Calculator – “He went super, really good,” said trainer Peter Miller after Calculator, one of his two prospects for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint, sped 5f in 59 4/5 over Del Mar's main track Monday. “I was looking for maybe a minute or 1:01, but he went really well and did it easy.”
Miller's other Sprint prospect, Roy H, is scheduled for a 3f blowout Tuesday at Del Mar, and Stormy Liberal, set for the Turf Sprint, is scheduled for a similar test Tuesday at Miller's training site at San Luis Rey Downs in nearby Bonsall, Calif.
Drefong – Defending champion Drefong completed his final work for the Sprint Monday at Santa Anita Park, covering 4f in 48 3/5. Under jockey Martin Garcia he was timed in 24 4/5 for the first quarter and given an 5f gallop-out time of 1:01 3/5.
“He couldn't look any better,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. “He's doing the best he's ever done.”
The 4yo Gio Ponti colt owned by the Baoma Corp, will attempt to become the second horse to repeat in the Sprint. Midnight Lute, also trained by Baffert, won the 2007 Sprint at Monmouth Park and the 2008 Sprint at Santa Anita.
Drefong has been in two races in 2017. He lost jockey Mike Smith shortly after the start of the Bing Crosby on July 29 at Del Mar. Baffert sent him to Saratoga Race Course for the Forego, which he won by four lengths.
Baffert said that all of his Breeders' Cup runners would ship from Santa Anita to Del Mar early Tuesday morning.
Mind Your Biscuits – Trainer Chad Summers sent his contender for the Sprint out onto the track for his final serious work on Monday morning at 7:45 right after the renovation break, and the trainer was pleased with his bullet performance of 36.40 for 3f.
“I got him out in forty-eight and one, and twelve-and-change into the pole, and then twenty-three-and-change,” Summers said. “It was all I was looking for. It was a good finish. I just wanted a blowout and we're happy with it.”
The New-York based trainer arrived on the grounds last Tuesday with the horse to give him ample time to get comfortable with his new accommodations, the climate and the track surface.
“Coming in early is what we've always done. It's what we did last year when we came to California for the race (when he finished third in the Sprint behind Drefong.)”
An early arrival was also the plan when Mind Your Biscuits returned to Santa Anita to end his 3-year-old campaign with a win in the Malibu last December and then shipped overseas to capture the Dubai Golden Shaheen at the start of his 2017 season.
“He's a horse who likes getting in early and getting used to new surroundings,” Summers said. “We paddock schooled him Saturday (Oct. 28) and we'll school him again on Wednesday. We'll take him to the gate. It's all that walk-through stuff that some horses need but some don't. He appreciates it, and it puts us at ease.”
Mind Your Biscuits is signaling to Summers and his regular exercise rider Ricky, “just Ricky,” that he likes the racing strip here fine.
“My rider is telling me that it's very similar to the way Santa Anita is set up,” the trainer said. “All the horses that have shipped in seem like they're handling the track. Horses who are breezing are breezing fast times. Everyone is raving about this track. But my horse brings his track with him everywhere he goes. We're excited.”
Summers was also preparing Paquita Coqueta, who is sitting in third on preference list for the Turf Sprint, and is hopeful that she will draw into the field for Saturday's race. If not, the trainer have her try for a graded stakes score in the Senator Ken Maddy on Friday.
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