Work Tab for Friday, Oct. 11: Binoculars Focused On Mr. Money, Covfefe & the “Man Child” Dennis’ Moment — With Quotes

(Mr. Money / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Covfefe / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Dennis’ Moment / 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.

  1. Banks Island, a 2YO son of Tapit who was bred and is still owned by Godolphin Stables, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Brendan Walsh. In three starts, to date, this one has sported 2 seconds and a fourth. Worked this morning, going an easy half-mile in :49.60. That was the 42nd best time out of 80 to clock the distance. Keep an eye on this one. Takes a few for the Tapits to figure it all out. But once they do?
  2. Mr. Money, the 3YO son of Goldencents who had his 4-race win streak snapped in a tough-beat loss in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer W. Bret Calhoun. Went a half-mile in :48 flat. That was the 9th best time out of the 80 to go the distance. Looks like he is holding his form just nicely. May be ready for another big one. He’s good. Really good. This from the trainer after the work this morn: “Worked well, planning on the BC Mile.” 
  3. Covfefe, winner of the Dogwood Stakes in her last outing for trainer Brad Cox, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The 3YO Into Mischief Filly — who has tallied 5 wins in 7 lifetime starts — went 5 furlongs in a brisk 1:00 flat. That was the 3rd best time out of 42 to clock the distance. Looks headed West for the BC Distaff. She’s a good one, too, in a crowded field of good ones.
  4. Dennis’ Moment, undoubtedly the best 2YO in the world right now and trained by Dale Romans, worked this morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the BC Juvenile. How did he go? Seriously? He went 5 furlongs in :58.80 — which was the bullet move out of 42 to work that distance. The son of Tiznow is a “man child.” A serious running machine. Can’t wait to see him next time out. He is that type of horse. A “Wow” horse. When contacted this morn, Romans said: “Doing great.”

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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