Work Tab for Saturday, June 15: Binoculars Focused On Maximum Security, Catholic Boy, Owendale & Others

(Maximum Security before the 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. Maximum Security, the troubled soul who finished first in the KY Derby only to be the first horse in the history of the race to be disqualified for interference, worked 3 furlongs at Monmouth Park this morning for trainer Jason Servis. The colt went the distance in :37 flat. That was 5th best of 19. He was scheduled to run in the Pegasus Stakes on the Jersey Shore this weekend. Still?
  2. Catholic Boy, one of the best horses in training today, worked at Belmont Park this morning for trainer Jonathan Thomas. Went 5 furlongs in 1:02.15. That was over the dirt track, and was the 3rd best time out of 4 to go that distance. This son of More Than Ready is as versatile as they get, and good as they come. Next?
  3. Harvey Wallbanger, a 3YO colt trained by Ken McPeek, worked at Keeneland this morning. Went 3 furlongs in :37.40. That was the 18th best time out of 31 to make the distance. The son of Congrats jumped on the Kentucky Derby Trail earlier this year when he upset the world in the G2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 2. Fell apart after that, running 8th in the Florida Derby; and then  back-to-back 7ths in the G3 Lexington Stakes and the Oaklawn Park Invitational. Today’s work was his first serious exercise since April 28.
  4. Owendale, winner of the G3 Lexington Stakes and third-place finisher in the Preakness Stakes, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Brad Cox. Went 5 furlongs in an impressive and brisk :59.40. That was the bullet move out of 21 to go that far. This one — by Into Mischief — may end up the best of the division — yet. Keep an eye on him. Looks to be primed for a good one soon.
  5. Roiland, a 3YO son of Successful Appeal and trained by Tom Amoss for the ownership team of James and Mary Durlacher, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. Went an easy half mile in :49.20. That was the 47th best time out of 86 to go that far. This one was very impressive in closing strong to be third to War of Will in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds earlier this year. But gate issues hurt his chances when running 6th in the G2 Louisiana Derby and the G3 Lexington Stakes. Has not run since finishing 5th in the Oaklawn Invitational. Today’s move was his first published work since April. On the road back. Good luck to this one.

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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