Work Tab for Saturday, May 25: Binoculars Focused On Code of Honor, Sir Winston, Spinoff & 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.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Code of Honor, a 3YO son of Noble Mission and runner-up in this year’s controversial KY Derby, worked this morning at Belmont Park for trainer Shug McGaughey. He went 3 furlongs in :37.33, which was the 10th fastest time out of 17 to go that distance today. It was the first published work for the colt since the Derby. In the last three starts now, he has won the Fountain of Youth; run third to Maximum Security in the Florida Derby; and was second in the Derby. What’s next? Belmont Stakes, maybe?
  2. Dunbar Road, who was on the AE List and never got into the KY Oaks for trainer Chad Brown, worked this morning at Belmont Park, as well. The 3YO filly by Quality Road — who was 2nd in the Gulfstream Park Oaks in her last try — may be a contender to run in the G1 Acorn Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day? She went a half mile in :48.59, which was the 12th fastest time out of 57 to negotiate the distance today. Take note of this one.
  3. Intrepid Heart, third in the Peter Pan Stakes last time out for trainer Todd Pletcher, worked this morning at Belmont Park. Went a half mile in :49.16, in a pure maintenance move. That was 26th out of the 57. The 3YO son of Tapit now has two wins and a third in three career starts. A Belmont Stakes contender in the making.
  4. Sir Winston, second in the Peter Pan last time out, worked for trainer Mark Casse at “The Big Sandy,” this morning. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.48. That was 14th out of 28 to go that far. Winless in 4 starts this year, but the last race was very encouraging for this son of Awesome Again. Another possible for the Belmont Stakes.
  5. Spinoff, runner-up in this year’s Louisiana Derby before posting a disappointing 18th in the KY Derby for trainer Todd Pletcher, worked this morning in New York, as well. Went 5 furlongs in a spectacular :59.21 — which was the 2nd best time out of the 28. Looked well in hand, and striding out nicely. In 5 career starts to date, this son of Hard Spun has a 2-1-1 record. Looks primed for the Belmont. Don’t dismiss.

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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