Groupie Doll blitzes three furlongs at Santa Anita
It was a busy morning for trainer Steve Asmussen as he sent five of his six Breeders' Cup contenders to the track for workouts Monday.
"I've really liked what I've seen in all their works. I'm happy and excited about all of them," Asmussen said. "The only anxious thing is what posts they'll draw. That's going to be extremely important for several of them."
Dirt Mile contender Tapizar, who enters the race off a sixth-place finish in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap after a rough trip, worked four furlongs in :48 4/5.
"He's training really well," Asmussen said. "I was disappointed in his race last year (fifth in the Dirt Mile), but excited to bring him back here where he's had two good wins."
"She's very sharp right now," Asmussen said. "She's entering the race off a very good win (in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap). The only question with her will be the extra half-furlong. She's never been seven-eighths before."
Working in company shortly after the mid-morning renovation break, Jaycito covered five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 for trainer Bob Baffert with Rafael Bejarano aboard.
A four-year-old colt by Victory Gallop, Jaycito will be running the farthest he's gone in Friday's 1 3/4-mile Marathon. His longest previous effort was Del Mar's 1 1/4-mile Grade 1 Pacific Classic in August in which he finished seventh behind Dullahan.
At Hollywood Park on Monday, Include Me Out and Teddy's Promise each worked four furlongs on Cushion Track for weekend Breeders' Cup engagements to the satisfaction of trainer Ron Ellis.
"She breezed a half and galloped out well," said Ellis after Include Me Out was timed in :49 2/5 under regular rider Joe Talamo in advance of the Ladies' Classic Friday. "She did her serious work here last week. I couldn't be happier."
Samantha Siegel, the filly's owner, was on hand for the drill.
"She's a happy girl, bouncing off the track in the morning," Siegel said.
Teddy's Promise was clocked in :48 4/5 under exercise rider Baltazar Contreras ahead of the Filly & Mare Sprint.
"She's doing great," Ellis said. "She just worked a 47 best in the morning last week. She'll be up close."
Ellis said that Include Me Out would be shipped to Santa Anita Tuesday and Teddy's Promise will be shipped across town Wednesday.
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