Updated on 09/15/2011 1:17PM

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ELMONT, N.Y. - The warming trend continued on Monday, as did a light fog which partially shrouded workers through most of the early training session.

It was the busiest morning yet for Breeders' Cup hopefuls, 17 of whom worked over the main track, the majority of that activity coming within a hectic 15-minute span shortly after the renovation break.

Work of the day

Gander: five furlongs in 59.42

Once again a difficult choice had to be made with Delaware Township finishing a very, very close second.

Gander was just a picture of grace and power, giving the impression he was merely open-galloping throughout his five-furlong drill, which was accomplished with blinkers on and exercise rider Simon Harris aboard. He broke off from the pole under a long hold, went an easy opening quarter in 23.80 seconds, then finished his final three-eighths in 35.62 without being put to urging at any point by Harris. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.03. Looks to be at the absolute top of his game.


Albert the Great: five furlongs in 1:03.01

One might have expected a little faster move over his home track, although he never works too quickly with jockey Jorge Chavez aboard. (A year ago when he went in 1:05 and change six days before finishing fourth in the Classic.)

He was under little urging throughout, covering the opening quarter in a pedestrian 25.51 seconds before finishing the final three furlongs in 35.34. He galloped out willingly enough, completing six furlongs in 1:15.73. Just a trifle better would have been encouraging after his disappointing Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Tiznow made his eagerly anticipated appearance shortly before the renovation break and was much better behaved than the previous morning. He took his sweet time making his way around to the three-furlong pole, and then galloped a very strong-looking five furlongs, several of which we timed in under 14 seconds.


Essence of Dubai: five furlongs in 1:02.45

Worked in blinkers and was under some late pressure before galloping out in 1:16.22.

Ibn Al Haitham: five furlongs in 1:00.42

Easily the more impressive of the two Godolphin juvenile colts to breeze. Had jockey David Flores aboard and was well in hand, galloping out an additional eighth in a solid 12 seconds and change.

It'sallinthechase: four furlongs in 47.92

He picked up an unscheduled workmate as he hit the half-mile pole, which may explain his opening eighth- and quarter-mile splits of 11.82 and 23.36 seconds. He drifted some leaving the turn and was not as strong down the lane under light pressure.

Jump Start: five furlongs in 1:00.51

The first of the morning's Breeders' Cup horses to work, hitting the track shortly after dawn, and one of the more impressive. He broke away from the pole very relaxed, just loping through an easy eighth in 13.53 seconds, before quickening the pace under urging nearing the quarter pole and again through the stretch. Completed his final half-mile in 46.98 and continued out another strong furlong to pull up in 1:13.49.

Saarland: four furlongs in 47.44

This was the kind of move one might expect from a late-running and -developing colt. He finished up well when he was urged through the stretch after drifting a bit wide leaving the turn.

Siphonic: six furlongs in 1:12.87

Made a strong, powerful appearance. Had jockey Jerry Bailey up for the first time and after relaxing early responded well to late urging, finishing up nicely and galloping out with enthusiasm.


Delaware Township: four furlongs in 45.52

It wasn't easy depriving this horse work of the day honors as he continues to train as well as anyone on the grounds. With jockey Eibar Coa up, Delaware Township was very relaxed as he left the half-mile pole but still covered his opening quarter mile in 22.73 seconds. Had to angle well out into the track coming off the bend with Queenie Belle in his sights. With Coa sitting chilly, Delaware Township easily blew by his unexpected target, completing the final quarter in another 22 seconds and change before galloping out an extra eighth with similar vigor.

Five Star Day: three furlongs in 34.37

He broke off rankly and on the wrong lead from the three-furlong marker and as a result came well out to the middle of the track exiting the turn. He eventually came to hand near the eighth pole but was still on the muscle, covering the final eighth in 11.16 seconds before leveling off during his gallop out. He will help assure a torrid pace if he breaks truer than in last year's Sprint.

Yonaguska: four furlongs in 46.91

The third-most impressive work of the day. Was hard-held early, came wide off the turn, angled back sharply to the rail to avoid a couple of gallopers, then finished as well as any horse all morning, covering his final quarter in 23.13 seconds before galloping out an explosive extra furlong in 11.98.

Juvenile Fillies

Imperial Gesture: five furlongs in 1:00.45

Left the pole perhaps a bit too anxiously, then turned in a series of even eighths that included a gallop out in solid 12.61 seconds.

Tempera: five furlongs in 1:00.76

Worked slower than her stablemate Imperial Gesture but was still the more impressive of the pair. Remained well in hand under David Flores, and then increased her tempo willingly under light hand pressure in the final furlong. Galloped out very strongly, indicating she is fit and ready to handle the added ground.


Atelier four furlongs in 48.91

Working in a light fog with her rider sitting high in the saddle, she turned in a couple of even quarters under a light hold while striding out very willingly past the wire.

Queenie Belle: six furlongs 1:14.02

Satchel Paige's immortal adage, "Don't look back, someone might be gaining on you" came to mind during the final quarter-mile of Queenie Belle's work, with Delaware Township bearing down and eventually passing her in the final furlong. The intruder did help her pick up the pace from the sixteenth pole to the wire in a work that obviously did not go exactly as trainer Ben Cecil had planned.

Starrer: six furlongs in 1:13.19

Not a bad move, coming as it did at 7:55 a.m. over a pretty well chewed-up racetrack, but perhaps she should have finished up stronger (she went the final three-eighths in 37 seconds) after being put to pressure at the three-sixteenths pole. Galloped out seven-eighths in 1:26.99.

Two Item Limit: four furlongs in 47.78

Started off a little faster than she finished while never under any pressure. Galloped out five-eighths in 1:00.21.

All times clocked by Mike Welsch