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Workforce Might Scratch Due to Firm Turf

The connections of Workforce, early favorite for the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), have concerns about the condition of the Churchill Downs turf course that could lead to the colt being scratched.

Along with many other European horses that were on the track for the first time Nov. 2 after clearing quarantine, Workforce did not take to the grass course when he was tested over it.


The Churchill turf course is obviously firmed up due to a severe drought in Kentucky this summer, a situation that poses concerns for connections of horses from Europe, where they run primarily on good to soft turf.


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I have a friend in Great Britain that I correspond with on a regular basis concerning European turf racing. I recently told him, post-Arc De Triomphe, that Churchill Downs would be a very difficult racetrack for Workforce to win the Breeders Cup Turf over if it didn't rain prior to the race? Given Workforce's only lifetime start on a firm, fast track produced the worst finish of his lightly raced career. When Harbinger blew him away by a street in the 2010 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. I think Workforce is a terrific 3yr.old, given the right track conditions for him. But if Sir Michael Stoute goes ahead and let's Workforce race in the Breeders Cup Turf with the track as is? I think Workforce will be the favorite most vulnerable to defeat on Saturday. TJMO.

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