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Breeders Cup 2015

Willcox Inn Ready for BC Mile

Multiple graded stakes winner Willcox Inn, pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) next Saturday, worked Saturday for the second time since his runner-up finish to Wise Dan in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on October 6. With assistant Hilary Pridham aboard for trainer Mike Stidham, the colt worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 in company with Every Way, a 2-year-old City Zip filly who was third in the Mazarine (G3) at Woodbine on October 6.

Clockers caught Willcox Inn in splits of :12.60, :24.20, :35.80, :48.20, 1:00.80 and out six furlongs in 1:14.80.

“The work went just like what we had planned,” Stidham said. “Sit off of her and then come to her down the lane. He inched by her in the last part. We weren’t looking for anything too serious because he’s a fit horse, but that work was just what I was looking for.”

Stidham said James Graham will ride Willcox Inn in the Mile in which he will face Wise Dan and other rivals, including 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom.

“Our horse traditionally – especially going a mile when there’s going to be pace in front of us – he’ll be sitting back,” Stidham said. “I’m not sure how far back, depending on how fast they’re going up front. He’s always got a really good kick like he showed in the Shadwell. We’re just hoping the kick that he has is good enough.”

Stidham said Willcox Inn, a 4-year-old Harlan’s Holiday colt who races for Lael Stables and All In Stable, will ship to California on Sunday.

Another Breeders’ Cup pre-entrant to work on Saturday was James Covello’s Oscar Party, fourth just beaten a neck in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) on October 11. The 2-year-old Dixie Union filly worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.80 under jockey Kent Desormeaux for trainer Wayne Catalano.

“She was out in the middle of the track and she was just flying out there,”’ Catalano said of Oscar Party, who is scheduled to leave Tuesday for a run in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) on Friday. Desormeaux, who has ridden the filly in her past two starts, retains the mount.




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This horse is on the improve and I like him plenty in the underneath slots of tri's and supers. Desormeaux is my jockey killer, jock. Can't get on his right side and he has crushed me on occasion. I am bound and determined not to let him undermine a big score, again.

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