BREEDERS' CUP 2011: A Survey Of The Morning Works

UPDATED: Saturday morning saw a huge amount of works from 2011 Breeders' Cup horses, including a blistering work by Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile contender Shackleford. The Dale Romans trainee zipped five furlongs in 58.20 on the Churchill Downs main track, fastest of 49 works at the distance on the morning. If you liked Shackleford in the Dirt Mile before yesterday, you have to like him even more after an impressive work.

Stopshoppinmaria glided across the Churchill Downs turf course in her first work over grass, which was enough to convince trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole to enter her in the Juvenile Fillies Turf and not the Juvenile Fillies.

Three horses worked from the gate Saturday morning - Miss Netta (Juv. Fillies), Alpha (Juv.), and Rattlesnake Bridge (Classic). Miss Netta unleashed a huge move over the Belmont Park training track, going four furlongs in 46.87, fastest of 107 horses to work at that distance. The training track was rated "good" on Saturday morning.

Filly & Mare Sprint contender Tar Heel Mom, turned in a bullet work at four furlongs over the Churchill main track (47.40).

Below is the summary of Saturday's morning works:

Horse BC Race Track Dist. Time Rank Type
Pachattack Ladies Classic KEE 3.0 35.60 1/13 Breeze 
Eldaafer Marathon MTH 4.0 46.80 1/23 Handily
Force Freeze Sprint MTH 4.0 46.80 1/23 Handily
Miss Netta Juvenile Fillies BEL 4.0 46.87 1/107 Breeze (g)
Tar Heel Mom Filly and Mare Sprint CD 4.0 47.40 1/62 Breeze 
My Gi Gi Juvenile Fillies Turf SA 4.0 47.80 8/68 Handily
Holdin Bullets Juvenile Sprint CD 4.0 48.00 3/62 Breeze 
Her Smile Filly & Mare Sprint CD 4.0 48.20 6/62 Breeze 
Distorted Legacy Filly & Mare Turf BEL(T) 4.0 48.61 1/8 Breeze 
Rapport Turf Sprint CD(T) 4.0 49.60 1/4 Breeze 
Liquidity Trap Juvenile Turf BEL 4.0 49.64 25/107 Breeze 
Trappe Shot Dirt Mile BEL 4.0 49.83 34/107 Breeze 
Jeranimo Mile SA 4.0 50.00 55/68 Handily
Teaks North Turf MTH 4.0 50.00 11/23 Breeze 
Two Months Rent Juvenile Turf BEL 4.0 50.42 58/107 Breeze 
Chamberlain Bridge Turf Sprint CD(T) 4.0 50.60 2/4 Breeze 
Dubawi Heights (GB) Filly and Mare Turf SA 4.0 50.60 62/68 Handily
Winchester Turf BEL(T) 4.0 50.62 4/8 Breeze 
Regally Ready Turf Sprint CD 4.0 50.80 46/62 Breeze 
Vexor Juvenile Sprint BEL 4.0 50.85 66/107 Breeze 
Stephanie's Kitten Juv Fillies/Juv Fillies Turf CD(T) 4.0 54.60 3/4 Breeze 
Tequila Factor Juvenile Turf CD(T) 4.0 54.60 3/4 Breeze 
Shackleford Dirt Mile CD 5.0 58.20 1/49 Breeze 
Karlovy Vary Juvenile Fillies Turf KEE 5.0 1:00.00 4/23 Breeze 
Self Preservation Juv Fillies Turf/Juv Fillies SA 5.0 1:00.00 7/66 Handily
Giant Oak Marathon HAW 5.0 1:00.20 2/29 Breeze 
Amazombie Sprint SA  5.0 1:00.40 14/66 Handily
Medaglia d'Amour FiM Turf/LC SA 5.0 1:00.40 14/66 Breeze 
Mr. Commons Mile HOL  5.0 1:00.40 7/54 Handily
Jersey Town Dirt Mile BEL 5.0 1:00.73 4/45 Breeze 
Dullahan Juvenile/Juvenile Turf CD 5.0 1:00.80 6/49 Breeze 
Rattlesnake Bridge Classic BEL 5.0 1:00.83 4/45 Breeze (g)
Alpha Juvenile BEL 5.0 1:00.84 6/45 Breeze (g)
Drosselmeyer Classic CD 5.0 1:01.00 8/49 Breeze 
Birdrun Marathon CD 5.0 1:01.20 14/49 Breeze 
Jake Mo Juvenile Sprint CD 5.0 1:01.40 17/49 Breeze 
Super Espresso Ladies Classic CD 5.0 1:01.80 20/49 Breeze 
Tres Borrachos Dirt Mile HOL  5.0 1:02.00 35/54 Handily
Putthebabiesdown Juvenile Fillies CD 5.0 1:02.20 27/49 Breeze 
Brilliant Speed Turf BEL 5.0 1:03.12 27/45 Breeze 
Aruna Distaff/F&M Turf CD 5.0 1:03.20 41/49 Breeze 
Majestic City Juvenile Turf/Juvenile SA 5.0 1:03.40 4/8 Breeze 
Stopshoppingmaria Juv Fillies Turf/Juv Fillies CD(T) 5.0 1:04.20 1/3 Breeze 
Sweet Cat Juvenile Fillies Turf CD(T)
5.0 1:04.40 2/3 Breeze 
Dynaslew Filly & Mare Turf CD 5.0 1:05.40 3/3 Breeze 
State of Play Juvenile Turf KEE 6.0 1:13.80 2/4 Breeze 
Speightscity Juvenile BEL 6.0 1:14.12 2/7 Breeze 

Original Post - Friday Works:
Final preparations are being made for each of the horses pre-entered into the 2011 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs.  Ruler On Ice was the only Classic contender to work on Friday, breezing four furlongs in 47.80 over the Monmouth Park main track. Juvenile Fillies Turf contender Somali Lemonade turned in a very nice work over the Keeneland main track, going four panel in 47 seconds flat, fastest of 30 to work at the distance (see video below).

The longest work of the day came from one of the also eligible for the Juvenile Fillies, Frolic's Revenge. The daughter of Vindication worked a mile at Calder, covering the distance in 1:47.20.  Out at Hollywood Park, Harmonious and Miss Match (ARG) both went seven furlongs in 1:26.80.

The post position draw for the 2011 Breeders' Cup will take place on Monday, Oct. 31st at 1pm Eastern.

Below is a snapshot of the Friday morning works for 2011 Breeders' Cup contenders (data via Equibase).


Date Horse Race Track Dist Time Rank Type
28-Oct A. U. Miner Marathon CD 3.0 36.40 1/11 Breeze
28-Oct Somali Lemonade Juv Fillies Turf KEE 4.0 47.00 1/30 Handily
28-Oct Ruler On Ice Classic MTH 4.0 47.80 1/5 Breeze
28-Oct Lucky Chappy (IRE) Juvenile Turf KEE 4.0 48.00 5/30 Breeze
28-Oct Perfect Officer Turf Sprint Fair Hill 4.0 48.00 1/14 Breeze
28-Oct Shotgun Gulch Filly & Mare Sprint REM 4.0 48.59 2/13 Breeze
28-Oct Rocket Twentyone Juv Fillies Turf/Juv Fillies CD 4.0 50.00 21/36 Breeze (g)
28-Oct Union Rags Juvenile Fair Hill 5.0 1:00.80 1/5 Breeze
28-Oct Camp Victory Turf Sprint HOL 5.0 58.80 1/21 Handily
28-Oct Turbulent Descent F&M Sprint HOL 5.0 59.00 2/21 Handily
28-Oct Weemissfrankie Juvenile Fillies SA 5.0 59.20 2/44 Handily
28-Oct Champagne d'Oro FM Sprint/Ladies Classic SA 6.0 1:12.40 3/13 Handily
28-Oct Tanda FM Sprint HOL 6.0 1:14.20 2/7 Handily
28-Oct Harmonious Filly & Mare Turf HOL 7.0 1:26.80 1/4 Handily
28-Oct Miss Match (ARG) Ladies Classic HOL 7.0 1:26.80 1/4 Handily
28-Oct Frolic's Revenge Juvenile Fillies CRC 8.0 1:47.20 1/1 Breeze


Video from Keeneland of Juvenile Fillies Turf contender Somali Lemonade's work on Friday morning.


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