Edited Press Release
Greenpointcrusader put in the first of two scheduled Keeneland works for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:01.80 over a fast track Monday morning.
Waiting until the first wave of workers following the morning renovation break had completed its activity, Greenpointcrusader produced fractions of :13.40, :25.60 and :38 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.40 with jockey Joe Bravo aboard.
“This was just a maintenance move and he doesn’t have to do too much,” trainer Dominick Schettino said. “We will come back with something similar Saturday or Sunday depending on the weather. There is rain in the forecast for Sunday, so we may move it up a day.”
Greenpointcrusader, who is a neck away from being undefeated in three races, won the Champagne (G1) in his most recent start with Bravo aboard for the first time.
“I did not work him before the Champagne,” Bravo said. “This was the first time and he was awesome. He is pretty pleasant to ride and he wanted to do it.”
Judy the Beauty, the 2014 Eclipse Award winner as champion female sprinter, tuned up for the defense of her title in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) by working five furlongs in company in 1:01.80.
With Kieren Fallon aboard, Judy the Beauty started two lengths in back of Kitten’s Top Cat and finished a length in front with fractions of :13.60, :25.60, :37.60 and out six furlongs in 1:16.80.
“I was really happy with it,” owner-trainer Wesley Ward said. “She just raced (in the Thoroughbred Club of America [G2] on October 3) and I didn’t want her to do too much.”
Judy the Beauty had a troubled trip in the TCA, when she was stuck on the inside and unable to find clear running until too late. She finished third behind Fioretti. The race marked the first time Judy the Beauty had lost in five Keeneland starts that included victories in the 2013 TCA and the 2014 Madison (G1).
“She will do the same thing next week,” Ward said, noting the six-year-old mare’s final work. “We’re here and ready.”
Trainer Bill Mott was at Keeneland on Monday morning to oversee the half-mile works of Jessamine (G3) winner Harmonize and Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) third-place finisher Tourist.
Harmonize, ridden by Rodolphe Brisset, worked in company with Grade 1 winner Seek Again, with Julien Leparoux aboard. She covered a half-mile in :48.20 with fractions of :13, :25.40, :48.20 and out in 1:00.40 and 1:14.60.
Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) contender Tourist, with Brisset aboard, went four furlongs in :48.60. Clockers caught him in fractions of :13, :25.40, :48.60 and out in 1:01.40 and 1:15.40. Mott was pleased with the efforts.
“She was just gliding along, moving well,” he said about Harmonize, a candidate for the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). “Looks like she’s done well since her race here. And Tourist, too. Everything seems to have gone quite well.”
Mott said Seek Again would not be pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup. The trainer’s third Breeders’ Cup candidate is Grade 1 winner Lea, who he said would be cross-entered in the Mile and Dirt Mile (G1). Lea is to arrive at Keeneland next Monday.
Harmonize and Tourist most likely would work again next week, Mott said.
Frizette (G1) winner Nickname worked before the renovation break, covering five furlongs in :59.80 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.80 for trainer Steve Asmussen. Nickname has a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
Working after the break for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was Dogwood (G3) winner Super Majesty. Prepping for the Filly & Mare Sprint, Super Majesty covered five furlongs in :59.60 with exercise rider Ian Craven up. The time was the fastest of 16 at the distance. Fractions on the work were :12.40, :24.40, :36.40 and out six furlongs in 1:12.80.
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(Harmonize photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography)