Dubai World Cup champion Captain Steve went through his final tune-up paces on Tuesday with a sharp :59.60 for five furlongs as he worked in tandem with stablemate Divine Spirit. The 4-year-old Captain Steve started out behind his workmate, but went by as they turned for home and finished in front by three lengths. Trainer Bob Baffert said this morning: "He worked well. I think he turned the corner." Captain Steve is winless in two tries since his victory in Dubai I March.Dixie Dot Com, who traveled a half-mile, with regular rider David Flores in the irons, in a sharp 46 seconds flat. Trainer William Morey, Jr. said he was pleased with the work. Dig For It, with regular exercise rider Zenda Grady up, stopped the clocks in :59.80 for five furlongs, a work that satisfied trainer Bruce Headley.
Trainer Craig Dollase sent his trainee, Futural, out about 9:30 with a workmate, The Denver Dream. Starting four lengths behind the mate, Futural gained steadily on his target and then went past midway down the stretch to hit the wire two lengths up on The Denver Dream. Futural was clocked in :47.40 for the half-mile, while his workmate got a time of :48.60. Trainer Laura de Seroux watched intently as her 3-year-old Until Sundown strided strongly through the stretch from the quarter pole to the seven-furlong pole under regular rider Gary Stevens. De Seroux, who accompanied the colt to the paddock prior to the gallop, said she wasn't interested in putting too much speed into the horse at this time. She said the colt would take a turn in the paddock in the second race today and then travel back to his home base at San Luis Rey Downs before returning to the seaside track on Saturday.