Unrivaled Belle Takes To Churchill Surface
Unrivaled Belle taking to Churchill surface again
UNRIVALED BELLE (Unbridled's Song), winner of the La Troienne S. (G2) last spring over 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, tuned up for a run in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 under jockey Kent Desormeaux over the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Monday.
Starting off two to three lengths behind her workmate, Unrivaled Belle clicked off fractions of :23 3/5, :35 2/5, :47 1/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 4/5. Unrivaled Belle was eight to nine lengths in front of her workmate at the wire in the fourth-fastest time for the distance of the morning.
'She worked fantastic; she's a happy lady,' Desormeaux said of the four-year-old filly, who is trained by Bill Mott. 'She has no lack of desire. She wants to run; she likes to run.'
Desormeaux has ridden Unrivaled Belle nine times, seven of those occasions on dirt with three victories and four seconds. Unrivaled Belle ran second in her most recent start, the Beldame S. (G1), which came after a two-month layoff.
The Ladies' Classic formerly was known as the Breeders' Cup Distaff and Mott won the race at Churchill Downs in 1998 with Escena.
Two two-year-olds who have done their running at Woodbine in Canada got a sampling of Churchill Downs dirt for trainer Mark Casse.
BLUE LASER (Bluegrass Cat) and DELIGHTFUL MARY (Limehouse) worked together after the renovation break with Calvin Borel on Blue Laser and Shaun Bridgmohan on Delightful Mary. Delightful Mary, racing on the outside and breaking off in front, covered five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 and finished a length in front of Blue Laser, who was clocked in 1:00 1/5.
Juvenile Fillies candidate Delightful Mary (outside) overtook the colt Blue Laser in her five-furlong drill (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Fractions for the work were :11 4/5, :24, :36 and :47 2/5 with Delightful Mary galloping out six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 and Blue Laser in 1:14 2/5.
'I thought the works were excellent,' said Casse, who was the leading trainer at Churchill Downs in the spring 1988 meet with 29 winners. 'Neither of them had worked on dirt before. Blue Laser is not as good a workhorse as she is, but he is a fighter. He got passed and came back to win twice.'
While Delightful Mary, a winner of two of three starts on Polytrack, will be pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) with Bridgmohan to ride, Blue Laser may wait until the Delta Jackpot S. (G3) at Delta Downs on November 20.
'We (Casse and WinStar general manager Elliott Walden) are going to talk about it later today, but I think we will probably pass the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile) and go to the Delta Jackpot,' said Casse, who shared the 2007 Jackpot victory with dead-heat winner Turf War.
'One of the factors is timing,' said Walden, who celebrated victories this spring by Super Saver (Maria's Mon) in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Drosselmeyer (Distorted Humor) in the Belmont S. (G1). 'He just ran three weeks ago and ran really hard and our program is geared to the three-year-old season.'
Later Monday afternoon, Casse told Daily Racing Form that Blue Laser was not pre-entered in the Juvenile and would indeed aim for the Delta Jackpot.
WinStar won the Delta Jackpot last year with Rule (Roman Ruler), who is in training at Churchill Downs.
MINE THAT BIRD (Birdstone), winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, worked five-eighths of a mile in company in a bullet 1:00 after the renovation break with exercise rider Arielle Witkowski up. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee's time was the joint-best of 32 at the distance, tying with the aforementioned Delightful Mary.
Working with Grade 3 winner Be Fair (Exchange Rate), Mine That Bird began on even terms with his companion, opened a clear advantage at the head of the stretch and finished four lengths in front. Fractions were :12, :23 2/5, :35, :47 and out six furlongs in 1:15 4/5.
Lukas said that Mine That Bird was pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1). Mine That Bird also is nominated to the November 5 Ack Ack H. (G3) at 1 1/16 miles, a race that looms as a possibility should he not be selected for the Dirt Mile if that race is over-subscribed.
Among the other works involving possible Breeders' Cup horses Monday morning at Churchill Downs were the Steve Asmussen-trained duo of RILEY TUCKER (Harlan's Holiday), a Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) candidate, who covered five furlongs before the renovation break in 1:01 4/5 (:13 1/5, :25 1/5, :37 1/5, :49 2/5 and out six furlongs in 1:15), and THISKYHASNOLIMIT (Sky Mesa), who worked six furlongs in company with Tone It Down (Medaglia d'Oro) in 1:12 4/5 (:13 1/5, :25, :36 3/5, :48, 1:00 4/5 and out seven furlongs in 1:26 1/5) in advance of the Dirt Mile. Tone It Down finished up in 1:13 1/5.
CENTRAL CITY (City Place), aiming for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G2), worked a half-mile under jockey Robby Albarado in :48 (:11 4/5, :23 1/5, :35 1/5 and out five furlongs in 1:02 3/5) for trainer Ronny Werner. ALCOMO (Brz) (Rainbow Corner [GB]) worked a mile in 1:43 4/5 in advance of the Breeders' Cup Marathon (G3) for trainer Eduardo Caramori.
Working over a Matt Winn Turf Course labeled as good Monday morning was SILENT JOY (Kitten's Joy) covering five furlongs in 1:04 1/5 around the 'dogs' under trainer Michelle Nihei. Fractions were :12, :24 4/5, :38 and :50 4/5 for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) candidate. Also working five furlongs was KEERTANA (Johar), who is a possibility for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) or the Cardinal H. (G3) on November 7, covering the distance in 1:04 in fractions of :27 1/5, :40 3/5, :52 1/5 and out six furlongs in 1:17 2/5 and seven-eighths in 1:32 1/5.
Informed Decision turned in the best of 17 works at the five-furlong distance at Keeneland (Benoit Photos)
Two Breeders' Cup winners for trainer Jonathan Sheppard worked Monday morning at Keeneland on the Polytrack. INFORMED DECISION (Monarchos), winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 2/5 under Julien Leparoux in preparation for a repeat run. Fractions on the work were :12 2/5, :24 1/5, :36 1/5, :48 and out six furlongs in 1:11 4/5.
FOREVER TOGETHER (Belong to Me), the 2008 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner, worked in company with Filly & Mare Turf candidate FANTASIA (GB) (Sadler's Wells) covering five furlongs on the main track in :59 3/5 under Leparoux. Fantasia, with Barry Wiseman in the saddle, began four lengths in front with Forever Together cutting the deficit in half at the wire in fractions of :13 2/5, :25 2/5, :37 2/5 and :49 1/5. Fantasia completed her five-furlong move in 1:00. All three distaffers are owned by Augustin Stable.
Also working at Keeneland over a turf course rated as good was JORDY Y (Congrats) for trainer Wayne Catalano. With retired jockey Larry Melancon up, Jordy Y covered five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 with fractions of :12, :23 4/5 and :37 2/5 around the dogs. Jordy Y, third in the Alcibiades S. (G1) in her most recent start, is being pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies and the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Scheduled to work Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs are defending Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint champion CALIFORNIA FLAG (Avenue of Flags) and Filly & Mare Sprint hopeful SWEET AUGUST MOON (Malibu Moon) for trainer Brian Koriner. California Flag will work on the grass unless turf works are rained out. Scheduled to work Wednesday is SECRET GYPSY (Sea of Secrets), also for the Filly & Mare Sprint.
A planeload of horses trained by Todd Pletcher is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday and will be housed in Barn 34. Also scheduled to arrive Tuesday is Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf candidate ARCH SUPPORT (Arch) for trainer Gary Contessa. Arch Support will be housed in Barn 43, Stall 12. Also due to arrive Tuesday from Belmont Park is Filly & Mare Turf contender RED DESIRE (Jpn) (Manhattan Cafe), who will go into Barn 42 in the quarantine area.
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