Trainer Rick Violette Jr. was on hand Oct. 28 at Belmont Park to watch Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) winner Diversify breeze a half-mile for a possible bid in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), as the deadline for a final decision looms for the horse's connections.
With regular exercise rider Rodney Paine aboard, the 4-year-old New York-bred gelding by Bellamy Road broke off inside of a stablemate and hit the wire about three lengths ahead. Diversify completed the move in :46.88, the fastest of 60 at the distance.
"It was very, very similar to the breeze before the Gold Cup," said Violette. "They went off a little quick, they went off in :22 and change and that wasn't by design, so I actually throttled them down a little galloping out. He went terrific. They got him in :46 and four and I got him out in :59 and change. He didn't do anything this morning to discourage us from getting on a plane."
Trainer Chad Brown's large Breeders' Cup contingent also put in their final works Saturday at Belmont before shipping out to Del Mar.
Beach Patrol and Fanciful Angel worked in company for the third time in 13 days, with the duo going five furlongs in 1:02.54 on the inner turf. Both are pointed toward the Nov. 4 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T).
Beach Patrol is coming off back-to-back grade 1 victories in the Arlington Million XXXV Stakes (G1T) and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (G1T). Fanciful Angel ran second behind Beach Patrol in both of those races.
All three of Brown's expected entrants in the Nov. 4 Filly & Mare Turf (G1T) worked Saturday. Lady Eli, who ran second in last year's edition at 1 1/4 miles, will now compete at 1 1/8 miles at Del Mar, a distance in which she is 3-for-3 in her career.
Lady Eli breezed five furlongs in 1:01.19 in company with Roca Rojo on the inner turf.
Significant Form worked four furlongs in :50:02 on the inner turf, going in company with Rymska. Significant Form, who won the Oct. 1 Miss Grillo Stakes (G3T) is pointing toward the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T)
Carina Mia worked solo in preparing for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), breezing four furlongs in :49.44 on the main track. The grade 1 winner galloped out to five furlongs in 1:01 3/5.
Paulassilverlining also put in her last work before the Filly & Mare Sprint, also going four furlongs on the main track. In company with Jamyson 'n Ginger, Paulassilverlining went :49.65, and the gallop out to five furlongs in 1:02.
Good Magic breezed five furlongs on the main track, going 1:01.67 with an opening quarter-mile in :25 3/5 in preparation for the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).
Separationofpowers breezed five furlongs in 1:02.31 for the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
Also out Saturday morning was Patricia A. Generazio's multiple graded stakes winner Disco Partner, going four furlongs in :50.72 over the main track in his final work for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T).
"It was a slow work by design," said trainer Christophe Clement. "I thought he looked well. He was moving very well and sound. He came back in great shape from the work and rolled around in the pen afterwards. He just ran in October so he's very fit. He doesn't need to do much, only stretch his legs and to keep him happy.
"I'm pretty excited to see him run in California," said Clement. "He loves firm turf and he's got plenty of speed. At the end of the day, he's got the world record for going six furlongs. We've been taking him back when he goes six or seven (furlongs) and we won't have to do that here. We can just let him roll. I don't think we'll be on the pace either, but that's perfectly OK."
Disco Partner will be joined by stablemate and fellow graded stakes winner Pure Sensation in the Turf Sprint.
Mr. Amore Stable's Champagne Stakes (G1) winner Firenze Fire visited the training track Saturday, working five furlongs in 1:00.10 for the Juvenile. The breeze was the second-fastest of 45 at the distance.
"It was just a maintenance breeze today," said trainer Jason Servis. "Coming out of the Champagne, we just have to keep him tight and on his toes. He's doing been doing well since that race."