Work Tab for Monday, Sept. 9: Binoculars Focused On Improbable, Lady Apple & Others

(Improbable works 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.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Rowdy Yates, a 2YO son of Morning Line and perhaps one of the best Oklahoma-breds to run in open company in quite some time, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen. The colt — who is coming off an impressive win in the Ellis Park Juvenile, and is now got 2 wins and a second in the G3 Bashford Manor in just 3 starts — breezed a half mile in an easy :50.60. That was the 35th best time out of 49 to clock the distance. This guy was purchased for $42,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale a year ago. Looks to be quite the bargain.
  2. Lady Apple, a 3YO Curlin filly who was third to Serengeti Empress in this year’s KY Oaks, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for the Asmussen barn, as well. This gal — who has an impressive 4-2-1 record in 10 lifetime starts and has already earned nearly $700,000 in purses — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was the 8th best time out of 17 to mark the distance. Lady Apple is coming off a disappointing 8th in the G1 Alabama Stakes in her last out at Saratoga. But that was the first time she missed the board in the last 6 races. Won the G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn and the G3 Iowa Oaks, too. Look for better next out.
  3. Qahira, a 3YO filly by Cairo Prince and trained by Bob Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning. This gal — who has won 2 in a row and 3 of 5 lifetime — looks about ready to step it up and face Stakes company soon. Went a half mile in :48.80 — which was 14th best out of 37 to go the distance. The connections paid a handsome $375,000 for this one at the OBS 2YO Sale in June 2018. Looking for more soon.
  4. Improbable, a 3YO City Zip colt who ran 4th in this year’s KY Derby, worked this morning at Santa Anita, as well. The colt — who rebounded with a nice win in the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 25 for his first win of 2019 — went 5 furlongs in a tidy 1:00 flat. That was the bullet move out of 26 to go the distance early on. Looks like this guy may be back on his game and running shoes. Watch out. The trainer can work magic.

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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