A trio of Breeders’ Cup 2011 contenders from the barn of trainer Bill Mott--To Honor and Serve (Classic), Royal Delta (Ladies’ Classic) and Courageous Cat (Mile)--worked today at Churchill Downs.
To Honor and Serve, the winner of the Grade II Pennsylvania Derby after being taken off the Triple Crown Trail after the Grade I Florida Derby, was clocked with a four-furlong work in :50.00 (33/52). His fractions for the work were :13.60, :25.60 and :37.60, and he was credited with a five-furlong gallop-out in :1:03.00.
Mott said he was pleased with To Honor and Serve’s work under Rudolph Brisset, but the trainer felt the move was faster than the official time credited to the 3-year-old son of Bernardini.
“Kenny (assistant Kenny McCarthy) had him from the three-eighth to the seven-eighths in :48-and-three,” said Mott, who watched the work on the track atop a stable pony. “He galloped our strong over there, and my guess is he went a little better than :50. It was his first work here, and we weren’t asking for too much.”
Royal Delta, winner of the Grade I Alabama and Grade II Black-Eyed Susan, also worked over the Churchill Downs track for the first time and covered four furlongs in :48.80 (8/52). Brisset was in the irons aboard the 3-year-old daughter of Empire Maker as she covered the distance in fractional clockings of :13.00, :25.00 and :36.80, with a five-furlong gallop-out of 1:02.60.
“She’s doing well,” Mott said. “It was her first work here, and she did it very easily. She came back good.”
Courageous Cat, winner of the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on turf at Hollywood Park, was the fastest of Mott’s Sunday workers as he breezed four furlongs over the main track in :48.40 (2/52). The 5-year-old son of Storm Cat worked in company with stablemate Clear Attempt, who finished his half-mile in :48.80.
Two other horses in Mott’s Breeders’ Cup arsenal worked at Churchill on Saturday.
Drosselmeyer (Classic or Marathon), winner of the 2010 Belmont Stakes and runner-up to Flat Out in the recent Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Birdrun (Marathon) worked four furlongs in company. Drosselmeyer finished the work in :47.60 (1/54), while Birdrun completed his workout in :48.40 (6/54).
Other Breeders’ Cup contenders on the Churchill Downs track today were:
--Hamazing Destiny (Sprint), four furlongs in :48.60 (6/52) for all-time Breeders’ Cup win leader D. Wayne Lukas. Hamazing Destiny was runner-up to Big Drama in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
--Optimizer (Juvenile or Juvenile Turf), third in the Grade I Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, and also trained by Lukas, worked a half-mile :48.40 (2/52).
--Edited Churchill Downs release