Arrogate and Gun Runner, both pointing for the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Del Mar, and Drefong, pointing for the Breeders' Cup Sprint the same day, were part of an all-star line-up of workers this morning at Santa Anita.
Arrogate, the defending champ in the Classic, worked six furlongs in company with his usual workmate, Uninvited, and went by him in deep stretch while recording a time of 1:13.20 for six furlongs under jockey Rafael Bejarano. Clockers had him going out a full mile in 1:39.80 over a track that continues to play dull but safe.
"That went perfect. Beautiful," trainer Bob Baffert said after the drill.
Bejarano said the work was "really good. He's ready now."
Gun Runner went earlier in the morning, with jockey Florent Geroux in town for the drill. They went in company with Steve Asmussen barnmate Gettysburg and another horse who jumped in. Gun Runner was timed in 1:00.40 for five furlongs, and was caught galloping out in 1:12.80 for six furlongs as he pulled away with authority from his company.
"He went very nicely. He puts good effort into his works," said Geroux, who will be back in town to work Gun Runner next week, too.
Drefong, who will be defending his title in the Sprint, looked phenomenal in his team drill from the gate in company with Mor Spirit. He was absolutely breezing under jockey Drayden Van Dyke before pulling away as much the best late in 1:12.20 for six furlongs.
"He just took off. He looks so good," Baffert said.
Also working Monday was Moonshine Memories, the unbeaten 2-year-old filly who is pointing to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 4. She worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 for trainer Simon Callaghan.
The popular veteran Hoppertunity went six furlongs in 1:13 in preparation for his comeback in the one-mile Comma to the Top on Oct. 28, a race designed to serve as a prep for his main goal this fall, the Grade 1 Clark next month at Churchill Downs.
A full story with extended reaction from Baffert, Asmussen, and Geroux will be up a bit later at www.drf.com