Breeders Cup Warm-Ups 2010 Espoir City the fiveyearold Allure horse from Japan ran an easy six furlongs in 1:18.20 after warming up for about 20 minutes in the mile chute. Espoir City, winner of the 2009 Japan Cup Dirt (JpnG1), breezed through eighthmile splits of: 14.20, 28.40, 41.60, 54.20, and 1:06.40, and he galloped out seven furlongs in 1:33.60 under jockey Tetsuzo Sato, thus completing the first of his two scheduled workouts in preparation for the Breeders Cup Classic (G1). “We are coming to this race with the image of a mileandaquarter race, and today was a step in that direction,” Sato commented. “The work this morning went as planned. We are not here to pursue speed, just conditioning.” Sato claimed he was not worried that Espoir City switched leads often and appeared to lack concentration. “He is up front in most of his races and sometimes he loses a little focus and fools around a bit because he knows he has no competition,” Sato said. As Espoir City got in his 1st major workout at Churchill, a handful of other leading Classic contenders also stretched out in preparation for the $5million race. Under 100 miles down the Interstate 64 in Lexington, Stephen Foster (G1) and Whitney (G1) Handicap winner Blame raced five furlongs at Keeneland Race Course. Arch cold a fouryearold put up a 58.80 easily on the synthetic Polytrack surface, which ranked second of 16 timed workouts on that track at that distance. Quality Road the Woodward Stakes (G1) winner went five strong furlongs in 1:01.42 on the training track at Belmont Park for trainer Todd Pletcher. Elusive Quality the fouryearold colt’s drill ranked 8th of 23 timed at the distance. Gio Ponti also breezed at Belmont. The fiveyearold Tale of the Cat horse is a possible candidate for the Classic and TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on the turf. He ran an easy five furlongs on Belmont’s turf course at a 1:03.55 clip. Haynesfield defeated Blame to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) on October 2 at Belmont Park. The fouryearold Speightstown colt was in action at Churchill and breezed the same sixfurlong distance as Espoir City, covering the distance more than four seconds faster in 1:13.60, the fastest of seven workouts at the distance. Some other workouts of note Sunday from Breeders’ Cup contenders included a pair of Grey Goose Breeders Cup Juvenile contenders on Belmont’s training track. Undefeated Champagne Stakes (G1)
winner Uncle Mo, the probable Juvenile favorite, breezed a halfmile in 49.97. Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (G1) runnerup Stay Thirsty sprinted five furlongs in 1:01.38. Also Sunday: Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) contender Winchester breezed five furlongs in 1:03.86 on the turf at Belmont; Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) hopeful Acoma breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 at Churchill; and Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) contender Switch drilled five furlongs in 1:00.20 at Churchill.