Work Tab for Friday, June 21: Binoculars Focused On Champagne Anyone, Believe In Royalty, Harvey Wallbanger & Others

(Champagne Anyone before this year’s KY Oaks / 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. Believe In Royalty, a beautifully-bred colt by Tapit and out of the KY Oaks-winning mare Believe You Can, is working his way back to you and trainer J. Larry Jones. The 4YO colt, who ran second in the Oklahoma Derby to Lone Sailor in his last start on Sept. 30, got his 6th published workout at Churchill Downs this morning. Went 5 furlongs in an impressive 1:00.40. That was the 3rd fastest time out of 27 to go the distance. And, it was his best work since returning to active duty. Look for this one to be about ready for the 2019 debut soon.
  2. Champagne Anyone, winner of the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks and 4th in this year’s KY Oaks for trainer Ian Wilkes, trained this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The 3YO Street Sense filly went 5 furlongs in a brisk 1:00 flat. That was the 2nd fastest time out of the set to go that far. It was her 4th published work since the KY Oaks, and she looks primed to reboot the engines soon. Take note.
  3. Harvey Wallbanger, distanced in his last 3 major Ky Derby preps after his stunning win in the G2 Holy Bull on Feb. 2, is working his way back to the races, as well. The 3YO son of Congrats took another giant step forward today, with a nice half mile breeze at Keeneland this morning. Went the distance in an easy :49.20, which was the 24th best time out of 81. Just his second published work since running 7th in the Oaklawn Invitation on May 4. A few more breezes away from sharp.
  4. No Nay Maybe, a 2YO gelded son of No Nay Never and trained by Wesley Ward, got a breeze in at KEE today, as well. The gelding went a half mile in :48.80 — which was the 17th best time out of the 81 to go that far. It was his second half-mile breeze since running 2nd on debut at Belmont Park. Keep an eye on this one. Could be a good one.
  5. American Anthem, a 5YO horse by Bodemeister and trained by Bob Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning. He is coming off a 4th place finish in the G2 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita on May 25, after running second in an allowance at Churchill Downs on May 4. Worked 6 furlongs this morning, going the distance in 1:13.40. That was the bullet move out of two horses to go the distance. Should be ready to fire a good one in the third start off the layoff next time out. Keep watching.

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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