Top Longines Distaff (Grade I) contender Monomoy Girl and Promises Fulfilled, one of the likely leaders in the TwinSpires Sprint (GI) or Dirt Mile (GI), headed a busy Saturday morning work tab at Churchill Downs as contenders continue their preparations for the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables’ Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Monomoy Girl breezed a swift five furlongs in 1:00.20 with regular rider Florent Geroux aboard on the outside of stablemate Dazzling Gem (five furlongs, 1:01.40). She rattled off eighth-mile splits of :12.80, :24.60, :36.40 and :48.60 before finishing her breeze by galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.40, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.

“It was a fantastic breeze,” trainer Brad Cox said. “We got a little bit of rain overnight so the track was a little slow but she worked fantastic over it. She started a few lengths behind the work mate and finished up strong in front of him and galloped out well. We’ll probably come back next week to work a half-mile prior to the Distaff.”

Monomoy Girl, one of the likely favorites for the Distaff, was most recently placed second in a controversial running of the $1 million Cotillion (GI) at Parx after the stewards deemed she caused interference with Midnight Bisou in the stretch.

The 3-year-old daughter of Tapizar sports a stout 10-8-2-0—$1,854,750 record, including three victories at the historic Louisville oval.

Following the track’s second renovation break at 9 a.m. (all times Eastern), trainer Dale Romans breezed the speedy Promises Fulfilled a half-mile in :48 with opening splits of :11.60 and :35.60 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:00.60, according to Nichols.

“It was a great work after his last start (in the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland),” Romans said. “We’re going to pre-enter both the Sprint and Dirt Mile but I’d lean to run him in the Sprint. We still have a shot to be Sprint Champion with this horse and, even if we won the Dirt Mile, we may not be champion.”

Owner Bob Baron flew to Louisville from his home in upstate New York with his wife of 44 years, Debbie, to watch the breeze alongside Romans.

“This horse has special meaning to my family and me,” Baron said. “I named this horse after my wife and the many promises over the years that we kept to each other and our children. And, also, a promise I kept with Dale over the years that we’re going to get a good horse one day.”

Promises Fulfilled was not originally nominated to the Breeders’ Cup but Baron stated he will pay a supplemental fee to be eligible for the race.

Following Promises Fulfilled’s breeze, Romans worked Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile contender Seven Trumpets five furlongs in 1:00.20.

Also on the Churchill Downs work tab Saturday was Ironhorse Racing Stable’s Woodford Stakes (GIII) winner Bucchero, who worked a half-mile in :48.60 under jockey Fernando De La Cruz through splits of :12.20, :24.40 and :36.60 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:02, according to Nichols.

“I was very pleased with how he worked this morning,” trainer Tim Glyshaw said. “It’ll be exciting running him out of his own backyard on Breeders’ Cup Day. We may gallop him over the turf once or twice when it opens Breeders’ Cup week but he trains well over the dirt so it doesn’t really have too much of an impact one way or another.”

Glyshaw, a former school teacher from Indiana, will be celebrating his 50th birthday on Breeders’ Cup Saturday.

Bucchero, the richest Indiana-bred in history with 11 victories and $937,936 in purse earnings, will be retired and stand stud at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Florida in 2019.

Earlier in the morning, Cox breezed Thoroughbred Club of America (GII) winner Golden Mischief a half-mile in :50.60 and Woodford (GIII) runner-up Will Call four furlongs in :49.80.

“It was just easy works for them since they just ran,” Cox said. “Golden Mischief is still targeting the Filly and Mare Sprint and Will Call could be pretty tough in the Turf Sprint (GI). I didn’t want to do too much with them this morning so they went easy but looked good doing so.”

Also on the Saturday work tab was Prioress Stakes (GII) runner-up Mia Mischief, who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.

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BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC CONTENDER CATHOLIC BOY SCHEDULED TO WORK SUNDAYRobert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Travers Stakes (Grade I) winner Catholic Boy is scheduled to breeze at 5:30 a.m. ET Sunday with jockey Javier Castellano aboard for a start in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI), according to trainer Jonathan Thomas.

“We’ll breeze him early Sunday to try and get the best track condition,” said Thomas, who arrived at Churchill Downs Thursday. “Javier also has to ride that afternoon at Belmont so he’ll have to make a flight right after the breeze. We’ll probably go during the Breeders’ Cup training window (7:30-7:45 a.m. beginning Saturday, Oct. 27) for his work next week.”

The 3-year-old colt by More Than Ready has won three-consecutive graded stakes races on both the turf and dirt: June 2 Pennine Ridge Stakes (GIII) at 1 1/8 miles on turf; July 7 Belmont Derby (GI) at 1 ¼ miles on turf and Aug. 25 Travers at 1 ¼ miles on dirt.

The six-time winner was fourth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI) at Del Mar.

BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRY ANNOUNCEMENT ON WEDNESDAY – Pre-entered fields for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be announced via a live stream on the Breeders’ Cup website, Official Mobile App and Facebook page on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade Is) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held for a record-tying ninth time at Churchill Downs on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. The live stream will be hosted by Caton Bredar and Churchill Downs’ Joe Kristufek.

Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entry is the first stage of a two-stage entry payment process for all owners intending to start a horse in a Breeders’ Cup World Championships race. The first payment is due by 12 p.m. ET on Monday. The second payment is due on Monday, Oct. 29 when entries are taken for all 14 Breeders’ Cup races, and post positions will be drawn later that day.

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.

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. 16; 5F 1:01.20

Steve Asmussen

Switzerland

Sprint

38

Oct. 16; 5F 1:02.20

Steve Asmussen

Tight Ten

Juvenile

38

Oct. 14; 5F 1:01.40

Juan Avila

Trophy Chaser

Juvenile

34

Sept. 28; 5F :59.40

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

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

Torrent

Filly and Mare Sprint

10

Oct. 1; 4F :47.80

Ron Moquett

Whitmore

Sprint/Dirt Mile

10

Oct. 19; 4F :47

Bill Mott

Channel Maker

Turf

19

Oct. 13; 4F :48.80

Bill Mott

Yoshida

Classic

19

Oct. 15; 5F 1:02.40

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

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