Work Tab for Friday, Sept. 6: Binoculars Focused On Omaha Beach, Tacitus, Maximum Security

(Omaha Beach 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 victim of “seconditis” for much of the year, worked this morning at Saratoga for trainer Bill Mott. The colt — who is coming off a second in the G1 Travers Stakes to Code of Honor — went a leisurely half mile in :50.87. That was the 22nd best time out of 28 to go the distance. The winer of the Wood Memorial may get one more start before this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. I’m not counting him out, just yet. Although, I would prefer the blinkers go in the waste basket.
  2. Omaha Beach, the 3YO son of War Front who would have undoubtedly been the favorite for this year’s KY Derby had it not been for throat surgery the week of the race, is back and training nicely for his friend / conditioner Richard Mandella. Has not raced since winning the G1 Arkansas Derby, but got a 6-furlong move at Santa Anita this morning. Went the distance in 1:12.40, which was the bullet move out of 2 to go that far. Looking forward to getting this guy back. He’s stylish. Very stylish. And, fast, too.
  3. Maximum Security, disqualified from his win in the Kentucky Derby and should have been DQ’d from his win in the G1 Haskell Invitational (IMO), worked at Parx Racing this morning for trainer Jason Servis. Went 3 furlongs in a deliberate :40.55 time allotment. That was the 2nd best time out of just 2 to go that far. Will run next in the upcoming Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 21. Be interesting to see how he does. For sure.

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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