Two of trainer Wesley Ward’s Breeders’ Cup hopefuls, Great Attack and Almost an Angel, worked together Thursday morning on the turf course. Great Attack, ridden by Blake Shinn, and Almost an Angel, with Julio Garcia aboard, were clocked going five furlongs in 1:02.60 and 1:03, respectively, around the dogs on a turf course labeled “good” by Keeneland clockers.
“Very happy,” Ward said about Great Attack’s performance today in preparation for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) on November 3.
Owned by Houyhnhnm Stable, Great Attack has not raced since he won the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3) at Churchill Downs on May 5. Ward said the 5-year-old son of Greatness came out of the race with a foot bruise “and it’s taken all this time to get him back.” Great Attack has worked during each of the past four weeks on the Keeneland turf course.
“He was about ready to run in the Woodford (presented by Keeneland Select [G3] here on October 6) but our ultimate goal is the Breeders’ Cup and I thought it best that we train him into it,” Ward continued. “I didn’t want to send him to California because the turf is hard out there. This is really easy and kind on his feet and plus it’s deeper so you get a lot more out of the work. I was really happy with it today.”
Ward said Great Attack would work again on the turf in a week and leave for California on October 28.
Almost an Angel is a candidate for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) on November 2, “but I don’t know if I’m going to get in,” Ward said. The 2-year-old Artie Schiller filly, who is owned by Ice Wine Stable, worked for the first time since running sixth in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on October 5.
“She doesn’t really like the Polytrack that much, but being a Grade 1 I thought I’d take a shot,” Ward said about the decision to race Almost an Angel in the Darley Alcibiades. “She ran a good race but not nearly as good as I know she can do.”