Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sent Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Nonios to the track at Santa Anita Park Oct. 30 for a four-furlong tuneup in preparation for the Nov. 3 World Championships and the colt responded with a bullet work.
With jockey Martin Pedroza aboard, Nonios was officially timed in :46 2/5, the fastest time among 19 horses working the distance. Hollendorfer timed the move in :47 2/5, with fractional splits of :12 2/5, :23 3/5, and :35 2/5.
"He went a little faster than I expected," said Hollendorfer, who was planning to return to his Northern California base at Golden Gate Fields before returning to Santa Anita Nov. 1. "But I told Martin to let him go if he was doing things easy. He was doing it that way; pretty much breezing."
Hollendorfer said plans call for the 3-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect to walk Oct. 31, and then stand in the gate one or two times later in the week.
Owned by Green B. Smith Jr., Nonios raced his way into the Classic field by winning the June 3 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III), and finishing second in the grade I Haskell Invitational and Awesome Again Stakes (won by Classic favorite Game On Dude); and the July 4 Swaps (gr. II). Listed at 20-1 odds on the morning line, Nonios brings a record of 3-3-1 from eight starts into the Classic.