On the Breeders' Cup worktab
Leading Breeders' Cup Turf contender Point of Entry (Dynaformer) -- hero of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, Sword Dancer Invitational and Man o' War, all Grade 1s, in his past three -- logged five-eighths in 1:04 on Belmont's good inner turf Sunday.
Grade 1 victress Zagora (Green Tune) traveled four grassy furlongs in :51 3/5. The Chad Brown mare was a half-length runner-up in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational most recently and will take on the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf next.
Brown sent unbeaten champion Awesome Feather (Awesome of Course) to Belmont's fast main track Sunday for a five-eighths move in 1:02 4/5. The four-year-old miss has captured her two races this season by a total 17 lengths and is headed to the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.
Grade 1 winner and classic-placed Stay Thirsty (Bernardini) breezed four furlongs over the fast Belmont dirt training track in :48 2/5 on Sunday. The Todd Pletcher trainee is under consideration for either the Breeders' Cup Classic or Dirt Mile, though Pletcher has indicated he could bypass the World Championships altogether and instead run the four-year-old in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on November 24. Stay Thirsty was last seen just missing by a head in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational on September 29.
Four-time Grade 1 queen Turbulent Descent (Congrats) clocked a bullet, best of 67, half-mile in :47. The four-year-old miss suffered her first loss this season when fourth in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap on September 22. She is slated to ship to Santa Anita on October 30 for the upcoming Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
At Churchill Downs on Sunday, Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap winner Hamazing Destiny (Salt Lake) recorded four furlongs on the fast dirt in :47 3/5. The six-year-old bay, second in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Sprint and fifth in last year's edition, could try that race again on November 3.
Working at Keeneland on Sunday was Sum of the Parts (Speightstown), hero of the opening-day Grade 3 Phoenix who clocked a Polytrack half-mile in :50 2/5 for trainer Tom Amoss. The dark bay sophomore is possible for the Sprint after earning an automatic berth in the starting gate via his Phoenix score.
On Saturday at Belmont Park, champion Royal Delta (Empire Maker), a romping 9 1/2-length winner of the Grade 1 Beldame Invitational most recently, clocked four furlongs in :47 2/5 over the fast main track as she readies for a title defense run in the Ladies' Classic.
Dual Grade 1 scorer Ron the Greek (Full Mandate), off-the-board in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, turned four panels in :48 1/5 for the Classic.
Grade 1 conqueror Brilliant Speed (Dynaformer), third in the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap, breezed five-eighths in 1:00 4/5. The classic-placed four-year-old could go in either the Classic or Turf.
Belmont Stakes third Atigun (Istan), a Breeders' Cup Marathon contender off fourth-placings in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade 1 Travers, toured five furlongs in 1:01.
Grade 2 Sanford Stakes winner Bern Identity (Bernstein) posted a bullet half in :47. He could contest the Breeders' Cup Juvenile or Juvenile Sprint next.
On Belmont's fast dirt training track Saturday, multiple Grade 1-winning Classic contender To Honor and Serve (Bernardini) sizzled a bullet half-mile, best of 81 moves, in :47. He was fourth in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap most recently.
Multiple Grade 2 star Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno), likely for the Classic off a neck second in the Grade 1 Woodward in early September, stepped three-quarters in 1:13 2/5.
Last-out Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational hero The Lumber Guy (Grand Slam) got a half-mile in :48 3/5 for the Sprint.
On Saturday at Churchill Downs, classic hero Shackleford (Forestry) and fellow Dale Romans trainee Little Mike (Spanish Steps) worked for their respective Breeders' Cup engagements prior to boarding a plane taking them to California.
Shackleford, second in the Kelso Handicap on September 29, sped a half-mile on the fast main track in :48 while dual Grade 1 winner Little Mike, fifth in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on the same day, clocked five furlongs in 1:02 4/5. Shackleford is headed to the Dirt Mile while Little Mike has been confirmed for the Mile.
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