Updated on 09/16/2011 8:28AM

14 workers beat the rain

At Arlington Park, exercise rider Jose Guerrero and Whywhywhy, a Juvenile hopeful, are among the early arrivals for the Breeders' Cup.

ELMONT, N.Y. - After four days of wet racetracks, and with the promise of additional rain on Wednesday, New York horsemen took advantage of ideal conditions Tuesday to work horses.

On a crisp, clear autumn morning, 409 horses were credited with timed workouts at Aqueduct and Belmont. That included 14 horses planning to run in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship at Arlington Park on Oct. 26. Pre-entries for the Breeders' Cup were taken Tuesday and were to be announced on Thursday.

At Belmont, both the main track and training track were labeled fast, though riders said Belmont's main track had plenty of moisture in it.

By Breeders' Cup division, here's a breakdown of Tuesday's workouts:


E Dubai, unraced since winning the Grade 2 Suburban on July 6, put in the most visually impressive move of the morning, rattling off six furlongs in 1:12.64. The work was done before the renovation break when the track was dull, yet it still was the quickest of eight moves at the distance. Under jockey Jorge Chavez, E Dubai's fractions were 12.21 seconds, 24.31, 36.39, 48.42, and 1:00.94, meaning he got his last eighth in 11.70. He galloped out seven furlongs in 1:26.

"He was doing it by himself,' said Chavez, who will ride E Dubai in the Classic. "I felt I was going too easy so in the stretch I put my body down and I asked a little bit and he quickened up. All you have to do is move your arm a little bit and he gives it to you.'

Tom Albertrani, the New York-based assistant for Godolphin Racing Inc., was impressed with the move and is becoming less worried about running E Dubai 10 furlongs off a 16-week layoff.

"I think the biggest concern we had was to have him fit enough being off since July, but certainly by the way he worked today it looked like we could be right on schedule with him,' said Albertani, who noted that a troubled foot forced E Dubai to miss the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Following the renovation break, potential Classic favorite Medaglia d'Oro and stablemate Milwaukee Brew each were credited with six furlong works in 1:13, though they did not work together.

Medaglia d'Oro worked by himself under Aaron Gryder and turned in another solid move with little urging. It was the third straight week that Medaglia d'Oro was timed in 1:13, and it was his seventh timed breeze since winning the Travers Aug. 24.

"All I could do is hurt him in a race,' said trainer Bobby Frankel, who remains pleased that he skipped the Jockey Club Gold Cup. "I couldn't make him go any better.'

Milwaukee Brew, a dull sixth in the Gold Cup, worked in company with Frankel's highly touted but unraced 2-year-old Empire Maker. Edgar Prado was on Milwaukee Brew for the first time since he rode him in the 2001 Pimlico Special.

"He did it all by himself. He wasn't even blowing when he came back,' Prado said.

On the training track, Volponi went an easy half-mile in 48.60 seconds. Trainer Phil Johnson said he pre-entered Volponi in both the Classic and the Mile, but his first preference is the Classic. Jose Santos rides in whichever race the horse runs.


Imperial Gesture, winner of the Gazelle Handicap and Beldame, was credited with a half-mile move in 49.02 seconds, though Daily Racing Form caught her in 48.49 seconds, including a final eighth in 12.22 seconds. She galloped out five-eighths in 1:01.

"She seems to be every bit as good as she was before the last race,' Albertrani said. "She's not an aggressive work horse. Today, that was a pretty strong move for her.'

Filly and Mare Turf

The first Breeders' Cup horse of the morning to breeze was Kazzia, the Flower Bowl winner, who went out at 6:45 on the dirt. Though track clockers credited her with a five-furlong move in 1:03.25, her breeze was actually a half-mile that went in 50.08 seconds. Kazzia got her final furlong in 11.93 seconds.

Albertrani said it was Kazzia's second workout since the Flower Bowl. She went an easy three furlongs before daybreak last Thursday, but was not credited with a work.

"It looks like she's kept her condition since she's been here,' Albertrani said. "She's trained well since the race. By the way she worked she looks like she's still in great form.'

Starine showed her fondness for soft turf by working six furlongs in 1:14.77 over Belmont's soft inner turf course. The move is even more impressive when you consider that a triple set of dogs, traffic cones used to protect the inner part of the turf course, were up.

Javier Castellano was aboard for the move in which Starine covered her last quarter mile in 24.90 seconds.

"Breeders' Cup Day, if it's soft, she'll have a hell of a shot,' Frankel said.

Owsley, winner of the WinStar Galaxy at Keeneland, worked an easy half-mile in 50.52 seconds over the soft turf.


Frankel worked Turf candidate Denon in company with Mile candidate Aldebaran and the two went six furlongs in 1:17.15. With Rudy Rodriguez on Denon and Prado on Aldebaran, the duo went their first three furlongs in 38.96 seconds and their last three-eighths in 38.19 seconds.

Frankel also worked Mile contender Beat Hollow, who went a half-mile in 48.25 seconds on the dirt.

Trainer Jimmy Toner sent Turf Classic Invitational runner-up Blazing Fury out for a five-furlong move in 1:02.52 over the soft turf. Toner said Blazing Fury loves soft turf and Toner hopes that is the condition of the Arlington turf course on Breeders' Cup Day.

First, however, Toner hopes Blazing Fury can get in the race. Without any Breeders' Cup points, he would need the selection panel to vote him in should the race oversubscribe. Toner said Breeders' Cup officials told him he was only the eighth horse to pre-enter the Turf.

Juvenile Fillies

Storm Flag Flying, the likely heavy favorite for the Juvenile Fillies, went an easy three furlongs in 38.65 seconds. Though it was slower than trainer Shug McGaughey was looking for, he didn't seem overly concerned.

"She doesn't need a whole lot,' said McGaughey, who planned to work Storm Flag Flying back next Monday.


At Aqueduct, Prioress Stakes winner Carson Hollow showed her readiness for the Sprint by drilling five furlongs in 58.88 seconds, the fastest of 39 moves at the distance by almost one full second.