Trainer Mark Casse was honing his Breeders’ Cup hand on two fronts Friday morning headlined by Keeneland stakes winners Heavenly Love and Flameaway working together before the break at Keeneland.
Debby Oxley’s Heavenly Love, winner of the opening-day Darley Alcibiades (G1), and her husband, John Oxley’s Flameaway, winner of the Oct. 8 Dixiana Bourbon (G3), matched strides through five furlongs
in 1:00. Kim Carroll was aboard Heavenly Love and Sophie Doyle was on Flameaway as they raced through fractions of :12, :24, :36, :48 and out 6 furlongs in 1:13. The 5-furlong works were the best of 24 at the distance.
“It was a good move,” said David Carroll, Casse’s assistant at Keeneland. “We were very happy with both of them and they cooled out beautifully. Flameaway is a really good workhorse and was for (Heavenly Love to work with).
“It was mainly just maintenance to let them stretch their legs. They will have an easy half-mile next week and then ship (to Del Mar) on the 30th.”
Heavenly Love is being pointed to the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) on Nov. 4. Flameaway is on track for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on Nov. 3.
Via text, Casse said John Oxley’s Gio Game, a maiden winner here Oct. 6, “breezed super this morning at Churchill (1:00.20 for 5 furlongs)” and will be pointed to the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
The remainder of Casse’s likely six-horse Breeders’ Cup contingent also worked on the main track at Churchill Downs this morning, including Keeneland Spring Meet stakes winners Holding Gold and Awesome Slew, both owned by Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation.
Shakertown (G2) winner Holding Gold (Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint-G1) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 and Commonwealth (G3) winner Awesome Slew (Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.
Casse’s other Churchill worker was Live Oak’s three-time Grade 1 winner World Approval (Breeders’ Cup Turf-G1), who covered 5 furlongs in 1:00.80.
Source: Keeneland Association