10/23/2010 1:59PM

Red Desire appears improved since Flower Bowl

Barbara D. Livingston
Red Desire should give Midday a stiff challenge in the Filly-Mare Turf.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Weather and course condition may have compromised Red Desire’s preparation for and performance in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl earlier this month. But if her workout Saturday morning is any indication, the Japanese-bred filly has certainly moved forward from the race and looks poised to make an impact in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.

In her first work since finishing third in the Oct. 2 Flower Bowl, Red Desire worked a solid half-mile in 47.98 seconds over Belmont’s main track Saturday morning. Under exercise rider Takashi Saito, Red Desire went her first quarter in 24.74 seconds and her final quarter in 23.25 while galloping out five furlongs in 1:00.74.

“That was a good work, we wish we had this kind of work before the Flower Bowl; the weather didn’t allow us,” said Nobutaka Tada, racing manager for The Tokyo Horse Racing Co., which owns Red Desire. “This work was very easy, a piece of cake for her.”

Entering the Flower Bowl, Red Desire hadn’t run since May 16 when she finished fourth in the Group 1 Victoria Mile in Tokyo. She only worked once at Belmont prior to the Flower Bowl. A second work was canceled due to wet weather.

In the Flower Bowl, Red Desire made the lead in midstretch, but was outfinished by Ave and Changing Skies, beaten three-quarters of a length.

“Different horse,” Tada said when asked to compare Red Desire now to before the Flower Bowl. “We were lucky that she didn’t have a reaction after the race because we couldn’t give her enough work. Still, she is improving a lot so we’re very happy.”

Red Desire is scheduled to leave Belmont by van for Kentucky on Monday morning.

Pletcher pleased with life At Ten

Trainer Todd Pletcher worked a trio of his Breeders’ Cup horses Saturday morning, led by Life At Ten, the potential second choice behind Blind Luck in the Ladies’ Classic. Working in company with the 3-year-old stakes winning colt Colizeo, Life At Ten went five furlongs in 1:02.44 under Patti Barry, getting her final three-eighths in 35.74 seconds while galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.68, seven furlongs in 1:28.90, and a mile in 1:43.94.

“I don’t think she’s ever been as good as she is right now,” Pletcher said of the Beldame winner. “She’s trained to me the best she has in her whole career.”

Pletcher’s other Ladies’ Classic starter, Malibu Prayer, also worked a strong five furlongs in 1:01.80. Pletcher caught her galloping out a mile in 1:43.

Juvenile Fillies contender R Heat Lightning, who will garner a lot of support in coming off a win in the Spinaway and a troubled second in the Frizette, worked a strong half-mile in 48.06 seconds, with a final quarter in 23.74 seconds. She galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.64, six furlongs in 1:14.27 and seven-eighths in 1:29.07.

Pletcher said R Heat Lightning appears to be thriving.

“Rather than feel like I’m refueling the tank, I can lean on her a little bit and let her train,” he said.

* Sara Louise, hoping for a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, worked four furlongs in 49.01 seconds over Belmont’s main track just after sunrise. Under exercise rider Jose Sierra, Sara Louise went her first quarter in 24.59 seconds and her second quarter in 24.42 while galloping out five furlongs in 1:01.57.

* Soldat, preparing for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, went four furlongs in 48.72 seconds over Belmont’s training track head and head with the Grade 3 winner Redding Colliery, who is likely headed for the Clark Handicap or Japan Cup Dirt.