Friday, Jan. 4 Work Tab: Binoculars Focused On Chicago Style, True Timber

(Chicago Style runs Saturday at Santa Anita in the G2 San Gabriel Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country.  We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers.  Some of the horses we will be tracking, you will know.  Some of them, you may not know — as of yet.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Chicago Style, a 6YO gelded son of Kitten’s Joy and trained by Tom Proctor, is entered for the G2 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita for tomorrow — Saturday. He blew out for the race on Thursday at “The Great Race Place,” going 3 furlongs in :38 flat. This one won the G2 Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar on Nov. 23 in his last start and is one of the horses to beat on Saturday. But this one has run much better in San Diego than in Arcadia in the past.
  2. True Timber, a 5YO horse by Mineshaft and owned by Calumet Farm, is coming off two impressive seconds in both the G3 Bold Ruler Stakes and the G1 Cigar Mile to finish off a nice 2018 season. He worked at Belmont Park this morning for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, going 5 furlongs in a brisk 1:00.55. That was the second best time out of 4 to go the distance. This one should be ready to continue the improve soon.
  3. Haikal, a 3YO son of Daaher and also trained by McLaughlin, worked this morning at Belmont Park, as well. This homebred of Shadwell Farm went a half mile in :50.50, which was the 67th best time out of 84 to go that distance. This one has raced twice to date, running second in debut and then winning the last time out at Aqueduct on Dec. 15. He came from well back to get up in time to win by a neck in a 6-furlong race over the dirt. Look for this one to shine on the stretch out. Bears watching.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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