Eight Rings working for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire)
Eight Rings, expected to be a very close second choice behind Dennis’ Moment in the $2 million TVG Juvenile, worked a half-mile in 47.20 seconds, the second-fastest time of the morning at the distance at Santa Anita.
“It was a good work, I’m happy with him,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He worked with a maiden who hasn’t started. I wanted to give him a little target to run at. The track is pretty deep today. It looks different than it was yesterday. Now we just wait, buy our tickets, enter and hope we get a good draw.”
Official entries will be made and post positions drawn on Monday. The post-position draw will be shown live at 7 p.m. ET (the show starts at 6:30 p.m.) on the TVG racing network, along with the Breeders’ Cup website, Official Mobile App and YouTube, Twitter andFacebook pages.
Eight Rings has raced three times, six-length wins in his debut and Santa Anita’s Grade 1 American Pharoah sandwiched around the Del Mar Futurity in which his rider was unseated shortly after the start.
“He looks like a racehorse, his body, just beautifully built horse,” said Baffert, who is shooting for a fifth Juvenile victory. “He’s real light on his feet, doesn’t look like he’s going very fast. Does it effortlessly, like the good ones do. But you don’t know that until you work them five-eighths and then you’ll see that.”