10/18/2003 11:00PM

Medaglia D'Oro, Sightseek top Sunday worktab


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Breeders' Cup hopefuls were busy from coast to coast on Sunday morning including Classic contenders Funny Cide at Belmont Park, Congaree at Santa Anita and Medaglia D'Oro at Hollywood Park.

At Hollywood, trainer Bobby Frankel worked four of his Breeders' Cup runners. Along with Medaglia D'Oro, Frankel also sent out Sightseek(Distaff), Tates Creek(Filly And Mare Turf) and Heat Haze(Filly And Mare Turf).

Tates Creek and Heat Haze worked in company and under the cover of dense fog which obscured all but the finish line from observers in the grandstand. But with a little help from Frankel via cell phone who signaled when the two fillies broke off from the five furlong pole, it was possible to time the pair who both completed the distance in 1:0l.20 seconds over a fast track. Heat Haze broke six lengths in front of her stablemate according to Frankel and the pair emerged from the fog and completed the work in a similar position with neither exercise rider Marco Ramirez aboard Heat Haze or jockey Pat Velenzuela on Tates Creek exerting any undo pressure on their mounts as they came across the wire.

The fog had cleared by the time Medaglia D'Oro came out after the second renovation break to work with stablemate Watchem Smokey. Breaking off at the six furlong pole four to five lengths behind his mate, Medaglio D'Oro readily caught Watchem Smokey midway around the turn and easily edged clear after covering his final furlong in :11.19 seconds to complete his work in 1:12.23. He quickly increased that advantage during a powerful gallop out(seven furlongs in 1:24.49) before pulling up a mile in 1:39.95. His internal fractions were :25.30, :37.67, :48.68 and 1:01.04.

As good as Medaglia D'Oro looked during his work, Sightseek was arguably even more impressive breezing five furlongs about fifteen minutes later. Working without company and making a striking appearance, Sightseek appeared to be merely galloping under a long hold from exercise rider Mario Rodriguez but still reeled off splits of :23.09, :34.18, :46.90 and :59.14 before going out six furlongs in 1:12.21 in almost effortless fashion.

At Santa Anita, Congaree's(Classic) six furlong work in 1:11.20 highlighted a tab that also included Bluesstandard(Sprint), five furlongs in :45.40; Victory U.S.A.(Juvenile Fillies), six furlongs in 1:14; Special Ring(Mile), four furlongs in :46.40; and stablemates Storming Home(Turf)and Sarafan(Mile) who covered seven furlongs in 1:28.40 and1:28.80 respectively over a firm turf course.

In New York, Funny Cide(Classic) worked six furlongs in 1:13.77 on the Belmont training track while Riskaverse(Filly And Mare Turf) went five furlongs in 1:05.35 over a soft turf course.