Work Tab for Friday, June 28: Binoculars Focused On Tacitus, Game Winner, Mr. Money, Our Braintrust

(Tacitus before this year’s KY Derby / 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. Tacitus, a 3YO son of Tapit and a fast-closing second off a wide trip in the Belmont Stakes in the last out, worked for trainer Bill Mott at Saratoga this morning. The colt breezed an easy half mile in :49.24 — which was the 6th best time out of 41 to go the distance. In 6 lifetime starts to date, this one has a 3-1-1 record, with the only miss being a 4th in the career debut. This year, he has won both the Tampa Bay Derby and the Wood Memorial. Was 3rd in the KY Derby. Looks to be getting ready for the summer time Stakes at the Spa.
  2. Our Braintrust, a 3YO son of Freud and a Maryland-bred, has not raced since he fell apart and ran 10th in the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park earlier this Spring. Before that, though, this colt was third in the Withers Stakes and second in the Jerome. In his first five career starts, he had a 2-2-1 record. Worked this morning at the Casse Training Center near Ocala, FL. It was his first published work since the Rebel Stakes, and he went 3 furlongs in :37 flat. That was the bullet move.
  3. Game Winner, the 2YO Champion a year ago and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2018, worked at Santa Anita this morning. The son of Candy Ride, who ran 5th in the KY Derby in his last start, has won nearly $2 million in purses. Today’s move marked the 4th published work for Team Baffert star since the Derby. He went 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 — which was the bullet move out of 14 to go that far. Be interesting to see where this one resurfaces.
  4. Mr. Money, a 3YO son of Goldencents and impressive winner of both the G3 Pat Day Mile and the G3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs in his last two starts, worked this morning under the Twin Spires for trainer W. Bret Calhoun. Went a half mile in :49.40, which was the 18th best time out of 65 to clock that distance. May be headed to the Indiana Derby next. May be headed to the head of this class of 3YOs, too. Talent. Rare talent.

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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