CONNIE AND MICHAEL WORKS FIVE FURLONGS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP START – With
jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard, Anthony Bonomo Jr.’s Connie and Michael
tuned up for her engagement in next Friday’s Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita by working five
furlongs in 1:01 over a “fast” track at Churchill Downs.
“She went out for a breeze with a capital B,” Desormeaux said
after the work that occurred after the track re-opened after the
morning renovation break. “She was just cruising out there and she
galloped out strong.”
A daughter of Roman Ruler, Connie and Michael did not make her racing
debut until Oct. 17 when she romped by 7 ¾ lengths after exiting the 12
hole in a seven-furlong Keeneland sprint. Connie and Michael is
scheduled to fly to Santa Anita on Saturday to join the rest of trainer
Ken McPeek’s Breeders’ Cup cast.
Other McPeek runners for the World Championships include Magdalena
Racing’s House of Grace for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Peter Callahan’s
Beautician for the Juvenile Fillies, Melnyk Racing Stables’ Bridgetown
for the Juvenile Turf and Chasing Dreams Racing 2008’s Noble’s Promise
for the Grey Goose Juvenile.
Connie and Michael is one of nine Breeders’ Cup runners that Desormeaux is confirmed on as of today.
“I am going to be busy, and that’s how I like it,” said
Desormeaux, a three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider. “I’ll ride here
Thursday and catch a plane after the card and get out there around 11
Other World Championships mounts for Desormeaux, who has won three
Breeders’ Cup races, according to his agent Mike Sellito are: Summer
Bird (Classic), Mushka (Ladies’ Classic), Dynaforce (Filly & Mare
Turf), Mr. Sidney (Dirt Mile), Gangbuster (Marathon), Piscitelli
(Juvenile), Whatsthescript-IRE (Mile) and Interactif (Juvenile Turf).