09/12/2006 11:00PM

Deep Impact has lengthy Arc workout


Deep Impact came through his Prix de l'Arc de Trimphe workout at Longchamp with flying colors on Wednesday as he covered the final quarter-mile of the 1 1/2-mile move in an unofficial 21 seconds flat under regular rider Yutaka Take.

A 4-year-old Japanese-bred son of Sunday Silence, Deep Impact was working in lieu of a run in last Sunday's Arc prep for older horses, the Prix Foy, in which his main rivals for the Arc, Shirocco and Hurricane Run, finished first and second.

Trained by Yasuo Ikee, Deep Impact will run in the Oct. 1 Arc off a 14-week layoff as he has not run since winning the 1 3/8-mile Takarazuka Kinen at Kyoto on June 25. He is considered a national treasure in his homeland, where he has won 10 of 11 starts for earnings of $9,105,152.

Ikee, who has Deep Impact stabled at the yard of Carlos Laffon-Parias in Chantilly, said after the work that his 2005 Japanese Triple Crown winner is "much better than he was last summer." Take said Deep Impact "is twice as good as El Condor Pasa," the Japanese horse that finished a half-length second to Montjeu in the 1999 Arc.

-Nannina will keep her Group 1 victory in the Coronation Stakes. She tested positive for a banned substance after her victory in the June 23 Royal Ascot mile for 3-year-old fillies, but a second sample tested in France came back negative on Wednesday. Trained by John Gosden and owned by Cheveley Park Stud, Nannina will now collect the Coronation's $278,182 first prize.