Recent Southern California grade I winners Dubawi Heights and Amazombie completed the main preparations for their respective assignments in the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships with workouts at Santa Anita Oct. 29.
They were among several Breeders' Cup-bound horses that worked in Southern California during the morning. The Breeders' Cup is Nov. 4-5 at Churchill Downs.
Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT) winner Dubawi Heights worked a half-mile on the main track in :50 3/5 for her date in the $2 million Emirates Airline Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) at 1 3/8 miles Nov. 4.
“It was an easy move,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “She runs in six days and she’s got to ship (Sunday), so we were conscious to do it on the easy side. It was just what she needed. It’s just a matter of keeping her going. We didn’t need to get anything out of her today fitness-wise so I was very happy with her. It was just what she needed.”
Dubawi Heights, a consistent 4-year-old English-bred daughter of Dubawi--Rosie's Posy, by Suave Dancer, won the Yellow Ribbon last time out at Santa Anita Oct. 1. The bay filly won both the Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIT) and Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf this season. She was second in the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) on a yielding Arlington Park turf course prior to the Yellow Ribbon.
Since breaking her maiden at Hollywood late last year, Dubawi Heights has won five of six starts. Her career record stands at 5-4-1 in 14 starts with earnings of $947,696.
At Churchill Downs, Callaghan said Dubawi Heights will jog and gallop into the race.
Ancient Title Stakes winner Amazombie, prepping for the Sentient Jet Sprint (gr. I) , worked five furlongs for trainer Bill Spawr on Santa Anita’s main track in the dark at 5:30 a.m. Clockers timed him in 1:00 2/5.
“He went in a minute and two fifths, the last quarter in :23 and 3/5 and the last eighth in :11 1/5,” Spawr said. “He galloped out (six furlongs) in (one) 13 and three. He’ll ship Tuesday.”
Asked about concerns for a possible off track, Spawr said, “We’re hoping for a good, safe fast track, is what we’re hoping for.”
Amazombie captured the Ancient Title in his most recent start Oct. 9, his fourth win eight starts in 2011. The 5-year-old California-bred gelding is by Northern Afleet --Wilshe Amaze, by In Excess, has won nine of 22 lifetime starts with earnings of $715,708.
Also on Santa Anita’s main track, Oak Tree Mile (gr. IIT) winner Jeranimo (TVG Mile) worked four furlongs in :50 flat for Mike Pender; My Gi Gi (Juvenile Fillies Turf), fourth in the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I), went four furlongs in :47 4/5 for Brian Koriner; and Medaglia d'Amour (F&M Turf) breezed five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 for Ben Cecil.
On Santa Anita’s grass course, Majestic City (Juvenile Turf), second in the Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 8, breezed five furlongs in 1:03 2/5 for Peter Miller. Garrett Gomez, who rides the son of City Zip in the Juvenile Turf, was aboard for the drill.
At Hollywood, Mr. Commons (Mile) worked five furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:00 2/5 for John Shirreffs. Tres Borrachos (Dirt Mile) went the same distance in 1:02 for Marty Jones.