Hot Rod Charlie Works In Preparation For BC Classic

Hot Rod Charlie worked six furlongs at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Saturday in 1:14 as he prepares for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., on Nov. 6.

With Mike Smith filling in for regular rider Flavien Prat, who was winning the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keenland Saturday by five lengths aboard Shantisara, the three-year-old son of Oxbow has two more major breezes in store.

“We were happy,” said trainer Doug O’Neill, who won two races at Santa Anita yesterday to take a 9-6 lead over runners-up Peter Miller and Bob Baffert. “He cooled out good. If all goes well and he stays injury-free, we’re two works away. He’ll have one at Santa Anita and one at Del Mar.

“I’m a little biased because I’m part of the race, but I think it’s coming up as one of the most contentious Classics in a while.

“It’s a wide-open race with tons of contenders.”

Pacific Classic winner Tripoli, also working for the Classic, went five furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita in 1:01 for John Sadler.

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