Workforce, despite his expensive flight, is unlikely for the Turf. No Arc winner has ever won a Turf or Classic, so it’s little surprise. The “no-give” in the turf course is the complaint of his trainer. From the stands it looks emerald and lush, but Sir Michael Stoute says its bone-jarring. Over the years, the Europeans have learned to send horses that don’t mind a firm course. Goldikova and Midday, for example, should be pleased with the going. Garrett Gomez, who took Al Khali for a spin, told trainer Bill Mott it was perfect.
Later, in the afternoon, Zenyatta was schooled in the paddock. Jerry and Ann Moss joined several hundred onlookers for yesterday’s second race. They were there to see her, not the $10,000 claimers being saddled or Blind Luck, another Breeders’ Cup race favorite that was also getting a feel of the premises. Zenyatta obliged them by doing nothing. With trainer John Shirreffs standing guard, she edged to the back of the stall, filled its horizontal space as if she was wallpaper and stood motionless for nearly 20 minutes.
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