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Connections Waffling on Workforce


Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce (GB) was entered in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf, but according to his connections, a decision on whether he will actually run will not be made until later in the week. They hope rain will soften the turf course.

Head lad Stuart Messenger sent both Workforce (photo by Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf contender Dux Scholar to the track  for the first time this morning, and after they jogged for a bit, gave them each an gallop on the turf.

With the lack of rain in Kentucky, firmness of the course has been a concern. After inspecting the sod at Churchill today and heading back to the barn, a grim-faced Messenger said “It’s very firm. We’re going to have a very serious discussion on whether we will run.”

Messenger phoned trainer Michael Stoute, who was about to fly to the United States from his Newmarket base in England, and they decided to enter the horse and then monitor the course condition the rest of the week.

Workforce, by King’s Best, could return to run as a 4-year-old, which is a factor in the decision. It’s possible that Dux Scholar would also scratch if Workforce does.

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