10/15/2011 1:59PM

Santa Anita: Dubawi Heights, Weemissfrankie tune up for Breeders' Cup

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Dubawi Heights, winner of the Yellow Ribbon last time out, breezed an easy half-mile Saturday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The recent Grade 1 winners Dubawi Heights and Weemissfrankie were among the Breeders’ Cup hopefuls who had workouts at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Dubawi Heights, the winner of the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes on Oct. 1 and a candidate for the BC Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, worked a half-mile in 47.60 seconds, which was slightly quicker than expected, trainer Simon Callaghan said.

“She just breezed a half-mile in hand,” Callaghan said. “She moved fantastic and came out of it really well. There was a horse that jumped in just before her. She wanted to catch it. I think she’s just feeling pretty good.”

Dubawi Heights is one of the best American-based chances for the Filly and Mare Turf, which is run over 1 3/8 miles.

Weemissfrankie, a top contender for the BC Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 4, worked a half-mile in 46.60 seconds. Trainer Peter Eurton wishes the Juvenile Fillies would arrive soon.

“I’m so tickled the way she’s doing right now,” he said on Saturday. “If she trains like she did today, I’ll be very happy. That’s why I didn’t go five-eighths today. I knew she was fresh and happy. I didn’t want to go in 58 [seconds].”

Weemissfrankie has emerged as the top 2-year-old filly in Southern California in the last two months, winning two Grade 1 races – the Del Mar Debutante over seven furlongs last month and the Oak Leaf Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 2.

Also at Santa Anita, Self Preservation, a candidate for the Juvenile Fillies or Juvenile Fillies Turf, worked a half-mile on the main track on 48.40 seconds.

Trainer John Sadler worked two of his candidates – Twirling Candy and Celtic New Year. Twirling Candy, second in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 28, worked six furlongs in 1:14. He is a candidate for the BC Dirt Mile on Nov. 5.

Celtic New Year, who won the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap on turf in August, worked a mile in 1:40.20. He will be a longshot in the BC Turf over 1 1/2 miles on Nov. 5.

Jones sends out two Cup prospects

At Hollywood Park, trainer Marty Jones worked two expected Breeders’ Cup runners from his stable, Unzip Me and Tres Borrachos.

Unzip Me, third in the 2010 BC Turf Sprint at Churchill, worked a half-mile in 50 seconds. A disappointing fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade 3 Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 30, Unzip Me has won eight turf sprint stakes in her 22-race career.

Tres Borrachos, the winner of the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar in July, worked a half-mile in 49 seconds. Fifth in the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes here on Oct. 1, Tres Borrachos is a candidate for the BC Dirt Mile.

“They’ll both work next Saturday and then we’ll make a decision on Sunday,” Jones said. “They’re possible for the Breeders’ Cup.”