10/28/2011 3:08PM

Santa Anita: Weemissfrankie shows morning zip


ARCADIA, Calif. – The more Peter Eurton investigated, the more he realized how fast Weemissfrankie worked at Santa Anita on Friday.

In her final workout before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Friday, Weemissfrankie zipped five furlongs in 59.20 seconds. Maybe the track was fast later in the morning, Eurton thought briefly. After checking with clockers, Eurton realized that Weemissfrankie had one of the quickest works of the morning, the second-fastest of 44 recorded works at the distance.

“How could you not be happy with that?” Eurton said. “We said we didn’t want to fight her.”

Former jockey Paul Toscano, who works for Eurton, was aboard Weemissfrankie, who has won two Grade 1 races this year – the Del Mar Debutante last month and the Oak Leaf Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 2. The BC Juvenile Fillies is run over 1 1/16 miles.

Eurton timed Weemissfrankie in 50 seconds for the half-mile that included the last three furlongs of the workout and the first furlong of the gallop-out. For a quarter-mile span of the workout, from the three-eighths pole to the quarter-pole, Eurton timed Weemissfrankie in “23 and change.”

Owned by a partnership, Weemissfrankie will be a leading contender for the BC Juvenile Fillies. “We’re all set,” Eurton said.

Champagne d’Oro goes six furlongs

Champagne d’Oro, who will be a longshot in Friday’s BC Filly and Mare Sprint, worked six furlongs in 1:12.40, the second-fastest of 13 recorded works at the distance.

Trained by Eric Guillot, Champagne d’Oro is winless in five starts as a 4-year-old this year, but won two Grade 1 races for 3-year-old fillies in 2010 – the Acorn Stakes over a mile at Belmont Park and the Test Stakes at Saratoga.

In Friday’s workout, Guillot timed Champagne d’Oro in 1:11.40. She will be shipped to Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

“I won’t have to do much with her there,” Guillot said.

Champagne d’Oro was fourth in the Grade 1 Lady’s Secret over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Oct. 1, leading to the final furlong before fading to finish 4 1/4 lengths behind Zazu.

Cup hopefuls work at Hollywood

Four Breeders’ Cup hopefuls worked on Friday at Hollywood Park.

Camp Victory, a longshot for Saturday’s BC Turf Sprint, worked five furlongs in 58.80 seconds, the fastest of 21 recorded works at the distance.

Turbulent Descent, the winner of the Test Stakes earlier this year, worked five furlongs in 59 seconds. She starts as the expected favorite in Friday’s BC Filly and Mare Sprint.

Two other fillies and mares who have won Grade 1 races worked seven furlongs in 1:26.80 in separate works – Harmonious, the winner of two Grade 1 races for 3-year-old fillies in 2010, and Miss Match, who won the Santa Margarita Invitational at Santa Anita in March.

Harmonious will start in the BC Filly and Mare Turf; Miss Match is bound for the Ladies’ Classic.

Santa Anita gets safety OK

Santa Anita has been accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Alliance following a review of the track’s operations in recent weeks.

The review was conducted earlier this month and focused on several aspects of veterinary practices and drug testing, as well as procedures for wagering security. The Safety and Integrity Alliance was formed in 2008. Santa Anita is the 22nd track to receive such accreditation and the fourth in California, along with Del Mar, Hollywood Park and Golden Gate Fields.

Siegel funeral on Tuesday

Funeral services for Mace Siegel will be held on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr. in Los Angeles.

Siegel, the shopping mall owner who operated a successful Thoroughbred stable with his family, died of heart failure on Wednesday. He was 86.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Siegel’s honor to City of Hope cancer center in Duarte, Calif., or the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation in Lexington, Ky.