Apogee Bloodstock and Mike Anderson’s Abscond continued her preparations for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) by working a half-mile on Keeneland’s main track in :49 Thursday morning.
“She worked well yesterday and probably will have one more work here before going to Santa Anita,” trainer Eddie Kenneally said.
Home for Abscond since the summer has been Kenneally’s barn at the nearby Keeneland Training Center on Rice Road. All of her works have been on Keeneland’s dirt track.
The daughter of Blame has done all of her racing on the grass with a maiden score at Ellis Park, a runner-up finish to Kimari in the Bolton Landing at Saratoga and a nose victory in the Natalma (G1) at Woodbine on Sept. 15.
“She bounced out of the Natalma well,” said Kenneally of Abscond, who worked 3 furlongs in :38 here on Oct. 1.
In the Natalma, Abscond prevailed by a nose over Walk In Marrakesh (IRE), who is training at Keeneland now in the barn of Ignacio Correas IV. Walk In Marrakesh also is being considered for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Kenneally has another Breeders’ Cup hopeful with his Churchill Downs string in Joseph Sutton’s homebred Scabbard. Pointing toward the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), Scabbard has compiled a 3-1-2-0 mark with runner-up finishes coming in the Saratoga Special (G2) and Iroquois (G3).
Abscond is cataloged as a racing prospect in Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, she is Hip 1004 and is scheduled to sell Friday, Nov. 8.
From: Keeneland Press Release