With workers at Lone Star Park continuing to prepare for the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and with the North Texas heat wave continuing (the forecast high was 91 degrees), Sprint (gr. I) contender Bwana Charlie went to the track Tuesday and zipped five furlongs in :59 2/5. The time was the fastest of the day among 14 horses working that distance.
Exercise rider Carmen "Carlos" Roses was impressed by the move by the 3-year-old son of Indian Charlie
owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stables.
"He was awesome and galloped out really well," Roses said. "He is a very tough horse to handle, but he know his business."
Noting that one objective of the workout was to get Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) winner to relax, Roses said he tried to let Bawan Charlie see the whip carried by the rider. "He saw the stick and knew what to do, but he was very relaxed."
"It may have been a tick too fast, but it was OK," said Darren Fleming, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. "That was a nice work for him."
The winner of four races, with nine second- or third-place finishes from 14 starts, Bwana Charlie most recently finished second to Charming Socialite as the 3-5 favorite in Lone Star Park's Alysheba Breeders' Cup.
While not working, two Cup hopefuls trained by Patrick Biancone were also on the track and were sent to the paddock under the watchful eye of assistant trainer Cyril Desplanques.
The two--John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) contender Magistretti and Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) entrant Sense of Style--jogged about a mile without any problems, Desplanques said.
Magistretti and Sense of Style, along with Michael Stidham-trained Culinary (Juvenile Fillies), were among the first group of horses to arrive at Lone Star Park for the Breeders' Cup when they got to the track Monday morning.
A second wave of arrivals was expected Tueday from New York and Kentucky. The Tex Sutton flight was to include Dynever, Afleet Alex, Wonder Again, Kitten's Joy, Roses in May, Royal Regatta, and Indy Groove.
Pre-entries for the World Thoroughbred Championships were taken Monday, with the complete list to be released Wednesday.
Breeders' Cup fields are limited to 14 horses. Should a race have more than 14 horses pre-entered, the race is considered "oversubscribed." The Breeders' Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel - consisting of seven North American and European racing experts - will convene Tuesday to set fields for the oversubscribed races. In such cases, the seven horses who have earned the highest number of Breeders' Cup oints receive an automatic berth in that Breeders' Cup race. Breeders' Cup points are earned by finishing first, second or third in American graded stakes races held since Jan. 1. The remaining seven horses are selected by the Panel to fill out the rest of the 14-horse field, with consideration given to horses' positions in the World Thoroughbred pankings. A preference list is then established beginning with the No. 15 rated horse. Prior to the Oct. 27 entry deadline, horses will fill vacancies, in order of preference, should there be a defection from the main body of the field.