Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Swiss Skydiver and Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Authentic returned to the work tab for the first time since their exciting stretch duel Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course.
Swiss Skydiver went four furlongs in :49 at Churchill Downs Oct. 17 under jockey Robby Albarado, who was pleased with the way Peter Callahan's Daredevil filly felt in her first serious exercise for trainer Kenny McPeek since the Preakness. Her work ranked 23rd of 82 at the distance.
"She was tough this morning," Abarado said. "She pulled in a good way. It's pretty cool, she not only thrilled us but she thrilled the whole country at a time when I think horse racing kind of needed it, an exciting race. … She came back like it was nothing for her. She's trained well since then, and this morning was a superb work. … She's in really good order."
Swiss Skydiver's connections have not yet made a decision between running her next in the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) where she would tangle with the likes of Monomoy Girl and Shedaresthedevil—she ran second against the latter in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1)—or in the Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) for what would be a third career run against the boys. Both races will be run Nov. 7 at Keeneland.
Across the country in California, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert got Authentic back in action with a five-furlong move in :59 4/5 under exercise rider Juan Ochoa at Santa Anita Park. The work was the 11th-fastest of 62 at the distance and begins the son of Into Mischief 's preparations for a Breeders' Cup Classic bid for Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables, and Starlight Racing.
"He went nice," Baffert said. "He was well within himself and galloped out nice. It was a good work, nothing major for him. He's holding his conditioning well, and he came out of the Preakness really well. He hung around Pimlico for three days before he came back to California, and when he got off the plane he was full of himself."
Baffert also sent multiple grade 1 winner Improbable through a six-furlong bullet in 1:12 2/5, the fastest of four at the distance. The son of City Zip is preparing for a Breeders' Cup Classic start for WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing.
"I did a little bit more with him; he looked fantastic," said Baffert, who added he plans to work multiple grade 1 winner Maximum Security, the Breeders' Cup Classic contender owned by Gary and Mary West and Coolmore connections, Oct. 18 at Santa Anita.