10/23/2010 1:45PM

E Z's Gentleman will pass on BC Sprint


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – E Z’s Gentleman, the winner of the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park in July, will miss the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 after trainer Bob Baffert said on Saturday that he was not pleased with the way the 5-year-old was training.

Saturday, E Z’s Gentleman worked five furlongs in 1:00.80, but failed to keep pace with workmate Gabby’s Golden Gal, who worked six furlongs in 1:12.80.

“I didn’t like his work. He’s not on his game,” Baffert said. “To go to the Breeders’ Cup, you’ve got to be on your game. I don’t see the fastball.”

E Z’s Gentleman is winless in his two starts since the Triple Bend, finishing third in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 1 and third in the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes here on Oct. 9 as the 2-1 favorite.

Baffert worked two other Breeders’ Cup candidates on Saturday. Gabby’s Golden Gal’s time was the fastest of 25 recorded works at the distance and confirmed her participation the BC Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 6. “That’s the Gabby we know,” Baffert said.

Both E Z’s Gentleman and Gabby’s Golden Gal are owned by Arnold Zetcher.

Gabby’s Golden Gal has not started since winning the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap over seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Jan. 31.

A Z Warrior, the winner of the Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 9, worked five furlongs in 58 seconds, the fastest of 55 recorded works at the distance.

Kinsale King to be cross-entered in BC

Kinsale King, the winner of the $2 million Golden Shaheen for sprinters in Dubai in March, will be pre-entered in the BC Sprint and Turf Sprint, with a first preference of starting in the Sprint on the main track, trainer Carl O’Callaghan said.

Kinsale King worked a half-mile in 46.40 seconds at Hollywood Park on Saturday, the second-fastest clocking at the distance. “I put a rabbit in front of him and he finished really well,” O’Callaghan said. “The track is a little deep this morning.”

There was some rain overnight, preceded by wet weather earlier in the week.

O’Callaghan said that Kinsale King may only have “a little blowout” at Churchill Downs before the Breeders’ Cup. Owned by Patrick Sheehy, Kinsale King has not started since finishing 12th in the Group 1 July Cup on turf at Newmarket, England, in July.

Kinsale King could face Supreme Summit in the BC Sprint. The runner-up in the Ancient Title Stakes, Supreme Summit worked six furlongs in 1:13.40 on Saturday. If Kinsale King starts in the Turf Sprint, he could face Tropic Storm, who worked a half-mile in 46.80 seconds, according to trainer Craig Dollase. Tropic Storm was not given an official time.

Tropic Storm will be pre-entered for the Dirt Mile and the Turf Sprint, with a preference toward the Turf Sprint, Dollase said. The five-furlong Turf Sprint could be ideal for Tropic Storm, the trainer said.

“He could be in the right spot and he’s so willing,” Dollase said. “He’s got enough tactical speed to have a chance.”

Awesome Gem, the winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup in July, will be pre-entered for the Dirt Mile and Marathon, with a preference of starting in the Dirt Mile. Saturday, Awesome Gem worked six furlongs in 1:13.20. Dollase insists he was not discouraged by Awesome Gem’s fifth in the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes on Oct. 2.

“He wasn’t quite himself the other day,” he said.

◗ Zenyatta, the unbeaten winner of 19 races, had a quiet morning on Saturday. She was walked at trainer John Shirreffs’s stable, a day after working seven furlongs in 1:27.20. Her next start will be the BC Classic.