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Caleb's Posse Continues BC Dirt Mile Preparations

Caleb's Posse (no. 4), ridden by Rajiv Maragh and trained by Donnie Von Hemel, wins the 19th running of the grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes for three year olds on August 1, 2011 at Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs, New York. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)

With co-owner Everett Dobson in attendance, Caleb’s Posse on Saturday turned in his second work at Keeneland in preparation for his next start during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 5 at Churchill Downs. The 3-year-old Posse colt, who defeated champion Uncle Mo to win the Foxwoods King’s Bishop (G1) at Saratoga on August 27, has been stabled at Keeneland since he was third in the Indiana Derby (G2) at Hoosier on October 1.


A week ago, Caleb’s Posse worked five furlongs in 1:02. This morning, with exercise rider David Contreras aboard, he breezed six furlongs in 1:13.20.


“We were pleased with his work,” trainer Donnie Von Hemel said. “He finished up the last quarter right around :23 and galloped out well. I’m glad to have that work out of the way and look forward to a couple of weeks.”


Caleb’s Posse’s connections are learning toward racing in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) but also are considering the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Von Hemel said the colt likely would ship to Churchill on Friday, October 28, and have his final Breeders’ Cup work – “something a little lighter,” he said - on October 30 or October 31.


Von Hemel said Caleb’s Posse, who also won the Amsterdam (G2) at Saratoga, Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown and Smarty Jones at Oaklawn this year, is progressing right on schedule.


“We’ve been running every four, five, six weeks pretty much all the way through his career,” he said. “Today we planned on this being a pretty good work, and he obliged.”


Dobson’s Cheyenne Stables LLC owns Caleb’s Posse in partnership with breeder Don McNeill’s McNeill Stables LLC. On Friday, Dobson watched his 2-year-old Empire Maker filly Clarinda, trained by Christophe Clement, run fifth in her career debut. Dobson also has horses in New York with trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, including Frizette (G1) third-place finisher Miss Netta. He said the Street Sense filly is a contender for the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).


In other Breeders’ Cup news:


Trainer Charlie Lopresti said Turallure, a contender for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), would work Monday on the turf course with Julien Leparoux aboard.


Trainer Gerard Butler postponed Pachattack’s scheduled Saturday work to Sunday. He said the filly will go in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1).




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Older Comments about Caleb's Posse Continues BC Dirt Mile Preparations...

Not HOTY Tim, but now that you brought it up, I think he would get plenty of votes for top 3yo male with a BC Dirt Mile win, if Mo and Thirsty bomb as you say, although I want Mo to win the Classic.
Honestly ... No.
IF cALEBS pOSSE \ WINS A BREEDERS CUP RACE AND ALL THE FAVORITES bomb in the classic is there any chance he could win H.O.Y?

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