UPDATED II/ Work Tab For Friday, Oct. 4: Binoculars Focused On Covfefe, Dennis’ Moment, Mr. Money, Serengeti Empress & Others / With Quotes

(Dennis’ Moment winning the G3 Iroquois Stakes in his last out / 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. Covfefe, a 3YO Into Mischief filly trained by Brad Cox, will now work up to the Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mares Sprint, and she got her latest tune-up this morning at Churchill Downs. The easy winner of the Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs in her last start on Sept. 21, went an easy half-mile in :51.80. That was the 77th best time out of 80 to go that distance. Before the Dogwood, Covfefe may have had her best test in the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga. Passed that one with flying silks. Now has 5 wins and a third in 7 career starts. Could be hard to handle  in the next out, too.
  2. Dennis’ Moment, the top 2YO colt in the country and a son of Tiznow, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The juvenile superstar, trained by Dale Romans, has won 2 in a row after his debut debacle at Churchill Downs back in the summer. He worked a half-mile this morn, too, going the distance in :48.40. That is leisure time for this wunderkind. And, that was 9th best of the 80. What a horse this one is, and they don’t come along that often. Take notice. When contacted after the work via text, Romans responded: “Perfect!!” That is some kind of good news, right there.
  3. Mr. Money, who looked like a winner in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby in his last start until he was passed at the wire, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer W. Bret Calhoun. The 3YO son of Goldencents went a half-mile in :48.80 — which was 21st best out of the 80. Over the last 5 starts, Mr. Money has 4 wins and a tough-beat second, when it didn’t appear to even see the outside runner until it was wire time at Parx. Talent. Super good right now, too. The trainer, who is one of the best people in the business, texted us back this morning with this update: “Worked very good, probable for BC but not confirmed yet.”
  4. Serengeti Empress, winner of this year’s KY Oaks and a super swift 3YO daughter of Alternation, worked under the Twin Spires this morning. The speedster, trained by Tom Amoss, went an easy half-mile in :49 flat. That was 26th best of the 80. This gal is as gutty and tough as any around. Be interesting how she comes back out of the G1 Cotillion last out at Parx. Don’t think she liked the racetrack that day, when 6th. In 11 career starts, she has 5 wins and 2 seconds. The trainer responded with this text: “All good.” Decision on next race may be formalized early next week.
  5. Chase the Ghost, a 3YO son of Ghostzapper and trained by Dallas Stewart, got to stretch his legs over the Churchill Downs main dirt track this morning. He went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 — which was the bullet move out of 18 to go that far. Talented, but disappointing at times. Has only 1 win on the resume, to date, but has been facing some tough ones. Look for more out of this one as he matures for a top trainer.

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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