Work Tab for Monday, Jan. 14: Binoculars Focused On Tight Ten, Gun It, Bano Solo, Winter Sunset & Others

(Tight Ten winning at Churchill Downs last year / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

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. Title Ready, a 4YO More Than Ready colt trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Belmont Park this morning. The Graded Stakes-placed colt breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01.55 — which was the 2nd fastest time out of 13 to go the distance today. The work was over the dirt training track at the “Big Sandy,” as well. In his career to date, Title Ready has a 3-4-2 record in 14 career starts, and ran has been no worse than second in the last three outs. Won an allowance at Aqueduct on Dec. 21 in the last try, but was second in the G3 Discovery Stakes before that. Ran third in the G3 Indiana Derby and fourth in the G3 Ohio Derby last year. Should be tough again when he reappears in the afternoon.
  2. Gun It, a highly-regarded 3YO colt by Tapit who garnered $2.6 million at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2017, worked this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen at the Fair Grounds. This one went an easy half-mile in :50.40, which was 32nd out of 43 to go the distance. This was a simple blow out before his race on Thursday — which is a dirt event going 1 mile and 70 yards at the Fair Grounds. It has drawn a field of six — including a couple of nice ones like Frolic More, and Blockbuster. In his last out, Gun It gunned to an easy and impressive win at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 22. Look for this guy. But look fast. Because he is.
  3. Lunar Orbit, a 3YO daughter of Orb and trained by Dallas Stewart, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. This one — who cost $115,000 as a 2YO last year — broke her maiden two starts back at Churchill Downs, and followed that up with a 4th place finish in an allowance event under the Twin Spires on Nov. 24. This morning, she went a half mile in :48.60, which was the second fastest time out of 43 to go the distance. It was the fifth published work since her last race, and the best move since the last run. This one could really develop.
  4. Snapper Sinclair, a 4YO son of City Zip and trained by Asmussen, is entered to run in the Louisiana Stakes at the Fair Grounds this coming Saturday. The Stakes is a 11/16-mile event scheduled for the dirt track, and it has drawn a field of 7. This morning, the colt breezed a half mile in :50.60 in the final tuneup, and that was the 35th fastest time out of 43 to go the distance. Just a year ago, Snapper ran third in the G3 Lecomte Stakes; second in the G2 Risen Star; and fifth in the G2 Louisiana Derby here. Be fun to see him return to that level.
  5. Tight Ten, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Asmussen for the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, worked this morning in a final prep for this Saturday’s Lecomte Stakes. This talented sucker went an easy half in :50.20, which was 30th best out of the 43 to go the distance. And, it looked like he was jumping out of his skin coat. In four career starts, he has a win and two seconds. The runner-ups came in the G2 Saratoga Special and the G3 Iroquois Stakes. Ran 9th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but had serious trouble. I expect big things from this one — starting this Saturday.
  6. Winter Sunset, a 3YO Tapit filly trained by Wayne Catalano for the Phllips Racing Partnership, was super impressive in breaking her maiden over the grass course at the Fair Grounds on Nov. 29. Has been idle in the afternoons since then, but she worked a half mile in :49 flat this morning. It was the second published work since the race, and the first since Dec. 11. She may be aways from a race, but she is super talented.
  7. Bano Solo, a 3YO son of Goldencents and also trained by Asmussen, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, too. This one — who ran fourth in the G3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga on July 21 in his last out — got his 8th published work since Nov. 29 today. He went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was 5th best of 32. Looks ready. Looks good.
  8. Nitrous, another son of Tapit and another in the barn of Team Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds. He went 5 furlongs in 1:00.20, which was the bullet move out of the 32 to go the distance. This one has a 1-1-1 record in 5 career starts, including a third in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga last summer. Bears watching.

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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