Dullahan worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s conventional dirt
track Saturday morning under Tammy Fox in a minute flat, after which
trainer Dale Romans said a decision on whether the Pacific Classic
winner would run in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic or the $3
million Turf at Santa Anita next Saturday would likely not be rendered
before Monday’s deadline. “I thought he went really good,” Romans said
shortly after the 9 a.m. drill. “I haven’t talked to her (Fox) yet, but
he went fast and he looked good doing it.”
Dullahan is pre-entered for the Classic at 1 ¼ miles on dirt and the Turf at 1 ½ miles.
“We’ll talk to her and Jerry (Crawford, owner, who races as
Donegal Racing). It’ll be Jerry’s decision. We’ll have a meeting with
her and see what she says. There’s no rush, but by entry time on Monday,
we’ll have it settled by then.”
Dullahan’s three career wins have all come on synthetic
surfaces. The 3-year-old son of Even the Score is winless in four turf
starts and winless in six races on traditional dirt.
Asked his thoughts about that, Romans was resigned to his fate.
“Well,” he said, “they wouldn’t change this to Poly for me, so there’s
nothing I can do about it. We’ll see what happens.”
Shackleford, second in last year’s Dirt Mile, went five furlongs
with Fox up in a minute flat as the 2011 Preakness winner prepares for
another go in the Dirt Mile. Also for Romans, Little Mike (Turf or Mile)
worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s grass course in 1:01.80, while
Moonwalk (Juvenile Fillies Turf) went the same distance in 1:01.60.
Also, unbeaten Juvenile Fillies favorite Executiveprivilege
worked six furlongs for Bob Baffert in 1:14.20 in company with
stablemate Sir Allison, who was clocked in 1:14.80. Martin Garcia was
aboard Executiveprivilege, who will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano in the
Elsewhere: Super Ninety Nine (Juvenile Sprint) worked five
furlongs for Baffert in 59.40 with stablemate Candrea, who was timed in
1:00.60; Marathon contender Commander, winner of his last six starts,
worked five furlongs for trainer Troy Taylor in 1:00.40; Smiling Tiger
(Sprint) went four furlongs from the gate in a bullet 46.80 for Jeff
Bonde; Love and Pride (Ladies’ Classic) and Tara from the Cape (Juvenile
Fillies Turf) worked in company on the main track for Todd Pletcher,
each going in 48 seconds flat.
Also, Capo Bastone (Juvenile), six furlongs in 1:11.60; Lady of
Shamrock (Filly & Mare Turf), seven furlongs in 1:28.20; Under
Review (Juvenile Turf), six furlongs on grass in 1:14.60 and Switch
(F&M Sprint), six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.20, each worked for John
Sadler; Second City (Sprint and Dirt Mile), six furlongs in 1:14 for
Ben Cecil; and John Scott (Dirt Mile), five furlongs in 1:00.40 for
“Her work was good,” Sadler said of Switch’s second straight
bullet move. “She’s ready to go. She likes this track and she likes this
distance (six furlongs).”
Other turf workers Saturday included Gervinho (Juvenile Turf,
four furlongs in 48.40 for Carla Gaines); In Lingerie (F&M Turf,
four furlongs in a bullet 46.60 for Todd Pletcher); Turbo Compressor
(Turf, four furlongs in 47.40, also for Pletcher); Reneesgotzip (F&M
Sprint, five furlongs in 59.40 for Peter Miller); Dry Summer (Juvenile
Turf, six furlongs in 1:13.80 for Jeff Mullins); Stormy Lucy (F&M
Turf, six furlongs in 1:14.60 for Frank Lucarelli); and Bourbon Bay
(Turf, six furlongs in 1:13.40 for Neil Drysdale).
Renee’s Queen was 38-1 when she won Del Mar’s Juvenile Fillies
Turf on Sept. 3 and will be of like odds if she runs in the Juvenile
Fillies Turf, but that doesn’t dissuade Eric Guillot.
“I’ve won eight graded stakes with horses that were 25-1 or higher,” the trainer said.
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Breeders’ Cup trivia: which horse pre-entered for this year has the most wins, the most starts and has won the most money?
Among Breeders’ Cup candidates scheduled to work at Santa Anita
Sunday are Classic favorite Game On Dude and Turf Sprint contender
California Flag, winner of that event in 2009.
Next Friday’s local weather forecast calls for partly cloudy
skies with a high of 76 degrees and a 10 percent chance of rain, while
Saturday’s is partly cloudy, a high of 79 degrees, with no chance of
Trivia answer: Fame and Glory (Marathon) has the most wins with
14; Romp (Marathon) the most starts with 53; and St Nicholas Abby (Turf)
has earned the most money, $4,253,121.