I’m a Chatterbox breezing at Keeneland on October 29th – Keeneland/Coady Photography
On Saturday morning, with the Breeders’ Cup just a week away, four prominent Breeders’ Cup contenders turned in pre-race workouts at Keeneland. Here are my thoughts on how each horse looked, along with videos of the breezes and quotes from their trainers! All videos courtesy of Keeneland.
I’m a Chatterbox: Made a powerful impression with a fast five-furlong workout on the Keeneland main track, cruising through fractions of :12, :23, and :35.60 before throwing in a :23.40 final quarter to reach the wire in :59 flat. Remarkably, she did this under no urging and with her ears up before galloping-out six furlongs in 1:12.60 to complete her eye-catching breeze.
“We’re where we want to be. If we get beat, we get beat.”
Ring Weekend: Breeders’ Cup Mile contender worked five furlongs on the main track in a much slower time than I’m a Chatterbox, but couldn’t have gone much easier. After being urged early in the work to get up to speed, Ring Weekend cruised around the track, and although he seemed just a bit slow switching leads, he finished nicely under no urging with his ears not only up, but pointed forward — he appeared to be well within himself and running very easily while getting five furlongs in 1:02.80 off fractions of :12.40, :24.60, and :37. He galloped-out six furlongs in 1:17.20.
Undrafted will enter the Breeders’ Cup off a sixth-place finish in the Woodford Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. “He kinda got way back on a slow pace and couldn’t catch them,” Ward said. “He made a big run at them, but he only got to run down the stretch. He came back like he didn’t even run, so I think he’s going to run a big, big race (in the Breeders’ Cup).”
Zipessa: Like Undrafted, she breezed five furlongs on the turf course and looked eager to begin, with her ears pricked and her head held high as she seemed poised to take a jump early in the work. She kept her ears up throughout the work and finished nicely under just a little bit of urging, posting fractions of :13.20, :25.40, and :38.80 on her way to a final time of 1:02.60. Her time was slower than Undrafted’s, but she was powerful on the gallop-out, going another furlong in :13.60.
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