Two youngsters, Somali Lemondade and Lucky Chappy, worked at Keeneland this morning for starts in Breeders' Cup. One of them scored a bullet.
Somali Lemonade, pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies Turf by trainer Michael Matz, breezed four furlongs in :47.00 (1/33) with exercise rider Lauren Robson aboard. Clockers caught the filly by Lemon Drop Kid galloping out in :59.60 and 1:13.60.
Somali Lemonade won the Grade III JPMorgan Chase Jessamine on a yielding turf course at Keeneland on Oct. 13 to earn a spot in the starting gate for the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
“It’s exactly what we wanted,” said Matz’s assistant, Joss Sabille, about the work. “She’s not missed a day. She’s been training good.” Somali Lemonade “is very professional and easy to manage,” Sabille said. “She just gets on with it.”
Somali Lemonade ships to Churchill today.
Lucky Chappy (IRE), third in Keeneland’s Grade III Bourbon on Oct. 9 in his first U.S. start and pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, worked four furlongs in :48.00 (5/30).
The High Chaparral (IRE) colt worked in company with Gold Megillah, who finished seventh in the Bourbon. According to clockers, Lucky Chappy, with David Nava aboard, broke off two lengths behind Gold Megillah, passed that one between the quarter and three-sixteenths poles, and finished the work four to five lengths in front of his stablemate.
Gold Megillah was timed in :49.40.
--Edited Keeneland release with additional content by Dick Downey