Work Tab for Monday, July 8: Binoculars Focused On Long Range Toddy, Dennis’ Moment, Street Band, With Dignity & Others

(Long Range Toddy at Churchill Downs / 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. Dennis’ Moment, a very talented 2YO Tiznow colt trained by Dale Romans, had a rough career debut at Churchill Downs on June 23. For some reason, jockey Robby Albarado attempted to send the first time starter through a non-existent hole on the rail, and, unfortunately, clipped heals with a horse in front of him. Dennis’ Moment nearly went to the ground, and catapulted his jockey to the dirt. The colt righted himself, and, without rider, rallied from near the back of the field to actually finish in front of a run-away winner. Impressive on so many fronts, and the trainer is super charged about this colt and his potential. Keep an eye on this one going forward, for sure. He worked for the first time since that horrible race experience this morning at Churchill Downs. Went a half mile in :48.60. That was 9th best of 37 to go the distance. McLean’s Watch List.
  2. Ghostlore, a 2YO Ghostzapper colt trained by Ian Wilkes, is a homebred by Anita Cauley, and could develop into a real prospect, too. Ran 4th in his career debut — which was the same race as Dennis’ Moment debacle. Ghostlore was off very slow in that race, and was beaten about 81/2 lengths. Look for more next time out for a trainer that normally takes his time with the youngsters. Worked a half mile at Churchill Downs today, as well, going the distance in :49.40. That was 19th best out of the 37.
  3. Libby Knows, a 3YO Mark Valeski filly trained by J. Larry Jones for Gov. Brereton C. Jones, worked this morning in final preparation for her next race at Ellis Park on July 13. She blew out with a real purpose, going a half mile in :47 flat. That was the bullet time out of the 37. In three career starts to date, the filly has a win and a second on the resume. Look for a big effort out of this one.
  4. Long Range Toddy, a 3YO Take Charge Indy colt trained by HOF conditioner Steve Asmussen, worked this morning under the Twin Spires, as well. The colt, who ran 3rd to Owendale in the Ohio Derby in his last start, went an easy half mile in :51 flat. That was the 31st best time. If you throw out the debacle that this horse experienced in the KY Derby — when he was nearly knocked off his feet — then Long Range Toddy has been a consistent, and successful runner. In 10 lifetime starts to date, he has a 4-1-2 record and has earned nearly $1 million in purses. Next?
  5. With Dignity, a super talented 3YO filly by Declaration of War and trained by Ian Wilkes, is a perfect 2-for-2 to date, and has the look of getting better and better. She has a nice, closing rally and that running style seems to fit her well, and set her up for longer distances, too. She worked this morning at Churchill Downs, going a half mile in :48.20. That was the 7th best time out of the 37. Super talent here.
  6. Street Band, a 3YO Istan filly who ran 6th to Serengeti Empress in the G1 KY Oaks in her last out, was impressive in her work at Churchill Downs this morning. She went 5 furlongs in :59.80 — which was the 2nd best time out of 10 to go that far. Prior to the KY Oaks, Street Band won the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks and was 4th in the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes in New Orleans.

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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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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