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State of Play Works for Juvenile Turf

Team Valor International’s State of Play worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 on Friday at Keeneland in preparation for a start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs on November 5.

 

State of Play, with exercise rider David Nava aboard, worked in company over the main track with the undefeated 2-year-old filly Sweet Seventeen, who is being pointed for the Pocahontas (G2) at Churchill on October 30. The filly broke off two lengths in front, with State of Play making up ground to finish together with her at the wire. State of Play was clocked in fractions of :13.40, :25.60, :38 and :49.40. He galloped out three-quarters in 1:15.60. Sweet Seventeen got the five furlongs in 1:02. 

 

“I thought he worked super,” said trainer Graham Motion. “He’s been sick, so he missed a work or two. So there was a fine line between him doing enough and overdoing it since he’s only got one more work before the Breeders’ Cup. I was very pleased with how it worked out. I thought it was about as close to perfect as it could have been.” 

 

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 Motion elected to train him up to the Breeders’ Cup.

Motion said he plans to ship to Churchill on Wednesday, October 26. Weather permitting, he will work both of his Juvenile Turf contenders, State of Play and Lucky Chappy (IRE), on the turf there on Friday, October 28. Lucky Chappy, a High Chaparral (IRE) colt also owned by Team Valor, finished third in the Bourbon in his first U.S. start.  

 

Also working next Friday over the main track at Churchill will be Motion’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1) winner Aruna. Aruna is under consideration for either the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) or Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1).


Trainer Graham Motion reported that Andreas Jacobs’ Sanagas (GER) was “super” Friday morning following his track-record-setting win in Thursday’s Sycamore. “He’s a really nice horse. Yesterday was the best race he’s run. He was very professional. He has been a little quirky. For a 5-year-old he’s been quite immature.” Motion reported that the Sycamore might be the last start of the year for the 5-year-old Lomitas (GB) gelding. “I might put him away for the year. He’s kind of done his thing, and I’m not sure I want to run him in Florida. We’ll see. I think he can be a really fun horse next year.”

 


 

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