Work Tab for Monday, June 10: Binoculars Focused On Owendale, Signalman, Gift Box, Tenfold, Lady Apple, Long Range Toddy, Bigger Picture & Many Others

(Owendale after the win in the G3 Lexington Stakes / 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:

Sunday’s Work Tab:

  1. Pakhet, a 3YO Cairo Prince filly that was formerly trained by Todd Pletcher, has not raced since finishing 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs last November. But she is working her way back to you. On Sunday, she got her 4th published work since resuming training at the Bridlewood Farm training track in April. A month later, she got another work at the farm. A month later, she got her first published work at Santa Anita. On Sunday, just seven days later, she got her second. Went a half mile in :49 flat. That was 15th of the 61 that went the distance. This filly, who was purchased as a 2YO for $130,000 in training, did run second in the G2 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland last October, after breaking her maiden at Belmont Park the race before. Bears watching.
  2. American Anthem, who returned to racing this May after a 10-month hiatus for Team Baffert, worked at Santa Anita on Sunday, as well. The 5YO son of Bodemeister went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was 18th best of 52 to clock the distance. In two races this year, American Anthem — who has 5 wins from 13 starts and has over $800,000 in purse earnings to date — ran second in an allowance at Churchill Downs, and, most recently, ran 4th in the G2 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita. Will be interesting to see if this one can return to the form that he had when winning the G2 San Carlos Stakes in June of 2018.
  3. Gift Box, a 6YO son of Twirling Candy and trained by John Sadler, has been speculated as a possible contender for this Saturday’s Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs. He is coming off a second in the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on May 27 and won the G1 San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino Stakes before that one. He worked 5 furlongs on Sunday in 1:00.40 — which was 4th best of the 52. In 16 lifetime starts, Gift Box has a tidy record of 5-6-2 and has earned over $979,000 in purses. Regular rider is Joel Rosario — winner of the Belmont Stakes on Sir Winston. Be interesting to see if this one makes the trip.
  4. Marley’s Freedom, a 5YO Blame filly trained by Bob Baffert, worked on Sunday, as well. This one — who has won 8 of 17 lifetime starts and earned over $1.1 million in purses — went 5 furlongs in a brisk :59.80. That was the bullet move out of the 52. This year, so far, she has a win in the G2 Santa Monica Stakes and two straight seconds in the G1 Beholder Mile and the G1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs. Classy lady, here.
  5. Mucho Gusto, a 3YO son of Mucho Macho Man and once a threat on the “Road to the Triple Crown” for Team Baffert, has not raced since winning the G3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes on May 18. Before that, though, ran a tiring third in the G3 Sunland Derby — finishing behind both Cutting Humor and Anothertwistafate. Got his third published work since the last race on Sunday, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 — which was 7th best of the 72. Be interesting to see where he lands next.
  6. Covfefe, a brilliant 3YO daughter of Into Mischief, worked at Churchill Downs on Sunday. This gal, who has 3 wins in 4 lifetime starts to date, is coming off an impressive victory in the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 17. Only loss came in the G1 Frizette Stakes last year in her second career start. Ran 4th that day. Worked an easy half mile on Sunday, going the distance in :49.40. That was 16th best of 54 to try the distance. Watch out here. Superstar in the making.
  7. Gamblin Train, a 3YO daughter of Bullet Train and trained by Buff Bradley, is expected to show up in a Stakes event this coming Saturday night at Churchill Downs. Worked an easy half mile in :50.80 on Sunday, and that was 43rd best of the 54. This fast-closing gal is coming off an impressive win in tough allowance company here on May 18. Did run third to Bell’s The One in the Allen Black Cat LaCombe Memorial Stakes at the Fair Grounds in March. Good right now, for sure.
  8. Owendale, winner of the G3 Lexington Stakes and 3rd in the G1 Preakness Stakes in his last out, worked for trainer Brad Cox at Churchill Downs on Sunday. The 3YO son of Into Mischief went an easy half in :50.60. That was 38th best of the 54. Look for this one to show up in the summer “Derbies” for sure. Tough one.
  9. Tenfold, a possbile contender for this Saturday’s Stephen Foster Stakes, worked for trainer Steve Asmussen at Churchill Downs on Sunday, as well. The 4YO son of Curlin went a half mile in :50 flat. That was 27th best. Is coming off a win in the G3 Pimlico Special Stakes in his last outing on May 17. That was the first time he had hit the board in the last four starts, and since he won the G2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga last July. Is he back?
  10. Lady Apple, a nice 3YO daughter of Curlin and trained by Asmussen, worked 5 furlongs on Sunday at Churchill Downs, too. Went the distance in 1:02.40. That was 9th best out of 14. Last time we saw this one on the track, she ran a game third to Serengeti Empress in the G1 KY Oaks. Won three in a row before that, including the G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Good to see her working back to the afternoon.
  11. Long Range Toddy — nearly dropped in the KY Derby, where he finished 16th — was back in training on Sunday. Worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was 4th best of the 14. The son of Take Charge Indy now sports a record of 4-1-1 in 9 lifetime starts — with a win in a division of the Rebel Stakes this year. Be fun to see this one back in action soon.
  12. Signalman, considered for the Matt Winn Stakes this Saturday night at Churchill Downs by trainer Ken McPeek, worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was 3rd best of the 14. Was third in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes, but didn’t have the points to make this year’s KY Derby field. Came back to run a disappointing 9th in the G1 Preakness Stakes. Be interesting to see if the son of General Quarters can bounce back this Saturday.

On Monday, June 10:

  1. Bigger Picture, now an 8YO gelded son of Badge of Silver, worked at the Churchill Downs Training Center on Monday. In three starts this year, he has two wins — in the G3 John B. Connally Turf Club Stakes at Sam Houston and the G2 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland. May be entered on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. Worked this a.m., going 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 — which was the bullet move out of the first 2 to clock the distance. Grass expert is still kicking. And, high.

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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