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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