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Breeders' Cup 2017

Somali Lemonade, Lucky Chappy Work

Two 2-year-olds headed to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 4-5 at Churchill Downs worked over Keeneland’s main track this morning.

 

Caroline A. Forgason’s homebred Somali Lemonade, who was pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2), breezed four furlongs in :47 with exercise rider Lauren Robson aboard. Clockers caught the filly by Lemon Drop Kid galloping out in :59.60 and 1:13.60.

 

Trained by Michael Matz, Somali Lemonade  won the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) on a yielding turf course at Keeneland on October 13 to earn a spot in the starting gate for the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

 

“It’s exactly what we wanted,” said Matz’s assistant, Joss Sabille, about the work. “She’s not missed a day (since the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine). She’s been training good.”

 

Undefeated in two starts, Somali Lemonade “is very professional and easy to manage,” Sabille said. “She just gets on with it.”

 

Somali Lemonade is to ship to Churchill today.

 

Lucky Chappy (IRE), third in Keeneland’s Bourbon (G3) on October 9 in his first U.S. start and pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), worked four furlongs in :48.

 

The High Chaparral (IRE) colt, who is owned by Team Valor International, worked in company with Gold Megillah, who finished seventh in the Bourbon. According to clockers, Lucky Chappy, with David Nava aboard, broke off two lengths behind Gold Megillah, passed that one between the quarter and three-sixteenths poles, and finished the work four to five lengths in front of his stablemate. Gold Megillah was timed in :49.40 for the four furlongs.

 

“He worked nice, finished up good,” said Dave Rock, assistant to trainer Graham Motion. “It was just what we wanted.”

 

Team Valor’s other Juvenile Turf contender, State of Play, is scheduled to work over the main track at Keeneland on Saturday around 7:15 a.m.  

 

 

 

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