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Updated on 11/03/2012 1:53PM
Breeders' Cup Clocker Report: Super Ninety Nine impresses
ARCADIA, Calif. – Railbirds had to gulp down their coffee or wolf a quick breakfast at Santa Anita’s famous Clocker’s Corner if they didn’t want to miss any of the steady and, at times, frenetic action that took place here Saturday morning, with more than two dozen horses turning in their final major preps for Breeders’ Cup 2012.
The main track, which had been a bit on the dull side the previous two days, was a lot livelier throughout Saturday’s training session. The dogs were out 30 to 40 feet on the turf course.
Work of the day (main track)
Super Ninety Nine (five furlongs in 59.57 seconds for Juvenile Sprint): Broke off a half-length behind stablemate Candrea, forged a head in front while outside that rival after an opening three-eighths in 35.07, and then edged well clear without being asked at any time. He continued on strongly into the turn, galloping out six furlongs in a solid 1:12.74.
Work of the day (turf)
Reneesgotzip (five furlongs in 59.48 on turf for Turf Sprint): Broke off several lengths behind a team of Richard Mandella workers, was in hand through a modest opening quarter, eased out to come around her two targets entering the stretch, and then flew home without need of urging from jockey Garrett Gomez, finishing three lengths clear after completing her final three furlongs in an eye-catching 34.76. Reneesgotzip galloped out strongest of any Breeders’ Cup turf worker this morning.
Main track works of note
Dullahan (five furlongs in 1:00.12 for Classic or Turf): Took a big run to the pole and blasted through early splits of 22.90 and 34.61, then was tiring some while given a little motivation by exercise rider Tammy Fox nearing the wire. Fox took hold of Dullahan into the turn, tempering the gallop-out, which was a modest 1:14.68 for six furlongs.
Shackleford (five furlongs in 1:00.07 for Dirt Mile): With Fox aboard, showed his natural speed, although he did relax better than Dullahan while covering his opening three-eighths in 35.16. Shackleford hugged the rail nicely turning for home, switched leads on cue, and was going easily to the wire while also appearing to tire just slightly at the end. He, too, was not really allowed to gallop out, completing six furlongs in 1:14.16 while looking much better than the last time I saw him breeze just prior to being scratched from the Forego two months ago at Saratoga.
Executiveprilege (six furlongs in 1:14.48 for Juvenile Fillies): Struggled during the latter stages of her work under jockey Martin Garcia. Breaking off several lengths behind stablemate Sir Allison, Executiveprivilege posted average splits of 24.91 and 49.39, drew even with her target approaching the stretch and then struggled to forge a half-length clear at the wire while under more pressure to finish than her partner, whose rider was sitting chilly at the end. Garcia continued to urge Executiveprivilege to “gallop out” seven-eighths in 1:27.85.
Love and Pride (four furlongs in 48.69 for Ladies’ Classic) and Tara From the Cape (four furlongs in 48.60 for Juvenile Fillies Turf): Worked together, with the former proving a head better than her younger mate while well held to the wire. Tara From the Cape did well to hold her own, despite being asked some to finish against her much more accomplished company. The pair were among the few Breeders’ Cup workers to shade 24 for the final quarter over the main track Saturday.
Switch (six furlongs in 1:11.58 for Filly and Mare Sprint): Turned in a sizzling time, but did it the wrong way, blazing through early splits of 22.70, 34.26, and 46.04 while appearing to be going easily enough before tiring badly while being put to steady pressure late in the drill. One must emphasize, however, that Switch was unimpressive in her final work before finishing second in each of the last two renewals of the Filly and Mare Sprint.
Second City (six furlongs in 1:13.60 for the Sprint or Turf Sprint): Covered the same distance two seconds slower than Switch, but looked better doing it. With jockey Mario Gutierrez up, Second City broke off five lengths behind stablemate Hyades, quickly got within a length after an opening quarter in 24.34, drifted out a bit while on even terms leaving the turn, and then finished very willingly to draw three lengths clear while in hand throughout an evenly paced but visually impressive trial.
Trinniberg (four furlongs in 47.70 for Sprint): Appeared ready to bust away from the pole and show off his blazing speed when released by the pony rider at the top of the stretch, but jockey Willie Martinez Jr. would have none of that, harnessing that speed by restraining Trinniberg throughout a well-measured half-mile before letting the 3-year-old stretch his legs a little to gallop out five-eighths in 1:00.54.
Renee’s Queen (six furlongs in 1:14.04 for Juvenile Fillies Turf): Broke off three lengths behind stablemate Out for Revenge and finished a pressured 1 1/2 lengths in front, but really labored late in her work, needing 26.41 to complete the final quarter-mile with nothing left at the wire for a gallop out.
Capo Bastone (six furlongs in 1:12.86 for Juvenile): Worked in company with recent low-level maiden claiming winner Key Reversal and had Martin Garcia aboard. Capo Bastone began three lengths behind, went a modest opening three-eighths in 36.80 and was being asked to finish a half-length the best, with Key Reversal going the easier of the pair at the end. Capo Bastone did not gallop out particularly strong, completing seven-eighths in 1:27.57. Note: DRF final time was more than a full second slower than the official clocking for this work.
Lady of Shamrock (seven furlongs in 1:28.06 for Filly and Mare Turf): Was the first Breeders’ Cup worker of the day, in the dark, at 6 a.m. With Martin Garcia up, Lady of Shamrock broke off seven lengths behind stablemate Candy Trophy and was reserved through a dawdling early pace of 51.33 for the opening half. She began edging closer on the turn, but was all out to finally run down her target, who was not being asked to finish, at the wire before galloping out three lengths clear after a mile in 1:41.65 in a less than scintillating move.
John Scott (five furlongs in 1:01.16 for Dirt Mile): Inadvertently caught company in the presence of the John Sadler-trained You Know I Know who began its work three lengths behind approaching the half-mile pole. The two horses were on even terms at the quarter pole, with John Scott finishing a head behind and inside his unexpected workmate while not being asked to finish by jockey Victor Espinosa. John Scott did shade 24 seconds for his final quarter, one of only a trio of Breeders’ Cup workers to do so over the main course Saturday.
Smiling Tiger (four furlongs in 46.94 from the gate for Sprint): Worked fast from the gate as older sprinters tend to do, especially with a little head start to the pole once leaving the barrier and a straight three-furlong run down the backstretch to begin these types of drills. But the veteran was under pressure much of the way while also trying to get out slightly completing the move at the quarter pole, which made this work much less appealing than the final time would suggest.
Turf works of note
In Lingerie (four furlongs in 47.08 for Filly and Mare Turf) and Turbo Compressor (four furlongs in 47.88 for Turf or Mile): Went in company, with the filly clearly the better. In Lingerie broke off four lengths behind, quickly made up that ground after covering an opening eighth in 11.89, and remained on even terms with her male partner while restrained to the wire. The duo appeared to bump lightly in early stretch, with the rider of Turbo Compressor working to keep him from running inside the dogs. In Lingerie also looked strongest galloping out.
Mizdirection (five furlongs in 58.91 for Turf Sprint): Put her abundant speed on display under Mike Smith, taking a big run to the pole before posting splits of 22.59 and 34.20 while still having something left under mild urging at the wire.
Little Mike (five furlongs in 1:01.76 for Mile or Turf): Always a good work horse, went easily throughout under Fox, who, as usual, took a hold during an average gallop out.
Gervinho (four furlongs in 48.98 for Juvenile Turf): With Rafael Bejarano up, worked an average half-mile while under mild pressure to finish, but looked very strong galloping out into and around the turn.
Moonwalk (five furlongs in 1:01.29 for Juvenile Fillies Turf): Went along at a fairly even pace after a 13-second opening eighth, but was being asked much of the way once entering the turn.
Bourbon Bay (six furlongs in 1:14.25 for Turf): Broke off two lengths behind a stablemate and finished on even terms, completing his final quarter in 24.35 without urging, but was just fair during the gallop out.
Gabriel Charles (six furlongs in 1:12.66 for Juvenile Turf) and stablemate Dry Summer (six furlongs in 1:13.43 for Juvenile Turf): Went in company, with the former beginning four lengths behind and finishing a head back, and both horses finishing well within themselves.
Under Review (six furlongs in 1:14.72 for Juvenile Turf): Went off a bit quickly, then tired badly, laboring through a 26.66 final quarter-mile in an unappealing looking trial for the former claimer.
Stormy Lucy (six furlongs in 1:14.86 for Filly and Mare Turf): Dawdled through a 26.05 opening quarter, then steadily picked up the pace while racing well out in the course, finishing well enough without urging, but on her left lead.
Make sure you watch Super Ninety Nine race during his Breeders Cup race because by this time next year he'll probably be retired. (Paynter and Bodemeister - 6 races each) Bodemeister raced for 4 months Paynter raced for 5 months (not officially retired yet I guess, but he will be soon)
RENEESGOTZIP for a long shot.
Pletcher wins both Juvi races with Julia and Bobby, Point of Entry wins the Turf, and Animal Kingdom shocks the world (again) in the Mile ..... :) And Groupie Doll dominates the F&M sprint. No thoughts on the Classic other than I'm not a huge fan of most of them. If Delta goes maybe I give her a shake as the males are pretty uninspiring again this year.
Remind me what race super 99 is in? There are so many bc races now that it is impossible to keep track.
I hate not having HRTV, TVG is the most boring horse channel there is. Where can I watch the workouts for the BC contenders?
Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.
Last pre-weekend comment: Welcome out of state and out of country turf writers!!! Make sure to sample some great food and take in the non-Hollywood attractions! Breeders' Cup, Baby
smiling tiger will be short - bonde won't win or be on the board - TAKE THAT TO THE BANK - wish we had exchange wagering... any takers against? I'll put up 10 to 1 saw shack this am - he may have blown his wad in Met Mile, but he is back - and took to the track...I like Romans' charges, at least he got them out here...Dullahan should go on the grass... Other thoughts - well, a euro will win the turf - and my 3 on multi tix will be: Shereta, St Nicholas Abbey, and Treasure Beach (tryin' to beat The Fugue)
Executiveprivelege looks like a toss out after these works????