Updated on 10/27/2012 10:36PM

Breeders' Cup Mile: Animal Kingdom completes major work with Keeneland breeze

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Animal Kingdom, David Nava up, works five furlongs over the Keeneland turf in 1:02.60 on Friday.

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.

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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.

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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.”