"He worked great," said Richard Mulhall, general manager of The Thoroughbred Corp, which owns the colt. "He went in :12's, evenly all the way, and that's what (Baffert) has been trying to get him to do; slow him down a little bit and relax."War Emblem has not run since finishing sixth in the Pacific Classic on Aug. 25. Prior to that he came off a layoff to win the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. He is scheduled to fly to Chicago on Oct. 23.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem turned in a sharp seven-furlong work in 1:24 before the first race at Santa Anita Saturday. The son of Our Emblem came out at noon under exercise rider Dana Barnes, and received a smattering of applause from the fans."I wanted to work him in the afternoon, because he can get a bit antsy around other horses in the morning," trainer Bob Baffert said. "All systems are go. It was nice that the fans acknowledged him."War Emblem rattled off fractions of :24 3/5,. 48 2/5, and 1:12 1/5 before coming home his final eighth in :11 4/5. He then galloped out a mile in 1:38 3/5.