Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Oct. 18


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● GI Breeders’ Cup F/M Sprint contender Covfefe (Into Mischief) covered six panels at Churchill Downs in 1:12.20. The GI Test S. heroine worked in splits of :12.40, :24.60, :36.60, :48 and :59.80 under exercise rider Fernando Espinoza. She galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25.40 and completed the work with a one-mile time of 1:40.60, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.

“She’s a naturally fast filly and today’s work was very strong on all accounts,” trainer Brad Cox said. “She galloped out very strong around the turn and that was by design. She worked six furlongs but started at the five-furlong pole. It was a very strong move.”

● ‘TDN Rising Star’ Dennis’ Moment (Tiznow) prepped for the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with a best-of-65 five panels in :58.60 beneath the Twin Spires. The GIII Iroquois S. romper went in splits of :11.80, :23.40, 35 and :46.80 with a six-furlong gallop out of 1:11.40 before concluding his work with a seven-furlong time of 1:25.80.

“We actually tried to slow him down today,” trainer Dale Romans said. “You know, fast horses work fast. We had him with the outrider (Greg Blasi) and Tammy didn’t break off until he was right at the pole to try to make him slow down. We tried to outsmart him but he seems to be smarter than us. He’s going to work fast no matter what.”

Dennis’ Moment is scheduled to fly to California Sunday at 10 a.m. and will have one breeze at Santa Anita prior to the World Championships.

● Other Breeders’ Cup workers at Churchill Downs Friday include Andesite (The Factor) (five furlongs, 1:01.60, Juvenile Turf); British Idiom (Flashback) (five furlongs, 1:01.60, Juvenile Fillies); and Peace Achieved (Declaration of War) (five furlongs, :59.60, Juvenile Turf). Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect) blitzed a half-mile in :46.80. His Breeders’ Cup status remains in flux, according to trainer Ron Moquett. GI Kentucky Oaks victress Serengeti Empress (Alternation) was scheduled to work Friday, but trainer Tom Amoss was diagnosed with appendicitis late Thursday night and pushed her work back.

● GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity S. winner Maxfield (Street Sense) breezed a half-mile at Keeneland in :48.60 (16/62) Friday morning with Paul Madden aboard. The undefeated BC Juvenile contender posted fractions of :12.60, :25, :48.60 and out five furlongs in 1:01.60 (video).

“He was good and relaxed,” trainer Brendan Walsh said. “It was just a little maintenance move to stretch his legs. You could tell he wanted to do somethingthe last couple of days.”

Walsh said the plan now is for Maxfield to work an easy half-mile again next Friday, Oct. 25, and ship to Santa Anita early the following morning. The conditioner will also bring Vitalogy (GB) (No Nay Never) for the BC Juvenile Turf.

● Two-time GI Juddmonte Spinster S. victress Blue Prize (Arg) (Pure Prize) prepped for the BC Distaff with a four-furlong move in :49.40 (40/62) at Keeneland under Joe Bravo. She went in splits of :25, :49.40 and out five furlongs in 1:02. (video)

● GI Spinaway S. heroine Perfect Alibi (Sky Mesa) worked five panels in 1:02.60 (17/18) at Keeneland with a six-furlong gallop out in 1:16 flat under Tyler Gaffalione. She is aiming for the BC Juvenile Fillies.

“We were happy with that,” said Allen Hardy, who is overseeing Mark Casse’s Keeneland string. “She likes this track and Mark said he would leave her here with me since I was with her this spring when she got to Churchill Downs. She will probably go over there (to Louisville) the next couple days and then fly out to California on the 26th.”

● GI Breeders’ Cup Classic-bound Vino Rosso (Curlin) was among trainer Todd Pletcher’s Friday workers at Belmont. He covered five eighths in 1:01.58 (2/12) over the training track.

“I thought he worked great,” said Pletcher. “He finished up strongly and galloped out very strong. Everything has gone according to our plan and schedule. He seems to be thriving at the moment so we’re happy with him.”

● GI Natalma S. winner and BC Juvenile Fillies Turf runner Abscond (Blame) went a half-mile in company in :48.80 (23/62), galloping out five panels in 1:02.20 at Keeneland.

“We are taking it day by day and today the track was in great shape,” conditioner Eddie Kenneally said. “She went super. She will probably have one more breeze next Friday and fly out on the 26th.”

● GII Thoroughbred Club of America S. runner-up Dawn the Destroyer (Speightstown) covered four furlongs in :48.20 (9/62) at Keeneland with Roger Horgan aboard. The F/M Sprint runner posted fractions of :24.20, :48.20and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20 (video).

“She did it the right way and had a nice, honest gallop-out,” Horgan said of Dawn the Destroyer, who is scheduled to ship to Santa Anita Oct. 29. “Maybe she will have one more work next week. She is pretty fit. Kiaran [McLaughlin] asked me how she was doing and I told him she was doing well. He said to go ahead and work. If we have to, we can do somethingelse next Friday or Saturday.”

● There are still a couple weeks until the Breeders’ Cup, but GI Turf Sprint hopeful Pure Sensation (Zensational) turned in his final serious work for the race Friday, stopping the clock in :48 flat (8/36) over the Belmont main track.

“He worked very well. I’m very happy,” conditioner Christophe Clement said of the 8-year-old. “It was a nice work, very willing, very sound. He won’t work between now and the race, by design. I don’t like to work him too close to the race.”

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