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Breeders Cup 2015

Catalano Drills Breeders' Cup Hopefuls

During a Thursday morning featuring wind gusts, steady rain and temperatures in the 40s, Stephanie’s Kitten, winner of the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on October 7, and Coalport, second in the Bourbon (G3) two days later, worked for the first time since their wins for trainer Wayne Catalano. Stephanie’s Kitten is to race in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), and Coalport is headed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)


The pair - both homebreds by Kitten’s Joy racing for Ken and Sarah Ramsey - were scheduled to breeze on the turf course, but Keeneland canceled the morning’s turf works because of a second consecutive day of rain. The two turf races carded for both Wednesday and Thursday, including today’s Sycamore (G3), were moved to the main track.


With Catalano’s assistant, Kelsey Danner, aboard, Stephanie’s Kitten breezed five furlongs in a bullet :59 with a gallop out time of 1:14 4/5.


“She worked very well. They got her in 59 flat and she galloped out OK, so we were happy with the work.,” Catalano said.


Earlier in the morning, Coalport worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 and galloped out in 1:15 2/5.


Catalano said he had not quite determined when Stephanie’s Kitten and Coalport would be shipped to Churchill Downs but would have a decision fairly soon. Stephanie’s Kitten might have a work on the Churchill turf course before the Breeders’ Cup, he said.


In other Breeders’ Cup news:


Ann of the Dance, scheduled to make her turf debut in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2), worked four furlongs in :49.80 with a gallop out time of 1:03 2/5. Heather Irion, assistant to trainer Marty Wolfson, was aboard the 2-year-old daughter of English Channel, who was ninth in the Darley Alcibiades. She and stablemate Ask the Moon, a Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) hopeful who worked here yesterday, are to move to Churchill after the coming weekend.


Foxwoods King’s Bishop (G1) winner Caleb’s Posse, who has been training at Keeneland since he was third in the Indiana Derby (G2) on October 1, will work here on Saturday, trainer Donnie Von Hemel said. Von Hemel said the Posse colt is expected to run in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), but owners McNeill Stables LLC and Cheyenne Stables LLC might choose to race him in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Caleb’s Posse would move to Churchill sometime next week, Von Hemel said.



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