On Saturday morning, several horses pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships turned in their final works at Keeneland. They are among the total of 50 horses that raced and/or trained at the track and were pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup.
Trainer Ken McPeek worked his four Breeders’ Cup contenders, breezing juveniles Rogue Romance and Harlan’s Ruby together on the main track around 7:30 a.m. Kathmanblu and Bridgetown worked in tandem later in the morning over a fast turf.
Rogue Romance, with Julien Leparoux aboard, and Harlan’s Ruby, with Dean Mernagh in the irons, worked five furlongs in :59. The time was the fastest of the morning at that distance, equaled by two other horses, including graded stakes winner Satans Quick Chick.
McPeek confirmed that Rogue Romance, a 2-year-old colt by Smarty Jones who won the Bourbon (G3) on October 10 and is pre-entered in both the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G2), will start in the Juvenile. Harlan’s Ruby, a 2-year-old Harlan’s Holiday filly, finished second in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on October 8 and will go in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
“It was a maintenance work, uncomplicated, simple stuff,” McPeek said. “They both worked really well and I’m very happy with them.”
Kathmanblu, with Leparoux up, worked in company with Bridegtown, with Mernagh aboard, getting five furlongs around the dogs on the turf in 1:00.80.
“It was a maintenance work too,” McPeek said. “Bridgetown rated good on the outside of (Kathmanblu). They both needed a little wind put in them, so all systems are go.”
McPeek said he had considered working the duo on the main track this morning but “Bridgetown really likes the grass, and the filly’s a decent match for him, so I put those two together.”
A daughter of Bluegrass Cat, Kathmanblu earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) with her win in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine on October 14. Bridgetown, a 3-year-old son of Speightstown who finished fifth in Woodbine’s Nearctic (G1) in his last start, is pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2).
Leparoux will ride Rogue Romance, Harlan’s Ruby and Kathmanblu in the Breeders’ Cup. Elvis Trujillo will have the mount on Bridgetown.
Trainer Chad Brown worked Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) contender Silver Timber in company with Unnaccountable a week after their most recent breeze together. With Leparoux aboard Silver Timber and Anna Hollander on Unnaccountable, the pair was clocked in :48.80 for four furlongs on Polytrack, galloping out five furlongs in 1:01.
Silver Timber, a 7-year-old Prime Timber gelding, won Keeneland’s Woodford (G3) on October 9.
For Brown, Silver Medallion, an also-eligible in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, worked five furlongs on Polytrack in a minute flat under Hollander. The 2-year-old Badge of Silver colt finished seventh in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) on October 9. Brown said if Silver Medallion does not draw into the Juvenile Turf, he will race in a Churchill allowance race on November 7.
Brown’s horses are scheduled to ship to Churchill on Sunday.
Hot Cha Cha, third in the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on October 10, worked an easy four furlongs on turf in :50.60. Leandro Goncalves subbed for regular rider James Graham aboard the 4-year-old Cactus Ridge filly, who is trained by Phil Sims. Graham is named on nine horses today at Hawthorne, which is holding its Illinois Festival of Racing.
“I thought it went good, just wanted to get a little air in her, that’s all,” said Sims.
Hot Cha Cha will race in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) on November 5.
For trainer Mike Stidham, Willcox Inn and Rough Sailing, third and sixth, respectively, in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) on October 9, breezed five furlongs together over the turf course in 1:01.40.
“I thought both horses worked well,” Stidham said. “They went (1:01.40), out :14 and three, and that was pretty much what I was looking for, so I couldn’t be happier as long as they come out of it in good shape.”
Willcox Inn, a Harlan’s Holiday colt ridden by Hillary Pridham, and Rough Sailing, a Mizzen Mast colt ridden by Joe Sharp, came home in :23 flat for the last quarter. The turf work was Willcox Inn’s second since the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity and Rough Sailing’s first on the turf, and second overall, since the race.
“I was much happier with Willcox Inn today,” Stidham said. “Today the turf was a little firmer, and he seemed to be much more comfortable.”
Willcox Inn is in the field for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) on November 6, and Rough Sailing is on the also-eligible list for the race. They will ship to Churchill on Sunday.
Dos Lunas, an also-eligible for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, worked four furlongs on the Polytrack in company with Harrow Hill in :51.60. John Glenney trains Dos Lunas, a 2-year-old Hennessy filly who was sixth in the Darley Alcibiades on October 8.
Mad Flatter, pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), worked four furlongs in :46.40, the second fastest time of 64 works at that distance. Jeff Thornbury trains Mad Flatter for owner/breeder Bonnie Heath Farm LLC. The 5-year-old Flatter horse won her last start in the Spend a Buck Handicap (G3) at Calder Race Course on October 16.
(Unedited track notes)