10/12/2011 11:03AM

Breeders' Cup: Turbulent Descent on schedule for Filly and Mare Sprint

Tom Keyser
Turbulent Descent is training in Southern California for a planned start in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Trainer Mike Puype reports from Southern California that Turbulent Descent, the solid favorite for the $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint, continues to thrive in her breezes. Puype planned to work the 3-year-old filly again Thursday at Hollywood Park and maintain a schedule of every six days before departing for Kentucky.

Meanwhile, another 3-year-old, Strike the Moon, is more likely to go in the Oct. 22 Raven Run at Keeneland instead of the Filly and Mare Sprint, trainer Michael Trombetta said. A Saturday work on the Keeneland Polytrack will determine her status.

Dale Romans said he is happy with the way Sassy Image has rebounded from her last-place finish in the Aug. 27 Ballerina and that he intends to work her every Saturday at Churchill leading up to the Filly and Mare Sprint. Sassy Image won the Humana Distaff at Churchill in May, the first of her two Grade 1 wins this year.

Ken Ramsey said he will bypass the Filly and Mare Sprint with Holiday for Kitten, who earned an automatic berth with her 18-1 upset last weekend in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, in favor of trying the boys in the BC Turf Sprint. In addition, Switch, a decent third as the TCA favorite, has that race under her belt as she looks to improve over her runner-up finish in the 2010 Filly and Mare Sprint.

Trainer Merrill Scherer said he and the Maple Lane Farm principals are interested in trying the dirt with Ariana D, heretofore a Polytrack specialist. Ariana D was an easy winner of the Avowal at Woodbine last out.