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Decision Looms Following Dullahan's Work

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 Juvenile Fillies.

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 Carla Gaines.

“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 rain.

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.



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Older Comments about Decision Looms Following Dullahan's Work...

Looks like they have chosen the TURF.
No matter what race Romans chooses for Dullahan he will not win the Turf or the Classic so what all the wait and see is about I just don't know. I guess he wants to see which race has less wolves
No matter what race Romans chooses for Dullahan he will not win the Turf or the Classic so what all the wait and see is about I just don't know. I guess he wants to see which race has less wolves

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