Four Todd Pletcher horses pointing toward Breeders’ Cup World Championship races on Friday worked tdoay at Churchill Downs.
The group of Breeders’ Cup hopefuls consisted of Her Smile, Stopshoppingmaria, Super Espresso and Sweet Cat.
Working prior to the renovation break was Bobby Flay’s Her Smile, who breezed four furlongs on the main track in :48.20 in preparation for the Filly & Mare Sprint. The work was the sixth fastest of 62 at the distance.
“She worked really well,” Pletcher said. “She got over the ground well, finished strongly and galloped out great. I was really happy.”
Her Smile, under exercise rider Annie Finney, recorded fractions of :13, :24.60, :36.40 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.60 and six furlongs in 1:14.40.
Working after the renovation break on the main track was Super Espresso, who is also owned by Flay. In company with Alma d’Oro, Super Espresso breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 for the Ladies’ Classic (GI). The work was the 20th fastest of 49 at the distance.
“I thought she worked well for her,” Pletcher said. “She’s never been an overachiever in the morning and she sort of lost interest when her workmate fell behind her, but overall it was solid.”
Pletcher also sent two horses to train on the Matt Winn Turf Course on Saturday. Stopshoppingmaria, who will run in the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies or the Juvenile Fillies Turf, andSweet Cat, who will enter the Juvenile Fillies Turf, breezed four furlongs around the dogs in company. Stopshoppingmaria, under Javier Castellano, finished a length better than her workmate and was clocked in 1:04.20 while Sweet Cat was credited with a time of 1:04.40.
“Stopshoppingmaria went over the turf really well,” Pletcher said. “We’ll see how she comes back from the work, and I’ll talk with Mike and we’ll make a decision tomorrow.”
Sunday morning will be another busy one for Pletcher as all six horses in the barn who are entered in races on Breeders’ Cup Saturday are scheduled to work.
--Edited Churchill Downs release