Work Tab for Saturday, Aug. 31: Binoculars Focused On Restless Rider, Covfefe, Miss Jacqueline & Others

(Restless Rider, before this year’s KY Oaks, has returned to the work tab / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

I am currently in Iceland on holiday, and we are 4 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone. So, when I sit to study on the day’s work tab, I am several hours ahead of any of the day’s work horses. So, I will be reviewing Friday’tab today:

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:

Friday’s Work Tab:

  1. Bernheim, a 2YO colt by Street Boss and trained by Brad Cox, won the career debut up at Indy Grand on Aug. 3 and now appears about ready to strike again. The colt got his second breeze since that winning performance on Friday, going a nice half mile in :48.60 at Churchill Downs. That was the 11th bet time out of 73 to clock the distance. This one is a home-bred for the Godolphin Stables, and bears keep a close eye on in the near future.
  2. Covfefe, a much-talented 3YO daughter of Into Mischief and another trained by Cox, worked under the Twin Spires on Friday, as well. The filly — who already has 4 wins and a third in just 6 lifetime starts to date — went a half mile in :48.40. That was the 7th best time. In her last time out, Covfefe returned to face only 3YO fillies, again, and she won the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga. Stay tuned on this one.
  3. Cambria, a 2YO filly by Speightstown and trained by Wesley Ward, turned in a “Wow” performance on Friday at Keeneland. The undefeated gal breezed a half mile over the main dirt track in a eye-popping :46 flat. Of course, that was the bullet move out of 22 to clock the distance in Lexington. In both of her starts to date, Cambria has won over the synthetic surface at Presque Isle. Last time out was July 30. Today’s move was the 2nd published work for the filly since the last win. The filly is owned by the same operation that bred her — Stonestreet Stables. But there is an interesting fun fact. The filly was RNA’d for $120,000 at the 2018 KEE September Sale. Good call.
  4. Restless Rider, a 3YO daughter of Distorted Humor and trained by Ken McPeek, has not run since finishing 12th in this year’s KY Oaks. But make no mistake. When right, she is one of the most talented 3YO fillies in the land. In 8 career starts — including the Oaks — she has 3 wins and 4 seconds and is a G1 Stakes winner. She got her 2nd published work on Friday since returning to training on Aug. 24. Went 3 furlongs at Saratoga in :36.87. That was the bullet move out of 2 to go that distance.
  5. Miss Jacqueline, a 2YO filly by Jack Milton and out of our very own ill-fated mare Diamond Seeker, worked at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington for trainer Stephen Lyster on Friday. While our time expert clocked her a little faster, she was officially timed at :37 flat for a nice 3 furlong breeze. It was her second 3 furlong move and all things are pointing North. Hope to get a start before the year’s end, and we are hoping for the best for this filly. IMO? She has a chance to be a good one. We shall see. Wish us luck.

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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