Updated on 09/16/2011 8:28AM

Orientate limbers up for Sprint

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Although day-to-day racing action on the Kentucky circuit will continue at Keeneland in Lexington through Oct. 26, the most serious morning activity with implications toward the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships has been taking place 80 miles away at Churchill Downs.

Several major Breeders' Cup contenders had workouts Sunday and Monday at Churchill, led by Orientate, the D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt who figures as one of the favorites for the BC Sprint.

Over a good track Sunday, Orientate breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60. Lukas said he is satisfied that he chose to skip the Oct. 5 Phoenix Stakes with Orientate, who has not raced since his sensational win in the Sept. 1 Forego at Saratoga. Lukas smiled when asked about how he thinks Orientate will fare against Xtra Heat, the filly who dominated the Phoenix.

"We're going to show up," he said.

In other Churchill works, Dollar Bill breezed six furlongs Sunday in 1:14.40, while Lone Star Sky went a half-mile in 50 seconds over a fast track Monday. Tenpins also worked Monday, but afterward trainer Don Winfree said the colt will not run in the BC Classic.

Dollar Bill, trained by Dallas Stewart, will be entered in the $4 million Classic off a runner-up finish in the Kentucky Cup Classic. "He was excellent," said Stewart. "We're excited about him."

Lone Star Sky, second in the Oct. 5 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, wore blinkers in the Monday work. He will wear the new equipment in the BC Juvenile, said trainer Tom Amoss. "It's the idea of putting him into the race a little earlier," said Amoss. "We think it could make a big difference at Arlington Park," where the Breeders' Cup will be run Oct. 26.

Tenpins worked an easy five furlongs in 1:03.20, but Winfree said owner Joe Vitello would rather run in the Oct. 26 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland than in the Breeders' Cup. "I think this horse is for real," Winfree said. "But we've got all of next year with him."

Winfree said the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap at Churchill would come after the Fayette.

Two other Louisville-based BC candidates are scheduled to work this weekend, their respective trainers said.

Take Charge Lady (Distaff), winner of the recent Spinster for trainer Ken McPeek, will work at Churchill, while Perfect Drift (Classic), winner of the Indiana Derby, will work at the Trackside training facility, where he is trained by Murray Johnson.