Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza worked champion Stellar Wind six furlongs at 6:30this morning in 1:13.60 for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 3, the penultimate breeze at Santa Anita for the daughter of Curlin before her move south for the Big Dance.
Trainer John Sadler worked Stellar Wind in company with That’s a Lady, who was timed in 1:14.20.
“It was a good work for her,” Espinoza said of the Distaff favorite. “The track was a little slow so the time was good. She’s getting ready. She’s going in the right direction right now and she’s doing good.”
Also working for the Breeders’ Cup were Pacific Classic winner Collected for Bob Baffert (six furlongs in 1:14 for the Classic) and Accelerate for Sadler (six furlongs in 1:14 flat for the Dirt Mile).
Sadler expects to give Stellar Wind one more breeze at Santa Anita before shipping to Del Mar, while Richard Mandella has a similar agenda in mind for Paradise Woods (Distaff) and Avenge (Filly & Mare Turf).
“They’ll have one more work here and maybe one small one at Del Mar,” Mandella said.