Here Comes Ben worked Thursday for the final time before running as the
potential favorite in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 6
at Churchill Downs.
The 4-year-old Street Cry colt, who gave Lexington's Charlie
Lopresti his first Grade I winner in his first attempt in Saratoga's
Forego, breezed a half-mile in 463/5 seconds under Enrique Pacheco over
Keeneland's Polytrack. That was the fastest time at the distance
Thursday. Here Comes Ben then galloped out five furlongs in a
sensational 584/5 and six furlongs in 1:124/5.
“We wanted to let him just go easy and let him finish up,” Lopresti said. “… He came back and he wasn't even blowing.”
trainer also will saddle Phoenix winner Wise Dan (who worked five
furlongs in 58 seconds Tuesday) in the $2 million Sprint. Lopresti
captured Keeneland's fourth race Thursday and now is 5 for 8 at the