Meanwhile, GNC Racing's Cristina's Journey continues to go about her business in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), and that's just fine with trainer Dale Romans.
The 2-year-old filly by Any Given Saturday won the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) in September to remain undefeated in two starts and has been training well at Santa Anita Park. Cristina's Journey, who Romans describes as a filly "in a plain brown wrapper," broke her maiden at Ellis Park in Kentucky.
"She's always the same," Romans said Oct. 28. "She always goes out and does her job. She's not a 'wow' horse, although her last work was pretty 'wow.' I expect her to well."
Treadway Racing Stable's Wonder Gal, second in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park behind By the Moon, who also is entered in the Juvenile Fillies, had her final breeze for the race Oct. 27 and was calmer Oct. 28, said trainer Leah Gyarmati. The filly had worked a half-mile in :47 4/5 at Santa Anita.
"She's much more relaxed today," Gyarmati said of the filly by Tiznow . "She jogged the wrong way this morning from the quarter-pole gap, walked to the paddock, and took a long walk around the backside. Normally, I just walk her after a breeze but this took the edge off of her."
"We always thought that with her pedigree, two turns was gonna be her game," Pletcher said. "It really looked like in the Chandelier that that was the performance we had hoped to see. Maybe it's an advantage that she's had a race over the track. We hope for a good trip from the inside post and hopefully she runs as well as she did last time or a little better."