Monday, Oct. 19, was a busy morning for Bill Mott as the trainer oversaw Keeneland workouts that included two hopefuls for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at the Lexington track Oct. 30-31.
Champion Judy the Beauty tuned up for the defense of her title in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) by working five furlongs in company in 1:01 4/5 at Keeneland Oct. 19.
Greenpointcrusader works at Keeneland October 19, 2015. Courtesy of Keeneland
Breeders' Cup probable Super Majesty works at Keeneland October 19, 2015. Courtesy of Keeneland
Judy the Beauty and Kitten's Top Cat work at Keeneland October 19, 2015. Courtesy of Keeneland
Led by champion Judy the Beauty and two from the Bill Mott barn, the worktab at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 19 was quite active for Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls.
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Trainer Chad Brown continued his Breeders' Cup preparations the morning of Oct. 18 at Belmont Park, working a slew of potential starters over the inner turf course, including Stephanie's Kitten and Dacita.
Trainer Jorge Navarro got exactly what he wanted from Private Zone, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) hopeful who worked a solid five furlongs in :59 on a fast track at Keeneland Oct. 18.
A pair of Winchell Thoroughbreds' leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup were on the track at Keeneland early Oct. 18, with Untapable breezing five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 and Tapiture getting the same distance in 1:00 3/5.
A cadre of candidates for the Breeders' Cup World Championships worked at Belmont Park Oct. 17, led by Tonalist, who went six furlongs in 1:14 in advance of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice turned in a steady breeze Oct. 17 at Churchill Downs, preparing for a rematch in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind put in a seven-furlong breeze Oct. 17 at Santa Anita Park, covering the distance in 1:27 1/5 in her penultimate drill in preparation for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
A week after a bullet work at Keeneland, Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox was back on the track Oct. 17, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 2/5.
Juddmonte Farms' brilliant homebred Flintshire will pass up a chance to run in the Oct. 31 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and will target the Nov. 29 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) instead.
Multiple graded stakes winner Bradester had his first work over the main track at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 17, breezing five-eighths of a mile in company in a quick :58 3/5.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Breeders' Cup hopefuls, led by grade I winner Frosted, continued their preparations in New York Oct. 15-16.
On a drizzly Southern California morning the Santa Anita Park worktab was relatively light, but Team O'Neill was still at work with three Breeders' Cup hopefuls drilling Oct. 16.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Gleneagles, walked the course at Ascot Racecourse the afternoon of Oct. 16 to test the ground on which the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO (Eng-I) will be run Saturday.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been confirmed to join Justin and Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert for the Oct. 27 fundraiser called "An Evening With Team American Pharoah."
On the tab as well was Sticksstatelydude, who went a half in :47 4/5 for trainer Greg Burchell and will be pre-entered in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
The Maryland Jockey Club will use its well-attended Maryland Million Day program Oct. 17 to showcase millions of dollars worth of improvements at Laurel Park.
The Bernstein filly, who will make her first run against the boys when she starts in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 31, went a half in :50 flat alone under jockey Julien Leparoux.
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) contender Undrafted has raced at 11 different tracks during a 21-race career that has included two forays to England.
Reddam Racing's Gomo, who earned a berth into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with a victory in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I), will not run in the $2 million race due to an ankle chip.
Working on her own, Yahilwa worked five furlongs in :58 2/5 Oct. 15 at Keeneland.
Following a narrow defeat when heavily favored in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes Oct. 9 at Keeneland, Ranlo Investments' Lady Shipman is still on target for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
"He breezed awful fast," trainer Marcus Vitali said of the five-furlong move, timed in 1:00.85 Oct. 12 at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Trainer Richard Mandella got immediate feedback on his walk back to the barn following Beholder's final Santa Anita Park workout Oct. 15, in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Top sprinter Secret Circle, whose retirement was announced in September, has found a home at stud at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms, per an Oct. 14 release.
A little more than two weeks away from his upcoming run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), American Pharoah may have shown indications of his readiness Oct. 14 with a speedy workout at Santa Anita Park.
Skychai Racing's Da Big Hoss will bypass the Oct. 15 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland and head to the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) instead.
University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari will draw post positions for two races at the Breeders' Cup Post Positon Draw at Keeneland on Monday, Oct. 26.
The 3-year-old Super Saver colt was caught in splits of :12 1/5, :23 1/5, :34 3/5, and :45 2/5, with a five-furlong time in :57 4/5, and a 1:10 3/5 gallop-out under Marcus O'Donnell.
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After Artemis Agrotera breezed a sharp five furlongs in :59.11 from the gate at Belmont Park, trainer Mike Hushion said it's possible the filly would make her first start in a year in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Breeders' Cup Longines Turf (gr. IT) challenger Big John B would the sixth Breeders' Cup starter bred by Florida-based BryLynn Farm.
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Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox was on the track at Keeneland Oct. 11 as the 3-year-old filly turned in her first work since winning 1 million Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 19.
Teresa Viola Racing Stables' grade I winner Liam's Map breezed five furlongs at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 11 as the colt continued working toward the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Oct. 30.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 Oct. 10 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Following her dramatic win in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 9, Lael Stables' Ageless was treated at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute for a cut in her left hock sustained during the turf sprint.
Stonestreet Stables' Rock Fall, a two-time grade I winner among the favorites for the Oct. 31 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), broke down just past the wire and was euthanized following a workout at Keeneland Oct. 1
Lael Stables' Ageless took down favored Lady Shipman with a late charge Oct. 9 in the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland, but was injured in the process.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey will prepare Honor Code in New York for the two-time grade I winner's planned Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) start Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Curalina, Azar, and Thrilled for half-mile works at Keeneland Oct. 9.
Santa Anita clockers caught American Pharoah going five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 "handily," while Beholder went the distance in 1:02 flat and was given the "breezing" label that is not often awarded in Southern California.
Harmonize showed a new dimension Oct. 7 at Keeneland, coming from far off the pace with a strong stretch run to win the Jessamine (gr. IIIT) and an automatic berth in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
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