Santa Anita Breeders’ Cup Works & Update

October 26, 2023

Senor Buscador scoring the San Diego Handicap. (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire) 

• Senor Buscador, Didia Among Friday Workers
• 41 Horses From Santa Anita Pre-Entered

Santa Anita Stable Notes By Victor Ryan

ARCADIA, Calif.—It was a light morning in terms of Breeders’ Cup workers at Santa Anita Thursday. The only horses pre-entered for next week’s Breeders’ Cup to record timed workouts were Senor Buscador (Classic), Didia (Filly & Mare Turf) and Lane Way (Turf Sprint).

Senor Buscador worked a bullet five furlongs in company under jockey Geovanni Franco, who has the call in the $6 million Classic on Nov. 4. Trained by Todd Fincher, Senor Buscador completed the work in 59.40 seconds. It was the fastest of 19 moves at the distance.

“He went really well, he dragged me around there,” Franco said.

A 5-year-old Mineshaft horse, Senor Buscador won the GII San Diego Handicap this summer at Del Mar. He exits a third-place finish in the GI Awesome Again here Sept. 30.

Didia worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 for trainer Ignacio Correas IV. It was her second drill since winning the GII Rodeo Drive here Oct. 7.

Lane Way worked four furlongs in a bullet 47.0 seconds. It was the fastest of 29 moves at the distance. Winner of the GII Eddie D here Sept. 30, Lane Way is pre-entered in the Turf Sprint for trainer Richard Mandella but did not make the main body of the 12-horse field. He would need multiple withdrawals to compete.

Top Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Arcangelo worked four furlongs Wednesday in an official time of 47.60 seconds. Clocker Gary Young clocked the move in 47.40 seconds with a five-furlong gallop out in 1:01 flat.

Among those scheduled to work Friday is Classic contender White Abarrio, whose work slated for Monday was postponed. White Abarrio most recently won the GI Whitney Aug. 5 at Saratoga for trainer Richard Dutrow.

The 40th Breeders’ Cup is set for Nov. 3-4 at Santa Anita. The post-position draw for all 14 races will be held this Monday starting at 4:45 Pacific at the nearby Pasadena Civic Center. It will be televised on FanDuel TV and streamed on

41 Horses From Santa Anita Pre-Entered in Breeders’ Cup

Southern California racing will be well-represented in the 40th edition of the Breeders’ Cup, which will be held at Santa Anita for a record 11th time on Nov. 3-4.

Of 205 horses from all around the globe pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup this week, 41 hail from Santa Anita. Among the Santa Anita-based horses to be pre-entered was GII Pat O’Brien winner Anarchist in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 4, but he will not compete. Trainer Doug O’Neill Thursday said Anarchist emerged from his work last Saturday with “a small knee chip.” The 4-year-old Distorted Humor colt is slated for surgery on Saturday.

Some of the horses pre-entered did not make the main body of the field but are eligible to run in the event of any withdrawals. A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races except for the Juvenile Turf Sprint, Turf Sprint and Dirt Mile, which are limited to 12 starters. 

Below is a list of Santa Anita-based horses that were pre-entered. Some were cross entered in multiple races, but this list is based off first preference:

Friday. Nov. 3 (all times Pacific)

$1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint (2 p.m.) In: SLIDER, John Sadler; Need help: DARK VINTAGE, Peter Eurton; APRIL VINTAGE, Peter Miller.

$2 million Juvenile Fillies (2:40 p.m.) In: TAMARA, Richard Mandella; CHATALAS, Mark Glatt; ESPRIT ENCHANTE, Peter Miller.

$1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (3:20 p.m.) In: DREAMFYRE, O.J. Jauregui; FLATTERY, Peter Eurton. Needs help: WHERE’S MY RING, Val Brinkerhoff.

$2 million Juvenile (4:00 p.m.) In: PRINCE OF MONACO, Bob Baffert; MUTH, Bob Baffert; WINE ME UP, Bob Baffert.

$1 million Juvenile Turf (4:40 p.m.) In: ENDLESSLY, Michael McCarthy; STAY HOT, Peter Eurton,

Saturday, Nov. 4

$1 million Dirt Mile (11:30 a.m.) In: PRACTICAL MOVE, Tim Yakteen; NATIONAL TREASURE, Bob Baffert.

$2 million Filly & Mare Turf (12:10 p.m.) In: CLOSING REMARKS, Carla Gaines.

$1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (12:50 p.m.) In: KIRSTENBOSCH, John Sadler; CLEARLY UNHINGED, Michael McCarthy; EDA, Bob Baffert; ELM DRIVE, Phil D’Amato.

$2 million Mile (1:30 p.m.) In: DU JOUR, Bob Baffert; EXAULTED, Peter Eurton. Need help: MASTEROFFOXHOUNDS, Phil D’Amato; ASTRONOMER, Simon Callaghan.

$2 million Distaff (2:10 p.m.) In: ADARE MANOR, Bob Baffert, DESERT DAWN, Phil D’Amato.

$4 million Turf (2:50 p.m.) In: BALLADEER, George Papaprodromou; GOLD PHOENIX, Phil D’Amato.

$6 million Classic (3:40 p.m.) In: ARABIAN KNIGHT, Bob Baffert; GEAUX ROCKET RIDE, Richard Mandella; MISSED THE CUT, John Sadler.

$1 million Turf Sprint (4:25 p.m.) In: MOTORIOUS, Phil D’Amato; TONY ANN, Phil D’Amato; Need help: BEER CAN MAN, Phil D’Amato; LANE WAY, Richard Mandella; HAMWOOD FLIER, Phil D’Amato.

$2 million Sprint (5:00 p.m.) In: DR. SCHIVEL, Mark Glatt; SPEED BOAT BEACH, Bob Baffert; THE CHOSEN VRON, Eric Kruljac; AMERICAN THEOREM, George Papaprodromou.

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