Updated on 09/17/2011 10:36PM

First Samurai impresses in slop

First Samurai, with Jerry Bailey up, works alone Saturday at Belmont Park and completes five furlongs over a muddy track in 1:00.16.

Main and training track muddy, turf yielding, raining 50 degrees

ELMONT, N.Y. - Early morning showers on Saturday messed up both the racetrack and the training schedules for many of the Breeders' Cup hopefuls stabled in the New York area. Most trainers postponed their works until either Sunday or Monday, although a few sent their horses out to work as planned despite the dogs being set out past the middle of the main track and a yielding turf course at Belmont Park.

Work of the day

First Samurai - Juvenile, five furlongs in 1:00.16: With Jerry Bailey up, First Samurai went along willingly to the stretch, at which point he cocked his head to the outside and tried to lug in slightly while angled inside the outer set of dogs. He finished aggressively and galloped out relatively well into a moderate headwind, pulling up six furlongs in 1:14.19 after posting internal fractions of 12.22 seconds, 24.13, 35.64, and 47.60. As good a work as one could expect without company and with the dogs set so far out in the course.

Healthy Addiction - Distaff, six furlongs in 1:15.02: Wearing blinkers and with exercise rider Jelani Grant aboard, Healthy Addiction came out immediately after the renovation break over a sloppy, floated track and turned in an even work while under some encouragement. She galloped out seven-eighths in 1:28.12. She is obviously in peak form, but this was not the kind of work that would suggest she might handle the class jump in the Distaff.

In the Gold - Distaff, five furlongs in 1:02.60 (timed by NYRA clockers): She finished willingly under very slight urging and galloped out strongly. She is obviously doing well and likes both the distance and racetrack, but is facing a difficult test taking on older rivals for the first time in the Distaff.

Sir Shackleton - Classic, five furlongs in 1:01.60 (timed by NYRA clockers): Like his stablemate In the Gold, he worked just after dawn over the muddy main track. Although he went a bit faster than In the Gold, he was under a little more urging to finish and gallop out.

Attilas Storm - Sprint, four furlongs in 49.23 over the Belmont training track: The lone Breeders' Cup contender to work over the deeper training track, he went off quickly but labored just a bit at the end, getting his opening quarter in 23.84 and final two furlongs in 25.39 before galloping out five-eighths in 1:03.38.

Intercontintental - Filly and Mare Turf, five furlongs in 1:03.15 on turf - Working in company with stablemate Three Valleys, she broke off about a length in front of Three Valleys, breezed along under a tight hold, then had to be restrained several times through the stretch to keep from drawing away from her workmate in the final furlong. It was an impressive showing considering she was able to outwork a male rival who is a Group 1 winner in Europe. Intercontinental couldn't be coming into her race any sharper, but she must prove she can get the distance.

Three Valleys - Mile, five furlongs in 1:03.15 on turf: In contrast to Intercontinental, it appeared Three Valleys wasn't enjoying the boggy course, as he labored noticeably down the stretch while taking a bit of an erratic path and failing to switch leads. He could be one to avoid if the going is anything but firm in the Turf.

Host - Mile, four furlongs in 52.05 on turf: A signature Todd Pletcher work. Host broke a length behind stablemate Willard Straight, stalked that one while in hand to the stretch, drew even coming out of the turn, then despite changing leads a bit late, gradually edged clear without any urging whatsoever from jockey John Velazquez. Host seems to have bounced out of his upset win in the Shadwell Mile quite nicely.

Limehouse - Mile, five furlongs in 1:04.10 on turf: A virtual carbon copy of Host's work, right down to the late lead change. Limehouse was edging clear at the end, with Jose Santos still sitting chilly, while his workmate Stormina was put to extreme pressure in a futile attempt to keep pace. He is eligible to improve off his grass debut in the Kelso.

English Channel - Turf, five furlongs in 1:03.55 on turf: Another Pletcher-orchestrated grass work, although this one had a couple of different twists, beginning when Brazilian struck one of the dogs turning into the stretch and ducked out into English Channel. Fortunately, English Channel and his rider, Angel Cordero Jr., never turned a hair, although they did have a little harder time than expected getting past their workmate before galloping out very strongly into and around the clubhouse turn.

All times at Belmont clocked by Daily Racing Form except where otherwise noted.

Saturday works in Kentucky

Main track sloppy at Trackside and Churchill

Perfect Drift - Classic, five furlongs in 1:01 at Trackside.

Folklore - Juvenile Fillies, six furlongs in 1:14.60 at Churchill Downs.

A. P. Arrow - Classic, five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs, in company with stablemate Overland Trail.

Ex Caelis - Juvenile Fi1lies, five furlongs in 1:01.60 at Churchill Downs, in company with Dance Daily.

Dawn of War - Juvenile, five furlongs in 1:05.60 at Churchill Downs

Elusive Jazz - Sprint, four furlongs in 47 at Churchill Downs.

Saturday works in California

Main track fast at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park

Island Fashion - Distaff, four furlongs in 48 at Santa Anita: She worked from the three-eighths pole to the seven-eighths pole and galloped out in 1:01.20, according to trainer Marcelo Polanco.

Diamond Omi - Juvenile Fillies, five furlongs in 59 at Santa Anita: The fastest of 76 works at the distance. Worked in company with stablemate Deputy Buck.

Super Frolic - Classic, six furlongs in 1:12 at Santa Anita: Worked in company with stablemate Khyber Pass. Super Frolic went the first three-eighths in 36 and the last three eighths in 36, according to trainer Vladimir Cerin. The work was the fastest of 30 at the distance.

Brother Derek - Juvenile, six furlongs in 1:15.40 at Santa Anita: Worked under jockey Alex Solis with 2-year-old filly Sorority Bid. He started off slow and finished in 36.20, according to trainer Dan Hendricks.

Megahertz - Filly and Mare Turf, five furlongs in 1:01.20 at Hollywood Park.

Hollywood Story - Distaff, six furlongs in 1:15.20 at Hollywood Park.

Lifestyle - Sprint, five furlongs in 59.20 at Hollywood Park: The fastest of 45 works at the distance.

All Kentucky and California times clocked by track clockers.

- additional reporting by Marty McGee and Steve Anderson