Work Tab for Monday, June 24: Binoculars Focused On Laughing Fox, Warrior’s Club, Whiskey Echo, Call Paul & Others

(Laughing Fox winning at Oaklawn Park / Photo Courtesy of Oaklawn Park)

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. Performer, a 3YO son of Speightstown and trained by Shug McGaughey for the Phipps Stable, may be a colt worth keeping your eye and stopwatch on. So far, the colt has raced only once — finishing third in the debut effort at Aqueduct last Nov. 3. Was beaten 5 lengths that day as the post time favorite. He hit the gate at the start, and still ran on with spirit and some fight. Has not been to the starting gate officially since then. But got his 8th published work since May 1 this morning at Belmont Park. Went an easy half-mile in :49.25. That was the 9th best time out of 19 to go the distance. Looks fit. And, ready. Time to fire?
  2. Call Paul, a 3YO son of Friesan Fire and trained by Jason Servis, has raced 9 times in his career so far, and the PA-bred colt has a tidy record of 5-1-3. Has won nearly $500,000 in purses, and is coming off a win in the Danzig Stakes at Penn National on June 1. Worked this morning at Belmont Park. Went 4 furlongs in :51.56. That was the 46th best time out of the 59 to clock the distance. Maintenance move. Salty one, here.
  3. Bankit, a NY-bred son of Central Banker and trained by Steve Asmussen, also worked at Belmont Park today. The 3YO — who has a 2-3-1 record in the first 11 starts — went 5 furlongs in 1:02.55. That was the 6th best time out of 7. Earlier this year, the connections got a bit aggressive and optimistic. Ran him in the G3 Southwest Stakes and finished 5th. Ran him in the G2 Louisiana Derby and finished 7th. Back against NY-breds now. Expect more.
  4. Warrior’s Club, the steady 5YO warrior for the Churchill Downs Racing Club and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, has notched two nice seconds in the firsts three starts of 2019. Only miscue came in the G1 Churchill Downs Stakes on KY Derby Day. Ran 6th that day. But was second in the G3 Commonwealth Stakes at KEE before that. Worked a nice half mile in :48.20 this morning at Churchill Downs. That was the 3rd best time out of 39. Back on track. Look for more.
  5. Limonite, 6th in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 15, was back on the Churchill Downs’ main dirt track this morning. And, on a mission. The 3YO son of Lemon Drop Kid went a half mile in :51.60. That was 31st out of the 39. This guy has some talent. It will pop again soon.
  6. Laughing Fox, a 3YO son of Union Rags and also trained by Team Asmussen, is coming off a 5th place finish to War of Will in the G1 Preakness Stakes in his last start. Before that, though, he impressed a lot of heady handicappers with a striking win i the Oaklawn Invitational on May 4. Before that, he was 4th to Omaha Beach in the Arkansas Derby. Worked at Churchill Downs’ home base today. Went a nice 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was 4th best of 13. This guy may show up next in one of the Summer-time Derbies. Has the talent to win one, too.
  7. Whiskey Echo, a 3YO son of Tiznow and trained by Asmussen, worked brilliantly at Churchill Downs this morning. The colt breezed 5 furlongs in :59.80 — which was the bullet move out of the 13. Won his last time out in Louisville on May 27 in an allowance event. In 4 career starts now, he has never missed the board — with the most impressive showing being a third in the G3 Sanford Stakes last July at Saratoga. Watch out here. Looks primed for a big one. A. Big. 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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