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Oct 21, 2011

Sprinters work for Breeders' Cup


Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - A pair of highly regarded sprinters took to Churchill Down's main track Wednesday morning in preparation for the 28th Breeders' Cup on November 5. Chamberlain Bridge and Giant Ryan each had workouts on a track listed as 'wet fast.'

Chamberlain Bridge, defending champion of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, worked five-furlongs with jockey Jamie Theriot in the saddle. The seven-year- old gelding covered the distance in 59 seconds and galloped out six-furlongs in 1:13 4/5.

"You can't do any better than that," Theriot said. "I think he has a big, big chance. The (prospective) field doesn't look as a deep as last year. There were some tough horses in there last year."

Trained by Bret Calhoun for Carl Moore Management, Chamberlain Bridge won last year's Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs by 1 1/2-lengths over Central City as the 6-1 third choice. For 2011 he has just one win in five starts, taking the Rail Splitter at Sam Houston to begin his season.

Giant Ryan, trained by Shivananda Parbhoo, went 39 1/5 seconds for three- furlongs and galloped out a half-mile in 53 3/5 seconds with exercise rider Sabastian Garcia ahead of the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

"I just wanted him to get used to the track and I told the rider to really slow him down and not go too fast," Parbhoo said. "The next work next week is more important. He'll go a half-mile and gallop out a strong five-eighths."

The five-year-old Giant Ryan is on a six-race win streak including the Ponche and Smile Sprint Handicaps and most recently the Vosburgh Stakes. This year he has won six of eight starts for $559,490.

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