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Workforce Decision to be Made Early Nov. 6

Trainer Michael Stoute is concerned over firm nature of turf course.

Trainer Michael Stoute said a decision will be made early Saturday, Nov. 6, on whether Juddmonte Farms' Workforce will run in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT).

Stoute has expressed concern over the firm nature of the Churchill Downs turf course for Workforce, the Turf morning-line favorite who won the Gran Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) in his last start.

On Nov. 5, Workforce underwent a light canter on the grass course, with Paul Grassick aboard.

Stoute said he discussed the situation with Breeders’Cup turf consultant Dr. Mick Peterson, who informed that there were plans to water the course for about three minutes after training on Nov. 5. Peterson also explained they were limiting the amount of watering because there is a 40% of rain in Louisville.

"We are still concerned about the ground and what the weather will do," Stoute said. "Obviously there are concerns with a big heavy horse like him. The added problem is moisture evaporation with this wind. We’ll play for time, and make a decision in the morning (Nov. 6), and obviously we’ll talk to Ryan after he rides on the course today."