Work Tab for Friday, Aug. 2: Binoculars Focused On Blue Prize, Promises Fulfilled, Everfast, Hard Legacy & Others

(Blue Prize after winning at Keeneland / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

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. Eskenforit — who had the great misfortune of winning the Indiana Derby, but dropped his rider at the beginning of the race — worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Steve Margolis. Went a very nice half mile in :48 flat, which was the 8th best time out of 84 to work the distance. Since breaking his maiden in a flaming event in May, this son of Eskendereya has been a different horse. Ran second in a Starter Allowance on June 9, and then had the incident in the Indiana Derby. Look for this one next time out, if he finds a nice allowance event.
  2. Hard Legacy, winner of the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs in her last start for young and talented trainer Norm Casse, worked this morning under the Twin Spires. The 3YO daughter of Hard Spun went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40, which was the 6th best time out of 34 to make the distance this morning. It was her 4th published work since the big Stakes victory — the first Graded Stakes win for the young trainer. In 5 career starts to date, this gal has 3 wins and has now earned over $164,000 in purse money. Look for more from this one. Talented.
  3. Peruvian Boy, a 2YO son of Tapiture, may be one to keep an eye on and put in your Stable Mail. In two starts at Arlington Park this summer, the colt has a win and a second for trainer Ignacio Correas, IV. Last time out, on July 13, the colt came from off the pace to get up at 5 furlongs and win by a nose. Beat the favorite in that spot. Got his 2nd published work since that win this morning at Keeneland. Went a nice half mile in :48 flat. That was the 2nd best time out of 23 to clock the distance. Bears watching.
  4. Blue Prize, a multiple Graded Stakes winner for the barn of Correas, worked at Keeneland this morning, as well. The 6YO Pure Prize mare, who has earned over $1.237 million in her career to date, went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 2nd best time out of 5 to work that far in Lexington. In her last start, Blue Prize ran 3rd in the G2 Delaware Handicap. Before that, she was second in the G2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. In 20 lifetime starts, she has 7 wins, 8 seconds and 3 thirds. Consistent. And, good.
  5. Coach Rocks, a persistent 2nd to Midnight Bisou in the G3 Molly Pitcher Stakes in her last outing, worked at Saratoga this morning for trainer Dale Romans. Went a very quick half mile in :47.66, which was the 4th best time out of 43 to go that distance. Looks really good right now, and may be sitting on another good one next out. Although she has only 3 wins in 16 career starts, she is a Graded Stakes winner and has earned nearly $500,000 in the career.
  6. Everfast, second to War of Will in the G1 Preakness Stakes for trainer Dale Romans, worked at Saratoga this morning, as well. The 3YO son of Take Charge Indy went a half mile in :48.44, which was 10th best of the 43. This one has lit up the tote board a couple of times this spring, running 2nd to Harvey Wallbanger in the G2 Holy Bull Stakes as a huge longshot, as well. Knowing Romans, he may take a shot at the big boys again in the Travers. Right?
  7. Spinoff, 2nd in the G2 Louisiana Derby earlier this year to By My Standards, worked this morning at Saratoga for trainer Todd Pletcher. Th3 3YO son of Hard Spun and out of the mare Zaftig, went an easy half mile in :49.19 over the main dirt track. That was 22nd best of the 43. This guy ran 11th in the G1 Belmont Derby Invitational last time out, when trying the turf. Was 6th in the Belmont Stakes and 18th in the KY Derby. Look for more soon. Better than those results.
  8. Promises Fulfilled, a 4YO son of Shackleford and trained by Romans, is coming off a win in the G2 John A. Nerud Stakes at Belmont Park on July 6. Looked like his old self in that performance. In 15 starts now, he has 7 wins and 3 thirds. Worked at Saratoga this morning, going 5 furlongs in 1:04.21. That was 6th best out of 7 to go that far. Pure maintenance move. Speed is not an issue for this guy. Distance limitations, for sure. But when right? Look out. And, looks right, right now.

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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