Westerly Breeze works for Juvenile, Lukas preps Day Trader and Orientate

Edited from Churchill Downs' track notes

A. Steven Miles' Westerly Breeze, winner of the Walmac International Alcibiades (GII) at Keeneland in her most recent outing, worked five furlongs Wednesday at Churchill Downs as she continued her preparations for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.

Jockey Robby Albarado, who will ride the filly on Breeders' Cup Day, was in the saddle aboard the daughter of Gone West as she breezed over a "fast" track in 1:02.80. Trainer Carl Nafzger said he was not asking for much from his filly in the work, but the move should be a good indicator of what needs to be done in the final days before the 1 1/8-mile Juvenile Fillies.

"She finished up good," said Nafzger. "We just wanted to let her stretch her legs. We wanted to see where we are with her, what this does to her. Then we'll take a look and see what else she may need. She's had a race and she's fit. She ran hard in her last race. But I just want her finishing."

Westerly Breeze has raced four times and has a record of 2-0-0 in four races and a seven-furlong maiden race at Arlington accounted for the first victory. She has earned $302,804. Nafzger said Westerly Breeze would travel by van to Arlington Park on Thursday, Oct. 24.


Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has saddled a record 16 winners in Breeders' Cup competition, said his contenders for this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) - Robert and Beverly Lewis' Orientate and Overbrook Farm's Day Trader - would travel to Arlington Park on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Both horses have been training at Churchill Downs for several weeks and each has had a major training move this week. Orientate breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 over a "fast" track on Sunday and Day Trader breezed a half-mile in :49.40 on Tuesday.

Orientate has won four consecutive stakes races, with the most recent being the $250,000 Forego (gr. I) at Saratoga on Sept. 1. He briefly considered running the 4-year-old son of Mt. Livermore in the Phoenix Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Keeneland on Oct. 5 - a race in which Day Trader was runner-up to Sprint contender Xtra Heat - but Lukas said he has had no second thoughts about bringing Orientate into the Sprint off of nearly two months rest.

"My plan out of the Forego was to train up to the race," said Lukas. "I just looked at the Phoenix as a possibility. But I feel real good about going in fresh. He runs good fresh."

Lukas noted that the first of Orientate's victories came in the Aristides (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on June 29 and all four of his stakes wins came in a relatively short period of time. He also won the Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder Race Course on July 13 and the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. II) at Saratoga on Aug. 11.

"He ran four races in 10 or 12 weeks," Lukas said, "and to add another one I don't think would have moved him forward and that's the main thing. He's really thrived here (at Churchill Downs). Boy, he does good here." Jerry Bailey will ride Orientate in the Sprint, while Pat Day will get the mount on Day Trader. Breeders' Cup contenders in training at Churchill Downs include:

* CLASSIC - Dollar Bill, Perfect Drift (at Trackside Louisville)
* DISTAFF - Take Charge Lady
* JUVENILE - Lone Star Sky
* JUVENILE FILLIES - Westerly Breeze
* SPRINT - Orientate, Day Trader