Breeders' Cup hopefuls Brahms, Bet On Sunshine, Chorwon, and Pompeii turned in morning works at Churchill Downs Saturday in preparation for their respective races.
Brahms and Pompeii are Elliott Walden trainees preparing for the Mile and Distaff, respectively. Brahms worked five furlongs in :58 3/5 on the main track. Pompeii went the same distance in 1:00 2/5.
Walden remains optimistic about the pairs chances despite their last races, in which Brahms finished a troubled fourth (Keeneland Turf Mile) and Pompeii fifth (Spinster).
"I just don't think she really liked being down inside (in the Spinster) and catching that much dirt and that's what Gary (Stevens) felt," Walden said. "She has trained great and I think we're ready. I think she'll run very well."
As for Brahms, Walden said: "I thought (the Turf Mile) was an neutral race. It wasn't a step backwards and I'm not real sure it was a real big step forward. But it's the third race back in the cycle and it should be a good one. I'm looking forward to it."
Chorwon worked five furlongs under jockey Jon Court, who will be aboard the 8-year-old son of Cozzene for the Breeders' Cup Turf, getting the distance in 1:00 3/5 on the fast main track.
"He just really, really had a good work," trainer Hal Wiggins said. "I told Jon that he's better than I've ever seen him in the six year's we've had him. He seems like he's on top of his game and he's coming out of his races in good shape."
Chorwon galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.
"I was really puffed up and I usually don't get that way," Wiggins said. "But it was just a good work and he's coming up to the race good. He just couldn't be any better."
Bet On Sunshine also worked five panels. The 9-year-old finished his work in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Joe Johnson in preparation for the Sprint.
Clockers caught the Paul McGee-trained gelding in fractions of :24 2/5 and :48 3/5 with a six-furlong gallop out time of 1:14.
"I couldn't be happier with him," said McGee. "I got his last eighth in :11 2/5 and he did it with his ears pricked. I feel like we're good to go."
In two previous attempts at the Sprint, Bet On Sunshine finished third in both 1997 and 2000.
"It's a little bit of a surprise, I guess, that he is where he is this year -- but obviously I'm pleasantly surprised," McGee said. "I feel like we're going in with a real good shot at winning it."
Down the road at Keeneland, Sam-Son Farm's Quiet Resolve breezed six furlongs in 1:14 on the main track in preparation for the Turf. Quiet Resolve worked in company with stablemate Seek Smartly, breaking off five lengths behind his workmate and finishing up the same way. Keeneland clocker caught both horses in 1:14.