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Winter Memories works fast on Belmont turf

Trainer Jimmy Toner glanced at his stopwatch after Winter Memories had concluded a five-furlong workout over Belmont Park's inner turf course Monday morning and was shocked at what it read: 58.50 seconds. Admitting that he can be a little quick on the trigger finger, Toner figured to hear a slower time when he called the official track clockers.

He was right. Kind of. Officially, Winter Memories went five furlongs in 58.57 seconds in a work that looked every bit as impressive visually as the time would indicate, and which only confirmed her status as the horse to beat in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.

With regular rider Jose Lezcano in the irons, Winter Memories was just galloping into her breeze and went off in a relatively easy 12.47 seconds, while in the three-path. On this day, there were no traffic cones on the course to force the horses to work well off the hedge. Read More


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