In what is expected to be the last workout of his career, Animal Kingdom breezed five furlongs in 1:03 with his dedicated workmate over the uphill Polytrack surface near David Lanigan's yard in Lambourn, England June 12.
Although 8-5 favorite Tuttipaesi failed to quicken as expected in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Herecomesthebride, English-born trainer Graham Motion still came away with a victory when Kitten's Point posted the mild 6-1 upset.
One race before trainer Graham Motion saddles Went the Day Well in the May 19 Preakness at Pimlico Race Course, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winning conditioner will send out Augustin Stable's homebred Smart Bid, the 7-2 overnight favorite in the Dixie Stakes.
Went the Day Well took command in Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes to give owner Team Valor International and trainer Graham Motion their second consecutive victory in the race.
Augustin Stables' homebred Smart Bid caught Mr. Vegas in the final strides of Saturday's Grade 3, $122,500 Fair Grounds Handicap, posting his first victory since last year's Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap.
Trainer Graham Motion and Team Valor International capped off a memorable week after their uncoupled entry of Howe Great and Lucky Chappy finished first and second, respectively, in Saturday's $100,000 Kitten's Joy at Gulfstream Park.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom launched his 3-year-old campaign on the grass, and there is a good chance trainer Graham Motion may use the same strategy to get Animal Kingdom legged up for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.