Working in company with Azul Coast on Sunday morning, Breeders' Cup Juvenile contender Eight Rings had his final breeze for Saturday's $2 million race, going four furlongs in 47.20. Azul Coast, inside of Eight Rings throughout, was timed in 47.60 over Santa Anita's main track.
“I wanted to give him a target,” Bob Baffert said of Eight Rings, six-length winner of the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27. Evin Roman was aboard for the 7:45 a.m. drill.
“He's healthy and he looks good,” Baffert said of the $520,000 Empire Maker colt. “The track's pretty deep today. It's different, a lot deeper, than it was yesterday . . . overall, it was a very good work.
“Now we just wait, buy our tickets, enter and hope we get a good draw.”
Juvenile Fillies contender Bast, winner of the Grade I Chandelier, worked five furlongs in company with Hot Sean, for Baffert in 1:01.60 for Friday's $2 million test at 1 1/16 miles. Hot Sean was given a four furlong time of 49 flat.
Dirt Mile contender Improbable, meanwhile, went “five-eighths in 59 and one,” Baffert said of the son of City Zip, who had Rafael Bejarano in the irons. Santa Anita clockers had an official time of 59.20, fastest of 42 drills at the distance.
Classic favorite McKinzie is scheduled to have his final major breeze tomorrow morning for the $6 million race on Saturday.
IN OTHER BREEDERS' CUP NEWS:
Additional Breeders' Cup works recorded this morning included those by Elate (Classic), three furlongs in 36.80 for Bill Mott; Awesome Again winner Mongolian Groom, five furlongs in 1:02 for Enebish Ganbat; and Zenyatta Stakes winner Paradise Woods (Distaff) five furlongs under Abel Cedillo in a minute flat for John Shirreffs, while on the training track, Mirth (Filly & Mare Turf) went five furlongs in 1:01.80 for Phil D'Amato.
Dan Blacker was pleased with Hit the Road's four furlong work on the training track in 49.80 for the Juvenile Turf on Friday.
“Everything went very well,” the trainer said. “He's doing great. He's as good as I can have him. I'm very pleased.”
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