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TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile Pre-Entrant Maxfield Works Half-Mile in :47.80

October 25, 2019

Godolphin’s homebred undefeated Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Maxfield impressed his connections Friday morning when he breezed a half-mile on a fast dirt track in :47.80. Pre-entered in the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on Nov. 1, the Street Sense colt is scheduled to leave Saturday for Santa Anita.

Maxfield, ridden by exercise rider Paul Madden, worked in company with Corkman at 7:30 a.m. Keeneland clockers caught Maxfield in fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :36.40, :47.80 and out 5 furlongs in :59. (Click here for a video of the work.)

“That was great,” trainer Brendan Walsh said. “He picked up really well, which is what we wanted. We wanted him to finish up the last quarter nice and sharp. He did. He came back and looks like he was just out galloping. He’s fit, and he’s ready to go. Everything’s gone according to plan, so hopefully we’ll get out there in good shape and have a good week, and I’m sure he’ll be ready to go next Friday.”

Walsh said he gave Maxfield a workmate because, ‘I wanted to have him go by something, pump him with as much confidence as we can.”

Now the next target is Southern California.

“He should travel good. He’s a very laid-back horse,” Walsh said. “We’ll probably just give him a little jog on Sunday morning or shedrow him. Then we’ll gallop him for the rest of the week. We’ll keep him happy and just get him there nice and fresh on Friday and hope for the best.”

Walsh has a second Breeders’ Cup pre-entrant, Qatar Racing Limited, Marc Detampel and Bottle Rocket Stable’s Vitalogy (GB)(Juvenile Turf-G1). The 2-year-old colt by No Nay Never was second in the Oct. 6 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at Keeneland.

On Friday, Vitalogy breezed a half-mile on the turf course labeled firm in :51.20. (Click here for a video of the work.)