Updated on 09/15/2011 1:17PM

BC Workout Report: You couldn't look any better


ELMONT, N.Y. - An eerie ground fog partially obscured training activity around the half-mile pole and quarter pole until shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday but by the time training hours had ended it was perfectly clear that all six of the morning's Breeders' Cup workers are coming up to their races in top form.

Once the last of the fog burned off, conditions for training couldn't have been any more pleasant with the temperature rising into the mid 50's and the wind blowing lightly from the southwest at 8 mph. The main track was fast while the Widener turf course was open for training for the first time this week with the dogs set approximately 20 feet out from the rail.

Settling on the coveted "work of the day" honor might have been the toughest assignment with little to choose from between each of the morning's half-dozen workers, three of whom came from the barn of trainer Bobby Frankel.

Work of the Day

You: five furlongs in 1:00.20

Edgar Prado kept his stick safely tucked away in his back pocket and You needed no prodding to turn in the work of the day, which came during the second set following the renovation break and in company with Extra Fancy. Moving effortlessly while never put to pressure at any point, You was kept four or five paths out from the rail leaving the turn and maintained a steady pace throughout, pulling away from her workmate to arrive at the wire five lengths the best with Prado barely moving a muscle at any juncture. She galloped out an additional eighth in 12.30 seconds, pulling up six furlongs in a solid 1:12.70. She looks like a million bucks and a worthy favorite in the Juvenile Fillies.


Aptitude: five furlongs in 1:01.15

Likely Classic favorite Aptitude did nothing to suggest he might regress off his huge performance in the Jockey Club Gold Cup during a work that was obviously designed to maintain his current form and fitness level.

Aptitude broke off two lengths behind Sumitas, who is generally acknowledged as an outstanding work horse, joined his workmate at the quarter pole while racing four paths removed from the rail and finished up willingly while under a snug hold from exercise rider Rudy Rodriguez, who appeared content to let Sumitas maintain a short advantage throughout the final furlong. The pair breezed through an easy opening three furlongs in 36.58 before coming home a final quarter in 24 and change and galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.26.

Under normal circumstances the fact Aptitude did not pass his workmate might be cause for concern. But this outcome seemed to have been well orchestrated during a final prep that was accomplished with consummate ease.

Macho Uno: six furlongs in 1:16.05

The slow final time is irrelevant and a result of the manner in which Macho Uno's worked was designed: a slow opening half-mile and a fast finish, a goal that was accomplished once he broke off under a long hold four to five lengths behind his workmate with jockey Gary Stevens up and loped through an opening half mile in 51.70.

Macho Uno quickened the pace a bit coming out of the turn then began to stride out in earnest once Stevens asked for a little more at midstretch, easily leaving his overmatched companion in the dust. He turned in his strongest eighth-mile split from the wire to the 11-furlong pole while negotiating the final quarter in an impressive 24.35.


Miss Linda: five furlongs in 1:00.40

Working alone, Miss Linda was well within herself, breaking off from the five-furlong pole. She picked up the pace while under little urging around the turn, and then lengthened her stride noticeably immediately after jockey Richard Migliore shook the left rein a bit near the eighth pole. She finished powerfully and galloped out very strong, six furlongs in 1:12.60.

Flute: five furlongs in 59.20

Worked without company under exercise rider Anna Hollander and came closest to unseating stablemate You for work of the day honors. Was very anxious coming away from the pole, zipping her opening three furlongs in 34 but displayed her class by coming to hand and relaxing once she turned into the stretch. She finished up well. She might have gone a bit faster than expected but did it easily enough to suggest the work will not empty the tank for the Distaff.

Filly and Mare Turf

Spook Express: half-mile in 48.38

She couldn't have handled the ground any better or breezed any more effortlessly while giving the impression she could have gone much faster had exercise rider Andrew Lakeman asked her for speed at any juncture of the work. She came home the last eighth in 11 and change with her final time deceiving considering the fact she was working well out from the rail with the dogs set out 20 feet from the inside fence. A sharp prep from a veteran mare who does her best running from well off the pace.

All times clocked by Mike Welsch