Mor Spirit (Eskendereya) had his mind on business at Santa Anita Sunday morning, breezing five furlongs in :59.80 (10/88) under jockey Martin Garcia for the GII San Felipe S. Mar. 12.
The GI Los Alamitos Futurity and GII Robert B. Lewis S. hero never completed a scheduled workout under regular rider Gary Stevens last Tuesday when he “lost interest,” but was back on the beam this weekend.
“He went well,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said of the Michael L. Petersen colorbearer. “He's tough to work. He's a very laid back horse, which is good. He shows us more in the afternoon, which is what you want.”
Baffert continued, “We're going work by work [for the San Felipe]. We'll play it by ear. Gary will ride him if we run. The horse seemed to be more aggressive today. Last time, he lost focus. He worked well today and galloped out strong. That's him. He'll show you more in the afternoon. There's not a whole lot we need to do with him. He's pretty fit. I'm really happy with him.”
'TDN Rising Star' Danzing Candy (Twirling Candy), GII San Vicente S. runner-up Exaggerator (Curlin), unbeaten California-bred Smokey Image (Southern Image) and Robert B. Lewis runner-up Uncle Lino (Uncle Mo) are also being aimed at the San Felipe.