Works: Of 23 graded winners, Asmussen has 3 breeze for BC

Works: Of 23 graded winners, Asmussen has 3 breeze for BC
Photo: Gary Johnson / Eclipse Sportswire

A talented trio of runners from the barn of trainer Steve Asmussen began the Keeneland portion of their preparation for the Breeders’ Cup next month by working easy half-miles on their own early Sunday morning over a fast track.

First was Jackie’s Warrior, who covered the distance in 49.8 seconds with exercise rider Wilson Fabian aboard. A five-time Grade 1 winner, the 4-year-old Jackie’s Warrior is considered the probable favorite for the Sprint at Keeneland.

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In Asmussen’s next set, Fabian was aboard Travers (G1), winner Epicenter, who completed the half-mile in 51.0 seconds. Epicenter, widely regarded as the leading contender for the 3-year-old male championship, is being pointed to the Classic.

In the same set, two-time Grade 1 winner Clairière worked a half-mile in 49.8 seconds with exercise rider Carmen Rosas aboard. One of the leading contenders for the Eclipse Award as champion older dirt female, the 4-year-old Clairière is being pointed to the Distaff.

The three runners have accounted for 19 graded stakes victories, eight of them Grade 1s, for combined earnings of more than $7.6 million.

The Asmussen workers were among 23 graded-stakes winners who had timed breezes on Sunday tabs across the country.

Jackie’s Warrior (Maclean’s Music), a five-time Grade 1 winner, worked four furlongs in 49.8 seconds at Keeneland on Sunday morning. It was the 25th fastest of 46 works at the distance. His previous work was 12 days ago going four furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he placed second in the Forego (G1) going seven furlongs on the main track at Saratoga on Aug. 27 for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Epicenter (Not This Time), a Grade 1 winner (2022 Travers), worked four furlongs in 51.0 seconds at Keeneland on Sunday morning. It was the 39th fastest of 46 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going five furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he won the Travers (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on the main track at Saratoga on Aug. 27 for Asmussen.

Clairière (Curlin), a two-time Grade 1 winner (2022 Ogden Phipps, 2021 Cotillion), worked four furlongs in 49.8 seconds at Keeneland on Sunday morning. It was the 25th fastest of 46 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going five furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she placed fifth in the Personal Ensign (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Saratoga on Aug. 27 for Asmussen.

Nest (Curlin), a three-time Grade 1 winner (2022 Alabama, 2022 Coaching Club American Oaks, 2022 Ashland), worked four furlongs in 49.4 seconds at Belmont Park on Sunday morning. It was the 33rd fastest of 64 works at the distance. Her previous work was seven days ago going five furlongs at Belmont Park. In her last start she won the Alabama (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on the main track at Saratoga on Aug. 20 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Letruska (Super Saver), a five-time Grade 1 winner, worked five furlongs in 59.8 seconds at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning. It was the second fastest of 22 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going five furlongs at Churchill Downs. In her last start she placed third in the Personal Ensign (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Saratoga on Aug. 27 for trainer Fausto Gutiérrez.

Arklow (Arch), a Grade 1 winner (2019 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic), worked four furlongs in 51.0 seconds at Keeneland on Sunday morning. It was the 39th fastest of 46 works at the distance. His previous work was six days ago going four furlongs at Ellis Park. In his last start he placed sixth in the Kentucky Turf Cup (G2) going 1 1/2 miles on the turf at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 10 for trainer Brad Cox.

Blue Stripe (Equal Stripes), a Grade 1 winner (2022 Clement L. Hirsch), worked four furlongs in 48.4 seconds at Santa Anita on Sunday morning. It was the 21st fastest of 71 works at the distance. Her previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Santa Anita. In her last start she won the Clement L. Hirsch (G1) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Del Mar on Aug. 6 for trainer Marcelo Polanco.

Shirl’s Speight (Speightstown), a Grade 1 winner (2022 Maker’s Mark Mile), worked five furlongs in 59.6 seconds on turf at Woodbine on Sunday morning. It was the fastest of 11 works at the distance. This was his first work since his last race. In his last start he placed fourth in the Woodbine Mile (G1) going one mile on the turf at Woodbine on Sept. 17 for trainer Roger Attfield.

Temple (Temple City), a Grade 2 winner (2022 Mac Diarmida), worked five furlongs in 1:01.0 at Churchill Training on Sunday morning. It was the third fastest of 16 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Churchill Training. In his last start he placed 11th in the Kentucky Turf Cup (G2) going 1 1/2 miles on the turf at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 10 for trainer Mike Maker.

Stolen Base (Bodemeister), a Grade 2 winner (2022 American Turf), worked five furlongs in 1:01.0 at Churchill Training on Sunday morning. It was the third fastest of 16 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Churchill Training. In his last start he placed seventh in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) going one mile on the turf at Saratoga on Aug. 5 for trainer Mike Maker.

Pixelate (City Zip), a Grade 2 winner (2020 Del Mar Derby), worked four furlongs in 48.4 seconds at Fair Hill on Sunday morning. It was the fastest of 10 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Fair Hill. In his last start he placed sixth in the Mint Million (G3) going one mile on the turf at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 10 for trainer Michael Stidham.

Diamond Oops (Lookin At Lucky), a two-time Grade 2 winner (2020 Phoenix, 2020 Turf Sprint), worked four furlongs in 51.6 seconds at Palm Meadows Training Center on Sunday morning. It was the 38th fastest of 44 works at the distance. This was his first work since his last race. In his last start he placed seventh in the Bing Crosby (G1) going six furlongs on the main track at Del Mar on July 30 for trainer Patrick Biancone.

Red King (English Channel), a Grade 2 winner (2020 Del Mar Handicap), worked five furlongs in 1:01.8 at Santa Anita on Sunday morning. It was the 21st fastest of 34 works at the distance. His previous work was six days ago going five furlongs at Santa Anita. In his last start he placed ninth in the Del Mar Handicap (G2) going 1 3/8 miles on the turf at Del Mar on Sept. 3 for trainer Phil D’Amato.

Ain’t Easy (Into Mischief), a Grade 2 winner (2021 Chandelier), worked four furlongs in 48.8 seconds at Santa Anita on Sunday morning. It was the 32nd fastest of 71 works at the distance. Her previous work was seven days ago going three furlongs at Santa Anita. In her last start she placed sixth in the Great Lady M (G2) going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Los Alamitos on July 4 for D’Amato.

Jaxon Traveler (Munnings), a Grade 3 winner (2022 Maryland Sprint), worked five furlongs in 1:01.6 at Belmont Park on Sunday morning. It was the second fastest of six works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Belmont Park. In his last start he placed second in the Lite the Fuse going six furlongs on the main track at Pimlico on Sept. 10 for Asmussen.

Midnight Stroll (Not This Time), a Grade 3 winner (2022 Delaware Oaks), worked four furlongs in 48.3 seconds at Belmont Park on Sunday morning. It was the sixth fastest of 64 works at the distance. Her previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Belmont Park. In her last start she placed third in the Charles Town Oaks (G3) going seven furlongs on the main track at Charles Town on Aug. 26 for trainer John Terranova.

Morello (Classic Empire), a Grade 3 winner (2022 Gotham), worked four furlongs in 50.4 seconds at Belmont Park on Sunday morning. It was the 49th fastest of 64 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Belmont Park. In his last start he placed sixth in the Woody Stephens (G1) going seven furlongs on the main track at Belmont Park on June 11 for Asmussen.

Alms (City Zip), a two-time Grade 3 winner (2019 Jimmy Durante, 2019 Matron), worked four furlongs in 48.8 seconds at Fair Hill on Sunday morning. It was the second fastest of 10 works at the distance. This was her first work since her last race. In her last start she won the Dreamer going one mile 70 yards on the turf at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 14 for Stidham.

Captivating Moon (Malibu Moon), a Grade 3 winner (2021 Fair Grounds), worked four furlongs in 49.2 seconds at Hawthorne on Sunday morning. It was the 12th fastest of 44 works at the distance. His previous work was eight days ago going four furlongs at Hawthorne. In his last start he placed second in the Outbound Ike going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Hawthorne on June 25 for trainer Chris Block.

Caravel (Mizzen Mast), a two-time Grade 3 winner (2022 Intercontinental, 2021 Caress), worked four furlongs in 49.6 seconds at Keeneland on Sunday morning. It was the 24th fastest of 46 works at the distance. This was her first work since her last race. In her last start she placed fourth in the Presque Isle Downs Masters (G2) going 6 1/2 furlongs on the synthetic at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 19 for trainer Brad Cox.

Guildsman (Wootton Bassett), a Grade 3 winner (2020 Franklin-Simpson), worked five furlongs in 1:03.2 at Keeneland on Sunday morning. It was the 10th fastest of 11 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Skylight Training Center. In his last start he placed eighth in a claiming race going one mile on the turf at Santa Anita on May 21 for trainer Robert N. Falcone Jr.

Counterparty Risk (Australia), a Grade 3 winner (2021 Endeavour), worked five furlongs in 1:00.0 at Santa Anita on Sunday morning. It was the third fastest of 34 works at the distance. Her previous work was six days ago going five furlongs at Santa Anita. In her last start she won in an allowance race going one mile on the turf at Del Mar on Aug. 20 for D’Amato.

Zoffarelli (Zoffany), a Grade 3 winner (2021 La Jolla Handicap), worked four furlongs in 48.8 seconds at Santa Anita on Sunday morning. It was the 10th fastest of 25 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going five furlongs at Santa Anita. In his last start he placed fourth in an allowance race going five furlongs on the turf at Del Mar on Sept. 1 for trainer Jeff Mullins.

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