Work Tab for Friday, Aug. 23: Binoculars Focused On Covfefe, Winter Sunset, Enticed, Vino Rosso & More

(Covfefe in the post parade at Churchill Downs / 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. Covfefe, a 3YO Into Mischief filly trained by Brad Cox, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The talented bay filly went an easy half mile in :50.60, which was the 87th best time out of 110 to mark the distance. Maintenance move, purely. She can breeze this fast backwards. First move since winning the G1 Test Stakes over the brilliant Serengeti Empress. In 6 lifetime starts now, Covfefe has 4 wins and a third. The only time she was off the board came in the G1 Frizette Stakes last October at Belmont Park. Take note of this one next out, too.
  2. Manny Wah, a 3YO son of Will Take Charge and trained by Wayne Catalano, was a nice 4th over the poly track at Arlington Park last time out in the Bruce D. Memorial Stakes. First time on the surface since breaking the maiden in Chicago last July. Worked this morning at Churchill Downs, going a very nice half mile in :46.80 That was the bullet move out of the 110 to breeze the distance this a.m. The colt is 0-0-1 in 4 starts this year, but does have talent.
  3. Winter Sunset, a 3YO Tapit filly out of the mare Winter Memories, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The big gray filly went a half mile in :49.60 — which was the 53rd best move out of 110. The filly has made 6 career starts to date, with a resume of 2 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds. Ran 4th in the last start — the G3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 10. Before that, she was 2nd in the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs.
  4. With Dignity, a 3YO Declaration of War filly trained by Ian Wilkes, is coming off a 6th place finish behind Street Band in the G3 Indiana Oaks. Before that, though, she started her career with back-to-back wins. Worked this morning, going 4 furlongs in :47.20 — which was 3rd best of the 110 to go that far. Look for this one next out — especially is she shows in an allowance event. Good one here. Maybe be better than that, too.
  5. Enticed, a 4YO Medaglia d’Oro colt trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, has not run since he was 14th in the 2018 Kentucky Derby to the Triple Crown winner Justify. Before the Derby, he had raced a total of 6 times and had 3 wins, a second and a third. He won the G3 Gotham Stakes and was second in the G2 Wood Memorial Stakes. Plus, he won the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in the Fall of 2017. Got his 2nd published work since Aug. 17 this morning at Saratoga. Went 3 furlongs in a leisurely :37.11. That was 6th best out of the 21. Always away, still. But good to see this one back under tack.
  6. Strike Power, a 4YO son of Speightstown and trained by Mark Hennig, worked this morning at “The Spa.” Went a very nice half mile in :47.47, which was the 3rd best time out of 126 to go over the dirt track. Last time out, this one was 5th in the G1 Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga on July 27. Before that, though, he was 2nd in the G2 True North and a winner in a Belmont Park allowance event to start the 2019 campaign. I look for redemption out of this one next out. Talent. Raw talent.
  7. Vino Rosso, a 4YO son of Curlin and trained by Todd Pletcher, is coming off a third place finish in the G1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga in the last outing on Aug. 3. Before that, though, he won both the Stymie Stakes at Aqueduct and the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (sandwiched around a 4th in the G1 Carter Handicap). Worked this morn at Saratoga. Went 5 furlongs over the main dirt track in :58.60 — which was the bullet move out of 21 to go that distance. Look for more from this one before the year’s out. Is he the best older horse in America? Doubt it. But he is in the short rows.

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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