Work Tab for Dec. 13: Today’s Focus On Kingly (Another Talented 2YO for Team Baffert)

(Bob Baffert)

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. Off Topic, a 2YO filly by Street Sense and trained by Todd Pletcher, may be one worth trekking to the next race. In three lifetime starts to date, she has a second, third, and fourth. Last time out, on Oct. 25, she ran behind Filly Joel and Always Shopping — another from the barn of Todd Pletcher. The time before that, though, she was second to a Godolphin filly by the name of Enliven. Today, she worked at Palm Beach Downs, going a half-mile in :49.02. That was the bullet work of the first two to try the distance this a.m. Look for this one to show up soon at Gulfstream Park. May be time to pop.
  2. Luna Fortis, a 2YO filly by Will Take Charge and trained by Arnaud Delacour, has raced only once to date, and that was a fourth place finish on debut at Laurel Park on Nov. 17. Had some issues in that one, but could improve the next time out for an under-rated barn operation. This one cost $160,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale a year ago, and worked this morning at Tampa Bay Downs. Went a nice half-mile in :48.40. That was the 4th best time out of 32 to go the distance. Could be one to watch next time out.
  3. Campaign, a 3Yo son of Curlin and trained by Steve Asmussen, has found his course all the way to the West Coast. And, he may be one to watch coming up soon. This one won back-to-back races at Kentucky Downs this September — both within a week and both going a route of ground over the deep grass. He was last seen running a disappointing 10th in the G3 Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland in October. Got his first breeze since that race on Wednesday, when he went a half-mile at Santa Anita in :49.40. That was 24th of 43 to go that distance. Interesting to see if he is still under the supervision of Asmussen and still owned by Woodford Racing. Will endeavor to find out more.
  4. Kingly, a 2YO Tapit colt trained by Team Baffert for Clearview Stables, is coming off an impressive victory at Del Mar on Dec. 1 in the career debut. Came back to work on Wednesday at Santa Anita and turned in a 5-furlong effort in 1:02 flat. That was 27th of 61 to go the distance. In the opener, this one battled for the lead early on; gave up the lead midway through and then rallied to get the win over the odds-on favorite Stretford End. Impressive win. Worth watching. Another in the deep barn of the master trainer.

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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