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Golden Ticket Prepares for BC Classic

31 January 2009: Trainer Ken McPeek at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.

Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hopeful Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of the Travers (G1), turned in his second work at Keeneland on Saturday. With Danny Ramsey aboard, the Speightstown colt worked five furlongs in 1:00.20.

Clockers caught Golden Ticket in fractions of :12.40, :24, :35.80, :47.60, 1:00.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.40.

“It was really nice,” said Ken McPeek, who trains Golden Ticket for Magic City Thoroughbred Partners. “He was getting across it good, and he just needed a nice maintenance breeze. Last week, we took him a really easy, easy, easy half. This week he needed to stretch out and get a little wind in him.”

A week ago, Golden Ticket worked a half-mile in :52.80. The colt is expected to fly to California on Monday.

Golden Ticket has made several Keeneland stops during his career. Purchased for $100,000 at last year’s Keeneland Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, he made two starts here in October 2011 and was fifth in the Coolmore Lexington (G3) in April in what McPeek called a “rough trip.” Following the Travers win, the colt was third in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) on September 22.

He has two wins in 11 starts and earnings of $648,335.

 

 

 

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A G1 winner at 10f with a 100 beyer off a 31/2 month layoff. Could have bounced in his 3rd in the Penn Derby. Not many BC Classic candidates this year have won a G1 event at the classic distance.

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