Work Notes for October 2018 – Top Works Leading up to Breeders’ Cup Weekend


 McKinzie – worked on 10/21 at Santa Anita and looked very good getting 6 furlongs in 1:11.20 and did it quite easily. Worked with a rival, Dabster, and when Dabster got on even terms at the wire, McKinzie would not let Dabster go by, he opened up a little more, pulling harder on the reigns. Very good work and gallop out for McKinzie.


City of Light – worked on 10/20 at Santa Anita going 5 furlongs in :59 and did it under wraps, eased up into the gallop out. Very impressive work!


Bellavais - worked on 10/19 at Belmont getting 4 furlongs in :48.33 and turned in an excellent work while under a strong hold.  Very good gallop out as well, wanted to do more, looks ready to fire a huge effort.

Pavel – worked n 10/19 at Santa Anita getting 6 furlongs in 1:13.20 and did it with ease, rolling along and his gallop out was also very good. Looks to be headed into the Classic in a very sharp state of conditioning!


Catapult - worked at Santa Anita on 10/16 going 6 furlongs in 1:14.20 breezing, going very easily, looked very good, had a nice gallop out as well, wanted to do more but wasn’t allowed.


Catholic Boy - worked very well at Belmont on 10/14 going an easy 5 furlongs in 1:01 .66 over heavy going which doesn’t show a lot unless you saw the work. His gallop out was even better, allowed to cut loose for about a furlong, the Boy got in gear and was rumbling along, looked very good!

West Coast – worked at Santa Anita on 10/14 at 5 furlongs in :59.40 and looked very impressive as he was being restrained. Was allowed to pass by some other horses/outriders during his stretch run and did it quite easily. Very good work.

Accelerate - worked 4 furlongs in :48.80 at Santa Anita on 10/14 in an excellent looking move as he appeared to be just jogging, going very easily. Had a very nice gallop out as well.

McKinzie worked 6 furlongs in 1:12 at Santa Anita on 10/14 and looked very good in doing so. Was under a snug hold early on and had a very good gallop out. Coming along nicely!


Bellavais – worked 5 furlongs on 10/10 at Belmont in 1:00.02 and was pretty impressive getting around the track in fine order and looked very strong galloping out in stride to the turn. He is certainly improving!


Chasing Yesterday – worked very well under a snug hold on 10/9 getting 4 furlongs in :47.80 at Santa Anita. Very spirited work as he was pulling, trying to get free, turned his head turning for home, acting greenly, had great gallop out but still fighting to do more.

Desert Stone - worked 5 furlongs in 1:01 at Santa Anita on 10/9 as he was breezing, being restrained and looked very good galloping along. Great easy strides, very calm, relaxed, basically a turf horse but looked sensational here on dirt, very good gallop out as he was still breezing. Very impressive!


Marley’s Freedom – turned in an excellent work on 10/8 at Santa Anita going 6 furlongs in 1:10.80 on his own, without urging and continued his gallop out extremely well. Marley had fire in his eyes!


Mentality- worked right back on turf at Belmont getting 5 furlongs in 1:0p3 .23 as he was very hard held by a standing up rider that clearly did not want this horse to do much of anything. Jogged wide around the dogs and eased the reins through the stretch but was pulled up not allowing a gallop out. Clearly this horse was fighting to run.


How About Zero – worked an easy 1:02 at Santa Anita under strong restraint as he outworked a Graded Stakes winner (Gleyber) and was in 3rd gear in doing so. Visually impressive to say the least!

The Caretaker – put in a very useful work at Belmont going in :48.87 and was allowed to do a little more nearing the wire but was still under a snug hold galloping out. Very good work going forward.


Time For Suzzie - worked 4 furlongs in :47.40 over Santa Anita and looked very good. She was well held and still wouldn’t let a work mate pass her. Very good gallop out. Sitting on a big effort!

Mentality - worked 5 furlongs at Belmont on turf around the dogs in :59 .33 and did it well in hand. Wanted to do more but was under good restraint. Definitely improving right now.


Ransom The Moon worked with Gained Ground at Santa Anita who had about 5 lengths head start and at the wire Ransom easily passed Gained Ground  while under restraint in about :48 seconds. The gallop out was also spirited and impressive. Ransom The Moon Looks to be ready to fire a huge effort!

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