Work Tab for Easter Sunday, April 21: Binoculars Focused On Bricks and Mortar, Maximum Security, Positive Spirit, Proud Emma, Dunbar Road & Many Others

3/23/2019. – Bricks and Mortar with jockey Irad Ortiz aboard gets a nose in front of Markitoff to win the 27th running of the Grade II $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

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. Bandon Woods, a 3YO Uncle Mo colt trained by Chad Brown, worked this morning at Keeneland. This one — who was purchased for a whopping $700,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale — went a half mile in :48.40, which was the 8th best time out of 33 to go the distance. Bandon Woods is one worth watching, for sure. Broke his maiden at Keeneland in just his second career start here on April 7. Looks like he is ready to step up against winners next time out and kick some butt, again. Interesting one.
  2. Positive Spirit, a 3YO Pioneerof the Nile colt who ran second in the G2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct last time out, worked this morning in Lexington for trainer Rudolph Brisset. This one — who should be a contender for this year’s KY Oaks — went a half mile in a nice :47.20 over the Keeneland main track. It was the bullet move out of 33 to go that far. In 6 career starts, she has a 2-2-1 record — including a win in the G2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct last December. Watch this one going into the KY Oaks.
  3. Proud Emma, a 3YO Include filly trained by Peter Miller, may be another to take a shot at the KY Oaks, if she can get into the main body of the field. She ran fourth in the G2 Gazelle Stakes last time out, but was beaten just about 3 lengths. Was wide in both turns of that 11/8-mile race, too. She worked at Keeneland this morning, going a half mile in :47.60 — which was the 3rd fastest time out of the 33 to go the distance. Phillip Sims purchased this one for a modest $9,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2017. To date, she has a 3-1-0 record in 6 starts and has earned right at $100,000. Good luck to this gal.
  4. Lady Pauline, a 2YO daughter of Munnings and trained by the guru of the “babies” Wesley Ward, worked this morning at Keeneland, too. She went 4 furlongs in :49.40, which was the bullet move of the day out of 9 to work over the turf course. This gal won on debut in Lexington on April 5, running off to a whopping 93/4-length victory at the 4.5-furlong dirt distance. The dam of this filly is D’Wildcat Speed — who was a multiple Graded Stakes winner of over $530,000. She won the G2 Rampart Stakes at GP in 2005. The second dam of Lady Pauline is Velvet Panther, a Florida-bred who was a multiple Graded Stakes winner, too, in Puerto Rico. She raced 55 times. Won 31 of them. Do yourself a favor. Put Lady Pauline’s name in your stable mail. Keep track of her. She has a chance to be something special.
  5. Next Shares, winner of the G1 Shadwell Mile at Keeneland last October for trainer Richard Baltas, worked at Keeneland this morning. The 6YO gelded son of Archarcharch went 5 furlongs over the turf course in 1:02.40. That was the 4th fastest time out of 5 to go that far. To start this year, Next Shares won the G2 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita, but has subsequently run 7th in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational and 6th in the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile. Should be about ready for a return to the track in the afternoons soon.l
  6. Maximum Security, the upset winner of the Florida Derby in speedy fashion, was back on the track this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida for trainer Jason Servis. The undefeated son of New Year’s Day — who is now a perfect 4-for-4 — went 3 furlongs in a leisurely :42 flat. That was the 15th fastest time out of 15 to go the distance, in a purse maintenance move. Will be interesting to see when the connections will make travel plans and arrive in Louisville for this year’s KY Derby 145.
  7. Fog of War, a 3YO War Front colt trained by Chad Brown, is working his way back to you. This undefeated colt — who is a prefect 2-for-2, including a win in the G1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine last September — worked a half mile over the turf at Palm Meadows today. Went the distance in :49.20. That was 6th best out of 15. It was the 8th published work — the last three on the sod — since returning to serious training on March 4. Looks primed and ready to launch the 2019 campaign.
  8. Dunbar Road, a potential contender for the KY Oaks for trainer Chad Brown, worked at Palm Meadows this morning, as well. The 3YO daughter of Quality Road — who finished 2nd in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks last time out — went a half mile in :49.25. That was the 8th best time out of 29 to work over the dirt track. In just two starts, this gal has a win and a second now. The connections paid $350,000 for her at the 2017 KEE September Yearling Sale.
  9. Bricks and Mortar, 5YO son of Giant’s Causeway and winner of 7 of 9 career races for trainer Chad Brown, worked at Palm Meadows this morning, too. Has won 3 in a row, including the G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf and the G2 Muniz Memorial in his last two. Went 5 furlongs today over the turf course in :59 flat. Wow time. That was 2nd fastest out of 15 to go over the sod course today. Ready to fire again.

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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