Golden Ticket Drills for Classic at Keeneland by Blood-Horse Staff Date Posted: 10/13/2012 2:24:31 PM Last Updated: 10/16/2012 2:14:49 PM
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) hopeful Golden Ticket, winner of the Travers Stakes (gr. I) in a deadheat this summer, turned in his second work at Keeneland Oct. 13, breezing five furlongs over the Polytrack in 1:00 1/5.
Danny Ramsey was aboard the Speightstown colt. Clockers caught Golden Ticket in fractions of :12 2/5, :24, :35 4/5, and :47 3/5. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 2/5. It was the 10th fastest clocking of 32 at the five-furlong distance on the morning.
"It was really nice," said Ken McPeek, who trains Golden Ticket for Magic City Thoroughbred Partners. "He was getting across it good, and he just needed a nice maintenance breeze. Last week, we took him a really easy, easy, easy half. This week he needed to stretch out and get a little wind in him."
On Oct. 6, Golden Ticket worked a half-mile in :52 4/5. The colt is expected to fly to California Oct. 15.
Golden Ticket has made several Keeneland stops during his career. Purchased for $100,000 at last year's Keeneland Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, he made two maiden starts over the Lexington oval in October 2011 and was fifth in the Coolmore Lexington (gr. III) in April in what McPeek called a "rough trip."
Following the Travers win, the colt was third in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 22.
Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Golden Ticket is out of the Deputy Minister mare Business Plan. The dark bay has two wins in 11 starts with six other placings and earnings of $648,335.