Lady Eli breezes in company with Sea Calisi
Edited press release
Lady Eli, the undefeated dark bay filly for trainer Chad Brown, breezed on Monday morning in company with Sea Calisi on Saratoga's training track. The 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) champion clocked five furlongs in 1:01.50 on the Oklahoma turf classified as "good."
The work was part of Lady Eli's road to her 2016 debut as she is pointing towards the $400,000 Ballston Spa (G2) on August 27.
The Sheep Pond Partners' 4-year-old, who is 6-for-6 in her career, has totaled nearly $1.5 million in earnings. Lady Eli has been sidelined following her victory in the 2015 Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1).
"I was very pleased with the work," Brown said. "The two riders executed it perfectly."
Sea Calisi recorded the exact time in preparation for the August 13 Beverly D (G1) on Million Day at Arlington.
Beach Patrol was originally a possibility for the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) on Friday, but Brown said the 3-year-old Lemon Drop Kid colt will go instead to the Secretariat (G1) on Arlington Million Day. He covered five-eighths on the good turf in 1:02.22 Monday, the same time as Million-bound Grade 1 winner Wake Forest.
Lewis Bay, who came in second in the Mother Goose (G1) on July 2 at Belmont, worked four furlongs in :48.00 on Friday in preparation for the $500,000 Test (G1) on August 6.
Lewis Bay, a 3-year-old bay filly, will go in the seven-furlong Test after a third-place showing in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) over 1 1/8 miles and the 1 1/16-mile Mother Goose.
"Earlier on in the year, I wouldn't have thought I'd be headed to the Test," Brown said. "But based on the last couple of races the way she's run, she looks like a horse to me that's asking for a cutback. I'm going to give her this opportunity and see what happens."
Lady Eli photo courtesy NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Susie Raisher