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Drosselmeyer, Birdrun Tune Up for Mott

Drosselmeyer in Breeders' Cup Classic; Birdrun to compete in Marathon.

Drosselmeyer went a powerful five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs on Oct. 29, leaving Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott completely satisfied by his final move before the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I).

The 2010 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner breezed in company with stablemate Birdrun , who is pointing for a start in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon (gr. II).     

“Last week they were in 1:01 and the way it worked out it was a very similar work today," Mot remarked. "I thought they were both moving very well and they were both doing it on the bridle.”

Drosselmeyer rated just outside his workmate in tandem around the turn, with both riders sitting quietly in the stretch. The 4-year-old son of Distorted Humor  edged away nearing the wire to be about a neck better than Birdrun.  

“He grabbed onto the bit and looked like he was energetic and ready to go,” Mott said. “Thus far, cooling out, he’s walking good. It seems like it wasn’t too stressful of a workout for him.”

WinStar Farm's Drosselmeyer comes off a runner-up finish by 2 ¼ lengths in the Oct. 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I). His maiden win came at Churchill Downs in November 2009 going a mile on the dirt.

“It’s better than knowing he doesn’t like the track,” the trainer said. “He’s had a lot of races since then and in-between, but he’s worked well enough over the track. With all things being equal I guess maybe we’re in for a piece of it. He’s working well. He’ll come running. He gets the distance, there’s no question about that, so we’re optimistic that he’s doing well enough that we can get a piece of the pie.”

Produced from the Moscow Ballet mare Golden Ballet, Drosselmeyer  has won or placed in 11 of 15 career starts, with a bankroll of $1,028,170.

Regarding Birdrun  in the Marathon, Mott said the 5-year-old son of Birdstone  is in good form coming off a sixth-place finish in the Gold Cup for Preston Stables. He won the June 10 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) to get his first graded stakes score this season.  

“He’s worked us way up through the ranks, he’s kind of done it the hard way,” Mott remarked. “He’s proven that he gets a mile and a half, anyway, and he actually beat Drosselmeyer at a mile and a half earlier in the year. He’s a horse that fits. It’ll be a good, competitive race.”

A 5-year-old son of Birdstone -Run Like Martha, by Jolie’s Halo, Birdrun has won seven of 21 starts with seven placings and $500,444 in earnings.

Ian Tapp contributed to this report.