Edited Keeneland Staff Release — RED TR-Racing’s Rich Strike was one of the first horses on the main track Tuesday morning and proceeded to work 5 furlongs in 1:02.60 with Gabriel Lagunes aboard for trainer Eric Reed.
“I was going to work Wednesday, but with rain in the forecast there was a chance that if I did not work today, I might not be able to go until maybe Friday,” Reed said. “He’s a couple days ahead of schedule, so I may have to come back with a little three-eighths (next week).”
Winner of this spring’s Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve, Rich Strike is expected to start in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) here on Nov. 5.
Rich Strike’s opening quarter-mile was :26.20, and he galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:15.60 and pulled up at the five-eighths pole.
“Slow and steady,” Reed said. “I don’t want to get him too sharp too soon. I got what I wanted this morning, and he’ll get back to work Thursday with a jog or light gallop. I just have to keep him on the ground for the next 11-12 days.”
FLIGHTLINE GALLOPS, EDGEWAY DRILLS HALF-MILE FOR SADLER
Hronis Racing, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing’s undefeated Flightline galloped a mile and a quarter under Juan Leyva shortly after the main track opened for training Tuesday morning.
Trained by John Sadler, Flightline arrived at Keeneland Sunday afternoon and Monday morning jogged once around the track under Leyva. Flightline is scheduled to have his final work on Saturday, depending on weather, before an anticipated run in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 5.
Following the first track renovation break at 7:30, Leyva was back on the track with Hronis Racing’s Edgeway, who worked a half-mile in :46 in advance of an expected start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) to be run Nov. 5.
Edgeway, who was second to Ce Ce in that race last year at Del Mar, produced fractions of :23.40, :34.20, :46 and out five-eighths in :58.60. The half-mile time was the best of 18 at the distance.
“She went real nice this morning and got over the track well,” Leyva said. “The track was nice and tight. She will probably work again Monday.”
Sadler has one other possible Breeders’ Cup runner here for Hronis Racing: two-time graded stakes winner Bran (FR), who is being pointed to the $1 million Turf Sprint (G1). Leyva said Bran would most likely work Friday.
ALOHA WEST, JACKIE’S WARRIOR BREEZE
The first- and sixth-place finishers from the 2021 Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Del Mar tuned up for a possible return engagement Tuesday morning with bullet 5-furlong works.
Aloha West, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ defending Sprint champion, worked five-eighths in :58.60 with a final quarter-mile of :23 and change and galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:12.40 for trainer Wayne Catalano.
Winner of the Kelly’s Landing Stakes at Churchill Downs in his most recent start on July 2, Aloha West’s work this morning was his fourth since returning to the work tab Oct. 6.
A couple of hours prior to Aloha West’s work, J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s champion Jackie’s Warrior – sixth in last year’s Sprint – worked 5 furlongs in :58.60 in company with County Final, a 4-year-old stakes winner.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Jackie’s Warrior produced fractions of :24, :35.60, :46.60, :58.60 and out 6 furlongs in 1:12.
Pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland on Nov. 4-5 will be released Wednesday.