Updated on 09/15/2011 1:16PM

Workout report: 'Kalypso' impresses; Lailani flattens out

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Thursday morning dawned clear and cold with the temperature in the low 40's but wind chills closer to 30 degrees as a brisk west wind had horses laboring as they made their way down the backstretch on both the main and turf courses. It was a relatively calm morning, however, for Breeders' Cup hopefuls, with the main focus of activity on the inner turf course. The dogs (plastic cones set out to protect the inside portion of the course) were out approximately 20 feet off the inner rail.

Work of the Day

Kalypso Katie: seven furlongs (turf) in 1:28.80.

With jockey Gary Stevens aboard, the distinctive-looking gray filly broke off two to three lengths behind a pair of stablemates, and the trio galloped through an easy opening half-mile into the wind in 52 seconds. Kalypso Katie inched a bit closer to her workmates turning for home, then responded willingly when she was just lightly roused by Stevens, splitting the other two inside the eighth pole and finishing in earnest to arrive at the wire a length clear. She covered the final quarter in 24.40 seconds, although still well within herself. This was a sharp final prep for a filly who has trained well over this course for the past several months and one who figures to be a big price in the Filly and Mare Turf.

Classic

Fantastic Light made a nice appearance 24 hours before his final major work, scheduled for Friday morning. He galloped strongly over the main track, barely turning a hair when a pair of workers breezed by midway down the backstretch.

Sprint

Alannan: five furlongs in 1:00.20

With jockey Edgar Prado up and working alone, Alannan went an effortless opening three-eighths in 35.40 seconds, then was put to urging through the stretch and finished up in 24.80 seconds before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14. He might have been expected to come home a bit quicker with the wind at his back and under some pressure, but, in all, a useful work.

As was the case at Churchill Downs before the 2000 Sprint, Delaware Township looked to be full of himself as he went through just a routine gallop. Obviously loves the host track and is peaking at the right time. Now all he needs is a little better luck at the post position draw than a year ago, when any hopes of winning the race went down the drain after he drew post 14.

Filly and Mare Turf

Lailani: five furlongs (turf) in 1:00.80.

He broke off a couple of lengths behind Godolphin's graded stakes-placed Zahwah and after loping a very slow opening eighth got into the move with a bit more intent leaving the five-furlong pole. Joined her workmate turning for home, but instead of blowing past as expected she flattened out through the final furlong to hit the wire nearly a length behind. She's the one to beat off her win in the Flower Bowl, but could the somewhat uninspiring finish to this work be an indication of a possible Euro-bounce?

Chaste: five furlongs in 1:02

Working on the dirt without company, the Filly and Mare Turf longshot was well in hand through the opening three furlongs, then leveled off nicely when asked for a bit more speed down the stretch.

Mile

Irish Prize: four furlongs (turf) in 48 seconds.

Working in the set immediately after Kalypso Kate, he broke off two lengths behind his workmate and was well in hand the entire way, finishing on even terms and covering the final quarter in 23 and change.

Forbidden Apple: four furlongs (turf) in 47.20 seconds

A close second for work of the day. Breezed a spirited half-mile and showed his obvious fondness for the course. Does not appear to have tailed off any from his outstanding performance in the Kelso Handicap.

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