With the Breeders' Cup World Championships just two weeks away, several top contenders worked out over the weekend.
Reigning juvenile champion Uncle Mo and his stablemate Stay Thirsty were both in action for trainer Todd Pletcher on Sunday morning at Belmont.
Uncle Mo worked 6 furlongs in a bullet 1:13.22 over the dirt training track with Travers Stakes winner Stay Thirsty covering 5 furlongs in 1:01.01. Both Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo are being pointed to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, although Pletcher indicated Uncle Mo could also be cross-entered in the Dirt Mile as a backup.
"We broke him off at (6½ furlongs) just to get him off in a relaxed fashion," Pletcher said of Uncle Mo. "It worked out well. Last week, there was another horse (in front of him) that he had as a target. Today he had a nice open track with no distractions."
Several Pletcher horses, including Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty, are scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday morning.
Stopshoppingmaria, also trained by Pletcher, tuned up for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies or Juvenile Sprint by covering 5 furlongs in 1:01.41 at Belmont.
Meanwhile, at Churchill Downs, Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Flat Out continued his preparations for the 11/4-mile Classic by working 1 mile in 1:43.60 for trainer Scooter Dickey.
Dickey intended for Flat Out just to have a strong gallop but was given credit for the move by Churchill clockers after posting fractions of 13.80, :27, :39.60, :52.20, 1:04.80, 1:18, 1:31.20 and out a mile and an eighth in 1:58.40.