McKinzie, West Coast Breeze ‘Well’; Sadler ‘Couldn’t Be Happier’ With Accelerate

Bob Baffert seeks to add to his record of three Breeders’ Cup Classic wins—all consecutive—with West Coast and McKinzie in this year’s edition of the $6 million event at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.

Towards that end, the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer worked both horses Sunday morning at Santa Anita, West Coast going five furlongs in company with Lookie Loo, receiving a clocking of 59.40 with a six furlong gallop out of 1:12 under jockey Drayden Van Dyke at 9 a.m., while McKinzie, who had not had a recorded workout since winning the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept. 22, went six furlongs in a bullet 1:12, with Joe Talamo up at 7:45.

“McKinzie went nice, I’m very happy with his work,” said Baffert, who won the Classic with Bayern in 2014, American Pharoah in 2105 and Arrogate in 2016. “He’s doing very well.”

West Coast, second to Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite Accelerate in the Sept. 29 Awesome Again Stakes, his first start in six months, understandably might have needed the race and should benefit.

“He came out of it really well,” Baffert said. “I didn’t have a choice but to run him in the Awesome Again. I had to do something. I couldn’t just bring him up to that race on works. He’s happy and he’s training well.”

In addition Accelerate, who went four furlongs for John Sadler in 47.80 and galloped out in 1:01.20 under assistant trainer Juan Leyva, Sadler sent out two other Breeders’ Cup candidates: Dirt Mile favorite Catalina Cruiser (six furlongs in a bullet 1:12 with a gallop out of 1:25.20 under Van Dyke); and Selcourt (Filly & Mare Sprint, six furlongs with Van Dyke up in 1:12.80).

“He’s going to go further the next two weekends, so it was a good work,” Sadler said of Accelerate, who missed his scheduled breeze Saturday when the main track was closed due to rain. “We were off one day on our timing because of the weather, but he worked really nice. I couldn’t be happier.”

Added Baffert of his prime competition in the Classic: “I think Accelerate looked better today than he has.”

Trainer Michael McCarthy sent multiple Grade I winner City of Light (Dirt Mile, Classic) four furlongs in 50 flat; Liam the Charmer (Turf) also four furlongs, in 48.40; and Vibrance (Juvenile Fillies) the same distance in the same time, 48.40.

How times have changed: when Wild Again won the initial Breeders’ Cup Classic under Pat Day for trainer Vincent Timphony in 1984, the purse was $3 million. In 2016 it doubled to $6 million, where it stands today.

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