Bentley Smith's Alabama Stakes (gr. I) winner Lady Joanne continued her preparations for the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) to be run Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park by working a half-mile in :48.60 Oct. 16 at Churchill Downs with regular rider Calvin Borel up.
Working before the renovation break on track that was damp but still fast, the daughter of Orientate clicked off fractions of :12.60, :24.40, and :48.60, which was the best time of 19 at the distance. Churchill clockers got Lady Joanne galloping out five-eighths in 1:01.20 and pulling up at six furlongs in 1:14.
“She went real good this morning,” said Borel, who had worked 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense the previous day. “They both went just like (trainer) Carl (Nafzger) wanted and the colt looked good this morning.”
Borel said he will have two other mounts on Breeders’ Cup Day, but Nafzger will be attempting to become the third trainer to have a two-for-two day in Breeders’ Cup races. Richard Mandella’s only two Breeders' Cup starters in 1993, Phone Chatter in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and Kotashaan in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), prevailed at Santa Anita Park, and Richard Dutrow turned the trick at Belmont Park in 2005 when Silver Train won the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and Saint Liam won the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
“They are both doing good,” Nafzger said. “If they weren’t doing good, they shouldn’t be here. This morning, Lady Joanne worked well and was very relaxed.”
Street Sense jogged a mile under exercise rider Mark Cutler before Lady Joanne worked. The James Tafel-owned son of Street Cry worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 on a fast track Oct. 15, the second-fastest of 30 at the distance.
The Derby winner is scheduled to leave Churchill by van Oct. 18 with an Oct. 19 arrival at Monmouth. His final Breeders’ Cup work is scheduled for Oct. 23. Lady Joanne will remain at Churchill and have her final work next week before shipping to Monmouth.