Pam and Martin Wygod’s Idiot Proof, who shattered the Monmouth Park track record when he won the Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) in July, had his final breeze for the Oct. 27 TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 21 when he breezed five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
Clockers caught the 3-year-old by Benchmark in :24 4/5 for the first quarter-mile, and :36 2/5 for three furlongs. Idiot Proof galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 4/5 on the fast main track.
“He was just perfect this morning,” trainer Clifford Sise Jr. said. “It was just what I wanted to see. He has done very well since the Ancient Title.”
Idiot Proof took the grade I Ancient Title in his last start Oct. 7 at Santa Anita, with seven furlongs in 1:07.57 on the new Cushion Track.
The California-bred colt won his first graded stakes July 4 in the six-furlong Jersey Shore, when he rolled to a 7 1/4-length victory in 1:07.47, breaking the track record of 1:07.87 set by Gilded Time in 1992. Idiot Proof worked a half-mile in :47 prior to that race.
“The track is a little different now,” Sise said. “It’s a little deeper and a little slower than it was in the summer.”
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense made his first appearance on the main track Monmouth Oct. 21, galloping an easy mile under exercise rider Tracey Wilkes as he began final preparations for the Oct. 27 Breeders Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Owned by James Tafel, Street Sense went to the track shortly after 8 a.m. EDT following the morning renovation break. “He was fresh, and I figured he would be,” trainer Carl Nafzger said. “He galloped (eighths) in 15 and change and 16s. It was a good morning.”
Street Sense, by Street Cry, is scheduled to work Oct. 23 with regular rider Calvin Borel coming in for the work that is slated after the break. Rain is forecast for the day, but Nafzger said the work would most likely go as scheduled.
“I don’t want to work on a sloppy track if I don’t have to,” Nafzger said. “But (Oct. 23), I’d say it’s probably 95% that we’d work, but there could be some things that maybe could make us change our minds.”
Rain also is in the long-range forecast for the weekend.
“Everybody’s concern elevates when it is a sloppy track,” Nafzger said. “It just puts a lot more unknowns into the equation. The rest of the time, you just go out and execute and run your race. In the slop, it is a question of who is it going to move up; who is it going to take down.”
Nafzger also said Lady Joanne, his pre-entrant for the Oct. 27 Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), is scheduled to work Oct. 22 at Churchill Downs and is slated for an Oct. 24 arrival by van at Monmouth.
Roll Reroll Stables’ Miss Macy Sue, pre-entered in the first running of the Oct. 26 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, is scheduled to work Oct. 22 at Monmouth. Trainer Kelly Von Hemel said the 4-year-old daughter of Trippi would work after the morning renovation break. Jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. is scheduled to fly in from Chicago to handle the work.