GMB Racing's Tom's d'Etat, six days before making his graded-stakes debut at age 6 in the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, had his final timed workout Sunday at Fair Grounds, blowing out an easy half-mile in 48.40 seconds Sunday under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan.
The work, which came after the mid-morning track renovation break, was eighth-fastest of 80 horses at the distance. In his previous breeze Jan. 12, Tom's d'Etat went five furlongs in 1:00, fastest of 77 horses.
“His last work was the work that focused on getting him ready for the race,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said. “This work was just part of the schedule, kind of did enough to get a day off tomorrow. Looked like he always does, like he was just galloping, going around there with the greatest of ease. So we were really happy with it. Shaun was happy.”
Stall said that Tom's d'Etat will train Tuesday morning at Fair Grounds before flying out later in the day to South Florida. He'll be on the same flight as Pegasus favorite Accelerate, the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner and finalist for 2018 Horse of the Year.
Tom's d'Etat's promising career has been sidetracked by ankle issues. He ran and won his first stakes in Fair Grounds' Tenacious Stakes, giving him six wins in nine starts. Stall said he's looking forward to how Tom's d'Etat stacks up against the likes of Accelerate and Dirt Mile winner City of Light.
“The big two favorites will be from California, deserving favorites and both Breeders' Cup winners,” Stall said. “We knew what the field was going to look like a few weeks ago, and everybody looks like they're coming into the race the right way. It will be exciting, and hopefully a really good race for us.
“He just deserves a chance,” he added. “He's always deserved a chance. Things just didn't materialize early in his career. He's in top shape right now, so we're going to take a shot.”
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