Zayat Stables' Paynter tuned up for the Breeders' Cup Classic Oct. 14 with a five-furlong work in 1:00 under jockey Martin Garcia, who will ride the son of Awesome Again in the 1 ¼-mile race at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
Overcoming concerns about the Del Mar Polytrack, Game On Dude demolished the field by a record 8 1/4 lengths in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic in the most dominant performance of his career Aug. 25.
Shanghai Bobby has been unbeatable going into the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile. But the 2-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday will be battling history when he takes on eight challengers Nov. 3 at Southern California's Santa Anita Park.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has been on a torrid winning streak of late, and George Bolton and Fog City Stable's The Factor kept up the barn's momentum in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 San Carlos at Santa Anita.
Trainer Bob Baffert had to go back to the drawing board after Drill dropped five straight, but the Hall of Famer evidently came up with the right game plan as the colt returned to his best in Sunday's Grade 2, $147,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita.
Ellafitz led all the way home in the Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, scoring by 1 1/4 lengths over a furiously rallying Vision in Gold and Miss Mittagong, who dead-heated for second.
My Miss Aurelia, one of four unbeaten fillies in the full field of 14, drew post 9 and was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite by track linemaker Mike Battaglia for Friday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies