Breeders’ Cup odds and ends

* Trainer Todd Pletcher has pre-entered 12 horses for the World Championships, scheduled Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meet. Among the entries is Florida Derby winner Quality Road, scheduled to run in the $5 million Classic against the likes of Colonel John, Gio Ponti, Summer Bird, Mine That Bird, Richard’s Kid and perhaps the unbeaten mare Zenyatta.

* Trainer John Gosden, a former Southern California fixture who saddled two Breeders’ Cup winners in 2008, including Raven’s Pass in the Classic, has a 2-year-old filly who could give him his third victory in two years. Rainbow Quest, Europe’s 2008 champion 2-year-old filly, jogged over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface on Saturday and is being pointed toward the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf at 1 1/4 miles on Nov. 6.

* Former jockey Joe Steiner, who works horses regularly for trainer Bob Baffert, is extremely high on Baffert’s latest 2-year-old talent, Lookin at Lucky, who is the favorite for the $2 million Juvenile on Nov. 7. Steiner was aboard the Unbridled’s Song colt when he worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.80 last Wednesday at Santa Anita. “He went real easy,” Steiner said of the colt who is 4-0. “I let him just kind of stretch his legs. That’s all he did. He’s doing things in a good way all the time. He’s really got a terrific attitude.” Lookin at Lucky worked again this morning, going six furlongs in 1:12.40. Baffert says Lookin at Lucky is the best 2-year-old he’s had in at least the past five years.

* Five other Breeders’ Cup hopefuls — Always a Princess (Juvenile Fillies), Zensational (Sprint), Careless Jewel (Ladies’ Classic), Colonel John (Classic) and Richard’s Kid (Classic) also worked this morning. Always a Princess went five furlongs in 1:01.20, the speedy Zensational traveled four furlongs in 46.40, Careless Jewel went six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.20 for trainer Josie Carroll, Colonel John breezed five furlongs in 1:02.40, and Richard’s Kid drilled six furlongs in 1:12.80.

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