Work Tab for July 3: Binoculars Focused On Master Fencer, Cairo Cat, War of Will & Others

(Master Fencer before the 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. Cairo Cat, a 3YO son of Cairo Prince and trained by Ken McPeek, worked at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, and that’s a very good thing for all. This is one talented individual, who won his second career start at Saratoga last August and then captured the G3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs in September. Has not raced since, but got his 3 published work this morning since June 20. Road to recovery. Went a half-mile today in :48.20. That was the 3rd best time out of 36. May be some more time in the work pattern, but could see him back in the afternoons soon. Yeah.
  2. Master Fencer, a Japan-bred 3YO who has had a lot of fun in the U.S. the spring, worked at Belmont Park this morning. Went 4 furlongs in :51.61. That was the 16th best time out of 19 to travel over the dirt training track there. Will race this weekend in the Belmont Derby. Looking forward to seeing him in this spot.

Tuesday, July 2: 

  1. Chocolate Kisses, a 3YO filly by Candy Ride and trained by Mark Casse, won the G3 Honeybee Stakes before embarking on an ambitious schedule this Spring. Was 6th in the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland, before running 7th to Serengeti Empress in the KY Oaks. Was 4th in the G3 Wonder Again at Belmont Park on June 6 in the last out. Worked at Churchill Downs this morning and did so very impressively. Went a half mile in :47 flat. That was the bullet move out of the first 21 to clock that distance. Impressive.

Monday, July 1:

  1. War of Will, winner of the Preakness Stakes for trainer Mark Casse, got a work in at Keeneland on Monday. Went a nice half mile in :49.40 — which was 3rd best out of 5 to go that distance. This 3YO son of War Front has been stationed in Lexington for much of the Spring and Summer, and has done well in the quiet confines of the beautiful Lexington track. This was the colt’s first published workout in the last 60 days and since his run in the Belmont Stakes. Working his way back to you.
  2. Long Range Toddy, a 3YO son of Take Charge Indy and third in the Ohio Derby on June 22 in his last start for trainer Steve Asmussen, worked at Churchill Downs on Monday. Went an easy half mile in :49.80 — which was 16th of 34 to go that far. Fit. Ready for the next one.
  3. Code of Honor, a 3YO son of Noble Mission and trained by HOFer Shug McGaughey, got his 6th published work since running 2nd in this year’s Kentucky Derby on Monday. The colt went an easy half mile in :49.66 at Belmont Park. That was the 25th best time out of the 39 to go the distance. The guy looks fit and ready for a return to the mound soon. Look for him to be bigger and stronger the next time you see him. Rest has done him good.

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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