Continuing preparations for the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships on November 2-3 at Churchill Downs, Belmont fall meet-leading trainer Chad Brown sent a bevy of Breeders' Cup contenders to both the main track and inner turf course for workouts Sunday morning.
Impressive Grade 2 Miss Grillo winner Newspaperofrecord, pointing towards the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, visited the main track in company with multiple graded-stakes winner Significant Form,as the pair completed four furlongs in 48.78 seconds.
“I just went with my gut and decided to keep her on the dirt this morning because she worked terrific on it last week,” said Brown of Newspaperofrecord. “She worked again in company with Significant Form. They were a good match last week and I was very pleased today. She seems to be holding her form well from her win in the Miss Grillo. She'll come back with a maintenance breeze either Saturday or Sunday next week and then ship to Churchill. She's fit and ready.”
Owner Peter Brant's multiple graded stakes runner Sistercharlie, unraced since capturing the Grade 1 Beverly D. at Arlington Park on August 11, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.56 on the inner turf course in company with multiple graded stakes runner Uni. Expected to headline the Grade 1, Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, the Irish-bred 4-year-old daughter of Myboycharlie has registered a stellar record of three Grade 1 wins and two second-place finishes since arriving in North America in June 2017.
“I wanted a real solid work,” said Brown. “Sistercharlie is coming off a bit of a layoff now, and I felt we got that today. A minute and change and the work was sharp and solid. She galloped out with plenty of energy. Uni is a good workmate for her. Although she [Uni] won't be participating in the Breeders' Cup she will run in a Grade 1 her next time out in the Matriarch [December 2 at Del Mar].”
Looking to rebound off a pair of disappointing performances in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, in which graded stakes winners Almanaar and Analyze It finished eighth and fourth respectively, the pair worked in company on the turf Sunday morning completing four furlongs in 49 seconds flat in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Turf Mile.
“Each was their first breeze back since their race at Keenland where neither of them were effective and I thought they looked terrific this morning,” said Brown. “I wanted to see how they were doing. It's not really my style to come in off a poor performance and take a shot in a big race with one horse let alone two, but they were training so well going into the Shadwell that I just feel like they didn't handle the turf over there. I just can't believe those two results based on how well they were training coming into that race, so I'm going to draw a line through that thinking maybe they just didn't care for Keeneland's turf course particularly that day. It was a little wet. Maybe they will each prefer firmer ground at Churchill.”
Robert Bruce, who worked in company with 3-year-old Instilled Regard making his first appearance on the turf, also completed five furlongs in 1:00.77. A Raving Beauty and Fourstar Crook worked four furlongs in 48.77 seconds as well on the inner turf.
On Saturday, Grade 1 Champagne winner Complexity returned to the main track for his first workout since his impressive stakes win, breezing four furlongs in 49.32 seconds for start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
“He looks like he came out of the Champagne in good order,” said Brown. “He ran a hard race in there setting fast fractions and having enough to finish well. I thought he got a lot out of that race and in between the Champagne and Breeders' Cup, I'm just looking to keep him sound and happy. I just let him stretch his legs. He came out of the work well, so one more to go.”
Grade 1 Beldame winner Wow Cat completed Brown's Breeders' Cup workers on Saturday breezing four furlongs in 49.32 seconds.
“She's a decent work horse that needs some company,” said Brown. “She worked with Pacific Wind and I thought it looks like she's come out of the win fine and is in good order for the [Breeders' Cup] Distaff”.
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