Yoshio Fujita's Lu Ravi and 3 Plus U Stable's Super Quercus worked at Churchill Downs on Sunday in preparation for their respective Breeders' Cup races. Lu Ravi, prepping for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), went six furlongs in 1:11, handily, over the fast main strip. Super Quercus breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 on dirt in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Lu Ravi's work was the fastest of three works at the distance Sunday by four full seconds. "It was an excellent work for her," said trainer Carl Bowman. "I worked her hard today because she's got a lot of flesh on her and this will be her last significant work before she runs.
Lu Ravi has earned $871,000 this year while winning three of seven races. The 5-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy is being trained up to the Distaff following a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), won by likely Distaff favorite Riboletta. Lu Ravi has won one race in five career starts at Churchill Downs. She has finished off the board three times in 22 career races, twice at Churchill. Track superintendent Butch Lehr added clay to the track this year, however, and Bowman believes Lu Ravi is handling the surface much better, though she has yet to race at Churchill this year.
Jockey Jerry Bailey, who rode Lu Ravi in the Ruffian, will guide her again in the Distaff.
"She's doing great. She shaded :12 (seconds) on the last eighth, so I was pleased with that," Bowman said of Sunday's work. "She finished up good and I can't ask her to do anything more right now."
Super Quercus also finished sixth in his most recent race, the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IIT), his first race since November of 1999. The Robert Frankel-trained 4-year-old son of Hero's Honor won the Early Times Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) in that November race, defeating Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) hopeful Manndar by two lengths.
On Saturday at Churchill, Breeders Cup Sprint (gr. I) candidate Caller One worked four furlongs in :46 2/5, handily, the fastest of 34 works at the distance on the day. Also working four furlongs Saturday was Dollar Bill, a 2-year-old who finished second to Arabian Light in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) at Keeneland. Dollar Bill breezed a half-mile in :48 3/5. Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. III) winner Thunder Bertie worked seven furlongs in 1:26 2/5, handily, the fastest of three works at the distance by four seconds.