10/28/2017 11:38AM

Lady Eli among a dozen Breeders' Cup workers for Brown

Ronnie Betor
Lady Eli will enter the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf off this win in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa in August.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Calling it “one of the best breeze days I’ve had going into a Breeders’ Cup,” trainer Chad Brown worked 12 of his 13 expected Breeders’ Cup starters Saturday morning at Belmont Park.

Lady Eli, who could be making her final career start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, topped the list with a sensational five-furlong workout in 1:00.79 over the turf course. Lady Eli, with exercise rider Walter Melasquez aboard, worked in company with Roca Rojo, and the pair went their first quarter in 24.75 seconds and got their final three-eighths in 36.04.

Though Lady Eli is nearing the end of her 5-year-old season, Brown said, “I cannot think of a single workout in her lifetime that was better than today.”

It follows a pattern of what Brown has been seeing from Lady Eli in her most recent workouts at Belmont.

“Every time I work her lately, I leave the stand saying it’s the best I’ve ever seen her work, and every time she tops it,” Brown said. “At her age, it’s scary what kind of animal she is.”

Conditions were pristine for workouts Saturday morning, done over a fast main track and firm turf course that Brown said were in excellent shape. Temperatures were in the mid-50s, and skies were clear.

Grand Jete, also working toward the Filly and Mare Turf, went five furlongs in 1:01.68, breezing in company with New Money Honey. The pair got their final quarter in 24.29.

“Training super. She didn’t get the best of it in her last trip, having to go to the lead and then getting pressured,” said Brown, referring to the Grade 1 Flower Bowl, where Grand Jete finished third. “Cutting back to a mile and an eighth should suit her well.”

Brown also plans to run Dacita in the Filly and Mare Turf. She worked a half-mile on dirt in 49.35 seconds in company with Uni.

For at least the third week in a row, Beach Patrol and Fanciful Angel worked together on turf, breezing five furlongs in 1:02.13, with a final quarter of 23.54 seconds. They are both pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Fanciful Angel continues to be a bit aggressive, tossing his head up at the start, but is getting more manageable. Brown credited exercise rider Daniel Bernardini for “settling this horse down.”

“We’re probably seeing the best of him over the wide turns at Belmont,” Brown said. “It’s slightly concerning for this particular horse to go to Del Mar around tight turns.”

Brown called Beach Patrol “workmanlike” and “an overachiever,” but the horse continues to train well in advance of the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

“If you look at him, he’s not big in stature, and he’s not super flashy working, but he’s ultra-reliable and very, very consistent,” Brown said.

Significant Form, the winner of the Miss Grillo, worked a half-mile in 49.89 seconds in company with Rymska for the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

In the first two sets Saturday morning, Brown worked 19 horses, several of those heading to the Breeders’ Cup.

Practical Joke got things started, working a half-mile in 49.68 seconds in company with Favorable Outcome. Practical Joke was nudged on slightly in upper stretch but taken in hand for the final three-sixteenths while besting his workmate by a short head. Brown said he is contemplating entering Practical Joke in both Friday’s Dirt Mile and Saturday’s Sprint, though is leaning toward the Dirt Mile.

Separationofpowers, the Grade 1 Frizette winner pointing to the Juvenile Fillies, went five furlongs in 1:02.31 in company with the unraced 2-year-old filly South of the Shore. In a bit of a rarity for Brown, this work started at the half-mile and went a furlong past the wire. Brown said he feared Separationofpowers doing too much on the gallop-out if the work began at the five-furlong pole. As it was, Separationofpowers got her final three furlongs in 37.45 seconds.

“I felt it was safe to do her five-furlong drill from the half, knowing she’d gallop out the way I wanted,” Brown said. “I was just looking to stretch her legs.”

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Good Magic, the Champagne runner-up, worked five furlongs in 1:01.91 in company with the maiden Variant Perception in preparation for the Juvenile. Good Magic was a tad eager at the beginning of the work and was kept a path away from his workmate by jockey Jose Ortiz in the stretch.

“Good Magic is a horse that just continues to improve,” Brown said. “We’re really seeing the best of this horse right now. I’m excited about trying him in the Breeders’ Cup.”

Paulassilverlining and Carina Mia – Brown’s pair of Filly and Mare Sprint contenders – both worked over the main track. Paulassilverlining went four furlongs in 49.76 seconds in company with Jamyson ‘n Ginger. Carina Mia went a half-mile by herself in 49.36.

Voting Control, preparing for the Juvenile Turf, worked a half-mile over the main track in 49.88 seconds in company with Bricks and Mortar.

Brown’s other Breeders’ Cup starter, Rushing Fall, worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds on Friday at Keeneland for the Juvenile Fillies Turf. She ships to California on Monday.