Caleb's Posse turned in his second work at Keeneland Oct. 22 in preparation for his next start in the Breeders’ Cup.
The 3-year-old Posse colt, who defeated champion Uncle Mo to win the Foxwoods King’s Bishop (gr. I) at Saratoga, has been stabled at Keeneland since he was third in the Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Hoosier Park on Oct. 1.
A week ago Caleb’s Posse worked five furlongs in 1:02. On Saturday, with exercise rider David Contreras aboard, he breezed six furlongs in 1:13 1/5.
“We were pleased with his work,” trainer Donnie Von Hemel said. “He finished up the last quarter right around :23 and galloped out well. I’m glad to have that work out of the way and look forward to a couple of weeks.”
Caleb’s Posse’s connections are learning toward racing in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) but also are considering the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I). Von Hemel said the colt likely would ship to Churchill Downs on Oct. 28, and have his final Breeders’ Cup work – “something a little lighter,” he said - on Oct. 30 or Oct. 31.
Von Hemel said Caleb’s Posse, who also won the Amsterdam (gr. II) at Saratoga, Ohio Derby (gr. III) at Thistledown, and Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn this year, is progressing right on schedule.
“We’ve been running every four, five, six weeks pretty much all the way through his career,” he said. “Today we planned on this being a pretty good work, and he obliged.”
Everett Dobson’s Cheyenne Stables owns Caleb’s Posse in partnership with breeder Don McNeill.