Work Tab for Monday, July 22: Binoculars Focused On Tight Ten, Dennis’ Moment, Code of Honor, Tacitus, Haunt & Others

(Tight Ten winning at Churchill Downs / 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. Dennis’ Moment, a 2YO son of Tiznow and trained by Dale Romans, may be one of the most exciting young horses I have seen in quite some time. Earlier this summer, Romans told me to keep an eye on this one. That he will make some noise. He nearly did in his career debut — in the wrong way. Early in the going, jockey Robby Albarado tried to sneak through a hole on the inside and clipped heels. The jockey went sprawling, and the horse nearly went down, as well. Dennis’ Moment righted himself, and then proceeded to circle the field — without a rider in tow. Impressive in its’ own right. Today, the colt was back in action at Churchill Downs. He went a half mile in :48.80, which was the 31st best time out of 56 to go the distance. It was the colt’s third published work since the “incident.” Keep an eye out. Dennis’ Moment is entered at Ellis Park on Saturday. I’ll be watching. For sure.
  2. Haunt, a brother to the grand filly Elate and trained by Bill Mott, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. The son of Ghostzapper went a half mile in :49.80 — which was 48th best of 56. In 6 career starts to date, Haunt has a win and a second. He is entered to run at Ellis Park this Saturday, too. Should be a great card down at the ole’ “Pea Patch.”
  3. Money for Mischief, a 2YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Romans for the ownership team of Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Impressively, too. Went a half mile in an easy :48.40, which was 11th best of the 56. In the only start to date, this one has a second at Ellis Park on June 30. Look for more next time.
  4. More Roses, a 3YO daughter of Uncle Mo and trained by Brad Cox, may be one to keep an eye on in the future. To date, she has a perfect 2-for-2 record, with back-to-back wins at Indy Grand. Worked a half mile at Churchill Downs this morning, cutting the distance in :48 flat. That was the 4th best time out of the 56. This gal ran up the tally to $485,000 at the most recent Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age Sale, but was not sold. She was consigned to that sale by Claiborne Farm.
  5. Tight Ten, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Steve Asmussen for the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Breezed from the gate, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was 4th best of 14. It was the 4th published work since he returned to serious training on July 1. This one looked to have a world of talent when he burst on the scene last year as a 2YO. Won the debut at Churchill Downs on June 28, and then ran 2nd in the Saratoga Special at “The Spa.” Returned to Louisville to run 2nd in the G3 Iroquois last September. But after running 9th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Stakes, he followed that up with a 10th in the G3 LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds in January. Put on the shelf after that. Watch for this one’s return. Has talent.
  6. Code of Honor, a top 3YO trained by Shug McGaughey, worked at Saratoga this morning. Went 3 furlongs in :38.45, which was the 15th best time out of 20 to go the distance. Much has been written about this talented son of Noble Mission, who was second in the KY Derby before winning the Dwyer Stakes in his last outing. Will he go in the Jim Dandy? Or? Will he train up to the Travers Stakes? We shall see. Soon.
  7. Tacitus, a well-bred son of Tapit and second in the Belmont Stakes in his last start for trainer Bill Mott, worked at Saratoga today, as well. He went a half mile in :48.71. That was the 3rd best time out of 43 to train over the dirt training course. Be interesting to see where this one ends up next, too. Talented. 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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