Work Tab for Monday, Aug. 26: Binoculars Focused On McKinzie, Harvey Wallbanger & Others

(McKinzie wins at Churchill Downs this Spring / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

I am currently in Iceland on holiday, and we are 4 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone. So, when I sit to study on the day’s work tab, I am several hours ahead of any of the day’s work horses. So, I will be reviewing Monday’s tab today:

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:

Monday, Aug. 26:

  1. Lamartine, a 4YO son of Shanghai Bobby and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked on Monday at Churchill Downs. The colt ran 4th in the Warrior Veterans Stakes at Indy Grand in the last out on July 13. Got his 6th published work since that last race on Monday, when the colt breezed a half mile in a leisurely :52 flat. That was 31st best of 32. In 9 career starts to date, this one has 4 wins and 1 third. May be tough at the allowance level next time out. Stay tuned.
  2. Harvey Wallbanger, upset winner of the G2 Holy Bull Stakes earlier this year but winless since then, worked on Monday at Churchill Downs. After a 3-month layoff, this colt returned to run 4th in the Ellis Park Derby on Aug. 11. Worked 5 furlongs on Monday, going the distance in 1:02.80. That was 16th best out of 21 for the 3YO son of Congrats. Should be tougher next time out.
  3. Wicked Indeed, a 3YO son of Tapit and another talented runner in the barn of Asmussen, worked at Churchill Downs on Monday. This one, owned by the Winchell Thoroughbreds Team, went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40. That was the 12th best time out of the 21. In his last outing, on Aug. 4 at Ellis Park, this one ran a nice second in an allowance event. In 8 career starts, he has a 1-2-1 mark, with the best run coming in the G3 Sunland Derby earlier this year — when he was 4th behind Cutting Humor.
  4. McKinzie, winner of the G1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga in his last start, worked at Del Mar on Monday. The 4YO Street Sense colt worked a half mile in a maintenance-like :48.40 — which was 5th best of the 51. This one has a 7-4-0 record in 12 lifetime starts — with the only miss coming in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Is he headed back for a redemption move in that same race this year? Appears that way. Stay tuned.
  5. Bast, a 2YO daughter of Uncle MO and trained by Team Baffert, worked a very nice 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 on Monday at Del Mar. That was the 8th best time out of 54 to test the distance. This one cost a mere $500,000 to purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale a year ago. In her career debut on Aug. 11, she ran 2nd at Del Mar. Bast got off to a bit of a slow start in that one, but did rally to run second and 41/2 lengths ahead of the show horse. The winner was Inspiressa — a gal in the barn of John Sadler. Better keep an eye on both of these juvenile gals.

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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