10/28/2010 4:51PM

Hamazing Destiny works, Quality Road and Uncle Mo gallop at Churchill


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Yet another quiet day on the Breeders’ Cup front at Churchill Downs from a workout standpoint with only one horse certain to compete in the Cup, Hamazing Destiny, turning in an official trial. The focus of the attention was on routine gallops as more and more potential Breeders’ Cup starters begin to trickle into the barn area, with most of the all-important final preps scheduled here over the weekend.

Conditions couldn’t have been more perfect for training, with the skies clear and the temperatures in the low 60s when the track opened before dipping into the 50s as the morning progressed. The main track was fast - although it did not seem quite as quick as the previous day - while the turf course was firm, having dried out rapidly since Tuesday afternoon’s heavy downpour.

CLOCKER ARCHIVE: Get Mike Welsch's previous Breeders' Cup workout reports

Hamazing Destiny (Sprint, four furlongs in 49.56 seconds): Nothing to get too excited about here, just a pretty routine half-mile breeze immediately after the renovation break. Broke off at a relaxed pace getting his opening furlong in 13:08 before tossing in a series of 12-and-change eighths, completing his final quarter in 24.40 under little pressure. As has become readily apparent with all D. Wayne Lukas-trained Derby and Breeders’ Cup horses, there was no appreciable gallop as he cruised another eighth in nearly 15 seconds around the clubhouse turn to pull up five furlongs in 1:04.41. Nothing here likely to sway anybody’s predisposed opinion of this BC Sprint longshot in either direction.

Quality Road merely jogged a mile on Wednesday but finally got down to a little more serious business this morning when jogging 1 1/4 miles the wrong way back to the wire before turning around and galloping one mile under regular exercise rider Patti Krotenko. Did appear a little stiff when first starting out around the clubhouse turn and down the backstretch, although he appeared a bit better coming down the lane where he briefly switched back to his left lead near midstretch. Will be interesting to see how he progresses in the days leading up to his final Breeders’ Cup workout, which is tentatively scheduled for Sunday.

Quality Road’s stablemate Uncle Mo made a very strong impression, the well-built youngster looking more like an older horse than a 2-year-old considering his size. Has a nice stride to him and seemed to be handling the local surroundings very well in preparation for his role as one of the key players in the Juvenile.

Proviso continues to make about the best appearance I’ve seen from any of the locally based Breeders’ Cup hopefuls up to this point of the week. Turned in yet another high-energy gallop during which she reeled off five consecutive 14-and-change eighth-mile splits from the quarter pole back around to the five-furlong marker before pulling up alongside the stable pony entering the far turn.

Blame made his first local appearance since shipping over from Keeneland on Wednesday and looked strong while galloping just behind his stablemate J. B.’s Thunder, whose appearance in the Juvenile has not yet been confirmed by his connections.

Word was out that Smiling Tiger was supposed to have worked today, but he is now scheduled to have his final prep on Saturday morning. The extra time is likely to do the California-based Sprint hopeful some good as he didn’t appear all that comfortable over the racetrack while galloping on his wrong lead all the way down the stretch.

Red Desire galloped two miles after a brief visit to the starting gate and looked a bit uncomfortable at times, changing leads on several occasions along the way, although she was on the proper right lead both times coming down the stretch and while passing the finish line. Another who figures to benefit from several more days of galloping in her new surroundings.

Due Date was the only probable Breeders’ Cup starter to venture out onto the turf but merely galloped 1 1/4 miles, looking much more interested and a lot stronger through the final half-mile of the routine exercise.

There were two Breeders’ Cup works turned in at Keeneland on Thursday where Here Comes Ben went a half-mile in 46.60 and galloped out five-eighths in 58.40 over the main track and Get Stormy breezed five-eighths in 1:00.80, then galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.20 over the turf.

Get Stormy's work at Keeneland

Hollywood Park

Dakota Phone, bound for the BC Dirt Mile, worked six furlongs in 1:13.80, the second-fastest of seven recorded works at the distance.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Dakota Phone worked alone, going the first quarter-mile in 25.60 seconds, three furlongs in 37.60, and the final three furlongs in 36.20, according to Hollendorfer's assistant, Dan Ward.

Dakota Phone was third in the Goodwood Stakes at Hollywood Park on Oct. 2 in his last start. He won the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Del Mar on July 31.

On turf, Unzip Me breezed five furlongs in 1:03.60, preparing for a start against males in the BC Turf Sprint on Nov. 6. Trained by Marty Jones, Unzip Me worked alone in the center of the course, racing around temporary cones designed to protect the inside racing lanes. According to Hollywood Park clocker Russell Hudak, Unzip Me ran the last three furlongs in 36.40. Jones timed her galloping out in 1:16.

Unzip Me has won 7 of her last 8 starts, with five of those wins coming in turf sprints for females.

- Steve Andersen