Eclair de Lune – The German-bred filly Eclair de Lune, winner of Arlington Park’s Beverly D. in her last start, went for a 1m jog Monday morning at Churchill Downs .
With exercise rider Archie Cross (son of former trainer Richard Cross) aboard, the bay 4yo headed out of Barn 41 with Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally walking behind her.
“We’re just keeping her busy from here on out,” the veteran conditioner noted, in from his Southern California headquarters for his filly’s run in Friday’s Filly & Mare Turf.
“We worked her a mile (1:39) back home (Hollywood Park) before we came out (Oct. 24). She’s ready to run in this race. We’ve got to be concerned about several of the others in there, especially that European filly (defending champion Midday), but she’s ready to do her thing.”
Junior Alvarado, who was up when she captured the Beverly D., will be back aboard for her Breeders’ Cup start.
Forever Together – The 2008 Filly & Mare Turf winner received her final serious tune-up for her third straight Breeders’ Cup start with a 5f workout over the Churchill Downs turf course Monday morning. The 6yo mare, who finished third in this race last year, was clocked in 1:01.
“It looked like she went well,” said Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, who reported that Mid-Atlantic-based jockey Anna Napravnik will ride the daughter of Belong to Me on Friday.
Harmonious – The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup winner, otherwise known as Zenyatta’s stablemate, walked the shedrow on Monday after vanning over from Keeneland where she had been stabled since before her last race on Oct. 16.
Joel Rosario will be aboard on Friday.
Hibaayeb – The Yellow Ribbon Stakes winner Hibaayeb, who took that race on Oct. 2 in her U.S. debut, flew in from California on Sunday and arrived at Barn 36 ahead of her New York-based Godolphin stablemates, who are expected to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
The 3yo daughter of Singspiel took to the track for a 1 1/2m gallop on Monday morning under exercise rider/assistant trainer Jo Hunnam in preparation for the Filly & Mare Turf. Hunnam is handling the 3yo filly for trainer Saeed bin Suroor, who is expected to arrive later in the week after saddling two horses in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
Hibaayeb was a Group 1 winner in Great Britain and won the 2009 Fillies Mile Stakes at Royal Ascot in her 2yo year. This season, she had a Group 2 victory in Ascot’s Ribblesdale Stakes on June 17 and had started thrice more without hitting the board before shipping to the U.S. and wining the 1 1/4m Yellow Ribbon at Hollywood Park.
Jockey Frankie Dettori has the call.
Hot Cha Cha – Nelson McMakin’s Filly and Mare Turf contender Hot Cha Cha, one of the few Breeders’ Cup horses who still remained off the grounds on Monday, jogged a half-mile and galloped 1 1/4m at Keeneland.
Trainer Phil Sims said the 4yo daughter of Cactus Ridge would train over the Lexington track Tuesday morning, then would van to Churchill Downs.
“She’s pretty easy to deal with, no problems,” Sims said. “I wish they were all like that.”
Hot Cha Cha won the Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill on June 5, and although that was her last victory, she was third in the July 17 Modesty Handicap at Arlington, second in that track’s Beverly D. on Aug. 21 and third in the Oct 10 Spinster behind Ladies’ Classic contender Acoma.
Sims said the filly’s last work, a 5f move in 1:00 flat over the turf at Keeneland on Oct. 30, set her up perfectly for her upcoming race.
“She finished up really well, did it easy, just in hand,” Sims said. “The rider had a hard time pulling her up.”
The trainer said James Graham, who has been aboard in the filly’s last nine starts (including a win in the 2009 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland), will have the mount.
Keertana – On the day after her final workout for the Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf, Keertana was settled nicely in her Churchill Downs stall in trainer Tom Proctor’s barn on Monday.
Proctor was pleased that she traveled 5f in 1:01 3/5 over the turf course, with splits of :12 1/5, :25 1/5, :38 3/5, and galloped out 6f in 1:18.
“She is doing good,” said Proctor, who stables at Churchill.
Keertana is bred to love the grass. She is a 4yo daughter of Johar, who shared a dead-heat victory with High Chaparral in the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita and her broodmare sire is Storm Cat. Regular rider Jose Lezcano retains the mount
Midday – Juddmonte Farms’ defending champion Midday was walked in the quarantine barn Monday morning. She arrived on a flight from Europe Saturday evening and is expected to clear quarantine later Monday. She will make her first visit to the Churchill Downs track Tuesday morning.
Tom Queally, who has ridden the 4yo filly in 10 of her last 11 starts, including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf win at Santa Anita Park, will be aboard Friday. The 26-year-old native of Ireland has ridden many of trainer Henry Cecil’s horses since early 2009.
Midday finished second in the Middleton Stakes in her 2010 debut in May and has reeled off three successive Group 1 victories, winning the Nassau Stakes for the second consecutive year at Goodwood in July, the Yorkshire Oaks at York in August and the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in September. The 4yo Oasis Dream homebred filly has won seven of 15 races in her career.
Miss Keller – Miss Keller, an Irish-bred daughter of Montjeu, is being vanned down from her Woodbine base on Monday and will arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. Trainer Roger Attfield will be here on Wednesday.
The 4yo filly, owned by Three Chimneys Racing LLC, finished second in the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on Oct. 16. She has won three times in seven starts this year, most recently taking the Canadian Stakes on Sept. 19.
Javier Castellano, who has been aboard in all of Miss Keller’s wins this year, gets the riding call again Friday.
Plumania – The 4yo filly Plumania, who is also pre-entered in the Turf, would be back against fillies if trainer Andre Fabre chooses his first preference.
Last time out, the daughter of Anabaa finished 17th behind Workforce in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. In the Prix Vermeille in September, Plumania was second, less than a length behind Midday.
Olivier Peslier, who has been aboard for all the filly’s 15 lifetime starts, has the mount. Plumania, like Goldikova, was bred and is owned by the Wertheimer family.
Red Desire – The Japanese-bred filly Red Desire, who looked sharp running third in the Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont in her first North American start on Oct. 2, was out for an easy jog around the main track Monday morning.
The daughter of Manhattan Café, owned by Tokyo Horse Racing Co., Ltd., remained in the U.S. after her New York race and had been breezing at Belmont in the weeks since the Flower Bowl.
Nobutaka Tada, the racing manager for the owners, said Red Desire will gallop up to her start on Friday. The filly is trained by Mikio Matsunaga, who is expected to arrive Tuesday.
Red Desire, who won the Shuka Sho at Kyoto last year, shipped to Dubai to win the Maktoum Challenge Round Stakes in March, her only score of the year in four starts. In the Flower Bowl, she made the lead in mid-stretch, but was passed late by Ave and Changing Skies to be beaten three-quarters of a length.
Shared Account – Sagamore Farm’s Shared Account shipped from Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland to Churchill Downs Monday morning.
Trainer Graham Motion has engaged Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado to ride the 4yo daughter of Pleasantly Perfect.