Higher Power works, American Theorem out of Breeders' Cup

October 26, 2019 11:51am

Out before sunrise Saturday at Santa Anita Park, Higher Power put in a six-furlong breeze for trainer John Sadler, who’s readying the Pacific Classic (G1) winner for an even more lucrative opportunity in a week’s time.

“Good last work for him — a distance work because he’s running a mile and a quarter next Saturday,” Sadler said of the Breeders’ Cup Classic contender.

Sadler caught Higher Power, a son of Medaglia d’Oro purchased for $250,000 earlier this year by principal client Hronis Racing, finishing up in 1:12 3/5. The fairly recent acquisition is eligible to improve off his last start, a third in the local Awesome Again (G1), given Higher Power stumbled at the start and never quite got involved chasing the likes of Mongolian Groom and McKinzie.

That breeze led a busy morning for his barn as, later, Distaff contender Ollie’s Candy drilled along with Selcourt, who’s bound for the Filly & Mare Sprint.

“She got some company jump in with her going short,” Sadler said. “He was kind of in traffic, but good work.”

That company, but the way, was Breeders’ Cup Mile-bound Bolo.

“You hope your rider just rides his work, and you’re not trying to outwork some horse from another barn,” Sadler said.

On a busy morning overall for breezes — Seeking the Soul (Classic), Shancelot (Sprint) and Hit the Road (Juvenile Turf) were among other Breeders’ Cup contenders out working — TVG’s Joaquin Jaime also broke news that the Juvenile will be missing American Theorem.

The runner-up to possible favorite Eight Rings in the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) isn’t said to be holding top form.  

“I just feel he’s not 100 percent ready,” said trainer George Papaprodromou, who conditions the son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah for owner Rustin Kretz. “If he’s not 100 percent for a race like this against the best horses in the world, we have to do what’s right by the horse.

“He’s doing well, everything’s good, but he’s not 100 percent ready so we’re going to pass," Papaprodromou continued. "There’s no sense pushing something we shouldn’t. We’ll wait and put him on the trail to the Kentucky Derby.”

Also on Saturday’s work tab for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita were:

Eddie Haskell (Turf Sprint, four furlongs in 47 flat for Mark Glatt); 
Shancelot (Sprint, four furlongs in a bullet 46.40, fastest of 69 drills at the distance for Jorge Navarro); Stubbins (Turf Sprint, four furlongs in 49.20 for Doug O’Neill); and Acclimate (Turf, five furlongs in 1:01.20 for Phil D’Amato.

Also: Bolo (Mile, five furlongs in 1:02.40 for Carla Gaines); Draft Pick (Classic, five furlongs in 1:00.80 for Peter Eurton), Giant Expectations (Dirt Mile, five furlongs in 1:01 for Eurton); Secret Spice (Distaff, five furlongs in 1:01 for Richard Baltas); Seeking the Soul (Classic, five furlongs in 1:01.40 for Dallas Stewart; and on the training track, Bowies Hero (Mile, four furlongs in 49.60 for D’Amato) and Hit the Road (Juvenile Turf, four furlongs in 49.80 for Dan Blacker).

Bob Baffert plans to work Juvenile contender Eight Rings at 7:45 a.m. Sunday and Dirt Mile contender Improbable an hour earlier, with Classic favorite McKinzie breezing on Monday.


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