The barns emptied Sunday morning as local Breeders' Cup contenders finished local preparations prior to shipping east for Saturday's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs. Trainer Bob Baffert worked his entire Kentucky-bound contingent Sunday morning.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Aptitude returned to the races at Churchill Downs Sunday, winning a 1 1/4-mile allowance race by 2 3/4 lengths.
Likely Breeders' Cup Distaff favorite Riboletta turned in her final major work with a five-furlong breeze in 1:00 3/5 under exercise rider Jose Cuevas Sunday after the renovation break. Also working Sunday were Nasty Storm, Dollar Bill, Raging Fever, Cindy's Hero, City Zip, Collect the Cash, and Crimplene.
Bet On Sunshine breezed the distance in 1:00 4/5 over a "fast" track Sunday in a move that came shortly after the mid-morning break for track maintenance. Also working were a trio of Todd Pletcher-trained horses, including Sprint hopefuls Trippi and More Than Ready.
Sir Micheal Stoute's Breeders' Cup duo of the Aga Kahn's Kalanisi (Turf) and Highclere's Petrushka (Filly & Mare Turf) were on the Churchill Downs turf course Sunday for what was scheduled to be a routine six-furlong work -- but little went according to plan. After three days of quiet canters and gallops over the grass course, Kalanisi unleashed a display of fractious and stubborn behavior worthy of the best of Classic contender Fusaichi Pegasus.
Edmund A. Gann's Timboroa upset the $141,650 Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) Sunday at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, completing the 1 1/2 miles in 2:29.91 over firm turf while winning by 2 1/2 lengths.
Thursday at Churchill Downs
Chindi beat Smolderin Heart by 1 1/2 lengths in the $113,700 Ack Ack Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and older Sunday on opening day of the fall meet at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Jorge Chavez won the $112,500 Athenia Handicap (gr. IIIT) for the second straight year, riding front-running Wild Heart Dancing to a half-length victory Sunday at Aqueduct. Chavez won the Athenia last year aboard Antoniette.
Aaron and Marie Jones' Three Chimneys Spinster Stakes (gr. I) winner Plenty of Light will miss the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) due to a minor leg injury.
Fusaichi Pegasus completed his serious training for the 1 1/4-mile Breeders Cup Classic (gr. I) with a seven-furlong breeze in 1:27 4/5 over a "fast" track Sunday at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. was thrown from his horse Sunday, falling heavily to the track near the end of the seventh race at Aqueduct. Two races later, Mike Luzzi was dumped from his mount shortly after leaving the starting gate.
Gainesway Farm stallion Broad Brush, who stood for $100,000 in 2000, will stand for a private fee in 2001.
1999 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Montjeu will make his final career start in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Saturday at Churchill Downs trainer John Hammond told Reuters on Sunday.
Despite overnight rains, four Breeders' Cup aspirants worked at Santa Anita Saturday morning before being shipped to Louisville on flights Monday or Tuesday.
Millionaire Lost Code and Hay Halo, a half-brother to Broad Brush, will stand the 2001 breeding season at Legacy Farm near Bluemont, Va.
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