doing great," Valenzuela said. "I thought we were going slower than that. She fooled me. She was going faster than I wanted. David has her ready."

Hofmans agreed Adoration worked a little faster than he'd hoped, "but she did it easily. Pat didn't move on her. She's very keen and wanting to go."

Joseph Higgins' Dimitrova, who drew post 10 for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), had an easy drill on the turf Wednesday morning as clockers caught her at three-quarters of a mile in 1:17 around the dogs on a firm course with jockey Pat Smullen up.

"She just went along at a fast gallop," trainer Dermot Weld said. "She actually went seven furlongs, once around the course.

"This is Pat's first time at Santa Anita, so I wanted him to have a look at the course. He's ridden at Hollywood Park before, but this is his first trip here. This way, he and the filly got a look at the turf together."

Under regular rider Alex Solis, Minister Eric worked three furlongs in :36 4/5 at Santa Anita on Wednesday.

"He went real nice," said Mandella. "It was just a little something to make up for the gap between races." (Minister Eric has not raced since Sept. 10, when he finished second in the Del Mar Futurity)."

Dessert, who was pre-entered in the Filly & Mare Turf, was withdrawn from consideration on Wednesday morning.

"She tied up a little yesterday and today," said Mandella "Her muscles tied up and cramped. We took some tests this morning, and they showed her enzymes were elevated. She will have to race another day."

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