11/02/2009 12:00AM

Clocker: Negligee impressive over Pro-Ride

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Barbara D. Livingston
Negligee, with Simon Harris up, went four furlongs in 47.12 seconds Sunday in her first serious work over the Pro-Ride surface in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies.

ARCADIA, Calif. - It was mayhem in the morning at Santa Anita on Sunday, especially after the renovation break and when the turf course finally opened for business a couple of hours later. Turning back the clocks early Sunday morning meant an extra hour of daylight during training hours although Godolphin still managed to keep railbirds in the dark for Regal Ransom's workout at 5:20 a.m. The Pro-Ride main track was fast, and the turf course was firm with dogs out 25 feet. The temperature was 58 degrees.

WORK OF THE DAY

Negligee (four furlongs in 47.12 seconds): There were several legitimate candidates for the honor, but the young filly gets the nod for the workout of the day because of the manner in which she handled herself in her first serious move over the Pro-Ride surface in preparation for the Juvenile Fillies. Equipped in blinkers, Negligee settled nicely coming away from the half mile pole, covering her opening furlong in 12.88 seconds. But once entering the turn, she began to quicken, posting eighth mile splits of 11.46, 11.59 and 11.39 (that's 34.24 for the last three furlongs) while switching leads perfectly and with her rider mere shaking the left rein a couple of times nearing the wire to keep her about her business. Even better, she continued to power on strongly into the turn, galloping out five furlongs in 59.21 and six furlongs around the bend in 1:12.98.

CLASSIC

Regal Ransom (five furlongs in 59.36 seconds): Regal Ransom was relaxed and in hand breaking off right on top of the five-furlong pole under jockey Richard Migliore, getting his opening quarter in an easy 13.06 before beginning to really accelerate leaving the backstretch. He proceeded to complete his final half in a sharp :46.30, fanning out about three paths wide entering the stretch with Mig sitting chilly throughout. Galloped out strong, pulling up six furlongs in 1:12.63.

Girolamo (five furlongs in 59.28): Worked faster than stablemate Regal Ransom but not necessarily better since he had to be put to some sharp urging, with the rider reaching for his stick midway on the turn and using both the whip and throwing a couple of crosses with the reins to urge the lightly raced colt down the stretch. Galloped out aggressively enough in 1:11.96 but remains a question mark on the Pro-Ride as well as around two turns.

Einstein (four furlongs in 48.06): Just a maintenance move under trainer Helen Pitts, a series of 12-second and near 12-second eighth-mile splits to stretch his legs after open galloping a mile at a two-minute clip 48 hours earlier. Couldn't be doing any better.

TURF

No workers but Presious Passion made an awesome appearance galloping this morning.

SPRINT

Cost of Freedom (six furlongs in 1:12.58): Was a handful for Tyler Baze coming away from the pole but settled quickly enough, posting splits of 24.56, 36.44, 48.28 and 1:00.43 before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:25.36. Accomplished the move while under a loose rein and under little pressure throughout.

Crown of Thorns (five furlongs in 59.89): Broke off about a half-length behind workmate Meteore. Cruised alongside his target while taken four wide approaching the stretch after getting his opening three-eighths in 35.66, then finished up on even terms with his mate with both traveling fairly easily at the end. Would have liked to have seen a little more life during the gallop out as he pulled up six furlongs in a lackluster 1:13.34.

Gayego (five furlongs in 1:00.51): Looked great with his neck bowed and pulling on Migliore as he made his way around the clubhouse bend. Like the majority of the Godolphin workers to breeze this weekend, Gayego went off relatively slow, then picked up the pace around the turn and into the stretch. Completed his final quarter-mile in 23.56 while getting just a few light taps of the stick for encouragement near midstretch. The Ancient Title winner galloped out willingly enough, six furlongs in 1:12.80 although expected to see a bit more explosiveness through the final furlong after such a brilliant performance in his local debut.

TURF MILE

Cowboy Cal (four furlongs in 48.79 seconds on the turf): Wasn t asked for any real speed but made a nice appearance cruising through a second straight easy half-mile drill over this course since his victory in the Oak Tree Mile.

JUVENILE

Noble's Promise (five furlongs in 59.04): Was among several Cup horses working simultaneously immediately following the renovation break. Broke off a couple of lengths behind There Goes Gee Gee from trainer Doug O Neill s barn, and they in turn joined a third worker around the turn. Went along at a quick early pace, his opening three eighths in 34.99 and half in 46.79. Yet he still had enough left to catch and then power by his two workmates while under some encouragement coming to the wire before galloping out six furlongs in a swift 1:11.79.

Pulsion (five furlongs in 1:02.42): A bit of an unconventional Breeders Cup prep considering Pulsion broke off in front of - instead of behind - workmate Sea of Marmara. Pulsion was hard used to maintain a short advantage over Sea of Marmara, who was the wider of the pair entering the stretch and under less pressure throughout. Pulsion Did reach the wire narrowly in front of the workmate, a 3-year-old who was outrun by first-level allowance rivals in U.S. debut, before galloping out three quarters of a mile in a mediocre 1:15.54.

DIRT MILE

Midshipman (five furlongs in 1:00.54): Have mixed reactions over this move, which came without the blinkers Midshipman normally wears on race day. Just jogged through an opening quarter-mile in 26.06 before really accelerating once entering the turn. Covered his final three furlongs in a impressive 34.48 while under some moderate urging down the stretch. The lone caveat is that he drifted about three to four paths wide off the turn and continued to get out during the latter stages and especially toward the end of his gallop-out, which he completed in 1:12.67. Went in much the same manner as his 3-year-old debut at Belmont six weeks earlier.

Pyro (five furlongs in 1:03.39): Tossed his head a few times in the run up to and after leaving the pole as Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. reached down to make sure the Forego winner did not get away too fast. Remained well held throughout although he never showed any real propensity to pick up the pace, and his gallop-out was unimpressive as he pulled up six furlongs in a slow 1:17.17. Pyro turned in a similarly lackluster work prior to his sixth-place finish in the 2008 Dirt Mile, once again putting his affinity for the Pro-Ride in question.

TURF SPRINT

California Flag (four furlongs in 48.04 on turf): Speedball was never asked to extend himself while cutting out splits of 23.73 and 35.89 before galloping out five eighths in 1:00.48 around the dogs. A maintenance move six days from the race.

Cannonball (five furlongs in 59.44 on turf): In contrast to California Flag, this guy really got to rolling around the bend and continued to maintain a high cruising speed to the wire in the fastest of his six works over the course since his arrival here in mid-September.

Lethal Heat (four furlongs in 46.73): Really motored once leaving the backstretch, completing the second eighth of an opening 22.70 quarter mile in an eye catching 11.01. Predictably, that type of pace took its toll as she got a little leg weary through the stretch, covering the final quarter in 24.03 while put to mild urging by jockey Octavio Vergara near the eighth pole. Hit the wire with her head cocked out slightly before galloping out an additional eighth mile in a shade better than 14 seconds.

JUVENILE FILLIES

Always a Princess (five furlongs in 58.50): Broke off a length behind stablemate Miss Heather Lee, stalked her through some swift fractions while well in hand, finally edged alongside near the eighth pole. But was under a good deal of encouragement to get to the wire about a half-length in front of her partner, who was pretty much in hand at the end. Final time and gallop-out (six furlongs in 1:11.74) were fast, but the Oak Leaf runnerup was struggling late to keep pace with her mate, also a 2-year-old filly coming off a recent allowance win.

Blind Luck (five furlongs in 1:01.20 according to track clockers): Never got a watch on her because of all the traffic at the time but liked what I did see of the Grade 1 winner, who cruised without any encouragement and galloped out extremely well into the turn. The only negative was that she began to drift noticeably while pulling up approaching the seven-furlong pole.

JUVENILE FILLIES TURF

Dad's Crazy (four furlongs in 48.62 according to track clockers): Caught her last three-eighths in 36.46 as she went easily under Garrett Gomez.

MARATHON

Eldaafer (five furlongs in 1:02.50): Broke off three lengths behind his target under jockey Rafael Bejarano, caught his mate near midstretch, and edged away under just mild pressure.

* Never saw workouts by Allicansayis Wow (four furlongs in 47.20 for Filly & Mare Sprint) and Becky's Kitten (five furlongs in 1:00 on turf for Juvenile Turf).

All times clocked by Daily Racing Form unless noted.

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