10/15/2012 2:41PM

Santa Anita: O'Neill trio tunes up for Breeders' Cup

Shigeki Kikkawa
Richard’s Kid, third in each of his last two starts, worked six furlongs in 1:13.40 Monday at Santa Anita in preparation for the the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Monday at Santa Anita, trainer Doug O’Neill worked three of his top prospects for the Breeders’ Cup – the 2-year-old Know More, the 3-year-old Handsome Mike, and the 7-year-old Richard’s Kid.

Know More, the winner of the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar in August in his debut, is bound for the Juvenile. Second in the Frontrunner Stakes on Sept. 29, Know More worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 on Monday.

Handsome Mike, who won the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 22, worked six furlongs in 1:13.40. He is a candidate for the BC Dirt Mile.

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Richard’s Kid, O’Neill’s hope for the BC Classic, worked six furlongs in 1:13.40. Richard’s Kid has been third in his last two starts – the Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August and the Awesome Again Stakes over this track on Sept. 29.

Baffert worked a filly who is one of his best chances for the Breeders’ Cup, the unbeaten 2-year-old Executiveprivilege. A winner of five races, Executiveprivilege worked five furlongs in 1:00.60. She will start in the BC Juvenile Fillies.

Asmussen worked Unbridled’s Note, a leading contender for the Turf Sprint. A 3-year-old, Unbridled’s Note worked five furlongs on the main track in 1:02.20.

Tapizar, a two-time stakes winner at Santa Anita, worked five furlongs in 1:01. Trained by Asmussen, Tapizar is being pointed for the Dirt Mile.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Executiveprivilege - great name, great horse. She is special. I agree with the first post - she is an exciting horse to watch. Of all of BB's horses, she is the horse I am the most excited about, both now and in the future. Good luck to you, Executiveprivilege!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Santa Anita can be viewed as home turf for the O'Neill barn, just as it is viewed as home turf for Bob Baffert's barn, so all of the O'Neill horses have a good chance to win the race. There are no locks in any of the Breeders' Cup races, none. All three will have inviting prices and are more than capable of winning their races. I am a fan of Know More. He's an exciting horse and developing nicely. Doug O'Neill is proud of his progress, and rightly so. Richard's Kid is still getting used to a new barn, new routines. He's a scrapper. His best here could garner him the win. And Handsome Mike has surprised others before with a long shot victory. I'm not counting out any of these horses, they have all proven in the past they are more than capable of winning, and winning at an amazing price.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Im going to go out on a limb and call this one. I dont see any of O'Neills horses completing a trifecta at the BC.
Mike Caiazzo More than 1 year ago
Executiveprivilege is a fun horse to watch. Closes like a champ.