Animal Kingdom, Churchill contingent plan BC works
Champion Animal Kingdom, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby, is one of five horses pre-entered in next week's Breeders' Cup scheduled to work on the turf Friday morning at Keeneland.
Trained by Graham Motion, the Team Valor International homebred is scheduled to work in company for his final major move in preparation for the Mile.
Also expected to work Friday on the turf are Almost an Angel (pre-entered in the Juvenile Sprint with second preference in the Juvenile Fillies) and Great Attack (Turf Sprint) for trainer Wesley Ward; Summer of Fun (Juvenile Fillies Turf) for trainer George Weaver; and Brown Almighty (Juvenile Turf) for trainer Tim Ice.
Trainer Ken McPeek said that Atigun, pre-entered in the Marathon, would work Friday or Saturday on Keeneland's Polytrack.
Three pre-entered horses are scheduled for Polytrack works Saturday: the Mike Stidham-trained Willcox Inn (Mile) and the Tom Amoss duo of Sum of the Parts (Sprint) and Global Power (Turf Sprint)
Sum of the Parts, winner of the Grade 3 Phoenix on Keeneland's opening day, will work in company with Global Power, who sits first on the preference list for the Turf Sprint and would need one defection to make the 14-horse field. Amoss said that both horses would ship to California on Monday.
Over this weekend, as many as 14 Breeders' Cup horses will post their final major moves at Churchill Downs or the nearby Trackside Training Center.
Grade 1 Whitney Handicap winner Fort Larned (Classic) is scheduled to work at Churchill on Sunday or Monday, according to trainer Ian Wilkes. Wilkes added that Fort Larned will ship to Santa Anita on Tuesday.
Trainer Buff Bradley confirmed that multiple Grade 1 heroine Groupie Doll, the likely heavy favorite in the Filly & Mare Sprint, will fly to California on Saturday and could work at Santa Anita on Monday.
Trainer Mark Casse, who has five Breeders' Cup contenders stabled at Churchill Downs, said Thursday morning that Spring in the Air (Juvenile Fillies) and Spring Venture (Juvenile Fillies Turf) will have their final works Friday morning at Churchill Downs prior to the renovation break.
Delegation (Dirt Mile), Dynamic Sky (Juvenile) and Pool Play (Classic) will work Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. Delegation and Dynamic Sky are scheduled to work before the renovation break and Pool Play will work after it.
Casse's five Breeders' Cup hopefuls will ship to Santa Anita on Sunday.
Hall of Fame trainer Wayne Lukas could have as many as four Breeders' Cup entrants. Broken Spell (Juvenile Fillies), Hamazing Destiny (Sprint), Optimizer (Turf) and Hightail (Juvenile Sprint) are scheduled to fly out Sunday.
While most of Dale Romans' Breeders' Cup hopefuls had already been dispatched to Santa Anita, the trainer kept Summit County (Juvenile Turf) at Churchill Downs.
"I wasn't sure he would get in (to the body of the field)," Romans said. "He's going (to run in the Breeders' Cup) now."
Romans added that Summit County would work at Churchill Downs on Friday after the renovation break and ship to Santa Anita on Monday.
Trainer Mike Maker said Joha (Juvenile Turf) will work at Trackside on Saturday and ship to Santa Anita on Sunday. Kindergarden Kid, who just won the Grade 3 Sycamore for Maker and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, also will leave Sunday. He was pre-entered in the Turf with trainer Peter Miller and owners Kevin and Colleen Bamford and David Bernsen as the listed connections.
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