Updated on 10/28/2013 12:21AM

Breeders' Cup workouts: Moreno visits track twice to complete one workout

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Barbara D. Livingston
Breeders' Cup Classic contender Moreno breezes five furlongs in 59 seconds and change Saturday at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The busiest day for Breeders’ Cup workers at Santa Anita also turned into one of the saddest in recent memory when Points Offthebench, the potential favorite for the Sprint, broke down suddenly nearing the completion of his final work for the race and had to be euthanized on the racetrack.

The tragic incident overshadowed what transpired during the course of the busy morning, with some of the biggest names on this year’s Breeders’ Cup card putting in their final works here Saturday – many of which were either delayed or, as in the cases of Moreno and Wine Police, aborted midway through for safety reasons, as Points Offthebench was being attended to on the track.

Fog also played a part in Saturday’s proceedings, obscuring the track briefly just as Will Take Charge was to begin his work at 7 a.m. and again for several minutes immediately after the track reopened following the second break.

As has been the case all week, the main track is very fast, although it appeared to become a little deeper near the rail from the eighth pole to the wire after that area was reharrowed following the accident. The turf course is very hard and lightning fast.   

Main track

   Authenticity    (Distaff) – She’s always been a good work horse and proved it again as the first Breeders’ Cup runner to breeze here Saturday in company with stablemate We Miss Artie. She broke off about 1 1/2 lengths back of her target, finished a half-length in front while in hand to the wire after a half-mile in 46.90 seconds, edged about a length clear after galloping out five furlongs in 59.25, and pulled up six panels in 1:14.50. Rating: A-

   We Miss Artie    (Juvenile) – He didn’t get as fast a time as Authenticity, but for a 2-year-old going up against a Grade 1 winner, he more than held his own, completing his half in 47.20 while nearly matching strides with the big mare to the wire without the need of any real urging from jockey Mike Smith. Rating: B+

   Moreno (Classic) – It was an eventful morning for the Travers runner-up, who was halfway through a scheduled work in company when forced to pull up due to the fallen horse on the track shortly after the second break. About an hour later, Moreno was back out again, this time going solo, and sizzled through a 59-and-change five-furlong drill over the freshly renovated track, then galloped out best of all the Breeders’ Cup workers here Saturday, covering his next eighth under mild encouragement past the wire in 11.74 and then an additional quarter-mile in 26.47 to pull up one mile in 1:38. He has his hands full in the Classic but couldn’t have looked any better here Saturday. Rating: A-

Will Take Charge (Classic) – He had the misfortune of breaking off moments after dense fog rolled in to obscure a clear view of his work, especially for those watching from the top of the grandstand, although he appeared to finish well enough without the need of urging before easing up into the turn. He was credited with a 59.40 official clocking. Rating: B    

Mucho Macho Man (Classic) – Another who had to delay his work as a result of the accident. The newest Grade 1 winner of the Classic field relaxed nicely away from the pole and breezed an even half-mile to the finish line in 48.02, his final quarter in 23.91. He responded to pressure at the wire to get another furlong into the turn in 12.37, completing five-eighths in 1:00.39 before pulling up a little abruptly galloping out around the turn. Rating: B  

Groupie Doll (Filly and Mare Sprint) – She had to bide her time in the paddock following the accident before coming back out to work an efficient half-mile in 47.79, completing her final quarter in 23.78 under a little late encouragement. She galloped out willingly enough to cover five furlongs in 1:00.03. This was a very solid move but not quite reminiscent of her eye-catching final work over this track a week prior to her dominant performance in the 2012 Filly and Mare Sprint. Rating: B

Little Mike (Turf) – The defending Turf champ flashed some good early speed while working over the main track, posting splits of 23.32 and 35.23 en route to a 59.80 final clocking for five furlongs under exercise Tammy Fox. He galloped out six panels in 1:12.70 and appears to be maintaining his good form. Rating: B   

Silver Max (Mile) – This turf and perhaps now synthetic specialist got hooked in with several other non-Breeders’ Cup workers almost immediately after the track reopened following the accident and looked just average at best while breezing on dirt, tiring a bit late off a 23.54 opening quarter to complete a half in 48.22, although he did gallop out willingly enough with some company into the turn. Rating: B-

Trinniberg (Sprint) – The defending Sprint champ worked in the fog, sizzled early, looked comfortable coming into the stretch, but did appear to tire coming to the wire, completing the last eighth of a 46.80 half-mile in 13.01 with little gallop-out. Rating: B-

Skyring (Turf) – Went in company inside stablemate Tour Guide, the pair zipping an opening three-eighths in 35.07, tiring a bit to the wire under mild urging after five furlongs in 1:00.45, and galloping out a length clear in 1:15.32. Rating: B

Tour Guide (Turf Sprint) – As noted above, he worked outside Skyring, held his own with his older mate to the wire, and galloped out about a length behind. Rating: B

Suns Out Guns Out (Marathon) – Completed the final quarter  of a 1:03.51 five-furlong breeze in a lackluster 26.47 while going on his own until niggled on a little nearing the wire by Fox; not much of a gallop-out, six furlongs in 1:17. Rating: B-

Majestic Stride (Sprint) – A maintenance-type move for this speedy colt, out in 23.40, home in 24, and up five furlongs in 1:01.40. Rating: B-

Ria Antonia (Juvenile Fillies) – Worked in the fog, sizzled early, and came home the final quarter of a 46.60 half-mile in 23.59 under mild urging. Rating: B

Wine Police (Sprint) – Like Moreno, he had to pull up while in the midst of his regularly scheduled work due to the incident in the stretch; started again about a half-hour later and was clearly not overly extended the second time around by jockey Rafael Bejarano, cruising through a 37.29 opening three-eighths en route to 1:01.48 final five-furlong clocking with not much of a gallop-out. Rating: B-

Dance With Fate (Juvenile) – Began at a leisurely pace, his opening quarter in 26.21; finished well, completing his final two furlongs of a five-panel work in 1:01.73, and galloped out six panels in 1:14.45. Rating: B-

Cleburne (Juvenile) – This undefeated 2-year-old has been a handful to get around during routine morning gallops but was better behaved when allowed to stretch his legs; showed good speed with a 35.07 opening three-furlong split before tiring under vigorous urging during the latter stages of his 1:00.54 five-furlong trial, keeping a relatively straight course throughout after not taking the turns well in the morning. Rating: B-

Turf           

  Obviously   (Mile) – I caught the final five-eighths of a six-furlong work in 58.89, his final quarter in 23.65 while not asked to the wire. Rating: B+

  No Jet Lag   (Mile) – Was headstrong from the moment he left the pole and a real handful for his rider to try to slow down; shaded 34 for his opening three furlongs before tiring a bit coming to the wire at the end of a sizzling 58.77 five-furlong drill, somewhat out of character for a horse who has rated kindly and finished strong to win his two U.S. starts. Rating: B

  Bashart   (Juvenile Turf) – Broke off a length or so behind workmate Charming Kitten (B+), drew alongside readily enough on the turn, but was under a bit more pressure of the duo coming to the wire while also falling back about a length galloping out around the turn; covered the final three-eighths of a half-mile drill in 35.07. Rating: B

  Spring to the Sky (Turf Sprint) – Looked good in his final work over the Belmont turf course last weekend and was no less impressive Saturday, covering the final quarter-mile of a 45.31 half-mile in a razor-sharp 22.09 while under little to no urging from his rider. Rating: B+

Nesso (Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Improving 2-year-old filly went the last half-mile of an easy five-furlong breeze in 50.34 without much urging. Rating: B-

Vagabond Shoes (Turf) – Finished well, his final quarter of a 1:00.06 five-furlong breeze in 23.86 under mild encouragement. Rating: B

Ontology (Juvenile Turf) – Walked away from the five-eighths pole in 14 and completed a final half-mile in 48.85. Rating: B-

Bright Thought (Mile ) – Went once around the seven-furlong-plus oval from the wire in 1:31.42, finishing well with a final quarter in 24.32. Rating: B

Lady of Shamrock (Filly and Mare Turf) – Like Bright Thought, she went once around from the wire, broke off a length behind a stablemate, could not get by her partner while under mild encouragement in late stretch, and completed the final quarter of a 1:31.51 about-seven-furlong stamina-enhancing breeze in  24.22. Rating: B

Chips All In (Turf Sprint) – Nothing fancy during a maintenance-like 1:02.33 five-eighths drill, although he galloped out perhaps the best of all the morning’s turf workers, continuing on past the wire with nice energy around the sweeping clubhouse turn. Rating: B

Keeneland

Sum of the Parts (Sprint) – Worked solo from the half-mile pole in 23.88 to the top of the lane and was never asked to the wire in 47.33. He finished nicely and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.84 for a horse who clearly enjoys the Keeneland surface. Rating: B

Smarty’s Echo (Juvenile Turf) – Long run to the five-eighths pole with E.T. Baird aboard (13 and change from the three-quarter pole) and went in 24.84 and 36.44 to the top of the lane. Baird got into him a little bit down the stretch with a couple of crosses and two taps of the whip to get to the line in 1:00.42. He did gallop out well over the Polytrack in 1:13.83 and 1:27.91 for seven furlongs. Rating: B

– additional reporting by Mike Vesce