Undefeated Three Rules Sharp in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Tune-up

December 10, 2019

Breezes 5 Furlongs in ‘Bullet’ 57.64 Seconds at Gulfstream Park Workout Video Link: https://youtu.be/OXZG8MgN1JE

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Undefeated Three Rules breezed five furlongs in a sharp 57.64 seconds at Gulfstream Park Friday morning in preparation for a scheduled start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 5.

The fastest of 21 workouts recorded at the five-furlong distance can be viewed at https://youtu.be/OXZG8MgN1JE

Exercise rider Patrick Harris was aboard for the 2-year-old son of Gone Astray’s second timed workout since pulling off a sweep of the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) at Gulfstream Oct. 1. Three Rules worked in steady 20 mile-per-hour East Northeast winds over a fast racetrack that produced several very fast clockings. Temple Fur, a stakes winner on turf last time out, was timed in 57.88 seconds for five furlongs Friday.

“It was a little fast but there was a very strong breeze,” said trainer Jose Pinchin, whose multiple-stakes winning star breezed five furlongs in a ‘bullet’ 1:00.10 a week ago. “Everything has been going good. I couldn’t be happier.”

Three Rules is scheduled to ship to Kentucky Sunday morning before completing his journey on a flight to Southern California Monday.

“My confidence is high, even though I really don’t know my opposition. He has been doing everything I want him to do,” Pinchin said. “The only thing I’m concerned about is the shipping.

He’s got to van to Kentucky, that’s 24 hours in a van, and then fly out there. That’s a disadvantage right there.

Shade Tree Thoroughbred’s homebred has won all five of his races by a combined total of 31 lengths, all at Gulfstream. After winning his June 10 debut by 3 ½ lengths and prevailing by five lengths in the July 2 Birdonthewire Stakes, Three Rules cruised to dominating victories in the $200,000 FSS Dr. Fager, the $300,000 FSS Affirmed and the $500,000 FSS In Reality. He captured the 1 1/16-mile FSS finale by 10 lengths in his first race around two turns.

Cornelio Velasquez, who was aboard for all five victories, recently ventured to Saudi Arabia for a four-month riding stint but is scheduled to return to the U.S. to ride Three Rules in the Juvenile.

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Pinchin has made one previous visit to Santa Anita, where he saddled multiple-stakes winner Saffronista for an off-the-board finish in the 2008 Sunshine Millions Distaff.

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