Updated on 09/15/2011 2:18PM

Classic: Sakhee, 'Light' prep for ?


ELMONT, N.Y. - The Breeders' Cup has changed its name to the World Thoroughbred Championships, and appropriately, this year's Classic is shaping up as a truly international affair with Europe's top talent squaring off against America's best.

The Classic has a distinctly European flavor this year thanks to a possible race within a race between Europe's top outfits, Godolphin and Coolmore. After whipping Europe's best horses all season, Godolphin's Fantastic Light and Sakhee, and Coolmore's Galileo will now take their battle for world Thoroughbred supremacy to American soil.

Godolphin still has yet to decide whether to run its superstar horses, Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee and multiple Group 1 winner Fantastic Light, in either the Breeders' Cup Classic or Turf this Saturday. Both horses have trained exclusively on the main track since arriving at Belmont Park, and trainer Saeed bin

Suroor says a decision is imminent Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

Both horses took to the track Tuesday morning for their final Breeders' Cup workouts. Fantastic Light, who is cross-entered in both the Classic and the Turf but has given no indication he will not head to the Classic, drilled five furlongs in 59.80 seconds at Belmont under jockey Frankie Dettori, who arrived from Europe Monday.

"He handled the track very well. We saw with Fantastic Light when he was here last fall that he handled the dirt, and his time today showed you he handled the dirt very good," said Suroor of Fantastic Light. "He is 100 percent ready to run."

The decision on which race to run Sakhee in, however, does not appear as clear-cut. Sakhee worked five furlongs in 1:01 Tuesday morning at Belmont.

"The work was very easy for him, he handled the track well," said Suroor of Sakhee. "The horse is ready, and I'm happy to run him in either race. This is [owner] Sheikh Hamdan's decision."

Sakhee raised some eyebrows last Friday when he worked five furlongs in 1:05.20, but Tuesday's drill seemed to ease Suroor's mind about his ability on dirt.

"Today was better. This is a challenge with Sakhee to see it he can handle the dirt. Today, I just wanted to see his action, and he had good action," said Suroor.

When asked about the possibility of running both horses against each other in the Classic, assistant trainer Tom Albertrani said, "They're still both in the Classic until a definite decision is made."

As for fellow European invader Galileo, the decision to point for the Classic was made a long time ago. However, that fact has not helped him establish a local advantage over Fantastic Light and Sakhee.

Galileo is not scheduled to arrive on the grounds at Belmont Park until late Tuesday.

Tiznow turns the corner

In the last month or so, defending Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow has picked up a nasty habit of misbehaving on his way to the track in the a.m., but trainer Jay Robbins insists that those antics will no longer be a problem this week.

"Yesterday and today he was much better," said Robbins. "Yesterday we kind of turned the corner with him just by letting him take as much time as he wanted going to the track."

Once on the track, Tiznow galloped 1 1/4 miles for the second straight day in preparation for Saturday's race.

"I was mildly disappointed with his last race (3rd in the G2-Goodwood Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita)," said Robbins. "I'd rather be coming into the race off two wins instead of two thirds. Physically though, he's every bit as good now as he was at this time last year."

Take a look at Gander

Gander, who is fresh off a win over Broken Vow and Include in the Meadowlands Cup, is coming up to the race in career best form according to trainer John Terranova. Gander drilled an ultra-sharp five furlongs in :59 Monday morning, and his connections remain optimistic about their chances on raceday.

"He's really doing fantastic coming up to this race. The field seems pretty competitive but there's no star in the field," said Terranova. "We don't know how many more chances we're going to get to win a race like this, so we're going to take a shot. The horse has really never been better."

Terranova feels confident that Gander can improve on his ninth-place effort in last year's Classic.

"If you look at that race, it took Giant's Causeway a long time to load, and then we hit the gate at the start and kind of came out of there sideways. We were outside and Johnny (Velazquez) had to take a hold of him. He wants to be sort of a free-running horse and that whole thing took a lot out of him," Terranova

said. "This time we're just hoping for a clean start and a clean trip."

Terranova said that the addition of blinkers helped Gander "keep focused and helped keep him in the bridle" in the Meadowlands Cup. Now he is counting on a good connection between the horse and new rider Victor Espinoza.

"We had a list of a lot of guys, and we got a lot of calls about the mount on him," said Terranova. "Victor just seemed to fit him well. He's a strong rider, and I think he's the right jock for the horse."

'Tour,' 'Fleets,' Include set to ship

Guided Tour and A Fleets Dancer clocked in with their final workouts before shipping to Belmont Park.

A Fleets Dancer worked an easy five furlongs in 1:04.20 on the training track at Woodbine Tuesday. The Roger Attfield trainee was scheduled to leave Toronto for a 12-hour van ride to Belmont at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Guided Tour zipped four furlongs in 50.40 seconds while in company with fellow Niall O'Callaghan-trainee Keats at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning. He will fly to Belmont on Wednesday.

Also scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning is Include, who will van in from his home base in Maryland after working four furlongs in 47.40 seconds at Laurel Tuesday morning.