Select Stable's Overbrook Spinster (gr. I) winner Take Charge Lady breezed a half-mile at Churchill Downs Saturday, preparing for her next scheduled start in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr.i). Patty Cooksey, the second- leading female jockey of all time, was aboard the daughter of Dehere, who was clocked in 48 2/5 on the fast track."It was a good solid breeze," trainer Kenny McPeek stated. "She doesn't need much at this stage. We just wanted to stretch her legs a little bit and do her thing."Take Charge Lady has won 8 races in 12 lifetime trips to the post including the Walmac Int'l Alcibiades and Ashland (both gr. I) at Keeneland. She has earned $1,586,351.Trainer Ronny Werner worked Tom Durant's Touch Tone, who finished third behind champion filly Xtra Heat in the Phoenix Breeders' Cup, at Arlington Park Saturday morning. The son of Pick Up the Phone went six furlongs in 1:13 and is definitely a live longshot for the Breeders' Cup Sprint."We had to crowd him to get to the Phoenix," Werner said. "But we made it. I was very pleased with his work. He came back good. That's all we can ask."Thoroughbred Corp.'s Atlantic Ocean, off the board as the favorite in the Walmac Int'l Alcibiades, worked a spectacular seven-eighths at Santa Anita, stopping clocker Chuck Russell's watch in a "best of the morning" 1:23. Regular exercise rider Dana Barnes was aboard the $1.9 million purchase.
"The track was tightened up after the break," Baffert said. "She worked really fast."