Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom worked an easy five-eighths of a mile on turf in 1:04 4/5 at Palm Meadows Training Center March 10 as he preps for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on March 31.
“They set off a little slow, which is why the final time is that slow,” trainer Graham Motion said. “In an ideal world, I would have liked it to be a second or so faster, but I think the work was fine.”
The son of Leroidesanimaux, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) returned to action with a victory in a turf allowance race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 18. It was his first start since a sixth-place effort in the 2011 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
“He’ll have a more serious six- or seven-furlong work next week,” Motion said.
Also on the Palm Meadows tab was Mike Repole's grade I winner Stay Thirsty , who worked three furlongs in an easy :39 4/5 (:39.85). The work was the first of the year for the son of Bernardini . Trainer Todd Pletcher said earlier this month that the Aug. 4 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) would be Stay Thirsty’s “first major goal” of the year. Pletcher said he would like to first give him a prep at Belmont Park during the spring/summer meet.
Others working at Palm Meadows were Stronach Stable’s 4-year-old filly Her Smile, who breezed five furlongs in 1:01 for trainer Chad Brown in preparation for the March 17, $150,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II). Summerplace Farm’s 5-year-old mare Heavenly Landing worked a sharp five-eighths in :59 4/5 for trainer Eddie Kenneally for a likely start in the $150,000 Honey Fox Stakes (gr. II), also at Gulfstream on March 17.
Leading the Gulfstream work the morning of March 10 was Fred and William Bradley’s 4-year-old filly Groupie Doll, who posted a bullet half-mile in :46 2/5 for trainer Buff Bradley ahead of her probable start in the Inside Information. Klaravich Stable and William H. Lawrence’s 3-year-old Currency Swap drilled a sharp six furlongs in 1:11 2/5 from the gate for trainer Terri Pompay.
Prominent on the Calder work tab was Pinnacle Racing and Bill Kaplan’s champion 5-year-old mare Musical Romance, who turned in a sharp half-mile in :48 flat, third-fastest of 87 horses timed at the distance. Kaplan has indicated she is a probable starter for the Inside Information.