Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.'s two-time Grade I winner City of Light had a get-acquainted session with jockey Javier Castellano Sunday morning, working a half-mile in :47.60 after the second renovation break at Churchill Downs.
In posting the third fastest of 113 works at the distance, Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile contender City of Light produced fractions of :24, :47.60 and out five furlongs in 1:00.80.
“This was my first time on him and I liked him,” said Castellano before flying back to New York with a return to Louisville slated for Thursday. “The way he did it was phenomenal. He did everything the right way and I'm really pleased with the horse.”
Trainer Michael McCarthy was happy with the breeze over a fast track.
“I was pleased with him and he ran through his gears,” McCarthy said.
Castellano's work with McCarthy was not done for the morning as a half-hour later he partnered Ciaglia Racing and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Paved through a five-furlong turf work with Madaket Stables' Liam the Charmer in 1:05.60 over a turf course rated as good.
With Liam the Charmer (Breeders' Cup Turf-G1) on the inside under Aaron Gryder, the duo produced fractions of :13.20, :40.40 and out six furlongs in 1:21.
“Those were maintenance works because she is going to go 1 3/8 miles (in the Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf-G1) and he is going a mile and a half,” McCarthy said. “I was very happy with both of them and they got over the grass fine.”
Churchill Downs all-time leading trainer Dale Romans could not have been more pleased following TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (GI) contender Promises Fulfilled's half-mile move in :48.40 and Seven Trumpets' five-furlong work in 1:01.40 in preparation for the Dirt Mile (GI).
“It was a busy, but fun morning in the 'Romans Clocker Stand',” Romans said. “I thought both horses worked phenomenal. I really like our chances in both of these races. These horses are improving at the right time and training extremely well.”
Bob Baron's Promises Fulfilled, with regular exercise rider Faustino Herrarte aboard, worked through splits of :12.20 and :23.60, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.20, according to Nichols.
Immediately following Promises Fulfilled's work, Romans' life partner and exercise rider Tammy Fox was aboard West Point Thoroughbreds' Seven Trumpets who clipped opening splits of :23.60 and :48.60, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.20.
Romans also reported that Dirt Mile contender Dak Attack, who breezed five furlongs in 1:00, is “on the fence” about running in the race.
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