On a relatively quiet Tuesday morning on the Churchill Downs backstretch, the Churchill Downs Racing Club’s multiple stakes-winning sprinter Warrior’s Club took a major step towards a start in the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade I) on Nov. 3 with a half-mile breeze in :48.60 – the fastest of 43 horses at the distance.

“He’s quite the horse,” Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said with a smile. “This horse is just so special and has touched so many lives.”

The gutsy Warrior’s Club sports a consistent record of 28-5-6-5—$704,104 including stakes victories in the 2018 Commonwealth (GIII) and 2016 Spendthrift Stallion Stakes.

Inaugurated in 2016, the club gives fans a chance to go behind the scenes in Thoroughbred ownership with exclusive club events for morning training, access to the paddock area for the horse’s races and complimentary admission to Churchill Downs. More than 50 people have joined other ownership groups, according to Churchill Downs Racing Club Manager Gary Palmisano.

Lukas’ other Breeders’ Cup contender, 3-year-old Risen Star (GII) winner Bravazo, could breeze Wednesday and is targeting either the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) or Dirt Mile (GI).

“It was a fun morning today,” Lukas’ longtime assistant Sebastian (Bas) Nicholl said. “We had the Churchill Downs Racing Club set after the (7:30 a.m.) break with the Warrior and She’s Got It All. I thought they both went well. It’s been fun to have them around the barn.”

One of Warrior’s Club’s main competitors for the Sprint is Vosburgh Stakes (GI) winner Imperial Hint, who arrived at Churchill Downs’ Barn 18 on Monday afternoon.

“We’re really happy to be here,” said trainer Luis Carvajal Jr., who is based at Parx Racing and Monmouth Park. “He shipped in well and we’re getting ready to go.”

A 12-time winner from 18 starts, Imperial Hint is affectionately known as the “little rocket ship” by Carvajal due to his smaller stature.

“He may not be the tallest but he’s a very powerful horse,” Carvajal said. “This horse has given me a lot of publicity which can be really important to people in this game.”

Tuesday also marked the first day of turf training at Churchill Downs and trainer Ian Wilkes’ Breeders’ Cup Turf (Grade I) contender Quarteto de Cordas (BRZ), a Group I winner in his native Brazil, was the lone Breeders’ Cup horse to work with a five-furlong move in 1:03.80.

“I got him into the barn in early October and this is the first time he’s been on the turf since I’ve had him,” Wilkes said. “I’m excited to have him and we’ll see what we can do in the Turf.”

Quarteto de Cordas, a 4-year-old son of Rock of Gibraltar (IRE), worked with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard in company with unraced 3-year-old Always Cool through splits of :13.20, :26.40 and :40, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:18.40, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.

“I went back and watched some of his races from Brazil and he was pretty impressive over there,” said Hernandez, who has the call to ride in the Turf. “He’s a multiple-stakes winner over there.”

Pre-entries for all 14 Breeders’ Cup races were taken Monday and the public pre-entry announcement will take place Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. A live stream of the announcement will be hosted by Caton Bredar and Churchill Downs’ Joe Kristufek, and 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.

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

Luis Carvajal Jr.

Imperial Hint

Sprint

18

Oct. 21; 4F :46.20

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

Jeremiah Englehart

Forty Under

Juvenile Turf

43

Oct. 19; 4F :50.60

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. 23; 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

Oct. 23, 5F 1:03.80

DOWN THE STRETCH – Trainer Mike McCarthy’s Breeders’ Cup contingent, which is likely to include Axelrod (Classic) City of Light (Dirt Mile) and Liam the Charmer (Turf), was scheduled to arrive from California on Tuesday at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET. McCarthy’s horses will be stabled in Barn 43, according to Churchill Downs Director of the Stable Area Steve Hargrave. … Trainer Jeremiah Englehart’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI) contender Forty Under, the winner of the Sept. 29 Pilgrim Stakes (GIII) at Belmont Park, arrived at Churchill Downs Monday and is stabled in Barn 43. … In local racing news, trainer Wes Hawley breezed Alysheba (GII) runner-up Hawaakom a half-mile in :49.20. The 8-year-old chestnut could run in the Clark Handicap (GI) on Nov. 23, according to Hawley.

TRAINING SCHEDULE – Tuesday marked the first day of training for any horses that were pre-entered to run in the Breeders’ Cup. Below is the training schedule through Nov. 3.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Oct. 26:

• Dirt Training: 5:30-10 a.m.

• First renovation break: 7-7:30 a.m.

• Second renovation break: 8:30-9 a.m.

• Extended Paddock Schooling: 10-10:45 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27:

• Dirt Training: 5:15-10 a.m.

• First renovation break: 7-7:30 a.m.

• Breeders’ Cup Only: 7:30-7:45 a.m.

• Second renovation break: 8:30-9 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 28 through Thursday, Nov. 1:

• Dirt Training: 5:15-9:30 a.m.

• First renovation break: 7-7:30 a.m.

• Breeders’ Cup Only: 7:30-7:45 a.m.

• Second renovation break: 8:30-9 a.m.

• Turf Training: 9:35-10 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 2:

• Dirt Training: 5:15-9:25 a.m.

• First renovation break: 7-7:30 a.m.

• Breeders’ Cup Only: 7:30-7:45 a.m.

• No renovation second break

• Turf Training: 9:30-9:45 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3:

• Dirt Training: 5:15-7:30 a.m. (no renovation break)

• Breeders’ Cup Only: 5:15-5:30 a.m.

• No Gate Schooling

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