Wine Police breezed four furlongs on the Oklahoma
Training Track in 50.50 seconds Wednesday morning, his final major workout in
the lead up to Monday’s Grade 1 Three Chimneys Hopeful.
“It was smooth as glass,” trainer Steve Asmussen said of the
workout. “All systems are go.”
The Hopeful will be Wine Police’s second start, having drawn
off to break his maiden by 7 ¾ lengths at Saratoga
on July 24.
Another promising 2-year-old from the Asmussen barn, Kantharos,
was retired after suffering a bone fracture in his left foreleg on Monday but
is in stable condition, according to Asmussen.
Boys At Tosconova, expected to be to the favorite in
Monday’s Three Chimneys Hopeful, also completed his preparations for the
seven-furlong race this morning, going an easy five furlongs in 1:05.99.
“He’s all set,” said trainer Rick Dutrow of the Officer
colt, who earned a 102 Beyer speed figure in winning a maiden race at Belmont Park on July 2.
Along with Wine Police, among the others expected in the
Hopeful are Stay Thirsty, a 5 ½-length winner here on August 14, who
worked five furlongs in 1:00.87 on Tuesday; Settle for Medal, a maiden
winner here on July 31, who went a half-mile in 48.23 on Tuesday, and Sovereign
Default, who beat Stay Thirsty at Belmont Park on July 15, and who zipped
three furlongs in 36.55, also on Tuesday.