Work Tab For Monday, Jan. 28: Binoculars Focused On Admire, Survey, Essie, Hard Legacy

(Dale Romans trains Admire for the Albaugh Family Stables / 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. Admire, a 3YO colt by Cairo Prince and trained by Dale Romans, worked at Gulfstream Park this morning. This one, who cost the Albaugh Family Stables $360,000 to purchase at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sales, worked an easy half mile in :52.44 over an extremely muddy track. It was the 7th best time out of the first 7 to go over the dirt track this morning. It was the 7th published work for Admire since he broke the maiden last time out at Churchill Downs in November. His other works have been much faster. Could be ready soon for the 2019 debut. Bears watching.
  2. Survey, a 3YO Bind gelding trained by Al Stall, Jr. for the ownership team of Claiborne Farm and Adele Dischneider, worked this morning over a fast track at Oaklawn Park. This colt — who ran third in his second career start at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 15 — went a nice 3 furlongs in :36 flat. That was the third fastest time out of the 14 to go early this morning. This one ran for a price tag last out, but could develop in his new surroundings. This was his fourth published work since the last race and he should be ready to fire again soon.
  3. Essie, a 3YO filly by Goldencents and trained by Norman McKnight, has made only one career start to date. She ran second in the career debut on Dec. 8 at Woodbine. Today, she worked 3 furlongs in :35.80 at Oaklawn Park, and was a picture of health. That was the bullet move and left a few asking about her next race. May bear watching when she appears next. This was her fourth published work since the last race and she looks to be about ready.
  4. Hard Legacy, a 3YO Hard Spun filly trained by Norm Casse, is a perfect 2-for-2 in her career to date, and she got to stretch her legs down at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. She went an impressive half mile in :47.45, which was the second fastest time out of 10 to go the distance. She broke the maiden at first asking at Keeneland on Oct. 20. Came back to win an allowance event at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 23. Watch this one.

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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