Work Tab For Saturday, April 13: Binoculars Focused On Maximum Security, Dunbar Road, Arklow, Beau Recall & Others

(Ark low winning at KY Downs / Photo Courtesy of KY 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.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Arklow, a Graded Stakes winner for the barn of Brad Cox, did not finish an allowance race at Keeneland on April 5. But he looks to be doing well, any way. He worked at Churchill Downs this morning going a half mile over the dirt surface in a very nice :47.40. That was the 3rd fastest time out of 62 to go that far. The son of Arch has won over $1.073 million in a wonderful career, and here’s hoping for better things to come.
  2. Beau Recall, a beautiful Irish-bred daughter of Sir Prancealot, looked to be headed to the breeding shed when she was shipped East from Santa Anita this winter. But after Stakes wins and another second while wintering in New Orleans, she is still in training with Brad Cox. Worked this morning at Churchill Downs, going a half mile in :49.20. That was 32nd of the 62 in a purse maintenance move for the grass expert.
  3. Mr. Money, fifth in the LA Derby last time out for trainer W. Bret Calhoun, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. The son of Goldencents went a half mile in :48.40, which was the 14th fastest time out of 62 to make the distance. This guy ran 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, but has not returned with the same fervor this Spring. Be interesting to see what the talented Calhoun will do with this one next? A bit shorter ground?
  4. Dunbar Road, a very talented 3YO filly by Quality Road, worked at the Palm Meadows training facility in South Florida this morning for trainer Chad Brown. In just two starts, this one has a win and a second in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks. In chatting with jockey agent Jimmy Riccio this week, his Jose Ortiz has the saddle job for this one when she comes to KY soon. She worked a half mile this morning, going an easy :50.50 — which was the 22nd best time out of 40. Watch for this one. Put on your list. Talent.
  5. Maximum Security, a 3YO son of New Year’s Day and run-away winner of the G1 Florida Derby in his last outing, was back in training at Palm Meadows this morning. Basically galloped a half mile in :54.85, which was the 40th best time out of the 40 for trainer Jason Servis. Has the points for the KY Derby. Does he have the game?

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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