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Baffert pair work at Santa Anita

10/31/2011

Led by bullet workouts from the Grade 1 winners Euroears and Plum Pretty, trainer Bob Baffert worked four of his Breeders' Cup hopefuls at Santa Anita on Sunday.

Euroears, bound for Saturday's BC Sprint, zipped five furlongs in 57.80 seconds. Plum Pretty, a leading candidate for Friday's BC Ladies' Classic, had the fastest of 20 works over six furlongs, 1:11.60.

Earlier in the morning, Secret Circle, a starter in Friday's BC Juvenile Sprint, worked five furlongs in 58.40 seconds. Game On Dude, a top contender for Saturday's BC Classic, breezed six furlongs in 1:12.20.

Euroears worked alone under jockey Martin Garcia. Baffert timed Euroears in 34.80 seconds for the first three furlongs and in 58.20 seconds for five furlongs. Baffert timed Euroears galloping out six furlongs in 1:10.20. Euroears won the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar in July, but finished eighth after a troubled start in the Grade Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 1.

"He's so fast," Baffert said.

Plum Pretty, the winner of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in May and the Grade 2 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing on Oct. 1, worked alone. Baffert timed her in 59.40 seconds for five furlongs, and galloping out in "24 and change. She's so ready," he said.

Game On Dude and Secret Circle worked in company with stablemates, and had similar workouts – starting several lengths behind, caught up on the turn, and finished quickly.

Game On Dude went five furlongs in 59.16 and six furlongs in 1:11.63, according to Baffert. As Game On Dude reached the front near the eighth pole, Baffert could not hide his excitement. "Now, we're talking," he said. "Beautiful. He looks good to me."

Secret Circle, who won his stakes debut in the Jack Goodman Stakes on Oct. 10, was timed by Baffert in 58.20 seconds.

Aside from the Baffert quartet, there were two workouts from other stables with horses being prepared for Saturday's BC Turf Sprint.

Caracortado, who won the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile in August, breezed a half-mile in 46 seconds, the fastest of 65 recorded works at the distance.

"He just went super," trainer Mike Machowsky said.

Machowsky spent time on Sunday morning watching workouts with Baffert. While Baffert worked Euroears, Machowsky wished aloud that Baffert had entered that horse in the BC Turf Sprint. "You should run him in the Turf Sprint, and give me more speed," Machowsky said.

Caracortado is a leading contender in the Turf Sprint, and is likely to race just behind the early leaders.

California Flag, the winner of the 2009 BC Turf Sprint, breezed a half-mile in 49.40 seconds on Sunday.

Trained by Brian Koriner, California Flag was eighth in the 2010 BC Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs. A 7-year-old gelding, California Flag won the Grade 3 Morvich Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 10.