Here's a look at the various plans of Breeders' Cup hopefuls leading up to the World Championships Nov. 5-6 at Churchill Downs:
Here Comes Ben to Train Up to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Marianne and Brandon Chase’s Here Comes Ben, who won the Sept. 4 Forego (gr. I) at Saratoga, will train up to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 6, according to trainer Charles Lopresti. The 4-year-old son of Street Cry broke his maiden over the course and distance earlier in his career and gives Lopresti the perfect spacing since the Forego.
“The two months between races is about the same break he had before the Forego from the Kelly’s Landing at Churchill Downs,” Lopresti in a release. “I didn’t want to cut him back to six (furlongs in the grade III Phoenix at Keeneland) and I couldn’t find any other race that fit.”
Zenyatta to Remain in California Prior to Breeders’ Cup
Jerry and Ann Moss’ Zenyatta, the defending Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner who ran her unbeaten streak to 19 with a win in the Oct. 2 Lady’s Secret Stakes (gr. I), will do her serious training in California before she goes for a repeat in this year’s running of the Classic at Churchill Downs Nov. 6.
“Not knowing what the weather will be (in Kentucky), we’ll probably wait and go late,” trainer John Shirreffs told Daily Racing Form.
Shirreffs indicated Zenyatta will have her major workouts at Hollywood Park prior to the Breeders’ Cup and ship to Churchill Downs during the week of the event.
Blame Remains On Target for Classic
Though Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Blame suffered his first defeat of the year in the Oct. 2 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park, trainer Al Stall is looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“We’re disappointed that we didn’t win, but he’s still on track for the Breeders’ Cup,” said Stall in a release. “We’re going to keep doing what we had been doing with him. He didn’t run his ‘A’ race, but we believe having him compete on his home track will help.”
Blame, who was 3-for-3 on the year, including grade I wins in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs in June and the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga in August, will complete his final preparations for the Classic over Keeneland’s Polytrack.
Workforce Possible for Breeders’ Cup Turf
Juddmonte Farm’s Workforce, who won the Oct. 3 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp could wheel back in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT). Teddy Grimthorpe, Juddmonte’s racing manager, said the morning of Oct. 4 that Workforce came out of his Arc win in good order and left the door open on a trip to Churchill Downs.
"Workforce seems to have come out of the Arc very well," Grimthorpe told the Racing Post. "We'll have to see how he is over the next couple of weeks, and then make a decision on whether to run him again this year - possibly in the Breeders' Cup."