Headed by undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite Bolt d’Oro, several Santa Anita-based stalwarts had their final major breezes for their Breeders’ Cup races Sunday morning at The Great Race Place.
Bolt d’Oro, 7 ¾-length winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 30, worked five furlongs in company at 8:05 a.m. following the 7:45 renovation break, getting a time of 1:02.20 under regular rider Corey Nakatani.
Workmate Midnight Harbor, on the rail with Juan Ochoa aboard, was clocked in 1:03.40.
“He looked perfect,” said owner/trainer Mick Ruis, who watched Bolt’s work along with his wife and co-owner, Wendy. “His stride looked good. I just wanted to give him a little air today and then bring him into the race just where he is right now.
“He worked in company with Midnight Harbor, who we used as gauge. Ochoa has a really good clock in his head and we were hoping to get about a minute flat for Bolt.
“Corey didn’t really move on him. He looked really, really good.”
Bob Baffert said Arrogate, one of four possible starters in the Classic for the Hall of Fame trainer who is seeking his fourth straight win in the race, is scheduled to work “probably a half mile” Monday morning at 7:45.
Baffert plans to ship all his Breeders’ Cup candidates from Santa Anita on Tuesday.
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Streaking stakes winner Mor Spirit (Dirt Mile) worked six furlongs from the gate, the sixth straight time he has done so in a breeze for an upcoming race.
Mor Spirit went in company with Cat Burglar. They were timed in a bullet 1:13.40 and 1:13.60, respectively.
Baffert elaborated on why he has been working Mor Spirit from the gate.
“It has nothing to do with how he breaks in a race,” Baffert said. “He’s always been sort of a lazy work horse, and working from the gate, he gets a lot more out of it. I was really happy with his breeze and I feel really good about the way he’s training.”
Baffert also sent West Coast, winner of the Travers Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby in his last two starts, five furlongs in company with Red Kite. West Coast received a time of 1:00.40, while Red Kite got 1:01.40.
Along with Arrogate, who won the Classic last year, West Coast could be joined in the starting gate by Collected and Mubtaahij. Cupid (Dirt Mile), winner of the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita last May, went five furlongs for Baffert in 1:00.40, while Juvenile candidate Solomini, a distant second to Bolt d’Oro in the FrontRunner, went five furlongs in 1:01.
Also working Sunday at Santa Anita were Midnight Storm (Dirt Mile) and Ransom the Moon (Sprint) for Phil D’Amato, each going four furlongs, the former timed in 48.40 and the latter in a bullet 47 flat, fastest of 47 drills at the distance.
Agent Tony Matos reports that Santa Anita’s leading rider Evin Roman has gained his first Breeders’ Cup mount in Golden Dragon, who runs in the Juvenile Turf for trainer/breeder Mikhail Yanakov. A Kentucky-bred son of Skipshot, the chestnut colt has won his last two starts, but the Juvenile Turf will be his first stakes start.
The 19-year-old Roman is scheduled to work Golden Dragon Monday morning over Del Mar’s turf course.
On Friday, Nov. 3, Santa Anita will offer advance wagering on the Breeders’ Cup races next Saturday, Nov. 4. There will be no advance wagering at Santa Anita for Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races.

Going into the final day of Santa Anita’s 19-day Autumn Meet, Richard Baltas holds a 10-9 lead over Peter Miller in the race for leading trainer, with Mark Glatt and Vladimir Cerin next in line, knotted at eight wins each.
Baltas has seven horses entered on today’s 11-race program, three in the Autumn Miss Stakes, while Miller has eight entered, two in the first race.
Both Baltas and Miller have started 53 horses, Baltas winning at a 19 percent clip and Miller at 17 percent.
Apprentice Evin Roman has a commanding 18-15 lead over Kent Desormeaux among jockeys. Desormeaux is named on four horses today, Roman seven.

FINISH LINES: There will be mandatory payouts today on the Pick 6, Pick 5 and Super High 5 . . . Fans betting on the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita will receive FREE General Parking and General Admission on both days . . . BEST OF LUCK to the following Santa Anita handicapping contest winners who are eligible for a $1 million Santa Anita BCBC Bonus if they win the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC): Eric Moomey, Florin Sima, Stephen Thompson, David Lanzman, Christian Hellmers and Robert Talstra . . . With the Dodgers tied at two games each with Houston and in quest of their first World Series championship since 1988, perhaps it’s a good omen that horses named for former Dodger greats worked at Santa Anita Sunday, Junior Gilliam going three furlongs in 37.20 and Peewee Reese four furlongs in 53 seconds flat, both on the training track for Steve Miyadi.


(Current Through Saturday, Oct. 28)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Evin Roman 117 18 12 19 15% 42% $504,666
Kent Desormeaux 57 15 7 4 26% 46% $817,576
Tyler Baze 98 13 17 11 13% 42% $700,421
Drayden Van Dyke 65 10 4 5 15% 29% $590,330
Rafael Bejarano 60 9 10 7 15% 43% $474,660
Stewart Elliott 55 9 5 5 16% 35% $290,043
Corey Nakatani 41 9 3 4 22% 39% $506,443
Flavien Prat 98 8 21 20 8% 50% $1,152,837
Tiago Pereira 70 8 6 3 11% 24% $293,040
Gary Stevens 33 8 4 4 24% 48% $391,895
Santiago Gonzalez 42 6 5 6 14% 40% $192,675
Mario Gutierrez 52 6 4 7 12% 33% $325,536
Joe Talamo 61 5 9 10 8% 39% $432,796

Trainer Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM% Money Won
Richard Baltas 53 10 8 3 19% 40% $399,041
Peter Miller 53 9 4 8 17% 40% $508,039
Mark Glatt 38 8 7 3 21% 47% $360,371
Vladimir Cerin 23 8 4 1 35% 57% $211,825
Philip D’Amato 52 7 13 6 13% 50% $451,255
Doug O’Neill 59 7 5 8 12% 34% $375,945
Richard Mandella 25 6 5 4 24% 60% $538,725
Bob Baffert 30 5 6 6 17% 57% $681,404
Jerry Hollendorfer 42 5 4 10 12% 45% $268,225
J. Keith Desormeaux 30 5 3 5 17% 43% $267,575
Peter Eurton 28 5 3 3 18% 39% $182,358