Higher Power has 'big work' to lead Breeders' Cup drills at Keeneland

Higher Power has 'big work' to lead Breeders' Cup  drills at Keeneland
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Hronis Racing’s Higher Power, third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year at Santa Anita, worked 7 furlongs in company in 1:25.40 over a fast track Sunday morning at Keeneland.

“This was his big work before the Breeders’ Cup (Classic),” said Juan Levya, who was aboard Higher Power. “I am very satisfied with it. He galloped out strong. … I had him in 1:39 for the mile.”

Leyva, who has been overseeing trainer John Sadler’s string of horses at Keeneland, also worked Hronis Racing’s Chaos Theory 5 furlongs over a turf course rated as good in 1:02.80. Fourth in the Grade 2 Woodford, Chaos Theory is under consideration for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Other grass workers under Breeders’ Cup consideration Sunday morning were Red King (Turf) going 5 furlongs in 1:05 for trainer Phil D’Amato and the Wesley Ward-trained duo of Outadore (:53) and Campanelle (:53.40) in company for a half-mile for a 2-year-old turf race.

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Highlighting other dirt works was the first local breeze from probable Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite Jackie’s Warrior, who worked 5 furlongs in company with Calibrate in 1:00.20.

Owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison and trained by Steve Asmussen, Jackie’s Warrior is undefeated in four starts with Grade 1 victories in the Hopeful at Saratoga and Champagne at Belmont.

Also working for Asmussen were Breeders Cup Sprint hopefuls Yaupon, who worked 5 furlongs in company with Little Menace in :59.60 (best of 41 works at the distance), and Echo Town, who worked a half-mile in :47.60 with Juvenile Turf Sprint possible runner Cowan.

Trainer Chad Brown opted to work Breeders’ Cup Mile hopefuls Raging Bull and Flavius together a half-mile on the main track in :49.40. Also going on the dirt for Brown was Front Run the Fed (Turf Sprint), who covered a half-mile in :49.

Sleepy Eyes Todd, under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, worked a half-mile in :48.40 under Robby Albarado. The Miguel Silva trainee galloped out 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 and 6 furlongs in 1:14.40.

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