(Art Collector / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Churchill Downs)
From the Churchill Downs Media Team:
Bruce Lunsford’s Blue Grass Stakes (Grade II) winner Art Collector and Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm’s multiple graded stakes winner Thousand Words logged their final breezes Saturday morning at Churchill Downs prior to competing in the $1 million Preakness Stakes (GI) on Oct. 3 – the third jewel of the 2020 Triple Crown.
Art Collector, with Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle, worked a half-mile in :48 while Thousand Words and Florent Geroux breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60.
Another possible Preakness contender to work Saturday at Churchill Downs was Peter Callahan’s $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) runner-up Swiss Skydiver who went five furlongs in 1:00.80 with Tyler Gaffalione aboard.
Art Collector, the classy 3-year-old son of Bernardini, was the seventh fastest of 78 horses at the distance Saturday and worked through fractions of :12.40, :24.40, :35.80 and :48. The five-time winner galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.60.
Thousand Words, who was scratched from the Kentucky Derby (GI) after he flipped in the paddock, worked with blinkers on through fractions of :11.80, :24.40 and :48.20. He completed his work with a six-furlong gallop out time of 1:13.60.
“I thought he worked a lot better today with blinkers,” Geroux said. “Last week was his first work over the track so he didn’t wear them but went very easy. It was a bit more of a serious work today.”
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Sunday for Kentucky Derby winner and fellow Preakness contender Authentic’s work on Monday.
Also working Saturday morning was possible Preakness Stakes contender Swiss Skydiver who completed early fractions of :12, :23.60 and :35.80 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.20. Swiss Skydiver’s Preakness Stakes status remains in question, according to trainer Kenny McPeek.
In total, there are seven possible Preakness Stakes contenders based at Churchill Downs. They are scheduled to leave Louisville and fly to Baltimore on Tuesday. The locally based Preakness contenders are (with trainer): Art Collector (Drury), Authentic (Baffert), Excession (Steve Asmussen), Max Player (Asmussen), Mr. Big News (Bret Calhoun), Swiss Skydiver (Kenny McPeek), and Thousand Words (Baffert).
(Monomoy Girl / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
(Shedaresthedevil / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Churchill Downs)
SATURDAY WORK TAB INCUDED 2018, 2020 KENTUCKY OAKS WINNERS MONOMOY GIRL, SHEDARESTHEDEVIL – Trainer Brad Cox had a busy Saturday morning at Churchill Downs working 20 horses including Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winners Monomoy Girl and Shedaresthedevil.
Champion Monomoy Girl, with Florent Geroux aboard, worked an easy half-mile in :49.20 outside of stablemate Arklow while Shedaresthedevil worked five furlongs in 1:00.80.
“I can’t make (Monomoy) go much slower than that,” Geroux joked following the work. “She’s just amazing. There is no other way to put it.”
Monomoy Girl will make her next start in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) on Nov. 7 while Shedaresthedevil is likely targeting the $400,000 Spinster (GI) on Oct. 4, according to Cox.
DOWN THE STRETCH – The 20-cent Single 6 Jackpot was hit once again on Friday for $30,631. Saturday’s sequence will start from scratch and span Races 5-10. First post was 12:45 p.m. … Brodie Wilkes, who is the 27-year-old son of trainer Ian Wilkes, will now represent jockey Chris Landeros. … Entering the final two days of the September Meet, jockey Tyler Gaffalione held a 17-11 win lead over Ricardo Santana Jr. Trainer Steve Asmussen was ahead 10-7 over Brad Cox. Richard Rigney’s Rigney Racing was at the top of the owner’s standings with three wins. … Saturday’s action from Churchill Downs will air on FS1 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and switch to FS2 from 1:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday’s races will air on FS2 from 12:30-6 p.m. … For more information on the September Meet, visit www.churchilldowns.com/handicapping.