Repent Blazes 5 furlongs in :58; Harlan's Holiday Breezes

Repent Blazes 5 furlongs in :58; Harlan's Holiday Breezes
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Repent, shown winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, had a fast workout Wednesday.
With the Gulfstream surface doing a Jekyll & Hyde transformation, Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up Repent blazed 5 furlongs Wednesday in :58 flat, working in company with stablemate Take Charge Lady. The Kentucky Jockey Club winner galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:11 4/5.

"I told the rider I was looking for 1:00 or 1:01," trainer Kenny McPeek said. "They had scraped the track Tuesday afternoon, and the only work before the first break this morning was a half in :47 1/5. That made me nervous about this work. I wasn't happy they went that fast, but I followed both horses around for a while after the work and they both came out it great and cooled out beautifully. Repent looked as if he was doing it pretty easily; he's just that good a horse. We're definitely looking at the Risen Star, but we still have to work out the transportation situation."

Repent's stablemate Harlan's Holiday, runner-up in the Holy Bull Stakes, turned in a sharp 5-furlong breeze in 1:00 Tuesday morning in preparation for the Feb. 16 Fountain of Youth Stakes. It was the fastest of the 22 five-furlong works on the tab, giving some indication just how dramatically the track changed in one day. "He came out the work super," McPeek said. "I'm in an enviable position to have two horses this talented."

Also working on Tuesday was the Nick Zito-trained High Star, winner of an allowance race in his last start. The son Private Terms breezed an easy 5 furlongs in 1:04 3/5. Zito will attempt to find another allowance race for the colt to set him up for the Florida Derby.

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