Watch: Cox's young stars lead Friday's Breeders' Cup works

Watch: Cox's young stars lead Friday's Breeders' Cup works
Photo: Coady Photography

It was a busy Friday morning for many of the country's top juveniles.

Aunt Pearl and Essential Quality, two of the favorites for the Juvenile Fillies Turf and Juvenile, respectively, worked at Churchill Downs for trainer Bard Cox.

Dale Romans' undefeated pair of Girl Daddy (Juvenile Fillies) and Sittin on Go (Juvenile) each worked a swift four furlongs at Churchill Downs. Timothy Hamm's Dayoutoftheoffice put forth a five-furlong drill at Keeneland ahead of the Juvenile Fillies.

View all of Friday's graded stakes works below, including videos for many top Breeders' Cup contenders.

Girl Daddy (Uncle Mo) a Grade 3 winner (2020 Pocahontas) worked 4 furlongs in 48.2 at Churchill Downs on Friday morning. It was the 7th fastest of 33 works at the distance. Her previous work was 7 days ago going 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs. In her last start she placed 1st in the Pocahontas (G3) going 1 mile on the main track at Churchill Downs on September 3 for trainer Dale Romans. 

Aunt Pearl (IRE) (Lope de Vega (IRE)) a Grade 2 winner (2020 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine) worked 4 furlongs in 48.6 at Churchill Downs on Friday morning. It was the 10th fastest of 33 works at the distance. Her previous work was 7 days ago going 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs. In her last start she placed 1st in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Keeneland on October 7 for trainer Brad Cox.

“Aunt Pearl acted like she could really run at the start," Cox told Churchill Downs' publicity team. "She and Essential Quality were two of them that really jumped out to us early in their training and showed they have some ability. The good ones kind of do that – they’ll let you know there is a lot of talent there. Given the pedigree we were optimistic she’d be able to carry her speed around two turns. We thought about taking her to Saratoga over the summer but when Churchill’s condition book came out I thought it might be better to keep her at home. It’s turned out really well so far.”

Essential Quality (Tapit) a Grade 1 winner (2020 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.0 at Churchill Downs on Friday morning. It was the fastest of 9 works at the distance. His previous work was 7 days ago going 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs. In his last start he placed 1st in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Keeneland on October 3 for trainer Brad Cox.


"Essential Quality is growing up well," Cox said. "He’s continuing to learn and I’m very pleased with how he’s progressing. He has a ton of raw talent which he’s shown in both of his starts. We added blinkers to him over the summer to help him focus a little bit more and they’ve really helped. We have experience around two turns and we have experience at 
Keeneland, which is always helpful. It’s 1 1/16 miles, so it’s a short stretch. You need to be in position when you turn for home."

Mr. Misunderstood (Archarcharch) a Grade 2 winner (2018 Wise Dan) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.0 at Churchill Downs on Friday morning. It was the fastest of 9 works at the distance. His previous work was 7 days ago going 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs. In his last start he placed 3rd in the Remington Green going 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Remington Park on September 27 for trainer Brad Cox.

Princess Noor (Not This Time) a Grade 1 winner (2020 Del Mar Debutante) worked 5 furlongs in 59.8 at Santa Anita Park on Friday morning. It was the third fastest of 43 works at the distance. Her previous work was 6 days ago going 6 furlongs at Santa Anita Park. In her last start she placed 1st in the Chandelier (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Santa Anita Park on September 26 for trainer Bob Baffert.

Sittin On Go (Brody's Cause) a Grade 3 winner (2020 Iroquois presented by Ford) worked 4 furlongs in 47.4 at Churchill Downs on Friday morning. It was the fastest of 33 works at the distance. His previous work was 7 days ago going 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs. In his last start he placed 1st in the Iroquois presented by Ford (G3) going 1 mile on the main track at Churchill Downs on September 5 for trainer Dale Romans.

Bonny South (Munnings) a Grade 2 winner (2020 Fair Grounds Oaks) worked 4 furlongs in 48.8 at Churchill Downs on Friday morning. It was the 13th fastest of 33 works at the distance. Her previous work was 8 days ago going 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs. In her last start she placed 2nd in the George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan (G2) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Pimlico on October 3 for trainer Brad Cox.

Dayoutoftheoffice (Into Mischief) a Grade 1 winner (2020 Frizette) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.4 at Keeneland on Friday morning. It was the fastest of 3 works at the distance. This is her first work since her last race. In her last start she placed 1st in the Frizette (G1) going 1 mile on the main track at Belmont Park on October 10 for trainer Timothy E. Hamm.

Island Commish (Commissioner) a Grade 3 winner (2020 Kitten's Joy) worked 4 furlongs in 51.3 on turf at Palm Meadows Training Center on Friday morning. It was the 20th fastest of 36 works at the distance. His previous work was 6 days ago going 4 furlongs at Palm Meadows Training Center. In his last start he placed 2nd in the Franklin-Simpson (G3) going 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Kentucky Downs on September 16 for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr..

Speech (Mr Speaker) a Grade 1 winner (2020 Ashland) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.0 at Santa Anita Park on Friday morning. It was the 10th fastest of 23 works at the distance. Her previous work was 7 days ago going 5 furlongs at Santa Anita Park. In her last start she placed 4th in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Churchill Downs on September 4 for trainer Michael McCarthy.

Avie's Flatter (Flatter) a Grade 3 winner (2019 Transylvania) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.2 at Woodbine on Friday morning. It was the 4th fastest of 14 works at the distance. His previous work was 14 days ago going 5 furlongs at Woodbine. In his last start he placed 4th in the Seagram Cup (G3) going 1 1/16 miles on the synthetic at Woodbine on July 26 for trainer Josie Carroll.

Kingly (Tapit) a Grade 3 winner (2019 La Jolla) worked 4 furlongs in 49.0 at Woodbine on Friday morning. It was the 15th fastest of 45 works at the distance. This is his first work since his last race. In his last start he placed 2nd in an allowance race going 7 furlongs on the synthetic at Woodbine on October 16 for trainer Mark Casse.

Rushie (Liam's Map) a Grade 2 winner (2020 Pat Day Mile presented by LG and E and KU) worked 4 furlongs in 48.4 at Santa Anita Park on Friday morning. It was the 14th fastest of 47 works at the distance. His previous work was 7 days ago going 5 furlongs at Santa Anita Park. In his last start he placed 1st in the Pat Day Mile presented by LG and E and KU (G2) going 1 mile on the main track at Churchill Downs on September 5 for trainer Michael McCarthy. 

Ce Ce (Elusive Quality) a two time Grade 1 winner (2020 Apple Blossom 2020 Beholder Mile) worked 5 furlongs in 59.6 at Santa Anita Park on Friday morning. It was the second fastest of 43 works at the distance. Her previous work was 7 days ago going 5 furlongs at Santa Anita Park. In her last start she placed 4th in the Derby City Distaff presented by Derby City Gaming (G1) going 7 furlongs on the main track at Churchill Downs on September 5 for trainer Michael McCarthy.

Big Runnuer (Stormy Atlantic) a Grade 2 winner (2020 Eddie D) worked 5 furlongs in 58.6 at Santa Anita Park on Friday morning. It was the fastest of 43 works at the distance. His previous work was 7 days ago going 5 furlongs at Santa Anita Park. In his last start he placed 1st in the Eddie D (G2) going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Santa Anita Park on September 25 for trainer Victor L. Garcia.

Top Stories

Gulfstream Park, where attendance is currently lim...
Circa Sports opened its 2021 Kentucky Derby future...
The $250,000 Cigar Mile , which is the final Grade...
They are led by Essential Quality at 10-1 and Life...
This edition of the Grade 2, $150,000 Remsen Stake...