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Churchill Downs’ Saturday Barn Notes: Essential Quality Gets Morning Work

By |September 25th, 2021|

(Essential Quality / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Churchill Downs From the Churchill Downs Media Team: It was another busy Saturday morning beneath the Twin Spires with several of the nation’s top horses recording published workouts including Godolphin’s recent Travers Stakes (Grade I) winner Essential Quality, who cruised an easy half-mile in :50.60. With his regular exercise rider Edvin Vargas in the irons, Essential Quality was one of the first horses to work over the track at 5:30 a.m. (all times Eastern). The gray son of Tapit breezed solo and will likely have five more works prior to competing in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) at Del Mar. Saturday’s move was Essential Quality’s second breeze following his victory in last month’s $1.25 million Travers. Trained by Brad Cox, Essential Quality is 8-for-9 lifetime with earnings of $4,215,144. Two hours later, Cox’s other Breeders’ Cup Classic hopeful, Knicks

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