From today’s Santa Anita Park notes:
Likely Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite Game On Dude worked seven furlongs under regular rider Rafael Bejarano on Santa Anita’s dirt track Sunday morning in 1:25 for next Saturday’s $5 million World Championship event at 1 ¼ miles.
Game On Dude, who worked in company with Blueskiesnrainbows (six furlongs in 1:13.60), was one of 12 Baffert horses on Sunday’s work tab.
Others in their final major drills for their Breeders’ Cup engagements next Friday and Saturday included Sprint contenders Coil and Capital Account, one-two finishers in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, four furlongs in 48.20 and 48.60, respectively; Fast Bullet (Sprint), four furlongs in 48.20; Power Broker (Juvenile), ridden by Bejarano, in company with Title Contender (Juvenile), each a bullet 59 flat for five furlongs.
Also, Fed Biz (Dirt Mile), four furlongs in 48 flat, breezing; and Contested (Filly & Mare Sprint), six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.40.
“He worked like he’s been working right along,” Baffert said matter-of-factly of Game On Dude, owned in part by baseball icon Joe Torre. “It was his last workout (before the Classic). So far, so good.
“Coil and Capital Account went really nice; Fast Bullet went real nice, and Power Broker went real nice with Title Contender. Contested worked really fast early but I didn’t think she was going that fast.”
Baffert said he was satisfied with how his Breeders’ Cup candidates were doing at the moment, but cautioned, “a lot can happen in a week.”
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Unbeaten My Miss Aurelia (Ladies’ Classic) worked four furlongs for Steve Asmussen in 48 seconds, breezing. “Very happy, very excited” is how the trainer summed up the move.
Juniper Pass (Marathon) worked five furlong for trainer Ray Bell in 1:00.60, while Monument (Juvenile) went six furlongs for John Sadler in 1:13.20.
Turf workers at Santa Anita Sunday included Bridgetown (Turf Sprint) and Doubles Partner (Mile) for Todd Pletcher, four furlongs in the identical time of 46.80; California Flag (Turf Sprint), four furlongs under Joe Talamo in a bullet 46.20 for Brian Koriner; and Tale of a Champion (Turf Sprint), four furlongs in 47 flat for Kristin Mulhall.
Bourbon Bay was declared from the Turf by trainer Neil Drysdale.
Know More, pre-entered in the Juvenile and the Juvenile Turf, will run in the Juvenile Turf, trainer Doug O’Neill said.
Amazombie’s fourth in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6 was the worst finish in his last 18 starts. The defending Breeders’ Cup Sprint king had never been worse than third in 17 straight races prior to that, winning nine and being disqualified from a 10th when he was moved from first to third in the Los Angeles Handicap in May of 2011.
Since a maiden victory in her first start on Dec. 13, 2009, the John Sadler-trained Switch (Filly & Mare Sprint) has run in stakes races 22 straight times, 13 of them Grade I’s, winning two and earning more than $1.3 million for owners Lee and Susan Searing (CRK Stable).
Three flights carrying European-trained horses entered to run in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships next Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday, and one more shipment is due Monday.
First to arrive Saturday around 12 noon was a private charter from England with four runners owned by Dubai’s Maktoum family that originated from Stanstead Airport near London.
Next to arrive was a flight from Luxembourg with French-trained contenders early evening after a refueling stop in Winnipeg, Canada, and another flight touching down soon after from Stanstead with English-trained runners as well as one for Irish-based trainer Dermot Weld.
The fourth and final flight from Europe due Monday will be a private charter from Ireland with the Coolmore team eight strong trained by Aidan O’Brien, led by defending 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf hero St Nicholas Abbey and Excelebration, one of the favorites for the Mile.