On October 24, Moreno – Ghostzapper’s son and a favorite with many fans and sports software services – was able to run six furlongs in 1:12 3/5A as he gets ready for the Breeders’ Cup Classic to get underway at Santa Anita Park on November 1.
At Santa Anita, jockey Tyler Baze was on the saddle. Moreno, who was working alongside 3-year-old Dynaformer filly, ran the third fastest of 19 drills at the track’s distance, which is pretty impressive.
Eric Guillot, his trainer, said that he saw the horse gallop out six furlongs in 1 minute and 26 seconds.
“They cut the track up a few days ago because it had gotten too hard, which makes the work even better,” said Guillot. “I had the filly press him, but she could only keep up for three-eighths. [Baze] said as soon as the filly got to his flank he popped his head up like he always does and started gradually inching away. By the time he reached the wire he was 20 lengths in front of her. It was like breakin’ sticks.”
Sports software services learned that in the Classic, Moreno – 4-years-old – is set to compete for the lead along with Bayern, who is also pretty quick.
This season, Moreno, besides the Whitney, had a second place finish in the Woodward Stakes as well as the Suburban Handicap, and in the Charles Town Classic he had third place. Many experts believe that this time around he should have no problems making it very far once again.
Last year, the horse was competing in the Classic, but after he pressed on the early pace and was tired, he had a 10th placed finish. In 22 starts, the bay gelding has a record of 3-7-3 in his lifetime, with $1,834,940 earnings.
Another pre-entrant to the Breeders’ Cup working at Santa Anita on Friday was Goldencents, defending winner of the Dirt Mile, who in :59 2/5 seconds was able to negotiate five furlongs with champion jockey Rafael Bajarano on the saddle, and Leandro Mora as the trainer.
Big Bane Theory, while getting ready for the BC Mile, was working with Joe Talamo the same distance in :59 3/5 seconds for trainer Carla Gaines, and many fans can’t wait to see how their pick will perform.
Conquest Eclipse, who is set to go to the BC Juvenile Fillies, was able to go four furlongs in :49 1/5 seconds for trainer Mark Casse, and his fans would like to see him shine for the upcoming competition.