Work Tab for Friday, July 12: Binoculars Focused On Arklow, Covfefe, Tap Gun

(Covfefe’s maiden win at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

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. Tap Gun, a 4YO son of Tapit and trained by Tom Amoss, has not been seen in the afternoon since he was 5th in an allowance race at Churchill Downs last November. Before that effort, though, this guy — who was purchased by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm for a whopping $1.4 million at the 2016 KEE September Yearling Sale — had won two in a row. Got his first published work today under the Twin Spires for Team Amoss. Went just 3 furlongs in :37 flat. That was the 2nd best time out of 13 to go that far. Here’s hoping this one can make it back to the races in style.
  2. Arklow, a 5YO son of Arch and trained by Brad Cox, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. This grass expert, who has a 5-5-1 record in 20 starts and has earned over $1.28 million in purses, went a half mile over the dirt main track in :48.60. That was the 11th best time out of 83 horses to clock the distance. In his last two starts, since not finishing an allowance race at Keeneland on April 5, Arklow has run second in the G1 Man o’War Stakes and second in the G2 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational at Belmont Park. Sitting on go.
  3. Covfefe, a brilliantly fast 3YO filly by Into Mischief and trained by Cox, was no match for Mia Mischief in the Roxelana Stakes at Churchill Downs the last time out — when facing older horses for the first time.. She tired and finished 3rd in that effort. But there is no denying her ability and her speed component. Before the last out, she won the G3 Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and has won 3 of 5 lifetime tries. Worked at Churchill Downs this morning, going an easy half mile in :49 flat. That was the 20th best time out of the 83. If this one returns to face only 3YOs, take note.

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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