Work Tab for Friday, June 7: Binoculars Focused On By My Standards, Mr. Money, Game Winner, Roadster, Kingly

(By My Standards schooling in the paddock before the KY Derby / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Mr. Money after winning the Pat Day Mile / 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. By My Standards, a super talented 3YO son of Goldencents and trained by W. Bret Calhoun, worked for the second time since his 11th place finish in the KY Derby this morning at Churchill Downs. He went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat — which was the 3rd  fastest time out of the first 14 to clock the distance. Chatted with Bret after the work via text message, and he confirmed that both of his top young colts went “very good.” The winner of the Louisiana Derby is now being pointed to some of the other “Derbies” that are scheduled for this summer.
  2. Mr. Money, impressive winner of the Pat Day Mile on KY Derby Day for the same connections as By May Standards, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. This son of Goldencents went a nice half mile in :47.20 — which was the 2nd best time out of 75 to go the distance. Wow time. Wow performance. This one may be sitting on a super summer. Take note.
  3. Game Winner, undefeated Champion as a 2YO and winless in three starts this year for Team Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita. The 3YO son of Candy Ride worked a half mile in :48.40, which was the 6th best time out of 36 to clock that distance this morning. It was the colt’s first work since his 5th place finish in the KY Derby. No date set for his afternoon return, but he figures to be ready by the time Saratoga or Del Mar kicks up.
  4. Roadster, another talented 3YO in the barn of Baffert, worked at Santa Anita, as well. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 — which was the 2nd fastest time out of 24 to work that far this morn. The son of Quality Road, who has 3 wins in 5 lifetime starts, ran 15th in the KY Derby and was a non-factor throughout the proceeding. Today’s move was the third published work for this colt since that debacle.
  5. Kingly, yet another talented colt in the Baffert barn, worked in California, as well. Trained a half mile in :47.80 — which was the bullet move out of 20 to go the distance. In 5 career starts, Kingly has never missed the board. Won the California Derby two starts back. Looks to be getting better.

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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