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Monday November 2, 2009, Breeders' Cup Works


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© Cindy Pierson Dulay
November 2, 2009

With the 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships fast approaching, most contenders are already on the Santa Anita grounds and galloping over the racing surfaces daily. Most of the European contingent arrived Saturday and exited quarantine on Monday allowing them to test their new surroundings. Monday morning was clear and calm with temperatures in the 80's with a dry, fast Pro-Ride main track and firm turf. Sprint contender Kodiak Kowboy did work 1/2 mile in 52 1/5 but when scoped after the work, was scratched from the Sprint. Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen said, "He worked well, but scoped bad. He has to go on antibiotics and will be unable to run."

Zensational was sent out for his final timed workout by trainer Bob Baffert before his start in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint. He fired a bullet 1/2 mile in 45 1/5 over the Pro-Ride. Baffert said afterward, "He really he knows he's getting ready to run. He's enjoying what he's doing right now and he's ready and strong. You know, I've been trying to slow him down but he just does it so effortlessly, he's just incredible, he's just a fast horse. He was born that way, I didn't do it to him."

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