Tuesday’s Work Tab: Binoculars Focused On Snapper Sinclair, Mitole, Nola Win, War of Will

2-17-2018 Bravazo, with Miguel Mena aboard, pushes to the lead to beat Snapper Sinclair in a close finish in the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

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. Mitole, a 3YO son of Eskendereya and trained by Steve Asmussen, is working his way back to you after a brilliant Winter/Spring this year. In the first 7 career starts, he has a record of 4-2-1 and was last seen running off to a brilliant victory in the Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness Day. That was his third win in a row, and fourth in five races. On Monday, he got a breeze at the Fair Grounds, going a half mile in :49.60. That was 22nd of the 56 to go the distance, and the fourth published work for the colt since Nov. 28. Still has aways to go, but getting there.
  2. Nola Win, a 3YO Elusive Quality colt trained by Dallas Stewart, has raced three times to date, and each time he has found a way to be second. Has been away from the fray since February, though, and is now trying to get back to the afternoon stuff. Got his second published work since Dec. 11 on Monday, as well. Went 4 furlongs in :52.20, which was 54th of the 56. So far, this one has been beaten by the likes of Telekinesis, Facilitator, and New York Central. Three very talented colts, in their own right.
  3. Snapper Sinclair, who is scheduled to run next in the Tenacious Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, got in his last serious blow on Monday in New Orleans. The City Zip colt, who ran third in the Lecomte Stakes and second in the Risen Star Stakes at the FG this Spring on the dirt surface, will move back to the grass for trainer Steve Asmussen. He tuned up with a 4-furlong move in:50.20 — which was 41st of 56. This one may be ready to roll on Saturday.
  4. War of Will, who broke his maiden last time out at Churchill Downs for the barn of Mark Casse, went a half mile on Monday at the Fair Grounds in :49 flat. That was 10th of the 56. While just getting his first win, this son of War Front has already run 5th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf; 4th in the G3 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland; and 2nd in the G1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine. Keep an eye on this one.

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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