Flores Aboard as Sweet Catomine Works
Updated: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 7:38 AM
Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 7:26 AM
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Sweet Catomine worked for the first time since Racing's Championship Day and posted a three furlong move in :36 1/5, breezing, under jockey David Flores at Santa Anita Tuesday morning.
"She worked awesome," trainer Julio Canani said. "She has such a long stride and is very, very athletic. She's very special and she's maturing very rapido."
Though the daughter of Storm Cat
is regularly ridden by Corey Nakatani, Canani said Flores was only substituting for the filly's regular exercise rider, who was recovering from an injury.
"He lives close and I needed someone to work her, so he was doing me a favor," Canani explained.
Sweet Catomine had been in light training since winning the Breeders' Cup and Canani initially believed she'd skip the Dec. 19 Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Hollywood Park. But if she continues to train forwardly, Canani said, the Pam and Marty Wygod homebred filly may be in the gate for the 1 1/16-mile event.
"She doesn't need much (to get ready)," Canani said. "A couple of works more and she could run. We'll see."
From four career starts, Kentucky-bred Sweet Catomine has won three starts with one second-place finish and earned $799,800. She also won the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) and Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) in her other two starts.
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