Grade I winner Here Comes Ben, who is expected to be one of the favorites for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), breezed six furlongs in 1:12.20 on the Keeneland Polytrack Oct. 21.
Enrique Pacheco was aboard the 4-year-old Street Cry colt, who was clocked in splits of :25, :49.20, and 1:12.20 with an out time of 1:24.
“Unbelievable,” said trainer Charles Lopresti. “He did it very easy. Enrique said (he would) go off easy and punch him a little bit, ask him down the lane. He said he just kicked on.”
A homebred racing for Brandon and Marianne Chase, Here Comes Ben is on a four-race win streak that includes the seven-furlong Kelly's Landing Stakes at Churchill Downs in June and the Forego (gr. I) at Saratoga on Sept. 4.
Lopresti said Here Comes Ben will work again in a week and that his stablemate Wise Dan, winner of the Phoenix (gr. III), is to work again Oct. 26. The 3-year-old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding, a homebred racing for Morton Fink, is pointed to the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) on Nov. 6.
The Lopresti horses are to ship to Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.
In other work news at Keeneland, Breeders’ Cup-bound juveniles Willcox Inn and Major Gain breezed together on the turf course, and both were clocked in 1:03.60 for five furlongs.
Both Willcox Inn, trained by Michael Stidham, and Major Gain, trained by Wayne Catalano, are pointing toward the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT), though Catalano said Major Gain also will be cross-entered in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). The colts finished third and fifth, respectively, in their last start, the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) on Oct. 8.
Cozy Kitten, runner-up in the Bourbon (gr. III) on Oct. 10, breezed in company with allowance winner Great Attack for trainer Wesley Ward. He is also being pointed for a run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
“(Cozy Kitten) had a fantastic work against a very fast horse in Great Attack,” Ward said. “I was very excited and we’re looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf with him.”
Cozy Kitten went five furlongs in 1:04.20, the same time as Great Attack.
“I think he’s developing mentally and physically,” Ward said of Cozy Kitten. “I find even today to show that he can even be, keep up remotely close to Great Attack, who is an exceptional sprinter, showed a tremendous effort.”
Great Attack, sixth in Keeneland’s Woodford (gr. IIIT) on Oct. 9, is being pointed to an allowance race on Oct. 27.