On a blustery Monday morning beneath the historic Twin Spires, Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) hopeful Yoshida (JPN) worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 in preparation for the 1 ¼-mile race on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.

Yoshida, the two-length winner of the Woodward Stakes (GI) on Sept. 1 at Saratoga, began his work at the five-furlong pole in company with 2017 Kentucky Downs maiden special weight winner Morocco through eighth-mile splits of :13.20, :25.60, :37 and :49 prior to galloping out six furlongs in 1:14 and seven furlongs in 1:28, according to Churchill Downs’ clocker John Nichols. Morocco completed his breeze after a half-mile in :50.

“He’s just doing great,” Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said. “We’ve been really happy with him since we got to Churchill last Thursday. Even though he’s a Grade I winner on the grass (in the May 5 Old Forester Turf Classic), we thought the Classic is the best route.”

Yoshida has won five starts in his 11-race career with purse earnings of $1,289,770 for owners WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International, SF Racing and Head of Plains Partners.

“We’re just very fortunate to be in the spot we are,” WinStar Farm’s President and Racing Manager Elliott Walden said. “It was a great work this morning. We were all so thrilled on Derby Day to get his first Grade I win in the Old Forester and then return over the summer to win the Woodward on the dirt was very special as well.”

Mott has won the Breeders’ Cup Classic twice before with Cigar (1995) and WinStar Farm’s Drosselmeyer (2011).

“I think going into this year’s Classic Yoshida has a better chance than Drosselmeyer did,” Walden said.

In the barn adjacent to Mott on the Churchill Downs backstretch is fellow Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Mind Your Biscuits, who was pre-entered to run in the Classic as his first option but could also pre-enter in either the Dirt Mile or the Sprint as a second option, according to trainer Chad Summers.

Pre-entries for all 14 Breeders’ Cup races were due at noon (all times Eastern) Monday. The pre-entry announcement will take place on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

The stream of the pre-entry announcement, which will be hosted by Caton Bredar and Churchill Downs’ Joe Kristufek will be available on the Breeders’ Cup website, Official Mobile App and Facebook page.

The Official Breeders’ Cup mobile app can be downloaded via the links below:

iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/breeders-cup-mobile/id1297424320?ls=1&mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yinzcam.venues.breederscup

Locally, the event will take place in The Parlay’s Media Briefing Room at Churchill Downs and media are welcome to attend. Breeders’ Cup Limited President and CEO Craig Fravel and Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery will be on hand to answer media questions following the Pre-Entry announcement.

Other Breeders’ Cup hopefuls on the Churchill Downs work tab Monday included Longines Distaff (GI) contender Midnight Bisou, who worked five furlongs in 1:00 outside of two-time winning 3-year-old colt Principe Guilherme, and Sprint candidate Switzerland, who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60.

Training hours at Churchill Downs will remain 5:30-10 a.m. daily until Saturday when the track will open at 5:15 a.m. There will be turf training available Tuesday from 9:45-10 a.m. and daily beginning Sunday, Oct. 28. For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2PeXuHY.

ARRIVALS/BARN LIST – All Breeders’ Cup contenders must be on the grounds 72 hours prior to their race. Many of the contenders will begin arriving between 7-10 days from the event, according to Churchill Downs director of the stable area Steve Hargrave. Stay tuned for updates regarding arrivals following the pre-entry announcement on Wednesday.

Below are the current Breeders’ Cup contenders that are currently stabled at Churchill Downs:

Trainer

Horse

Race

Barn

Last Work

Tom Amoss

Lone Sailor

Classic/Dirt Mile

29

Oct. 17; 4F :49.60

Tom Amoss

Serengeti Empress

Juvenile Fillies

29

Oct. 18; 5F 1:00

Steve Asmussen

Chanteline

Turf Sprint

38

Oct. 3; 5F 1:02.20

Steve Asmussen

Mia Mischief

Filly and Mare Sprint

38

Oct. 20; 5F 1:00.80

Steve Asmussen

Midnight Bisou

Distaff

38

Oct. 22; 5F 1:00

Steve Asmussen

Switzerland

Sprint

38

Oct. 22; 5F 1:00.60

Steve Asmussen

Tight Ten

Juvenile

38

Oct. 21; 5F :59.60

Juan Avila

Trophy Chaser

Juvenile

34

Oct. 21; 5F 1:01.40

Bret Calhoun

Finley'sluckycharm

Filly and Mare Sprint

23

Oct. 18; 5F 1:00.20

Mark Casse

Wonder Gadot

Distaff

36

Oct. 19; 5F 1:00

Brad Cox

Arklow

Turf

22

Oct. 12; 4F :49.80

Brad Cox

Golden Mischief

Filly and Mare Sprint

22

Oct. 20; 4F :50.60

Brad Cox

Monomoy Girl

Distaff

22

Oct. 20; 5F 1:00.20

Brad Cox

Will Call

Turf Sprint

22

Oct. 20; 4F :49.80

Keith Desormeaux

Reflect

Juvenile Fillies

25

Oct. 20, 4F :48.40

Tim Glyshaw

Bucchero

Turf Sprint

3

Oct. 20; 4F :48.60

D. Wayne Lukas

Bravazo

Classic

44

Oct. 17; 5F 1:00

D. Wayne Lukas

Warrior's Club

Sprint

44

Oct. 16; 4F :48.60

Ron Moquett

Whitmore

Sprint/Dirt Mile

10

Oct. 19; 4F :47

Bill Mott

Channel Maker

Turf

19

Oct. 21; 4F :49.20

Bill Mott

Yoshida (JPN)

Classic

19

Oct. 22; 5F 1:00.80

Dale Romans

Promises Fulfilled

Sprint/Dirt Mile

4

Oct. 20; 4F :48.60

Dale Romans

Seven Trumpets

Dirt Mile

4

Oct. 20; 5F 1:00.20

Dallas Stewart

Seeking the Soul

Classic

37

Oct. 19; 5F 1:01

Chad Summers

Mind Your Biscuits

Classic/Dirt Mile/Sprint

18

Oct. 19; 6F 1:15

Saeed bin Suroor

Thunder Snow

Classic

17

Oct. 19; one mile 1:42.20

Jonathan Thomas

Catholic Boy

Classic

41

Oct. 14; 4F 1:01.20

Ian Wilkes

Quarteto de Cordas (BRZ)

Turf

26

N/A

DOWN THE STRETCHImperial Hint, one of the likely favorites for the TwinSpires Sprint (GI), left Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., around 6:30 a.m. Monday and is expected to arrive in Louisville around 6 p.m., according to trainer Luis Carvajal Jr.

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