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William K. Warren Jr.’s two-time Grade 1 winner City of Light had a get-acquainted session with jockey
Javier Castellano Sunday morning ahead of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, working a half-mile in :47.60 after the second renovation break.
In posting the third fastest of 113 works at the distance, City of Light produced fractions of :24, :47.60 and out five furlongs in 1:00.80.
“This was my first time on him and I liked him,” said Castellano before flying back to New York with a return to Louisville slated for Thursday.
Trainer Michael McCarthy was happy with the breeze over a fast track.
“I was pleased with him and he ran through his gears,” McCarthy said.
Castellano’s work with McCarthy was not done for the morning as a half-hour later he partnered
Ciaglia Racing and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’
Paved through a five-furlong turf work with Madaket Stables’ Liam the Charmer in 1:05.60 over a turf course rated as good.
With Liam the Charmer (Breeders’ Cup Turf) on the inside under
Aaron Gryder, the duo produced fractions of :13.20, :40.40 and out six furlongs in 1:21.
“Those were maintenance works because she is going to go 1 3/8 miles (in the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf) and he is going a mile and a half,” McCarthy said. “I was very happy
with both of them and they got over the grass fine.”