Work Tab for Monday, Nov. 4: Binoculars Focused On Bravazo, Out for a Spin, Positive Spirit, Enola Gray & Others

(Bravazo at Churchill Downs last Fall / 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.

  1. Enola Gray, a 2YO daughter of Uncle Mo and trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey for the Allen Stable, worked this morning at Belmont Park. The April foal broke her maiden at first asking at KY Downs back in September. Got her 5th published work since the win today, going a half mile over the main dirt track in :48.44. That was the 5th best time out of 16 to go the distance today. Talent here. Rare to see one win on debut for this barn. When they do? Take note.
  2. White Mischief, a 3YO daughter of Into Mischief and trained by Chad Brown for the Allen Stable and Peter Brant team, worked this morning at Belmont Park, as well. The filly, who broke her maiden in the second career start back in May, got her 4th straight breeze since returning to serious training on Oct. 11. Went a half mile today in :48.44 over the main dirt track. That was the same time as the one above. Interesting. The 2YO worked the same time and distance as the 3YO.
  3. Untap, a 2YO son of Tapit and trained by HOF Coach D. Wayne Lukas, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Went a brisk 3 furlongs in :35.80 over the dirt track, and that was the 2nd fastest time out of 5 to clock the distance this a.m. This one, who cost a “modest” $200,000 at a 2YO Sale in May, made his debut at KEE on Oct. 17. Trailed the entire length of that one and finished 12th. Now, he is entered for the 7th race at Churchill Downs on Friday. Has to improve, right?
  4. Bravazo, the 4YO son of Awesome Again and trained by Lukas for Calumet Farm, has not been seen in the afternoons since his inspiring 4th place finish against some of the world’s best in the G1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26. But that was the 12th race of an “extended” 2018 campaign, plus a month. He got his 5th published breeze today since returning to serious training on Oct. 6. Went 5 furlongs in an impressive :59.60. that was the 2nd best time of 31. In 17 career starts, Bravazo only has 3 wins. But he has won over $2 million in purses. Should not be that much longer now. Looks to be cranking it up.
  5. Enforceable, a 2YO son of Tapit and trained by Mark Casse for owner John Oxley, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. This April foal — who ran 3rd in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity in his last outing — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the 13th best time out of 31 to go the distance. It was the colt’s 2nd published work since the race in early October. Got a little break after that one. Looked like the barn asked a little more of him today. Connections paid $775,000 for this one at the 2018 KEE September Yearling Sale. Could be a good one. A real good one.
  6. Out for a Spin, winner of the G1 Ashland Stakes at KEE this April, has not raced since finishing 10th behind Serengeti Empress in this year’s version of the G1 KY Oaks. Has been training away, though, since returning to serious conditioning on Sept. 11. Got her 8th published work since then this morning, going 6 furlongs in 1:15.40. That was the only work at the distance today. Has to be ready soon, one would think. In 6 lifetime starts, to date, she has 3 wins and a third. Looking forward to having her back.
  7. Positive Spirit, another 2018 KY Oaks contender who has been on an extended vacation, worked this morning at KEE for trainer Rudolphe Brisset. The 3YO Pioneerof the Nile filly, who ran 2nd in the G2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct before not finishing the Oaks, went 5 furlongs over the main dirt track in 1:01.20. That was 5th best of 15 to go that distance. It was the 7th published work since this one started back on Sept. 6 at the Stonestreet Training facility. Moved over to KEE on Oct. 6. Should be ready soon, one would think. In 7 career starts, to date, she has a 2-2-1 record and earnings of nearly $300,000. Welcome back, dear.

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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