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With the clock inexorably ticking ever closer to the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita nine days hence, event participants went through their daily regimen without a hitch on a clear, crisp, sun-filled Thursday morning with the scenic San Gabriel Mountains providing their ever-present picturesque background.

Among the horses working on Santa Anita’s fast main track Thursday were Classic contender Richard’s Kid, Best Pal winner Know More (Juvenile, six furlongs in 1:15.40) and Pennsylvania Derby winner Handsome Mike (Dirt Mile or Classic, six furlongs in 1:15.20) for trainer Doug O’Neill; and Beholder (cross-entered in the Juvenile Sprint and the Juvenile Fillies) for Richard Mandella.

Richard’s Kid worked six furlongs in company with Cinco de Mario, with clockings of 1:15.40 and 1:17, respectively. Beholder, ridden by regular rider Garrett Gomez, worked five furlongs in company with In the Stars, each timed in 1:01.60. South Floyd (Juvenile Sprint) also worked for O’Neill, going six furlongs in 1:15.40.

“There was not a lot of deep thought going on” as to why O’Neill worked Richard’s Kid in company, the Kentucky Derby-winning trainer said. “I wanted to see a good three-quarters and let him finish up good, which he did. I got him in 1:14 with him finishing up faster than he started off. He galloped out great, so we’re very pleased.

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“Know More and Handsome Mike both worked great. Today was a day for maintenance works and an excuse to give them an easy day tomorrow and then we’ll get right back into our normal good gallops right into the race.”

Also working for O’Neill was Boxeur de Rues, on the also eligible list for the Sprint, going six furlongs in 1:13.80.

“It was a nice work,” Mandella said of Beholder’s effort. “We’re pre-entered in both races but we’re leaning towards the open Sprint.” Added Gomez of Beholder: “We had her sit off another horse and she went around there real nice.”

Also Thursday, Moulin de Mougin (also eligible on the Juvenile Fillies Turf) worked five furlongs on the grass in 1:02.20 for Mandella, while Suggestive Boy (Mile) went six furlongs on turf in 1:13.60 for Ron McAnally.

In other Breeders’ Cup news:

Bob Baffert said Classic favorite Game On Dude would have his final breeze on Sunday, while unbeaten Juvenile Fillies contender Executiveprivilege would work Saturday.

Bill Spawr plans to work defending Sprint champion Amazombie Friday morning before sun-up as usual. “He schooled in the gate and galloped, then schooled in the paddock,” said Spawr, who owns the 6-year-old California-bred son of Northern Afleet with Tom Sanford.

“He’ll work a long five (furlongs) and (go) out three-quarters,” Spawr said. “Depending on how he works tomorrow, I’ll come back on Thursday (Nov. 1) and do something. I’m not sure about two-minute clipping or actually working three-eighths. That’s pretty much been standard for him and it’s been pretty successful.”

Asked his feelings about running at his home track as opposed to Churchill Downs, where he won the Sprint last year, Spawr said, “I’d feel real good if it rained a couple days before (next Saturday), but it’s not good for us: clear skies. But Amazombie tries anyway.”

Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, said their Breeders’ Cup candidates will have their final major breezes at Santa Anita “Sunday or Monday.”

Tammy Fox, assistant to trainer Dale Romans, said all their Breeders’ Cup prospects at Santa Anita are scheduled to have their final workouts on Saturday. Romans is expected to arrive in California late Friday night. Pacific Classic winner Dullahan will work on the main track Saturday, after which a decision will be made on whether he runs in the Classic or the Turf.

Mandella-trained Jimmy Creed (Sprint) worked five furlongs at Santa Anita Wednesday in a bullet 59.80, fastest of 28 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:02.35.



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