10/20/2008 12:00AM

Clocker: Consequence finishes fast over Pro-Ride

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Santa Anita: Clear; Fast; Firm; Temperature, 68

ARCADIA, Calif. - Another beautiful morning and a very busy training session Sunday at Santa Anita, during which 21 potential Breeders' Cup starters worked, 18 over the Pro-Ride surface and three others on the grass. As was the case the previous morning, the main track was extremely fast and the dogs were placed well out over a very firm turf course.

Work of the Day

Consequence (four furlongs in :46.18 seconds): For the second morning in a row, the first work of the day was the best. On Saturday it was Cocoa Beach and today the honor belonged to another filly, Consequence, who may have trainer Shug McGaughey wishing he'd entered her in the Juvenile Fillies instead of the Juvenile Fillies Turf, considering the manner in which she handled the Pro-Ride.

Working with rings, Consequence actually began in relatively easy fashion, covering her opening eighth of a mile in 12.44 seconds, but then came back with splits of 11.00, 11.35 and 11.39 despite changing leads a shade late and without any urging from her rider. She continued willingly into the turn, galloping out five furlongs in 58.14, which was faster than all but First Defence's work at that distance on Sunday’s tab.

Classic

Mast Track (five furlongs in 59.95): Mast Track was the lone Classic contender to work and turned in what appeared to be little more than a maintenance move over a course he's had some success on. Was well held early through an opening quarter in 24.11 seconds, fanned a bit wide off the turn, and appeared to be stretching out well at the finish while under little urging. Galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.14.

Turf

Out of Control (five furlongs in 1:00.89): Was the first of trainer Bobby Frankel's workers just after dawn. Especially liked the way he finished up, covering his final furlong in 11.37 seconds before galloping out another eighth in 12.44 around to the seven-eighths pole. An encouraging breeze, considering he is strictly a turf specialist and an indication he remains on top of his game following a career best performance last month in the Clement Hirsch.

Dancing Forever (five furlongs in 1:00.18 on turf): Worked in company with Mississipian, breaking off about a length and a half behind his partner before finishing up on even terms while under little or no pressure to complete a final quarter-mile in 23.58 seconds. The time was pretty much irrelevant with the dogs out so far but it was the second best of six at the distance and this colt figures to relish the hard local course compared to the softer ground he raced over in his previous two starts.

Sprint

Fabulous Strike (five furlongs in 59.13): An important work considering it was his first on Pro-Ride and he seemed to handle the surface well. Went along at a fast pace as expected, posting splits of 11.16, 23.04, 34.54 and 46.70 seconds without need of urging. Did seem to tire slightly at the end, finishing up his final furlong in 12.43 and did not gallop out particularly strong, completing six furlongs in 1:14.24.

Fatal Bullet (five furlongs in 1:01.25): With a near perfect record on artificial surfaces, this is one of the sleepers in the field, although his first real test over Pro-Ride was not a raving success. After warming up by galloping a mile and three-eighths, Fatal Bullet came away from the pole in a leisurely 12.88 seconds for his opening furlong, picked up the pace willingly around the turn and into the stretch, but got very weary while struggling home through a final furlong on a loose rein in 13. The gallop-out was non-existent, six furlongs in a disappointing 1:16.72.

First Defence (five furlongs in 57.97): Normally not a fast worker for a sprinter, First Defence zipped along from start to finish to post the fastest of the more than 70 times recorded at the distance. He began with an opening quarter and three-eighths in 22.70 and 33.83 seconds despite being taken well in hand, and completed a half in a sizzling 45.54 before tirinig a bit at the end. Still had enough in the tank to gallop out three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.48, which easily bettered any of the six-furlong workouts on Sunday's tab.

Juvenile Turf

Skipadate (five furlongs in 1:01.06): Interesting to see Skipadate come out to work with blinkers, considering he has not raced with the equipment in his first three career starts. Went along at a relatively strong clip for a turf specialist breezing on dirt, although he did tire noticeably through late stretch and during his gallop-out, completing a final furlong in 13.09 seconds before going out an additional eighth of a mile in a sluggish 15.

Gallant Son (six furlongs in 1:12.38): Will need one scratch to work his way off the also-eligible list and into the Juvenile Turf, and from the looks of this work, the Emerald Downs invader is likely capable of outrunning his odds. Began at a leisurely pace, covering his opening half in 49.05 seconds, but finished very strong, covering his final quarter-mile under mild urging in 23.45 before shading 13 to gallop-out seven-eighths in 1:25.56. Even more impressive was the manner in which he galloped strongly all the way back around to the top of the stretch after completing his work.

Bourbon Bay (six furlongs in 1:16.22 on the turf): Trainer Neil Drysdale secured the services of Hall of Fame rider Angel Cordero Jr. to breeze his 2-year-old in company with stablemate Green Lyons. Breaking off a couple of lengths behind his partner, Bourbon Bay was under little pressure while tracking his target before finally easing alongside entering the stretch. Neither horse was under any real urging down the lane, although Green Lyons did appear to be going the easiest of the pair at the wire.

Juvenile

Munnings and Silent Valor (both five furlongs in :59.76): Trainer Todd Pletcher sent his two Juvenile candidates out in company and the pair worked as a team through splits of 24.42, 35.80 and 47.51 seconds with Munnings going easiest at the end and galloping out slightly best, six furlongs in 1:12.39.

Street Hero (five furlongs in 1:02.55): Working in blinkers and with jockey Alex Solis aboard, Street Hero just loped along under little pressure, but considering the slow early pace - an opening half in 50.22 - he should have finished better than his 12.33-second final furlong.

Midshipman (six furlongs in 1:12.26): Easily one of the more impressive works of the morning. Working in company and outside stablemate Judge Kent, Midshipman came away three lengths behind his partner but finished up on even terms through a final quarter-mile in a very sharp 23.30 seconds before galloping out seven-eighths in 1:25.96. Appears very comfortable over his home track and to be maintaining his sharp form.

Mile

Precious Kitten (five furlongs in 1:00.97): The Frankel barn had a good morning and this filly was no exception. Working with rings and well within herself throughout, the three-time Grade 1 winner began at a leisurely pace before finishing up her final three-eighths in 35 and change under no encouragement. Did shut down a little quickly during her gallop out, however, finishing up six furlongs in a somewhat disappointing 1:15.31.

Dirt Mile

Two Step Salsa (five furlongs in 1:01.81): After working five furlongs in :58 seconds here last week, it appeared jockey Martin Pedroza was under instructions not to let him go too fast this morning. Two Step Salsa barely got out of a two-minute lick leaving the five-furlong pole, covering his opening furlong in 13.44. He did quicken just a bit around the turn while kept well off the rail, fanned six or seven paths wide entering the stretch but never really leveled out even after being straightened away for the drive.

Get Funky (five furlongs in 59.50): Turf specialist looked sharp over the Pro-Ride while equipped in rings and under pretty much a loose rein throughout. Completed his final three-eighths in 35.13 seconds before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.59.

Desert Code (five furlongs in 1:00.23): Worked in blinkers and should have finished up stronger than 12.07 seconds considering he was under heavy pressure through much of the final furlong.

Marathon

Fairbanks (five furlongs in 1:00, according to track clockers): Simply a maintenance move for this veteran who appears to have cycled back to peak form.

Juvenile Fillies

Persistently (four furlongs in :51.04): In sharp contrast and perhaps a reaction to Consequence's extremely fast work earlier in the morning, she barely got out of a two-minute lick coming away from the pole, covering her opening furlong in 13.78 before finishing up with a series of 12 and change eighth-miles. Ducked out suddenly turning into the stretch and never really picked up the bit at any point.

Filly and Mare Sprint

Tizzy’s Tune (five furlongs in 1:01.01): Comes into the Filly and Mare Sprint as a longshot and did little to inspire additional confidence during a relatively slow and uninspiring work shortly after the renovation break.

All times clocked by Daily Racing Form, unless mentioned otherwise.

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