Arnold duo Totally Boss, Leinster work for Turf Sprint at Keeneland
Photo: Courtney Snow
With rain in the forecast this weekend, trainer Rusty Arnold opted to move up the final works for his Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint duo, sending both Totally Boss and Leinster out for breezes at Keeneland on Friday.
Totally Boss was first to hit the track as he emerged at 5:45 a.m. and worked a half-mile on a fast dirt track in :49.40, clocking splits of :13.80, :25.60, and :37.60, with a gallop out to five furlongs in 1:01.80. The gelded son of Street Boss has won four of his last five starts and earned himself a fees-paid berth in the Turf Sprint when he captured the $700,000 Grade 3 RUNHAPPY Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 7. Before that, he captured the $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Sprint at Ellis Park for his first stakes victory.
Leinster – third in the RUNHAPPY Turf Sprint behind his stablemate – had the turf course to himself later in the morning as he covered a half-mile in :50.80 over firm going. The 4-year-old Majestic Warrior colt was second in Keeneland’s Grade 2 Woodford Stakes on Oct. 5.
“Totally Boss went super,” Arnold said. “He relaxed a little bit. I thought he would do too much and he didn’t. He galloped out strong, cooled out great and he’s ready to go. Leinster, he likes working on the turf better. He did it easy. We were way wide on the good part of the turf and it looks like he’s cooling out good. We’ll check them out tomorrow but it looks like everything is good to go.”
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