A muddy main track at Keeneland following daylong rain Thursday proved no problem for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) pre-entrant Dayoutoftheoffice, who worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 with Alfredo Clemente aboard for trainer Tim Hamm.
Working on her own after the morning track maintenance break, the undefeated Dayoutoftheoffice produced splits of :12.80, :25.40, :37, 1:00.40 with a 6-furlong gallop out in 1:12.80 and seven-eighths in 1:27.
“I think it was her best work. She finished up really strong and galloped out great,” said Hamm, who co-owns Dayoutoftheoffice with breeder Siena Farm in the name of his Blazing Meadows Farm. “I weighed working today and went out and looked at the track twice and saw it was opened up. Plus, the timing was a lot better today.”
Dayoutoftheoffice brings a 3-for-3 record into the Breeders’ Cup coming into the race off a 2-length victory in the Frizette (G1) at Belmont Park on Oct. 10. Junior Alvarado, who was aboard for that victory as well as a 6-length romp in the Schuylerville (G3) at Saratoga, has the mount in the Breeders’ Cup. The race will represent the first two-turn start for Dayoutoftheoffice.
“I have been waiting for two turns all year,” Hamm said. “We would have run in (Darley) Alcibiades (G1 on Oct. 2 here) had the timing been a little bit different. We are looking forward to two turns.”
By Into Mischief, Dayoutoftheoffice will represent the first Breeders’ Cup starter for Hamm, who was stabled at Keeneland on a regular basis until 2013 and has had occasional runners since.
“It is close by for us and I always like coming to Keeneland,” Hamm, who is from Ohio, said. “Having the Breeders’ Cup here is perfect for us.”
Hamm has a win in the 2009 Appalachian (G3) on his Keeneland resume with Afternoon Stroll, who scored a nose victory at odds of 50-1.