11/02/2014 1:57PM

Work All Week earns vacation in Florida

Nikki Sherman
Work All Week earned a career-best 105 Beyer Speed Figure for his win in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Trainer Roger Brueggemann said Sunday that both he and Work All Week were doing well the morning after combining to upset the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. The victory establishes Work All Week as the favorite to win the Eclipse Award in the Sprint division.

Work All Week registered a game half-length decision over defending champ Secret Circle in the Sprint, giving both horse and trainer not only their first Breeders’ Cup wins, but their first Grade 1 victories as well.  Work All Week, an Illinois-bred son of City Zip owned by Richard Papiese’s Midwest Thoroughbreds, was the first Breeders’ Cup starter for Brueggemann and for jockey Florent Geroux. He earned a career-high 105 Beyer Speed Figure.

“It’s been a stressful few weeks, but it’s all over now and it was definitely worth it,” said Brueggemann, who worked as a mechanic for 30 years before taking out his trainer’s license in the late 1980s.  “The horse came out of the race very well. He’ll stay here a couple of more days then fly to the farm in Florida and take a little break.”

Brueggemann said Work All Week, who is a gelding, would rejoin his stable this winter at Oaklawn Park, although he and Papiese have no clear cut plans beyond that.

“I’m not sure where we’ll be next summer,” said Brueggemann, who is currently stabled at Hawthorne Park. “A lot will depend upon what happens in Illinois with their money. Right now they are struggling to get their purses up.”

Brueggemann said Work All Week received a perfect trip on Saturday under Geroux, sitting just off the pace set by Fast Anna before inheriting the lead in early stretch.

“I really liked the outside post for him and the plan was just to sit a little off the pace. Florent did a great job with him,” said Brueggemann. “Everything kind of went our way with the draw and the way the race set up, although I was kind of surprised more horses didn’t go for the lead. I guess they thought the two of us would burn each other out up front.”

Work All Week fared a lot better than Rich Tapestry, who finished last in the field of 14 as the 5-2 favorite. According to a report in the South China Morning Post, trainer Michael Chang confirmed that Rich Tapestry was scoped after the race and was found to have bled a level described as being a 3 on a scale of 1 to 4.  Chang was on a flight for Hong Kong and unavailable for comment Sunday morning.

“He wasn't himself. He had a lot of dirt and some blood inside. He just couldn't breathe,” Chang told the South China Morning Post. “Maybe he didn't like the kick-back either. We knew something wasn't right with him because that was not his true form.”

Rich Tapestry was the only horse in the Sprint field to race without the anti-bleeding medication Lasix.  He also raced without Lasix when defeating both Secret Circle and two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Handicap making his U.S. debut four weeks ago.

Chang was forbidden to administer Lasix to Rich Tapestry in either of his U.S. races by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, whose policy does not allow the use of any race day medication in its jurisdiction.