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State of Play Works Six Furlongs

Team Valor International’s State of Play, pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs on November 5, was one of three Breeders’ Cup contenders who worked at Keeneland on Saturday morning. State of Play worked six furlongs over the main track in 1:13.80 on Saturday morning.

 

With exercise rider David Nava aboard, State of Play worked in company with the undefeated 2-year-old filly Sweet Seventeen. State of Play broke off some four lengths behind, catching the filly near the three-sixteenths pole and finishing two lengths in front. State of Play was clocked in fractions of :12.60, :25.20, :37.20, :49.20 and 1:01.80. He galloped out seven-eighths in 1:28. Sweet Seventeen got the six furlongs in 1:15.40. 

 

State of Play is undefeated in two career starts, both at Saratoga, winning the With Anticipation (G2) on September 1. The War Front colt missed a start in Keeneland’s Bourbon (G3) on October 9 when he spiked a fever, and trainer Graham Motion elected to train him up to the Breeders’ Cup.

 

“Usually he (Motion) will give him the big work two works out, and then the work before the race is not that big of a work,” said Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin. “But we’re playing catch up, so we needed to let him roll today. I just asked the exercise rider ‘Did he get tired?’ and he said ‘Not at all.’ ”

 

In addition to State of Play, Team Valor and Motion will be represented in the Juvenile Turf by Lucky Chappy (IRE). The High Chaparral (IRE) colt, third in the Bourbon, worked four furlongs in :48 on Friday at Keeneland.

 

“Lucky Chappy is going to surprise people,” Irwin said. “He worked good. He’s picking up weight, he’s getting the hang of things, relaxing. We have two good shots (in the Juvenile Turf).”

 

Druid Racing’s Pachattack, second in Keeneland’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1), breezed three furlongs shortly after 9:30 a.m. in preparation for Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1).

 

Clockers caught the 5-year-old Pulpit mare in :35.60 for three furlongs, the fastest of 12 other works at that distance. She galloped out four furlongs in :48.60 under Andrew Morris, assistant to trainer Gerard Butler.

 

“She had a nice breeze this morning,” Morris said. “We could breeze her again on the dirt (at Churchill Downs) just for three (furlongs) but she doesn’t really need that much work. She’s in great form.”

 

Pachattack is a well-traveled mare, having shipped across Europe, the United States and Canada during her 4- and 5-year-old seasons. She raced abroad solely at two and three. She has racked up back-to-back seconds in Grade 1 races - the Personal Ensign Invitational at Saratoga and Juddmonte Spinster - in her most recent starts and has a career record of 25-5-5-3.

 

“She’s very, very professional,” Morris said. “She’s very, very good. Not bothered at all. We’ve done a lot of traveling together. We were in Canada a long time last year. I was by myself with her and she won the Maple Leaf, broke the course record, still holds the course record actually.”

 

In the Maple Leaf, Pachattack closed her 4-year-old campaign with a track record time of 2:02.18 for the 1¼-mile distance at Woodbine.

 

Butler, who is based in England, is scheduled to return to Kentucky tonight and remain through the Breeders’ Cup. Pachattack will ship to Churchill Monday morning.

 

Alex Campbell Jr.’s homebred Karlovy Vary, pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2), worked five furlongs in 1:00. The Dynaformer filly, trained by George “Rusty” Arnold II, broke her maiden at Keeneland on October 12.

 

 

 

 

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