Leading O'Neill's morning work tab was the 4-year-old Dixieland Band filly Sharp Lisa, fourth in her last start, the Oct. 8 Spinster (gr. I) at Keeneland. Owned by J. Paul Reddam and partners and entered in the Emirates Airline Distaff, the filly got the distance in 1:17.O'Neill's two TVG Sprint contenders -- Thor's Echo (Swiss Yodeler) and 4-year-old Areyoutalkintome (Smokester) -- worked back-to-back with respective times of 1:14 and 1:16 2/5. Thor's Echo, owned by Suarez Racing Stable and partners, ran the quarter in :26 1/5 and finished with a strong :47 4/5 for the remaining half, while Areyoutalkintome worked a steady 1:16 2/5 for owners Ron Manzani and Russell Sarno. "Thor's Echo kind of surprised me, he really picked it up at the end, and he's usually a lazy worker," O'Neill said. "But I'd have to say Areyoutalkintome is training equal to, if not better than Thor's Echo right now. They're both training well, but we brought Areyoutalkintome in a little early for the Phoenix and he's just a really a happy horse right now that would love to get a chance to run."
Thor's Echo is coming off a second-place finish to Proud Tower Too in the Mar. 25 Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Areyoutalkintome finished second by a length to Kelly's Landing in the Oct. 8 Phoenix Breeders Cup (gr. III) at Keeneland. Coming off his win in the Oct. 7 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland, J. Paul Reddam's 2-year-old Great Hunter (Aptitude) turned in a steady 1:14, working a quarter in :26 3/5 and the remaining half in 47 4/5 in preparation for the Bessemer Trust Juvenile. "He brings it every time you ask him," said O'Neill, who won the 2005 Juvenile with Stevie Wonderboy. "He's an extremely special horse, very classy, and he covers a lot of ground. He's got the pedigree to do well and we're very excited about him. He's our miniature Lava Man; they train a lot alike."O'Neill's horses will ship to Churchill on Sunday, and according to the trainer's brother, Dennis O'Neill, the hardest part is over. "It was a great morning," he said. "Now we just have to get them all to Chuchill in one piece."