10/31/2016 12:56PM

Baffert gets some speed into Klimt for Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Barbara D. Livingston
Del Mar Futurity winner Klimt works a half-mile in 47.32 seconds at Santa Anita on Monday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Bob Baffert said he needs Klimt to be sharper earlier in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile than he was in the FrontRunner Stakes a month ago.

On Monday, Klimt went a solid half-mile in 47.32 seconds over the main track at Santa Anita. Working in company with the maiden Master Play, Klimt went in splits of 11.79 seconds and 23.27 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.66.

“I wanted to get a good half into him, sharpen him up a little bit because I’ve been giving him these real long works,” Baffert said. “He’s going to have to get into the race early.”

Klimt won the Grade 2 Best Pal and Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity from an attending position. In the Grade 1 FrontRunner, he was away a tad slowly and was sixth early behind a modest pace set by Gormley, who went gate to wire in the race.

Rafael Bejarano, the regular rider of Klimt, was aboard for Monday’s work.

Lookin At Lee, the Breeders’ Futurity runner-up, worked an easy half-mile in 50.64 seconds at Santa Anita for the Juvenile. Lookin At Lee, trained by Steve Asmussen, was equipped with blinkers, equipment he will be wearing for the first time in the Juvenile.

“I just think he’s probably not wanting him to get as far back,” said Scott Blasi, assistant to Asmussen. “I thought his five-eighth first time working in blinkers was pretty good. He’s got a steady run; hopefully there’ll be a lot of pace in there and give him something to look at.”

Term of Art, a recent maiden winner here going a mile, came through the lane in 25.83 seconds for a quarter-mile Monday as he prepares for the Juvenile. Trainer Doug O’Neill said that is Term of Art’s regular gallop.