VIRGINIA-BREDS GET IN LAST WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

Malibu Prayer

Virginia-bred Quality Road worked four furlongs on Sunday at Churchill Downs covering the distance in 48.60 in his final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Edward P. Evans’ homebred faces a tough field that is likely to include Blame, Lookin’ at Lucky, Virginia Derby winner Paddy O’Prado and undefeated Zenyatta to name just a few.

“I thought he worked as well as he has ever worked this morning,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “That’s kind of what we’re accustomed to seeing, a really, really good breeze, well in hand, without being prompted at any point. He gives me every indication that he’ll run a big race.”

Evans’ Virginia-bred Malibu Prayer, who won the Chilukki Gr.II at Churchill last November and the Ruffian Gr.I this year, worked a half-mile in :49. Malibu Prayer covered her first quarter in :25 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.

“I thought Malibu Prayer was typical of herself, as she’s generally a very genuine work horse,” said Pletcher. “I had her going :48 and change with a last quarter in :23 and change. She had a good finish with a good gallop out and we’re very pleased with the way she was getting over the ground.”

Virginia-bred Winchester who is pointed for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf worked five furlongs in 1:03.8 on October 24th at Belmont Park.