Former Virginia-bred Horse of the Year, Winchester went to the track Friday morning under Christophe Lorieul, the assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, right after the break and galloped 1 1/4 m to remain on schedule for the Turf on Saturday.
“He has been training great and we are very happy with the way he is coming up to this race,” Clement said. “When you look at the field, this is a very tough race, but it’s the Breeders’ Cup, so that is what you expect.”

From seven starts this year, the five-year-old Winchester has won three, including the Manhattan Handicap and the Joe Hirsch Turf Invitational, and has two seconds and a third.

Clement, who has run 19 starters in Breeders’ Cup races and is looking for his first win.

Winchester is owned and was bred by Diana and Bert Firestone of Newstead Farm in Upperville.

All the while, there are rumors swirling about that Arc d’Triomphe and English Derby winner and likely race favorite Workforce may scratch from the $3 million BC Turf.