Espoir City, Japan’s hope for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) to be run
at Churchill Downs Nov. 6, drilled six furlongs over the Louisville
track to lead a host of workouts on the morning of Oct. 23 from
hopefuls for the two-day racing festival.
This was the first of two planned works beneath the Twin Spires for
Espoir City, who covered the distance over a fast track in 1:18 1/5
under jockey Tetsuzo Sato.
Espoir City spent about 20 minutes loosening up in the mile chute
before beginning his work. Fractions were :14 1/5, :28 2/5, :41 3/5,
:54 1/5, 1:06 2/5, and out seven furlongs in 1:33 3/5. After the work,
Espoir City walked around outside Barn 42 in the grassy area of the
quarantine section for another 20 minutes.