10/31/2011 10:25AM

Breeders’ Cup: Havre de Grace gets final work for Classic

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Barbara D. Livingston
Havre de Grace works five furlongs under Gabriel Saez at Churchill Downs on Monday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Havre de Grace, in her final work in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, was timed by Daily Racing Form going five furlongs in 1:01.79 on Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

Jockey Gabriel Saez was aboard for the work, which took place immediately after the mid-morning renovation break, but regular rider Ramon Dominguez will be aboard for the Classic.

“It was like her last work at Delaware before we went to New York,”
Saez said, referring to the Beldame Stakes. “She worked about the same.”

Larry Jones, the trainer of Havre de Grace, said it was “more like a gallop.”

“I wasn’t worried about fitness,” Jones said. “I wanted to see how she got over the track. She never showed any bobble steps.”

Post positions for the Classic, and the other 14 BC races to be run Friday and Saturday, will be drawn Monday afternoon.