Work All Week provided bettors with another Breeders' Cup surprise in the G1 Sprint on Saturday afternoon, chasing a blistering pace to pay $40.20 on a win ticket. The 5-year-old Roger Brueggemann trainee sat off a rapid early pace that included fractions of :21.19 for a quarter and :43.34 for the half, to take control going into the turn and fought off late challengers. Together with rider Florent Geroux, the gelding extended his record to include 12 wins from 15 lifetime starts, with just one career finish off the board.
The win is the first Breeders' Cup victory for both Geroux and Brueggemann, and is the first Grade 1 winner for the latter.
“It feels great. It is a dream come true,” said Geroux after the race. “To compete in these races and win on the first try is unbelievable. Especially with a horse from home: Illinois-bred and for Roger Breuggemann. A great trainer nobody knows because he flies under the radar and improves horses a lot.”
Work All Week comes to the Sprint off a length victory in the G2 Phoenix at Keeneland in early October, and caps a season that already included four wins and a second, with the Phoenix his only graded preparation for the Sprint.
The gelding is a homebred for owner Midwest Thoroughbreds, and was bred in Illinois. He is sired by City Zip, who had one other Breeders' Cup winner on Saturday (Dayatthespa in the Filly & Mare Sprint). Work All Week is out of Repriced mare Danzig Matilda.
Last year's Sprint winner Secret Circle was second, followed by Private Zone. The final time for the 7 furlongs was 1:08.28.
Brueggeman worked as a mechanic for 30 years before becoming a horse trainer in the late 1980s. He is based in Chicago and has picked up multiple training titles at Hawthorne.
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