11/06/2011 10:58AM

Breeders' Cup: Asmussen eager to run Regally Ready again

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Steve Asmussen says Regally Ready came out of his dominant win in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in "fabulous" shape.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Regally Ready might well follow the familiar work pattern that trainer Steve Asmussen uses for all his horses in the aftermath of the 4-year-old gelding’s convincing victory Saturday in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.

Asmussen typically breezes his horses nine days after their races, meaning a workout at Churchill could come as soon as Monday, Nov. 14, for Regally Ready.

“We’ve got to find something quick to run him in for as much money as possible,” a beaming Asmussen said Sunday morning. “He came out of the race just fabulous.”

Asmussen said he would travel Sunday night to Lexington to visit with Dr. Tom Simon, who bred and owns Regally Ready in the names of his Grapestock LLC and Vinery Stables, respectively. “We’ll try to get a game plan mapped out for him,” said Asmussen.

Regally Ready, the 2-1 favorite in a full field of 14, won the five-furlong Turf Sprint by 1 1/2 lengths under Corey Nakatani. The victory was the third in two years in Breeders’ Cup grass races for the Vinery sire More Than Ready, who last year had Pluck win the BC Juvenile Turf and More Than Real win the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Meanwhile, the Turf Sprint runner-up, Country Day, could make his next start on the Fair Grounds turf in the Dec. 17 Bonapaw, a race won last year by his since-retired half-brother, Due Date. Country Day, with Jimmy Graham aboard for trainer Steve Margolis, clearly outran his odds of 33-1 in the Turf Sprint.

“We might go in the Bonapaw, then maybe freshen him up for the spring,” said Margolis. “We knew this was a tough race, but he’d run a huge race at Arlington in the summer, and he’d really been training well here. The way he ran validated his training.”

Meanwhile, Havelock was one of the major disappointments in the race when finishing 14th and last as the 6-1 third choice.

“He has a few nicks on his legs where he sort of got clipped, and he grabbed a quarter a little, but basically he’s fine,” said trainer Darrin Miller. “We’re going to stop on him for the winter and bring him back in the spring.”