Carl Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge worked a professional half-mile in :50 3/5 on the turf at Churchill Downs Oct. 29 in preparation for defense of his Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) title from last year.
Trained by Bret Calhoun, Chamberlain Bridge appeared very bright and energetic entering the turf course, which was covered with frost earlier in the morning. He worked about two paths out from the “dogs” and maintained a straight line in the stretch.
Despite working over a course labeled firm, Chamberlain Bridge kicked up a few turf clods inside the sixteenth-pole. He worked strongly through the wire, galloping out five furlongs in 1:04 3/5.
“He went really well and that was exactly what we wanted,” Calhoun said. “We wanted him to go out there and enjoy himself on the turf. Physically he’s as good as he has ever been, but he’s not as mentally tough so we wanted to give him plenty of space between races."
Chamberlain Bridge, a 7-year-old War Chant gelding with earnings in excess of $1.68 million, finished third in his last start, the five-furlong Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 at Parx Racing. Last year Chamberlain Bridge won the Turf Monster and finished third in the Woodford Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland before his Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint victory at Churchill.
This year's Turf Sprint will be run Nov. 5.
Chamberlain Bridge has been working on the dirt at Churchill since his last start. His most recent dirt work was five furlongs in :59 on a wet-fast track Oct. 19.
Ian Tapp contributed to this story