Finest City, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Nov. 5 and favored to win an Eclipse Award as outstanding female sprinter of 2016, worked five furlongs on a “fast” training track Sunday morning in a bullet 1:00.20 for her 2017 debut in next Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs.
“We had to play it by ear dealing with the weather that altered training schedules, but we managed to dance through the raindrops and she’s doing fine,” trainer Ian Kruljac said of the five-year-old chestnut daughter of City Zip owned by Zeltzer Thoroughbreds and bred in Pennsylvania by HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC.
“We’re ready to run and we’re ready to go,” said the 26-year-old Ian, son of trainer Eric Kruljac, who called the move under exercise rider Pedro Zavaletta “a beautiful work.”
Added Ian: “She’s fine; she’s fit.”
Probable for the Santa Monica: Bad Ju Ju, no rider; Cuddle Alert, no rider; Dr. Fager’s Gal, no rider; Fantastic Style, Rafael Bejarano; and Finest City, Mike Smith.
Dr. Fager’s Gal worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:01.80 for Jerry Hollendorfer and Fantastic Style went the same distance in 1:00.60 for Doug O’Neill, both on the main track.
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