Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Cash Refund had his final prep for the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) by working five furlongs in company in 1:00 1/5 over a fast track on a cool Oct. 29 morning at Churchill Downs.
With jockey Brian Hernandez up and working in company with stablemate Homerun Berti, Cash Refund reeled off fractions of :11 2/5, :22 3/5, and :46 3/5. The work began at the half-mile pole with Cash Refund on the inside and about a length in front. The duo raced that way to the wire with Cash Refund continuing on to the seven-eighths pole and completing the second fastest of 24 works at the distance.
“He worked well and I was glad he had that other horse with him,” trainer Steve Margolis said. “He’s kind of funny in that when he works by himself, he will go in 1:03. I only wanted Homerun Berti to work a half and Brian said Cash Refund lost a little focus at the wire and then picked it up again.”
Cash Refund, who will be ridden by John Velazquez in the Breeders’ Cup, has not run since June 25 when he ran third in the Iowa Sprint at Prairie Meadows.
“After the race in Iowa, he popped a splint and he had some other nagging things, so we gave him some time,” Margolis said. “Since he came back, he has been training as good as he was this winter at Fair Grounds (where he won all three of his starts).”
Margolis will have one other Breeders’ Cup starter for the Kleins: Due Date in the Turf Sprint (gr. IIT).
In addition to Cash Refund, three other Breeders’ Cup pre-entrants worked at Churchil.
Working before the renovation break with jockey Robby Albarado up was Vision Racing’s Soundwave (Juvenile Fillies, gr. I), who covered five furlongs in 1:03. Splits for the move, which was the 13th fastest of 24 at the distance, were :13 3/5, :26 1/5, :38, :51 and out six furlongs in 1:17.
After the break, Westrock Stables’ Tidal Pool, who is third on the preference list for the Sentient Jet Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), blitzed a half-mile in :46 2/5 for the fastest move of 42 at the distance. Tidal Pool covered the first quarter in :22 1/5.
Working on the grass for the Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) was Gary and Mary West’s Major Gain, who covered six furlongs on the firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:17 1/5, around the “dogs.” Major Gain got his last quarter-mile in :23 4/5 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:30 4/5.