Eclipse Award champion female sprinter Musical Romance worked six furlongs in 1:14.20 at Calder Casino & Race Course Thursday morning, 16 days prior to her title defense in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on November 3.
“This morning’s work went very well and she came back great,” trainer Bill Kaplan said of this year’s Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap heroine, last seen winning the Mike Sherman Memorial on October 6. “Everything is still going along as planned. We’ll probably work her again next Thursday.”
With her workout schedule apparently set, Kaplan turned his attention to the upcoming travel plans for Musical Romance, who will leave Calder for the final time next week.
“She’ll van to Louisville late in the day after her work on Thursday,” Kaplan said. “She’ll stay overnight in Kentucky, and then the flight to California is on the 27th. We don’t have anything serious planned for her once she gets out there; we’ll obviously be taking her to the track to jog and we’ll give her a good five-eighths gallop one of the days.”
Kaplan will join Musical Romance in California on Tuesday, October 30th.
“I’m very much looking forward to it,” Kaplan said of his upcoming trip to California for the 41st and final start of Musical Romance’s career, which began on September 19, 2009. “But it is a little bittersweet because it’s been so great having her in the barn. She certainly made my job a lot more fun, and it’s a little difficult thinking about her being gone.”
Musical Romance is scheduled to take part in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale in Lexington on November 5.
SIX SIGN UP FOR SATURDAY STARTER SERIES FINALE
Six fillies and mares are scheduled to break from the gate in the $50,000 final leg of the Tropical Starter Series Filly and Mare Division, with two of the expected participants still eligible to win the series outright, thus rewarding her trainer with a $5,000 bonus, and a third eligible to share in the bounty.
Doble Jak Investment, LLC’s Flying Trip, the second-place finisher in the opening leg before returning to win the second leg by 7 ½ lengths, controls her own starter-series destiny as a top three finish ensures that the Gilberto Zerpa-trained daughter of Trippi, who currently has 11 points in the series, would finish atop the table.
Sharon Marable’s Gob Smacked, currently second in the starter series with eight points for trainer Joe Calascibetta, could still claim the top prize with a victory and a fifth or sixth-place performance from Flying Trip, while Pinnacle Racing Stables’ Cool Vixen can claim a part of the top prize for Bill Kaplan with a win, a sixth-place finish from Flying Trip, and a third-place finish or worse from Gob Smacked.
The Tropical Starter Series Filly and Mare Division final will be run at the distance of one mile on the main track and will go as the eighth race on a 12-race Saturday card at Calder.
First race post time is 12:30 p.m.