White Abarrio, Geaux Rocket Ride Lead Monday Workers
Two contenders for the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic worked Monday but, due to foggy conditions at Santa Anita, only one received an official time.
With trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. in from New York to observe, White Abarrio (Race Day) worked five furlongs in 1:00.20. About an hour later, Geaux Rocket Ride (Candy Ride Arg) went to the track to work with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith up. Due to the fog, Equibase clockers were unable to determine a final time and distance.
Geaux Rocket Ride’s trainer, Richard Mandella, said the Candy Ride colt worked six furlongs.
“We’d liked to have seen it,” the Hall of Famer said. “I saw him come through the finish line, that was it. He worked six furlongs. Mike rode him and said he went well. We’ll go with that.”
The official Santa Anita Park Workout Tab for Monday notes “dense fog from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.”
White Abarrio’s work was his third since arriving at Santa Anita from New York. Jockey Emily Ellingwood was in the irons.
“He did his business,” said Chip Dutrow, Rick Dutrow’s brother and assistant. “He does everything so easy. Just a very smart, classy horse. We thought he nailed it and Emily was happy. It looked like he got just enough out of the breeze.”
Also working Monday towards a potential start in the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint was Speed Boat Beach (Bayern) for trainer Bob Baffert. He went three furlongs in 36.40 seconds.