Tyler’s Tribe Has Introduction to Keeneland Turf Course

October 15, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Tom Lepic and trainer Tim Martin’s undefeated Tyler’s Tribe was introduced to the Keeneland turf course Saturday morning, working 3 furlongs in :39.80 with jockey Kylee Jordan aboard.

“I’d say we stick with the plan,” Martin said after the work.

And the plan is?

“The 5½ on the turf,” Martin said of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1), his choice for Tyler’s Tribe instead of the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Both races are Nov. 4.

“Kylee was comfortable with him out there,” Martin continued. “I was a little concerned when he bobbled a bit, but he was trying to jump the cones (on the course that were set up near the outer rail). Maybe he has a future as a jumper.”

The time of the work did not concern Martin.

“He always works in :38 or :39,” Martin said. “If he gets with another horse, he’ll work a bullet. I know he is a fast horse and I know he can run.”

Tyler’s Tribe, who has won his five starts by a combined 59¾ lengths, will do the majority of his training up to the Breeders’ Cup on the main track with another 3-furlong breeze on the turf scheduled for Oct. 29.

Keeneland Press Release

Photo: Tyler’s Tribe works over the Keeneland turf course (Coady Photography)

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