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Updated on 10/27/2012 9:36PM
Breeders' Cup Mile: Animal Kingdom completes major work with Keeneland breeze
By Matt Hegarty
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner who is being trained up to a start in a tough Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 3 off an eight-month layoff, worked five furlongs over the Keeneland turf on Friday morning in his final timed preparation for the race.
Trainer Graham Motion said he timed the five-furlong work in 1:02.60. Animal Kingdom worked in company with his stablemate Badleroibrown under regular exercise rider David Nava, about 15 minutes after the turf course opened for works at 10 a.m. The dogs were up for the work, over a course that has been rated firm for the past several days.
“I think it was super,” Motion said. “I wasn’t really looking for a really hard work. I just wanted him to do a nice work within himself, which is what he did. I was a little surprised at how soft it is, actually. It looks like it must have been watered. But it worked out very well.”
Owned by Team Valor, Animal Kingdom began the work about three lengths behind Badleroibrown, a half-brother to stakes winner Howe Great. He raced to the outside of his stablemate around the turn, drew even at the top of the stretch, and then passed the other horse with about a sixteenth of a mile remaining. He did not appear to be under pressure from Nava at any point in the work.
Animal Kingdom, who suffered a fractured ilium earlier this year, an injury that only required stall rest but cost him a chance at running in the Dubai World Cup, arrived at Keeneland on Monday from Motion’s Maryland base, the Fair Hill Training Center. Motion said the colt will ship to Santa Anita Park on Saturday and will gallop for the remainder of the week in preparation for the Mile, a race that drew one of the top horses in the country, Wise Dan.
“Everything has gone off without a hiccup, which is just amazing, really,” Motion said. “At the risk of jinxing myself, he hasn’t missed a work, he hasn’t missed a week. If anything had gotten in the way, I wouldn’t have done this, but it’s kind of just happened very naturally.”
Having to run down Obviously is going to be a big problem for A.K. off such a long layoff, he's not for me this time but in his next start I'll give him serious consideration.
At 15/1 morning line he is worth using. if hes 8/1 or less toss him out. Hes a value play strictly on extreme ability. Fitness and facing Wise Dan make this a very difficult assignment.
“I wasn’t really looking for a really hard work. ...I was a little surprised at how soft it is, actually. It looks like it must have been watered." Did you see how soft his time was Graham? Sharpen up Graham and get him sharpened up.
People who don't bet him that day will b disappointed for sure I think hell goin to run huge
animal kingdm will win the mile just like he won the kentucky derby, nobody beleive in hm
hey stevepjs the breeders cup is next sandy is coming this week , wake up and smell the coffee
Can't see how AK will be fit enough to win.
The Animal Kingdom story , and I for one am a fan , has been a bit unusual to say the least . I know money talks but wish these good horses would not be sent to Dubai . While do not have a statistical analysis , it seems for the most part to a difficult endeavor to travel there and run well after . Some have done it but always have a reservation about those
I'm not sure what to make of AK, to win this tough BC mile a horse has got to be in his prime or to benefit from some kind of racing situation.......he will face the best milers in the world, many of them coming off big performances. The only reason i'm even considering Ak on the top of any tickets is because I believe Obviously is going to set a suicidal pace with Little Mike in tow and the jockeys of Wise Dan, Excelebration and Cloud are gonna have to be perfect on how far off the pace to be.........gotta love it. I may go just go ALL and be done with it and hope for a situation like last year!!!
and can I just add ...for all the haters who complained about the BC not being run at Belmont. more often.......let me see...there's some weather headed that way and it's called Hurricane Sandy! So what would have happened I wonder
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