Sunshine Millions Vinery Farms Sprint defending champion Shake You Down worked up a sweat while breezing five furlongs Saturday at Gulfstream Park in his last major move before flying to California for the Jan. 29 renewal. Trainer Scott Lake says the gelding did just what he needed to do.Shake You Down worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 for the $300,000 Sprint, which is one of four races on the Santa Anita Park portion of the Sunshine Millions bill. It comes on the heels of a seventh-place finish in the Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) Jan. 8. Lake says heatstroke was the reason for the poor performance."He got acclimated to the weather here and stopped sweating," said Lake. "Once he got into a race, the exertion raised his temperature and it had the same effect as heatstroke. He came back from his workout this morning sweating. That's more like what we want to see from him."
The son of Montbrook cruised to a three-length victory in last year's Sunshine Million Sprint and added a victory in the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park April 8, but an ankle injury sent him to the sidelines in May. He won an allowance race at Pimlico in December before shipping to Florida for this season.