Sum of the Parts, winner of the Grade 3 Phoenix on October 5 at Keeneland, capped his major preparations for a start in next Saturday's $1.5 million Breeders Cup Sprint by working a half-mile in :47 3/5 under jockey Julien Leparoux on Saturday morning at the Lexington, Kentucky, track.
Working on his own on a drizzly, foggy morning with temperatures in the mid-40s, Sum of the Parts covered the first quarter-mile in :24 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.
"I have probably worked 10 horses this morning and he's just different," trainer Tom Amoss said. "He is quicker to the wire than the rest and he is in hand doing it. He has always been a good work horse and I like where he is."
It was the third work on the Polytrack for Sum of the Parts, a three-year-old Speightstown colt, since his opening-day victory as he prepares for a return to dirt at Santa Anita.
"Obviously, he likes it," Amoss said of the Polytrack. "I felt better leaving him here and on a morning like this after all the rain, if we were at Churchill you could forget it. Here you don't have to adjust your training schedule. It's business as usual."
Leparoux, who has ridden Sum of the Parts to three victories and a second-place finish the four times he has been aboard, will have the mount at Santa Anita.
Prior to working Sum of the Parts, Leparoux guided Global Power through a half-mile in :50.
Global Power, who is pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint next Saturday, is the first horse on the preference list for the Turf Sprint and would need one defection from the pre-entries to make the 14-horse field. Amoss said Pat Valenzuela would have the mount should Global Power, a four-year-old colt by Pulpit, make the Turf Sprint field.
Since joining Amoss' barn in late spring, Global Power has three victories and a third-place finish in four two-turn grass races with stakes victories at Delaware Park and Louisiana Downs. This year's Turf Sprint is 6 1/2 furlongs down the hillside course at Santa Anita as compared to the five-furlong distance last year at Churchill Downs.
"If it was five-eighths, no way he'd run," Amoss said of Global Power, who has had three main-track works at Keeneland since finishing third in the Remington Green on September 30 at Remington Park.
The two horses are scheduled to ship to California on Monday. Amoss said both colts would receive gate and paddock schooling as part of their Santa Anita preparations.