Bob Baffert was ebullient after multiple graded stakes winner Collected worked six furlongs Monday morning in 1:11.40 under Joe Talamo at Santa Anita Park.
The two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer is considering three options for the five-year-old son of City Zip: the Breeders' Cup Classic; the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, both on Nov. 3; and Santa Anita's $75,000 Comma To The Top Stakes for three-year-olds and up at one mile on Oct. 28.
“He went really well, really impressive,” Baffert said of the speedy chestnut, who defeated stablemate Arrogate in the 2017 Grade I Pacific Classic before running second to Horse of the Year Gun Runner in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
“He looked like the old Collected. I had blinkers on him and Joe loved the way he went.”
Collected, winner of eight of 15 career races with earnings of $2,975,500, last raced on Sept. 22 when fourth as the 2-5 favorite in the Pennsylvania Derby Championship at Parx.
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