Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Tuesday, Oct. 23

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Warrior’s Club | Coady

The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Warrior’s Club (Warrior’s Reward) continued his preparations for the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint with a best-of-43 half-mile in :48.60 at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning. “He’s quite the horse,” Lukas said of the horse, who is owned by the Churchill Downs Racing Club. “This horse is just so special and has touched so many lives.”

GI Breeders’ Cup Turf contender Quarteto de Cordas (Brz) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) breezed on the Churchill lawn Tuesday, which was the first day of turf training in Louisville. The Ian Wilkes pupil covered five furlongs in 1:03.80 (1/2). “I got him into the barn in early October and this is the first time he’s been on the turf since I’ve had him,” Wilkes said. “I’m excited to have him and we’ll see what we can do in the Turf.”

Wesley Ward, who has eight fillies/mares pre-entered for the World Championships, worked three of his Breeders’ Cup contenders at Keeneland Tuesday morning. Two of his Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint entrants, Moonlight Romance (Liaison) and Stillwater Cove (Quality Road), breezed in company on the turf with Moonlight Romance starting a length behind her stablemate and finishing on even terms. Moonlight Romance was clocked in :49.80 (1/3) for the half-mile turf work and Stillwater Cove in :50 flat (2/3) with a final quarter of :23.20 for both fillies and a five-panel gallop-out in 1:03 (video). Ward also worked GI Breeders’ Cup F/M Sprint runner Kirby’s Penny (Macho Uno), who drilled a bullet five furlongs in :59.20 (1/6).

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