Busy Work Day for Top Churchill-Based 2 YOs
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Donegal Racing's 1-2 finishers in Churchill Downs' Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) on Sept. 7, Cleburne and Smart Cover, also were out Sunday morning and each worked a half-mile for trainer Dale Romans.
Unbeaten Iroquois winner Cleburne covered the distance in :47.80, which ranked fourth among 89 training moves at the distance. Cleburne's work included internal fractions of :11.60 and :35 and the son of Dixie Union galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.
Smart Cover, a son of Any Given Saturday who finished a neck behind his stablemate in the Iroquois, covered his four furlongs in :48.60. Churchill Downs clockers recorded his internal fractions at :11:40 and :35.60 with a five-furlong gallop-out of 1:02.
"They're both doing great," Romans said. "There have been no problems (since the Iroquois). They've just been galloping and doing good."
Cleburne earned a guaranteed spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile starting gate with his win in the Iroquois, which is part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge series. Smart Cover is being pointed toward Keeneland's $400,000-added Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) on Polytrack on Oct. 5. The winner of that race also will secure a "Win and You're In" berth in the Juvenile.