Baffert brigade works; Careless Jewel drills bullet
Probable Juvenile (G1) favorite LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike), unbeaten in four career starts, sped six furlongs in 1:12 2/5. He's captured the Norfolk S. (G1) and Del Mar Futurity (G1) in his last two outings.
Pacific Classic (G1) upsetter RICHARD'S KID (Lemon Drop Kid), beaten a length in third in the Goodwood S. (G1), worked three-quarters in 1:12 4/5 in advance of the Classic (G1) under exercise rider Joe Steiner.
"I could hardly pull him up," Steiner told Daily Racing Form.
Oak Leaf S. (G1) runner-up ALWAYS A PRINCESS (Leroidesanimaux [Brz]), a smart debut maiden scorer at Del Mar two starts back, completed a half-mile in 1:01 1/5. She'll be one of the top betting choices in the Juvenile Fillies (G1).
Ladies' Classic (G1) contender CARELESS JEWEL (Tapit), a convincing 3 1/2-length winner of the Cotillion S. (G2) at Philadelphia Park in her last outing, recorded her first work over the Pro-Ride when drilling six furlongs in a bullet 1:11 1/5 for trainer Josie Carroll. It was the fastest of seven moves at the distance.
"She looked comfortable," Carroll said. "This was good."
It was three-year-old filly's final serious work for the Ladies' Classic. An 11-length heroine of the Alabama S. (G1) two back, Careless Jewel figures to set the pace in the 1 1/8-mile event. The once-beaten lass has synthetic experience, winning two starts at Woodbine earlier this season, and the gray will bring a five-race winning streak into Breeders' Cup.
Multiple Grade 1 hero and likely Classic participant COLONEL JOHN (Tiznow), second by a neck in the Goodwood, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 for trainer Eoin Harty. Winner of the grassy Wickerr S. at Del Mar three starts back off a seven-month layoff, the four-year-old colt is also under consideration for the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1).
In other Breeders' Cup news:
Stronach Stable's EINSTEIN (Brz) (Spend a Buck) climbed aboard a van at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning for the short ride to Louisville International Airport, where he caught a flight to California for the Breeders' Cup. Winner of the Santa Anita H. (G1) in March, the seven-year-old horse will look to remain perfect over the Pro-Ride when he lines up for the 1 1/4-mile Classic.
The Helen Pitts-Blasi trainee exits a runner-up finish in the Pacific Classic.
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