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From the Keeneland Media Team:
HIGHER POWER TURNS IN FINAL MAJOR WORK FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC TO LEAD SUNDAY BREEDERS’ CUP WORKERS
Hronis Racing’s Higher Power, third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) last year at Santa Anita, worked 7 furlongs in company in 1:25.40 over a fast track Sunday morning at Keeneland.
“This was his big work before the Breeders’ Cup (Classic),” said Juan Levya, who was aboard Higher Power. “I am very satisfied with it. He galloped out strong … I had him in 1:39 for the mile.”
Leyva, who has been overseeing trainer John Sadler’s string of horses at Keeneland, also worked Hronis Racing’s Chaos Theory 5 furlongs over a turf course rated as good in 1:02.80. Fourth in the Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select, Chaos Theory is under consideration for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).
Other grass workers under Breeders’ Cup consideration Sunday morning were Red King (Turf) going 5 furlongs in 1:05 for trainer Phil D’Amato and the Wesley Ward-trained duo of Outadore (:53) and Campanelle (IRE) (:53.40) in company for a half-mile for a 2-year-old turf race.
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Highlighting other dirt works was the first local breeze from probable TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance favorite Jackie’s Warrior, who worked 5 furlongs in company with Calibrate in 1:00.20.
Owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison and trained by Steve Asmussen, Jackie’s Warrior is undefeated in four starts with Grade 1 victories coming in the Runhappy Hopeful at Saratoga and Champagne at Belmont.
Also working for Asmussen were Breeders Cup Sprint hopefuls Yaupon, who worked 5 furlongs in company with Little Menace in :59.60 (best of 41 works at the distance), and Echo Town, who worked a half-mile in :47.60 with Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) possible runner Cowan.
Trainer Chad Brown opted to work FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) Presented by PDJF hopefuls Raging Bull (FR) and Flavius together a half-mile on the main track in :49.40. Also going on the dirt for Brown wasFront Run the Fed (Turf Sprint-G1), who covered a half-mile in :49.
Sleepy Eyes Todd, under consideration for the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), worked a half-mile in :48.40 under Robby Albarado. The Miguel Silva trainee galloped out 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 and 6 furlongs in 1:14.40.
UNDEFEATED GRADE 1 WINNER MAXFIELD RETURNS TO WORK TAB
Godolphin’s homebred Maxfield was back on the work tab for the first time in four months by posting a three-eighths of mile breeze in :37.40 Sunday morning at Keeneland.
Winner of the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) here last fall and the Matt Winn (G3) at Churchill Downs in May in his lone 2020 start, Maxfield was sidelined in June by a condylar fracture of his right front. He began jogging at Churchill the middle of September and has been galloping at Keeneland since the first of October.
“We are kicking a few ideas around but there is nothing planned for him right now,” trainer Brendan Walsh said after the work about Maxfield’s possible return to racing.
Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law galloped a mile and half Sunday morning under Heather Smullen.
The Belmont (G1) and Travers (G1) winner and runner-up in the Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve worked 6 furlongs in 1:13.20 on Friday, the first of two works trainer Barclay Tagg has scheduled leading up to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 7.