Lone Sailor Turns In Maintenance Work, Amoss To Decide On Classic Vs. Dirt Mile Friday

Working a set apart just after 6 o’clock Thursday morning, trainer Tom Amoss sent Breeders’ Cup hopefuls Lone Sailor and Serengeti Empress to the main track for their final breezes before next weekend’s World Championships.

Exercise rider Gilbert Concha was aboard both who recorded half-mile works of :48.20, the eighth-fastest of 37 at the distance over a fast track.

G M B Racing’s Oklahoma Derby (GIII) winner Lone Sailor worked first, posting fractions of :12.20, :24.20, :48.20 with gallop-out times of 1:01 and 1:14.60 for five and six furlongs.

“He had been running all year and today’s work nine days out from the race was by design for maintenance mentally and physically,” Amoss said. “He had done a lot of work previously.”

Lone Sailor was pre-entered Monday in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) and the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI) with first preference being the Classic.

“We won’t hold anybody up,” Amoss said. “We will make a decision by tomorrow (on which race he will enter).”

Joel Politi’s runaway Pocahontas (GII) winner Serengeti Empress produced fractions of :12.60, :24.20, :36.40 and :48.20 with gallop-out times of 1:01 and 1:14.20 for five and six furlongs as she readies for next Friday’s $2 million Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI),

“Her work was similar to his, just an easy half,” Amoss said. “Her preparation has been different from his. She worked in company last week and has done a lot more than Lone Sailor has.

“The takeaway from this morning was she rated kindly like she did last week in company. I know it is not a full field (of 14), but I think post position will be important. With Bellafina, Jaywalk, Restless Rider and us; something has to give and I want to know that she can rate.”

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