10/20/2012 3:40PM

Santa Anita: Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic candidate Love and Pride outworks male stablemate

Shigeki Kikkawa
Love and Pride had one of the better works on an extremely busy Saturday morning at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The countdown to the Breeders’ Cup kicked into a higher gear at Santa Anita on Saturday morning, as two dozen prospects for the 15 BC races here Nov. 2 and 3 worked, including such notable names as BC winners Amazombie and California Flag, trainer Dale Romans’s murderer’s row of Dullahan, Little Mike, and Shackleford, and six Todd Pletcher trainees, the most impressive being Love and Pride.

Love and Pride, part of the star-studded lineup pointing to the Ladies’ Classic, could not have been more impressive in a team drill with the top grass horse Turbo Compressor. She effortlessly completed five furlongs on the main track in 1:00.40, and though Turbo Compressor got the same time, he struggled to keep up.

“I thought she breezed very well,” said Pletcher, who was here for 48 hours and was to return to New York later Saturday to prepare his New York-based BC runners in coming days. “She was a touch keen the first part. We got what we wanted out of it from a conditioning standpoint. And she cooled out quickly.”

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Turbo Compressor, a candidate for the Turf, will “go back to the turf” for his final work, said Pletcher, who conceded he was the inferior horse in Saturday’s team drill.

“As he’s gotten older he’s gotten more fond of the grass,” Pletcher said.

Pletcher also worked two sets of horses in half-mile grass drills. Bridgetown, pointing for the Turf Sprint, and Doubles Partner, heading to the Mile on turf, went together in 48 seconds. In Lingerie, a candidate for the Filly and Mare Turf, started off three lengths behind Juvenile Fillies Turf prospect Tara From the Cape, but they finished on even terms, with In Lingerie getting a final time of 48 seconds to Tara From the Cape’s 48.60.

All grass workers went quite wide because orange cones, known as dogs, were well past the middle of the course.

Tammy Fox, the partner of trainer Dale Romans, had a busy morning. Early on, she was aboard Shackleford for a sharp-looking, five-furlong drill in 59.60 seconds on the main track, the surface over which he will run in the Dirt Mile.

Later, Dullahan and Little Mike worked on turf. Dullahan was timed in 47.80 seconds, while Little Mike, who is pointing to the Mile on turf, was clocked in 47.60 seconds, the best time of the morning among 10 at the distance.

Romans said Dullahan would be pre-entered Monday in both the Classic, on dirt, and the Turf. No decision will be made on a definitive BC race until Dullahan works again next weekend, that time on dirt to compare how he moves on the surfaces here.

Also on the grass, California Flag, prepping for the Turf Sprint – which he won here in 2009 – was timed in 59.60 seconds for five furlongs, the best time of nine at the distance. Turf Sprint candidate Chosen Miracle had the best time of nine going six furlongs on turf, 1:12.40. The fillies Reneesgotzip (four furlongs, 49.60) and Mizdirection (seven furlongs, 1:28.60) also worked for possible starts against males in the Turf Sprint.

Trainer Jeff Mullins worked his 2-year-olds Dry Summer (1:14) and Gabriel Charles (1:14.60) six furlongs on grass for potential starts in the BC Juvenile Turf, in which they could face unbeaten Gervinho, who worked five furlongs on turf in 1:01.

On the main track, Amazombie, the defending champ in the Sprint, worked a half-mile in 48 seconds before sun-up. Trinniberg, who will face him in the Sprint, worked a half-mile from the gate in 47 seconds. Another Sprint candidate, Smiling Tiger, went six furlongs in 1:11.80, the best time of six at the distance, but he appeared to be running out of steam toward the end of the drill.

Switch, set to start for the third straight year in the Filly and Mare Sprint, sped five furlongs in 58.80 seconds, the best time of 31 at the distance, but she too was slowing down noticeably toward end of the work.

John Sadler, the trainer of Switch, also worked Capo Bastone (six furlongs, 1:13.40) for the Juvenile, Forest Boy (five furlongs, 1:02) for the Juvenile Sprint, and Lady of Shamrock (seven furlongs, 1:26.20) for the Filly and Mare Turf.

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At Betfair Hollywood Park, Camp Victory (five furlongs, 1:00.40) tuned up for the Sprint, and Obviously (five furlongs, 1:00.20) prepped for the Mile. Marketing Mix zipped five furlongs in 59.20 seconds – the best time of 53 at the distance – to stay on edge for the Filly and Mare Turf. Worth Repeating, a leading candidate for the Marathon, worked seven furlongs in 1:28.80.

No Lasix, no Scarlet Strike for Juvenile Fillies

Scarlet Strike will not run in the BC Juvenile Fillies, according to trainer and co-owner Jerry Hollendorfer, strictly because she will not be able to use Lasix.

“We don’t want to take a chance on her bleeding in that race,” Hollendorfer said Saturday. “We can’t take a chance. I talked it over with my partners and we are in agreement. This isn’t a rash decision. It’s really an important thing.”

Beginning this year, the race conditions for all Breeders’ Cup races for 2-year-olds bar horses from using Lasix.