Anne M. Eberhardt

Hoppertunity, Melatonin Breeze for Classic

Grade I winners worked at Santa Anita Oct. 22.

Multiple grade I winner Hoppertunity worked four furlongs in company Oct. 22 in :47 4/5 at Santa Anita Park, tuning up for a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) off his Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) victory.

"He went nice," trainer Bob Baffert said of the 5-year-old son of Any Given Saturday, who will join current second choice Arrogate , also trained by Baffert, in the race. "Hopper is not a great work horse, never has been, but he's good, he's happy, he's solid and he's doing well."

Hoppertunity's workmate Viva Vegas was timed in :48 flat. 

Grade I winner Melatonin also worked for the Nov. 5 Classic, going a mile in 1:41 1/5 under regular rider Joe Talamo.

"I'm very happy and Joe was very happy," said David Hofmans, who trains Melatonin for Susan Osborne's Tarabilla Farms, Inc. "Joe said he had a lot of horse left and we got a lot of air in him."

Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson caught Melatonin in fractional times of :26, :38 4/5, :51 3/5, 1:04 1/5, and 1:29 1/5. 

Melatonin, a 5-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy, is four for four at Santa Anita. The speedy bay has earned $1,218,552.

Also on the work tab was FrontRunner (gr. I) winner Gormley , who went six furlongs in company under Victor Espinoza in 1:14 flat.

"We just moved it up a day. He'll work again next Saturday," trainer John Shirreffs said. 

Tara's Tango, pointing toward the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 for Jerry Hollendorfer with Rafael Bejarano up.

Other Breeders' Cup workers included 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Daddys Lil Darling, four furlongs in :47 2/5 for Ken McPeek; Dalmore, pointing for the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), four furlongs in :50 3/5 for Keith Desormeaux; Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) contender Finest City, five furlongs in 1:05 1/5 for Eric Kruljac; Kitkat, heading to the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), four furlongs in :47 2/5 for Sebastian Silva; Point Piper, a Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) runner, five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 for Jerry Hollendorfer; and Juvenile fillies runner With Honors, a bullet 1:12 1/5 for Keith Desormeaux, who sent out stablemate Majestic Quality (1:13 2/5) in company.