Workforce invading for Breeders' Cup Turf

The English Derby and Arc winner, Workforce, is a go for the Breeders' Cup Turf, providing the turf is not too firm.  

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Workforce's owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "After discussions with the owner it has been decided that Workforce will be confirmed as a runner for the Breeders' Cup Turf on Monday.

"He will run providing the ground is not too firm. They have had very little rain in Kentucky in the last month, but they are forecast a substantial amount of rain in the next week, so I doubt it will be a problem."

Workforce brings a big reputation to the Breeders' Cup Turf, and will surely be favored in this race which lacks an American standout. 


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Rossington HIT the nail on the head but it should be EXPANDED to the entire breed's run in North America....Keep shortening the distances at graded levels and you will NEVER know where stamina comes from....It has been going on since the late 80's and in the not very distant future we are going to have 4 and 5 furlongs as the standard.....Breed speed to speed and that is what you get along with fragile thin legs. Not only is the Arc that distance, but that LONG stretch is UPHILL.
Until American trainers start stretching some of the American turf horses out 12 furlongs, and get them winning consistently at that distance, the Breeders Cup Turf title is going to continue to stay in the hand's of the European's year after year. Gio Ponti and Paddy O' Prado have, IMO, been the two best American turf horses in 2010. Gio Ponti has really been the flag bearer for American turf racing for the last two seasons. The problem that both Gio Ponti and Paddy O' Prado have is that both are extremely vulnerable to defeat at 12 furlongs. Both colt's best surface is definitely turf. But their optimum distance is 10 furlongs. Whereas, the European's get their horses racing 12 furlongs early and often. Case in point, Workforce. Destroys the 2010 Epsom Derby field in a course record time, and becomes the second consecutive 3yr.old colt to win the Prix De l' Arc De Triomphe in France at the same distance. Unless America just suddenly someday soon has a 12 furlong turf star drop from out of the clouds? LOL. I just don't know how long it will be until we ever have a legit shot to win the Breeders Cup Turf again? JMO.
Try, you will pay a price but you get any tickets there
I don't blame the connections of Paddy O' Prado for deciding to take their chances with him in the Breeders Cup Classic on dirt instead of trying to beat these Euro monsters on turf. Especially given that Paddy O' Prado has only one lifetime start at 12 furlongs on turf. A very good effort by Paddy O' Prado to finish 2nd to Winchester in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. But frankly, even though Winchester is quite a decent colt himself. Both he and Paddy O' Prado would find themselves out of their league going up against Workforce and Behkabad. I think these two are by far the class of the B.C. Turf contender field. There's other contenders that are very good horses in their own right. But Workforce and Behkabad are on a whole nother level from them, IMO.
WHo can adapt to that tight cornered turf course.....Not the big movers as there is no room
AGREED, with shipping six to nine times zones and three weeks rest, past "Arc" winners have come up short in the BC turf. This year with an extra week off, Workforce will be ready ,,,, and dangerous!!
If Workforce is at his best in the Breeders Cup Turf? Be afraid. Be very afraid. Of both him, and the French 3yr.old, Behkabad.

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