Santa Anita Oaks winner Paradise Woods and two-time Rodeo Drive Stakes winner Avenge each worked for their Breeders’ Cup engagements Friday morning, Paradise Woods breezing for the Distaff on Nov. 3 going six furlongs in 1:14, while Avenge, a contender for the Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 4, went six furlongs in company in with Twentytwentyvision, each receiving a time of 1:13.80.
Flavien Prat was aboard both, Paradise Woods working at 6:45 and Avenge an hour later. “She went great, couldn’t be doing any better,” trainer Richard Mandella said of Paradise Woods, front-running winner of the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes last out on Sept. 30.
Breeders’ Cup Mile candidate Bal a Bali worked six furlongs for Mandella Thursday in a bullet 1:13 flat on the main track.
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Owner/trainer Mick Ruis plans to work undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite Bolt d’Oro five furlongs under regular rider Corey Nakatani Sunday at 7:45 a.m.
Phil D’Amato could have as many as four Breeders’ Cup starters if the fates allow: Midnight Storm in the Dirt Mile, Hunt in the Turf, Ransom the Moon in the Sprint and Proper Discretion in the Filly & Mare Sprint.
“Hunt will breeze on the grass at Del Mar Sunday before the Breeders’ Cup (Nov. 4),” D’Amato said. “When and where works for the others take place are yet to be determined.”
American Pastime worked six furlongs for Bob Hess Jr. in a bullet 1:12.80 for the Sprint. With Kent Desormeaux committed to ride Roy H in the Sprint for Peter Miller, American Pastime would be ridden by Corey Nakatani, who was aboard for today’s breeze.
Champion Champagne Room (Distaff) went five furlongs for Peter Eurton in a minute flat; Pavel (Classic, four furlongs in 49 flat; Mopotism (Distaff, four furlongs also in 49 flat); and Piedi Bianchi (Juvenile Fillies, five furlongs in 1:02.80), all breezed for Doug O’Neill; while Faithfully (Distaff) went five furlongs for Bob Baffert in 59.40.
Baffert, meanwhile, sits at the ready with four horses for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which he has won the last three years, with Bayern (2014), Triple Crown king American Pharoah (2015) and Arrogate (2016).
Right now the Hall of Fame trainer will pursue the Classic with Arrogate, Collected, Mubtaahij and West Coast.
Tomorrow and Sunday, and also next weekend, Oct. 28 and 29, the main track will be open to training for BREEDERS’ CUP HORSES ONLY for 10 minutes after the second renovation break at approximately 7:45 a.m.
There will be one-time only turf works this Sunday, Oct. 22, for Breeders’ Cup approved horses, which must be signed up by 12 noon tomorrow, Oct. 21, in Santa Anita’s Racing Office, for approval.
Source: Santa Anita Park