Coming off the track, Smith said to Gonzalez, "He worked great. Perfecto. He galloped out great, too. I really liked how strong he felt galloping out."Came Home will be trying to win his first start outside California since capturing last year's Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga.
Came Home, one of the leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup Classic, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 at Santa Anita Wednesday morning, galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 1/5.The son of Gone West was sent out at 6:40 with jockey Mike Smith aboard. Trainer Paco Gonzalez, who said he was looking for "something around 1:01," caught him in fractions of :12 2/5, :37 1/5, and :49 2/5, with a final eighth in :12 3/5."I didn't want him to work fast today," Gonzalez said. "I just want to keep him happy. And he is happy; that's the main thing. Mike never asked him. He'll work again next Tuesday, a half-mile, something around :48. Then he'll ship [to Arlington Park] next Wednesday."