Breeders’ Cup Classic
Planteur, the English challenger for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, followed a similar pattern to Tuesday’s exercise on Santa Anita’s main track early Wednesday morning at around 5:15.
A steady canter around one lap of the track was sufficient for the son of Danehill Dancer before returning to the barn via the paddock. Planteur’s schedule at Santa Anita is being supervised by his trainer Marco Botti’s wife Lucie, who said afterward, “I am very happy with Planteur, and the two-year-old (Al Thakhira – Juvenile Fillies Turf).They have both done well out here, the work is all done, and we are hoping for the best.”
Declaration of War, the Aidan O’Brien trained Irish hope for Saturday’s Classic remains in quarantine but should clear later Wednesday and will be seen out on the track Thursday morning.
Breeders’ Cup Turf
William Buick, who has ridden The Fugue in all but two of her career starts, was on board the 4yo filly as she stretched her legs out on the turf under the guidance and watchful eye of trainer John Gosden, stepping up the pace down the home stretch.
“She’s traveled well, and everything has gone well with her preparation. She’s fresh and I’m happy with her,” said the trainer. Asked about the decision to run The Fugue in the Turf against males rather than in the Filly and Mare Turf for which she also was pre-entered Gosden conceded, “Yes, I can tell you there was a longish debate on the subject!”
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
The Michael Stoute-trained Beverly D. winner Dank trained on turf for the second day running. A steady canter round one circuit of the track was all the daughter of Dansili was asked to do ahead of her trainer’s arrival at Santa Anita Wednesday evening.
The Andre Fabre-trained French challenger Romantica, had an easy circuit of the main track.
Breeders’ Cup Mile
English champion jockey Richard Hughes, who flew in to California Tueday, was given the leg up on Olympic Glory for his morning exercise on the main track. The British Champion’s Mile winner went one circuit on the dirt at a steady pace in the presence of assistant trainer Richard Hannon Jr.
Chriselliam, Al Thakhira and Vorda (Juvenile Fillies Turf) looked in good shape during their routine canters at Santa Anita Wednesday. Al Thakhira and Vorda took to the main track while Chriselliam with race rider Richard Hughes in the saddle went one circuit out on the Turf.
Trainer Marco Botti’s wife, Lucie, said of Al Thakhira, “She’s well, and I think she should handle fast ground OK, but it’s a slight unknown as her two runs have been on easier (less firm) surfaces.”
Trainer Charlie Hills was pleased with the way Chrisellian went on the turf under Hughes, “She had a nice spin over about five furlongs and handled the turf well, Richard said he was happy with the ground.”
Juvenile Turf challenger Outstrip did his strongest piece of work yet at Santa Anita when put through his paces on the turf. Having warmed up with a couple of circuits on the training track, Outstrip then headed to the turf where he gradually picked up the pace over one and a half circuits.
Charlie Appleby, Outstrip’s trainer, was very happy with what he saw, “I am really pleased with him and he switched his leads well and looked really good. All we need now is a prevailing wind and a bit of luck.”
Shamshon, trained by Richard Hannon Sr., did a circuit of the dirt at a steady canter before returning home.
Breeders’ Cup Marathon
London Bridge experienced the dirt for the first time Wednesday and cantered 1 1/2m.
“He took to the dirt really well and it he felt really happy on it.” said work rider Gabriel Hammond.
Mikael Magnusson, assistant to trainer Jo Hughes, saw the 3yo out on the track, but prior to him going out on to the dirt for the first time said, “I am not really sure how he is going to handle the dirt but his second dam definitely had a dirt pedigree. He is an out-and-out stayer and for the race I will leave it up to Mile Smith to see how things go.”