The morning of October 24th was a busy one at Belmont Park, where the inner turf course was filled with major stakes winners getting in workouts before they head to California for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Trainer Chad Brown had a particularly busy morning, sending out Flintshire and Lady Eli–the probable favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I)–to breeze in company with their stablemates Money Multiplier and Sea Calisi. Here are my thoughts on how each horse looked!
Oscar Performance: The possible favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf looked terrific breezing five furlongs in 1:03 over the inner turf course at Belmont Park. Clocking fractional splits is difficult because Oscar Performance was racing very wide to go around the “dogs” (orange cones placed to keep horses from cutting up the inner part of the course during morning workouts), but times aside, Oscar Performance made a great visual impression. He seemed to be gobbling up ground enthusiastically with powerful strides, and he was under no urging from his rider, although Oscar Performance did have his ears back in a sign that he may have been putting more effort into his exercise than his rider’s lack of movement suggests.
Lady Eli and Sea Calisi: These two turf stars worked in company for trainer Chad Brown and both looked very good. Sea Calisi started just in front of Lady Eli and held her advantage throughout the work, but both fillies were running easily and appeared to be well within themselves while not doing much at all. Their official time was four furlongs :50.40.
Ectot: The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. I) winner made a fantastic visual impression in his five-furlong workout, switching leads right on cue turning for home and charging down the homestretch impressively while his ears flopped back and forth in a sign of complete relaxation. He galloped-out nicely and seems to be doing very well heading into the Breeders’ Cup.
Flintshire and Money Multiplier: Money Multiplier was eager to get going and wanted to do more in the early stages of the workout, repeatedly tossing his head and even jumping slightly at one point, but Flintshire couldn’t have cared less. The Breeders’ Cup Turf favorite cruised up alongside his stablemate on the turn, and both horses flew down the homestretch at an impressive speed with their ears back. Flintshire got home a neck in front while stopping the clock in 1:01 4/5, a very solid time given that they were working around the “dogs.”
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