American's reigning champion sprinter and defending Breeders' Cup Sprint (GI) winner Work All Week will make his 6-year-old debut Saturday against six rivals in the $100,000 Aristides (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Work All Week, owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc. and trained by Roger Brueggemann, has won 12 of his 15 lifetime starts and $1,357,571. The chestnut gelding has been preparing for Saturday's six-furlong sprint at Churchill Downs' nearby Trackside training center and hopes to follow a stellar 2014 campaign that featured five victories in six starts.
Work All Week landed the outside post and was made the 6-5 morning line favorite by oddsmaker Mike Battaglia.
A half-dozen will be looking to upset the Illinois-bred son of City Zip including Black Hawk Stables' Alsvid, who is coming off a victory in the Count Fleet Sprint (GIII) at Oaklawn Park. Trainer Chris Hartman says his horse is coming into the race well but admitted that the presence of a champion sprinter will make the race much tougher.
“It would be nice to have a graded stakes win at Churchill with this being my first meet but it's a tough race,” Hartman said. “To beat the best you've got to be in with the best so with Work All Week, we know what his accolades are so we're going to try to outrun him, that's for sure.”
Harry T. Rosenblum's Gentlemen's Bet also will attempt to challenge Work All Week. Last time out, the Florida-bred son of Half Ours was a troubled fourth in the Churchill Downs (GII) and last found the winner's circle in the Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn on March 7. Trainer Ron Moquett said there is a chance the horse could scratch from the race if the track comes up sloppy.
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