By Scott Jagow
As the October mornings get chillier in Kentucky, Churchill Downs and Keeneland are heating up with Breeders' Cup workouts.
Breeders' Cup contenders are shipping into the Bluegrass state to begin their preparations for the big races November 5th and 6th at Churchill.
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Saturday and Sunday, clockers were busy catching the likes of Blame, First Dude, Mine That Bird and Haynesfield as trainers started the process of getting their horses into peak fitness.
Sunday at Churchill, Mine That Bird breezed five furlongs in 1:01.2. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas is pointing the four-year-old toward the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Haynesfield, who is headed for the BC Classic, worked five furlongs in 1:02.20 for trainer Steve Asmussen. Other contenders working at Churchill Sunday included Secret Gypsy, a likely starter in the Filly and Mare Sprint, and Switch, who had the fastest of 40 four-furlong workouts (:47). Secret Gypsy went :47.80, the third-fastest time at the distance.
Meanwhile, at Keeneland, Horse of the Year candidate and Classic contender Blame went four furlongs Sunday in 47.60 and finished up five furlongs in 1:00.20 for trainer Al Stall, Jr. It was Blame's first published workout since losing to Haynesfield in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont October 2nd.
Working Saturday at Churchill was First Dude, who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20. Trainer Dale Romans said he liked the work and that First Dude is still headed for the Breeders' Cup Classic.
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