Trainer Todd Pletcher worked 12 of his pre-entered Breeders’ Cup horses at Belmont Park last Saturday. The works were their last before their scheduled starts in the Breeders’ Cup this weekend.
With the works behind him, Pletcher said he was pleased with the final preparations turned in by his Breeders’ Cup dozen.
"I thought everyone went well," Pletcher said to several members of the media outside his barn. "I didn’t have any problems with any of them. They all worked in the range I expected."
Pletcher’s busy morning started when Unbridled Belle worked in company on the training track, which was labeled fast. Unbridled Belle, pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, worked with a Pletcher maiden.
Unbridled Belle, who looked powerful in the work, was timed in 1:01.28 for five furlongs and finished in front of her stablemate.
Later, five of Pletcher’s Breeders’ Cup hopefuls took to the track.
Lawyer Ron, who will run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, looked strong in his five-furlong move, which was timed in 1:01.26 and was followed with a spirited gallop around the turn and into the backstretch.
Any Given Saturday, who will join Lawyer Ron in the Classic, worked a more tepid five furlongs in 1:02.12 with jockey Garrett Gomez in the saddle. Pletcher was pleased with both of the horses.
"(Lawyer Ron) was on the bridle the whole time," Pletcher said. "He had a solid work last week (1:00.40), so we wanted a touch less than last time. He was eager, but controllable. It was a good solid work, without over doing it. We got what we wanted."
Also working on the training track after the break were three of Pletcher’s Distaff pre-entries: Indian Vale (five furlongs in 1:01.69); Octave (1:00.67 for five furlongs); and Panty Raid (49.10 for a half-mile). Panty Raid is cross-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Pletcher said he hasn’t decided whether he will run Panty Raid in either of those races.
Pletcher also worked his Breeders’ Cup turf hopefuls: Wait a While, English Channel, Honey Ryder, Host, Icy Atlantic, and The Leopard.
Discreet Cat sizzles
The feature attraction on Belmont’s main track last Saturday was a scorching five-furlong move in a bullet 57.46, the fastest of 25 works at the distance, by Discreet Cat (Dirt Mile). Gomez was aboard.
Rick Mettee, Discreet Cat’s trainer, minutes after the work said: "It was faster than I wanted, but good horses do that. I was looking for something around 1:00."
Trainer Angel Penna Jr. worked both his Breeders’ Cup starters. Remarkable News (Mile) worked 1:02.71 for five furlongs on the turf. Stablemate Shamdinan (Turf) covered the same distance in 1:03.60.
Street Sense gallops
Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense made his first appearance on the main track Monmouth last Saturday, galloping an easy mile under exercise rider Tracey Wilkes as he began final preparations for the Breeders Cup Classic.
Owned by James Tafel, Street Sense went to the track shortly after 8 a.m. EDT following the morning renovation break. "He was fresh, and I figured he would be," trainer Carl Nafzger said. "He galloped (eighths) in 15 and change and 16s. It was a good morning."
Street Sense is scheduled to work Tuesday with regular rider Calvin Borel coming in for the work that is slated after the break. Rain is forecast for the day, but Nafzger said the work would most likely go as scheduled.