Flower Alley leads busy workday for Pletcher's Breeders' Cup team
The remainder of Pletcher's formidable squadron worked at Belmont Park.
On the soft inner turf, recent Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational S. (G1) king ENGLISH CHANNEL (Smart Strike) traveled five panels in 1:05 2/5 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1).
English Channel's rabbit for the Turf, Grade 3 winner ICY ATLANTIC (Stormy Atlantic), went an easy half-mile in :54.
Scintillating American Oaks Invitational S. (G1) and Yellow Ribbon S. (G1) victress WAIT A WHILE (Maria's Mon) clocked 1:05 1/5 on the grass. The gray sophomore ranks as one of the leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1).
Also tuning up for the Filly & Mare Turf, last-out Flower Bowl Invitational S. (G1) queen HONEY RYDER (Lasting Approval) took a half-mile spin on the lawn in :50 4/5.
On the fast main track, last-out Beldame S. (G1) heroine FLEET INDIAN (Indian Charlie), seeking her ninth win in a row in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1), strode in 1:01 2/5.
Two of her stablemates also drilled for the Distaff.
Go for Wand H. (G1) queen SPUN SUGAR (Awesome Again) zipped in 1:01, while Ruffian H. (G1) winner POOL LAND (Silver Deputy) traveled in 1:01 3/5.
Arkansas Derby (G2) king LAWYER RON (Langfuhr), runner-up in the Super Derby (G2) and on the bubble for the Classic, posted 1:01 1/5.
Hopeful S. (G1) hero CIRCULAR QUAY (Thunder Gulch), runner-up in the Breeders' Futurity (G1) last out, worked five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 in advance of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).
Also prepping for the Juvenile, Futurity S. (G2) victor KING OF THE ROXY (Littleexpectations) stopped the watch in the same time.
Schuylerville S. (G3) queen COTTON BLOSSOM (Broken Vow), exiting a fourth in the Alcibiades S. (G2), posted the same time in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
Two of Pletcher's other Juvenile Fillies contenders likewise exercised five-eighths.
Adirondack Breeders' Cup S. (G2) victress OCTAVE (Unbridled's Song), dead-heat runner-up in the Matron S. (G1), finished up in 1:01 2/5.
FEATHERBED (Smart Strike), the other half of the dead-heat for second in the Matron, clocked 1:02 3/5.
Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint H. (G3) winner FRIENDLY ISLAND (Crafty Friend), third in the Forego S. (G1) two back, went in 1:01 3/5. Pletcher is mulling a stab at the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1).
Also at Belmont, horseman Shug McGaughey worked two of his stalwarts.
Alabama S. (G1) and Gazelle S. (G1) heroine PINE ISLAND (Arch) drilled six furlongs in 1:15 2/5 for the Distaff.
Multiple Grade 1 victor GOOD REWARD (Storm Cat), third in the Kentucky Cup Classic S. (G2), exercised five-eighths in 1:01 4/5.
Woodward S. (G1) winner PREMIUM TAP (Pleasant Tap) blazed in a bullet :59 4/5, fastest of 77 at the distance, as he gears up for the Classic. The John Kimmel charge endured a nightmare trip when fifth in the Kentucky Cup Classic.
Over Keeneland's Polytrack, impressive Man o' War S. (G1) hero CACIQUE (Ire) (Danehill) strode six furlongs in 1:15 4/5 in advance of the Turf.
Prepping for the Juvenile Fillies, unbeaten Summer S. (Can-G3) winner DREAMING OF ANNA (Rahy) sizzled seven panels in 1:24.
At Churchill, Juvenile Fillies hopeful GATORIZE (Exploit) took a half-mile spin in :49 1/5 beneath jockey Jordan Charkoudian. The Helen Pitts trainee was fifth in the Alcibiades in her stakes debut and may not be able to draw into the 14-filly field. If Gatorize doesn't get in, she will point toward Sunday's Pocahontas S. (G3).
Working at Hollywood Park for the Juvenile Fillies, Oak Leaf S. (G1) queen CASH INCLUDED (Include) went five furlongs on the synthetic surface in 1:00 4/5.
Arcadia H. (G2) king SILENT NAME (Jpn) (Sunday Silence) motored three-quarters in a bullet 1:13 2/5, tied for the best of 13 at the distance. The Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) contender is exiting a seventh in the Shadwell Turf Mile S. (G1).
On a fast track at Santa Anita, Grade 2 winner SUPER FROLIC (Pine Bluff) drilled six panels in 1:12 4/5. Conditioner Vladimir Cerin is toying with a possible bid in the Mile.
Posting the same time was sophomore TOO MUCH BLING (Rubiano), who has been training up to the Sprint for Bob Baffert. Luis Jauregui was in the saddle for the move, accomplished in company with stablemate Da Stoops (Distorted Humor).
"They went nice," Baffert said. "They cruised around there."
Too Much Bling has been freshened since his two-length victory in the July 15 Carry Back S. (G2) on Calder's Summit of Speed program.
Also tuning up for the Sprint, Ancient Title Breeders' Cup S. (G1) hero BORDONARO (Memo [Chi]) strode a half-mile in :48 3/5. The Bill Spawr charge is scheduled to ship to Kentucky on Tuesday.
In other Breeders' Cup notes:
Trainer John Sadler reports that Grade 1 winner HEALTHY ADDICTION (Boston Harbor) actually worked six furlongs in 1:12 at Hollywood on Saturday, not the five-furlong move that was posted on the official tab.
"It was in heavy fog," Sadler explained, "so it was a little hard to clock. She went super."
Coming off her second straight score in the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup H. (G2), Healthy Addiction is expected to contest the Distaff.
Horseman Bill Currin is thrilled with Norfolk Breeders' Cup S. (G2) victor STORMELLO's (Stormy Atlantic) Friday work. The juvenile had blazed six panels in 1:11 4/5 at Hollywood.
"It was a helluva work," Currin raved. "He left a lot of skid marks. That rubber's still burning."
Plans called for Stormello to travel to Kentucky on Sunday.
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