Updated on 09/15/2011 1:18PM

Workout report 10/23: Impressive final prep for Exogenous


ELMONT, N Y - A late change in plans from Team Godolphin, who moved up Fantastic Light and Sakhee's final Breeders' Cup works 24 hours, highlighted Tuesday morning's training session at Belmont Park where the skies were overcast but the temperatures remained unseasonably mild. Both the main track and turf course were once again in excellent condition.

Work of the Day - Exogenus (four furlongs in :48.25) - Another tough call with three worthy candidates that also included Fantastic Light and Hap. Exogenus came out shortly after the renovation break with regular exercise rider George Martens aboard and wearing the blinkers which have seemingly raised her game to the ultimate level. After briefly tossing her head while restrained away from the half mile pole she settled into a comfortable stride around the turn and was allowed to drift out just a bit leaving the turn. Despite being kept under a tight hold she reached out nicely once changing leads on cue in early stretch, finishing very strong while galloping out an additional furlong in :11.83 seconds to pull up five-eighths in 1:00.18. Despite coming off a pair of career best efforts she does not give the impression she's a horse who has regressed or might "bounce" in the Distaff.

Classic: Fantastic Light - (five furlongs in 1:00.04) - Raised a few eyebrows when coming out on the track shortly after 7 a.m. with jockey Frankie Dettori aboard, a sure indication that trainer Saeed Bin Suroor had chosen to move his last and very crucial work up a day. Fantastic Light was able to run away from the pole with a lot less resistance from Dettori than he had in his disappointing work four days earlier, reeling off an opening quarter in :24.30. He then increased the pace while under only light urging, finishing with good energy and looking much sharper than he had on Friday. Completed his final furlong in a sharp :11.71 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.62. Appeared to be a lot more comfortable over the sandy strip than in his prior work and now seems certain to be headed for the Classic not the Turf.

Sakhee (five furlongs in 1:01.27) - Like Fantastic Light, Sakhee also had his final prep advanced by 24 hours but unlike his stablemate it was exercise rider Lee Roebuck in the saddle not Dettori when the Arc winner came onto the track immediately following the break. Sakhee started off slower than Fantastic Light and had to be put to some urging to maintain his pace around the turn. Seemed somewhat tentative and short-strided over the course as he made his way into the stretch and despite being kept to steady hand pressure down the lane did not finish as willingly as his mate, going the final quarter in :25.01 and losing interest in the gallop out which he completed in just 1:15.18. Better than last Friday but still an indication he might just not want any part of the dirt and could be destined to compete in the Turf not the Classic.

Tiznow - Spent approximately 20 minutes ambling from the gap to the three eighths pole at which point he broke into a spirited 1 1/8 miles gallop with each successive furlong clocked in :13 and change. Training in much the same aggressive manner he did prior to his victory in the 2000 Classic.

Turf: Hap (five furlongs in 1:00.17 on the turf) - Easy to spot with his flaxen mane and tail, Hap was very sharp under exercise rider Carlos Ortiz. Broke off under a strong hold, glided through a comfortable opening three-eighths in :37.50 then turned it on despite switching leads a bit late, negotiating his final quarter mile in :23.07 before galloping out extremely well beyond the wire. Juvenile: French Assault - Was scheduled to work four furlongs but instead galloped from the half mile pole to the head of the stretch after which he picked up the pace and blew out three-sixteenth of a mile down the lane.

Filly And Mare Turf: Chaste (four furlongs in :48.37) - Working on dirt and not grass despite prepping for the Filly And Mare Turf and over a somewhat chewed up track more than a half hour after the break, Chaste turned in a nice, even drill. Went her opening quarter in :24.15, the last in :24:22 before galloping out five-eighths in 1:00.67 while under a long hold and very little pressure throughout.

Lailani (six furlongs in 1:17.62) - Surprisingly she worked on the dirt despite a somewhat disappointing turf breeze last Thursday. Going in company with a workmate from the Godolphin barn, Lailani broke off a couple of lengths behind and was quite eager to show more speed while kept under stout restraint through an opening three-eighths completed in a pedestrian :40.68. Turning for home she was given her head and easily blew past her workmate, whose rider was under obvious instructions to take back and offer little resistance, although she did not switch leads until the sixteenth pole and completed the final furlong in a relatively slow :12.50 before galloping out seven-eighths in a somewhat disappointing 1:32.32. Overall a better work than the previous move but still somewhat disconcerting coming from a filly who figures to be a very short price on Saturday.

Mile: Affirmed Success (four furlongs in :47.88 on turf) - A fast work but probably not what trainer Rick Schosburg had in mind. Broke off somewhat abruptly and rankly from the pole with exercise rider Hans Nielson having his feet in the dashboard and reaching for more hold trying to slow his horse down around the turn. Remained a bit rank through the stretch while also hot and washy out as he came under the wire.

Sprint: Peeping Tom (three furlongs in :36.20) - Worked in company and in hand but struggled a bit just to finish on even terms with his mate who was under snug restraint through the stretch.

All times clocked by Mike Welsch.