BRUCEONTHELOOSE, who looks set for a third Horse of Year title when the 'delayed' Jetsam Awards ceremony is held at Santa Rosa Park on August 11, toyed with stablemate Odin on Sunday morning over 1,000 metres when the track was reconditioned.
Odin was no match for the grey, who was settled behind him and never came out of cruise control with Nobel Abrego being a passenger. The final 800 metres was recorded in an effortless 49.81, a good sign ahead of his clash with stablemate Ignition Coil in the 1,900-metre President's Cup on July 21.
Trainer Terrence Thomas' importation Golden Dixieland--who could also be in the President's Cup line-up--fired a good 49.59 over 800 metres, but was not as easy as 'Bruce'.
Ignition Coil from the John O'Brien barn on the other hand, turned in a bullet 48.06 over 800 metres and did not look as though he was travelling that fast. Creole Skyline Pigeon, who is pointed for the 1,800-metre Top Of The Class event, also breezed over 1,000 metres with apprentice Kiran Razack in 1:01.12. However, the club's clockers only caught the gelding from the 800-metre pole.
Meanwhile, trainer Harold Chadee, who holds a very strong hand in the upcoming juvenile contest on August 1, breezed most of his babes. Jamaica-bred Zun Zum was better this time around with Perfect Circle and they covered their half-mile spin in a good 52.78. Sstablemate Run Ron who was also in the workout, but was several lengths adrift and clocked a slower 53.95. Chadee also sharpened Ex-Dare To Dream and Ex-Kissable and they turned in a good 52.40 over the 800-metre trip.
Trainer Glenn Mendez, who could be Chadee's nightmare, allowed juveniles Ex-Dixie Glitter and Ex-Local Charmer to coast in an easy 40.28, with the former looking very good. And a three-year-old maiden to keep in mind is Asia. This filly is improving and will take some beating when sent out. Yesterday, Boogie Blues who is now trained by Glenn Mendez paced over 1,000 metres with Direct Injection and he is on course for the President's Cup
Here are Sunday's recorded workouts:
400 metres--Signal Alert 28.12 pacing;Prado's Princess 27.00 handily; Who's The Problem 24.78 good; Mobthewarrior 28.97 pacing; Buss The Mark and Big Law from gates 25.06; Star Diamond 25.52 handily; Ex-Castanza and Ex-Hollywood Heir 28.55 pacing; El Bandido De Oro 24.46 good; Private Marshall and Traditional Song 28.56 pacing; Big Mass from gates 24.14.
600 metres--Insidious 36.38 good; Van Percy and Sugar Plum 39.35 handily; Prince Shival 43.00 pacing; Ex-Sweet Vision and I Wish I Might 41.15 handily; Free Passage41.56 handily; Super Sonic and Trini Causeway 36.76 good; On Reflection 44.24 pacing; Unquestionable 36.73 good; Ex-Bella Diablo and Ex-Nobodywantsme 44.90 pacing; Esquire and Fleet Admiral 36.14 good; Ace of Spades 38.66 handily; Strategic Silence 38.82 handily; Ex-New Millennium 42.84 pacing; Treasure Girl 44.96 pacing; Ex-Brickley Bear 40.89 handily; Ialand Star and Pegasus Princess 37.39 handily; Little Deputy 40.23 handily; Ex-Dixie Glitter and Ex: Local Charmer 40.28 handily; Captain America 40.26 handily.
800 metres--Ignition Coil 48.06 good; Night Life, Princess Jo Ann and Settled 53.41 handily; Ex-Dare To Dream and Ex-Kissable 52.40 handily; Skyline Pigeon 48.78 good; Winning Ticket 52.10 handily; Secret Circle and ZunZum 52.78 handily; Run Ron 53.95 handily; Loan Shark 52.46 handily; Becquerel and Malibu Heights 51.82 handily; Sparkling Silver and Actin Time 51.78 handily; Diplomatic Cat 58.77 pacing; Sugar Loaf 53.57 handily; Mambo Cat and Quick City 51.75 handily; Director Dream 53.86 handily; Asia and Zahawi 52.65 handily; Raging Thunder 51.82 handily; Golden Dixieland 49.59 good; Bruceontheloose and Odin 49.81 good; The Right Time and Classic Beauty 52.66 handily; Cordell Walker 53.00 handily.
1,000 metres--Naturelly Classy 1:09.30 handily; Candy Man and Onefortheroad 1:02.55 handily; Buffalo Soldier and Burst Of Energy 1:02.03 good; Thisisit and Peppermint 1:13.32 pacing.