10/27/2012 2:34PM

Breeders' Cup workers at Keeneland get fast conditions despite rain

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Breeders' Cup Mile candidate Willcox Inn, with exercise rider Hilary Pridham aboard, works five furlongs in 1:00.80 in company with Every Way, a 2-year-old graded stakes-placed filly. at Keeneland.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite steady rain Friday night in Kentucky, seven Breeders’ Cup horses were able to work Saturday morning among Keeneland, Churchill Downs, and Churchill Downs Trackside.

At Keeneland, where the synthetic Polytrack surface drains easily, leaving it always fast, the weather conditions were of no consequence, and five Breeders’ Cup works were conducted.

Trainer Tom Amoss breezed a pair of horses over the Keeneland main track, with Phoenix winner Sum of the Parts going a half-mile in 47.60 seconds and Global Power covering the same distance in 50 seconds.

Sum of the Parts is bound for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, while Global Power is being pointed to the Turf Sprint. As the first alternate in an oversubscribed race, Global Power needs one defection to gain entrance to the field.

Julien Leparoux worked both horses for Amoss and has the mount on Sum of the Parts in the Sprint. Patrick Valenzuela will ride Global Power, if that horse gains entry into the Turf Sprint, Amoss said.

Amoss expressed relief at having worked on the Polytrack at Keeneland and not being presented with a wet main track at Churchill Downs, about 70 miles away.

“Here you don’t have to adjust your training schedule,” he said. “It’s business as usual.”

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His two horses are scheduled to ship to California on Monday.

Also breezing at Keeneland was Breeders’ Cup Mile hopeful Willcox Inn, who went five furlongs in 1:00.80 in company with Every Way, a 2-year-old graded stakes-placed filly.

“The work went just like what we had planned,” trainer Mike Stidham said. “Sit off of her and then come to her down the lane. He inched by her in the last part. We weren’t looking for anything too serious, because he’s a fit horse.”

Stidham said James Graham will ride Willcox Inn in the Mile. He was scheduled to ship to California on Sunday.

Other workers at Keeneland included Oscar Party going five furlongs in 1:00.60 in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies Turf and Sweet Shirley Mae covering a half-mile in 49.80 seconds as she readies for the Juvenile Sprint.

In Louisville, wet tracks didn’t keep a couple of Breeders’ Cup runners from breezing. Breeders’ Futurity winner Joha, aiming for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, went five furlongs in 1:02.60 on a muddy track at Churchill Downs Trackside, according to track clocker Richard McCreery.

Trainer Mike Maker called the work a maintenance breeze. “Boring, but true,” he quipped.

At Churchill Downs, Alcibiades runner-up Broken Spell went a half-mile in 50.40, also on a muddy track, preparing for the Juvenile Fillies.