Classic Hopeful Guided Tour Breezes at Churchill Downs

Classic Hopeful Guided Tour Breezes at Churchill Downs
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Guided Tour, winning the Kentucky Cup Classic.
Morton Fink's Stephen Foster Handicap winner Guided Tour breezed five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 in company over a muddy track at Churchill Downs on Monday. Regular rider Larry Melancon was in the saddle for trainer Niall O'Callaghan as the Breeders' Cup Classic contender worked in tandem with stablemate Tijiyr, the 2001 Explosive Bid Handicap winner who also completed the distance in 1:02 4/5 under assistant trainer Jennifer Brown.

"I was just looking for a maintenance work," said O'Callaghan. "Larry shook the reins at him to see if he was there at the eighth pole and he came home in 12 (seconds)-and-change. That was what we were looking for, that he was still well and doing good. Larry said that he was doing as good as he's been doing."

O'Callaghan said the 5-year-old gelded son of Woodman will have an "easy breeze" next Monday or Tuesday, according to a release from Churchill Downs. Guided Tour will ship to Belmont Park for the Breeders' Cup Classic on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

"I like to keep them in their own environment as long as possible," said O'Callaghan. "Other people like to do different things, but that has worked good for us. He has shipped to a lot of places, so shipping should not be a concern for us."

Churchill reported that trainer Ken McPeek is expected to breeze his Breeders' Cup contenders at the Louisville, Ky. track on Tuesday. Kentucky Cup Juvenile winner Repent, bound for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is set to work at 6:00 a.m. (EDT). Walmac Alcibiades winner Take Charge Lady, a contender for the Juvenile Fillies, will work at 8:30 a.m., shortly after the break for track maintenance. McPeek said Cradle Stakes winner Harlan's Holiday would not be pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and is scheduled run instead in the $100,000-added Iroqouis Stakes Churchill Downs.

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