Work Tab for Monday, Nov. 18: Binoculars Focused On Finite, Alandra, Shoplifted & Others

(Finite enters the track before the Rags to Riches 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.

  1. Alandra, a talented 2YO filly by Blame and trained by Shug McGaughey for the ownership team of Helen Alexander and her mother Helen Groves, worked this morning at Belmont Park. The filly went a half mile in :49.78, which was the 5th fastest time out of 19 to work the distance. Since she ran in the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in early October, the filly has not returned to get 5 published workouts. Alandra broke her maiden on debut and then returned as the betting favorite in the Alcibiades. She closed well in the stretch, but was well beaten by British Idiom — the eventual winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Look for Alandra to return to the races soon. Certainly, if all goes well, she is likely to be pointed to the 2020 KY Oaks.
  2. Harvey Wallbanger, a 3YO son of Congrats and trained by Ken McPeek, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. This one shocked the world when he won the G2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 2 at long, long odds. Unfortunately for him and the connections, he has not come close since then. The best being a 4th in the Ellis Park Derby back in August. Has been 6th in the last two outings. Worked this morning, going 5 furlongs in 1:02.60. that was the 28th best time out of 51. Don’t know why things have gone South for this one, but it would be good to see him return to form again.
  3. Shoplifted, a 2YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Steve Asmussen, was last seen in the afternoons running in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Finished 7th that day at Santa Anita behind the likes of Storm the Court, Wrecking Crew, Scabbard and others. Before that, he was 5th in the G1 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita; 2nd in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga; and 1st in a MSW at “The Spa.” Seen this morning, though, at Churchill Downs. Worked a very nice 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the 9th best time out of 51 to go that far. The connections paid a handsome $800,000 for him at the Fasig-Tipton March 2YO Sale in Florida. Has a ways to go to catch up to that number, but the talent seems to be there. Keep track of this one.
  4. Finite, a 2YO daughter of Munnings and also trained by Team Asmussen, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. This talented filly — who has won 2 in a row after starting the career with back-to-back seconds — went a lengthly 6 furlongs in 1:13.60. That was the bullet move out of 2 to go that far. Last time out, this one captured the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs. That was contested at 1 mile over the main dirt track. The race before, she won at KY Downs — over the grass. Versatile. Talented. Keep watch.

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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