Work Tab for Monday, Sept. 23: Binoculars Focused On Code of Honor, Mucho Gusto & Others

(Code of Honor before this year’s KY Derby / 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. Code of Honor, a 3YO son of Noble Mission and trained by Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey for Hall of Fame person Will Farish, worked this morning at Belmont Park. The G1 Travers Stakes winner went an easy half mile in :50.63. That was the 17th best time out of 19 to go the distance this a.m. Purely a maintenance move. Ready for a big Fall. Poised.
  2. Eddy Forever, a 2YO son of Medaglia d’Oro and trained by Bob Baffert for the Don Alberto Stable, worked this morning at Santa Antia. The colt — who ran 4th on debut at Del Mar — went a half mile in :48.20, which was 9th best out of 67 to go the distance. This homebred may be worth watching — and betting — next time out. In the inaugural run, Eddy Forever broke dead last and went way wide and still lost by less than 2. Looks poised.
  3. Anonymity, a 5YO Tapit mare trained by Richard Mandella, has raced only twice this year and has finished 2nd in both the G2 Great Lay M Stakes and the G3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap. In 9 lifetime starts, she has 3 wins, 5 seconds and 1 third. Got her 5th published work since the last race on Aug. 11 this morning at Santa Anita. Went a very nice 5 furlongs in :59 flat. That was the bullet move out of 58 to go the distance. Ready. Aim.
  4. Mucho Gusto, a 3YO son of Mucho Macho Man and trained by Bob Baffert, worked 5 furlongs at Santa Anita this morning, as well. Went the distance in 1:00.40, which was the 7th best time out of 58 to cover the distance. In 9 lifetime starts, she has 5 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds. Ran 3rd in the Travers Stakes last time out and 2nd in the Haskell Stakes before that. Breeders’ Cup Classic in the horizon?

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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