Members of trainer Todd Pletcher’s Breeders’ Cup contingent arrived at Churchill Downs Monday morning.
Both 3-year-old colts worked at Belmont Sunday and are expected to have one work over the Churchill Downs surface before the Classic.
Pletcher said Stopshoppingmaria’s work on Sunday was good, but he described the gallop out as “lackluster.” He said a decision won’t be made on the filly’s target race until she breezes at Churchill.
Finale, who was full of energy coming off the van, has won three straight races since switching from dirt to turf, including the Continental Mile Stakes and the Summer Stakes.
“He ships on Halloween, so I’ve got to put a mask on him,” Bond said. “Maybe I’ll dress him as a gray horse.”