Barn Notes From Churchill Downs
Flame Thrower, who remained unbeaten in four starts with a victory in the Norfolk Stakes Oct. 7, worked a half mile in :46 1/5 breezing Wednesday morning at Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. "He went nice and easy by himself," said trainer Bob Baffert after the drill under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes.
Arabian Light, winner of the Lane's End Farm Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland Oct. 8 for Baffert, also worked a half mile under Barnes, in :47 4/5 breezing, for the Juvenile. Notable Career, winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita Oct. 8, worked a half mile in :47 1/5 handily, also under Barnes, for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies during a busy morning for the Baffert barn.
Caffe Latte worked a real impressive half mile (in :49 1/5 breezing) on the main track yesterday," said Baffert of the four-year-old filly bound for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Point Given, runner-up in the Champagne Stakes Saturday at Belmont, returned to the Baffert barn and could be a third entrant in the Juvenile. Point Given and Arabian Light are both owned by The Thoroughbred Corp.
Captain Steve remains on the fence for the Classic. Baffert said he and owner Mike Pegram have not yet reached a decision on whether to supplement the three-year-old colt, who finished a half-length behind Tiznow in the Goodwood, for $270,000.
Street Cry, runner-up to Flame Thrower in narrow photo finishes in both the Norfolk Stakes and Del Mar Futurity, worked five furlongs in :58 2/5 handily here Wednesday morning for a third clash in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
"He went off easy and picked it up in the stretch working in company," said Harty of the Godolphin Stable colt, who worked under regular exercise rider Lara Robinson. "He looked great. I hope he comes out of it well and keeps persevering.
"He will probably work here once more next week before we ship out on the 25th," said Harty of the Irish-bred colt.