Work Tab for Saturday, Oct. 19: Binoculars Focused On Mr. Money, Owendale, Elate, Valid Point, Dunbar Road, Come Dancing & More

(Mr. Money / 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.

  1. Bourbon War, a highly-touted 3YO colt by Tapit earlier this year on the Triple Crown trail, worked this morning at Belmont Park for trainer Mark Hennig. The colt — who is coming off a 7th place finish in the G2 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park in the last outing — went 3 furlongs over the inner turf course in :35.88. That was the bullet move out of 2 to travel that distance this a.m. Look for more out of this one, as he converts to a new surface. Still could be what we all hoped for his Spring. A real good one.
  2. Standard Deviation, a 3YO son of Curlin and trained by Chad Brown, worked this morning at Belmont Park, as well. This one, who ran a hard-beat third in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at KEE a year ago, and is now coming off a 3rd place finish in the G2 Hill Prince Stakes, went a steady half-mile in :48.55. That was the bullet move out of 4 to go that far over the inner turf course. In 9 career starts now, this one has a 3-1-3 mark. The career on grass my sprout roots, though.
  3. Valid Point, a 3YO son of Scat Daddy and another trained by Chad Brown, is coming off a disappointing 10th in the G1 Shadwell Mile here on Oct. 5. Jockey Javier Castellano never gave this one a chance, and he suffered his first loss in 4 career starts. Today, the colt worked in combo with the one above over the inner turf, and went stride for stride with his teammate. Look for this one to kick a little butt when he returns to the track next time. I’ll be wagering.
  4. Dunbar Road, who ran third to Blue Prize in the G1 Spinster Stakes at KEE in her last start, took a giant step forward towards the Breeders’ Cup this morning. She worked 4 furlongs over the dirt track in :48.77. That was the 20th best time out of 55 to go that far. In 6 career races now, this 3YO daughter of Quality Road has 4 wins, a second and a third. She may get it all in the BC Distaff. She is that good.
  5. Structor, a 2YO son of Palace Malice and undefeated in two career starts for trainer Chad Brown, worked in NY this morning, as well. He went 5 furlongs over the inner turf course in 1:00.99. That was 3rd best of 5 to test the distance. Look for this one to challenge for the Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. The win in the G3 Pilgrim last time out was very nice.
  6. Come Dancing, who some will consider the horse to beat in the Fillies & Mares Sprint, worked this morning at Belmont for trainer Carlos Martin. The brilliantly fast daughter of Malibu Moon has 4 wins and a second in 5 starts this year. She has won the last two and 4 of the last 5 and is coming off a kick-butt performance in the G2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont in late September. Prepped for CA this morning, going 6 furlongs in 1:10.20. That was the only time clocked for the distance.
  7. Elate, runner-up in the G1 Spinster Stakes in her last outing, got to stretch her legs at Churchill Downs this a.m. The 4YO daughter of Medaglia d’Oro went 3 furlongs in a brisk :34.60. That was the bullet move out of 8 to work the distance. In 18 career starts now, Elate has a record of 7-7-2 and has earned over $2.328 million in purses. Will she go in the Distaff? Or the Classic? Time will tell.
  8. Arklow, a 5YO son of Arch and trained by Brad Cox, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. Coming off his impressive win in the G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park in his last outing, Arklow went 4 furlongs over the dirt track in :47.80. He went in company with Mr. Misunderstood. And, he established the best time out of 72 to go that far today. Is America’s top hope in the Turf Classic. Is he good enough?
  9. Got Stormy, a 4YO Get Stormy filly trained by Mark Casse, is coming off a 2nd in the G1 Woodbine Mile in her last outing against the colts. Before that, she won the G1 Fourstardave Stakes at Saratoga. This morn, she worked at Churchill Downs. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the 11th best time out of 58 to clock the distance. Questions abound on where she will land in the BC. She’s good enough to be there, that’s for sure.
  10. Mr. Money, winner of 4 Stakes events in a row before he sustained a tough-beat second in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby in the last outing, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer W. Bret Calhoun. Went 5 furlongs in :59.20, which was the bullet move out of 58 to go that far. What a horse. He sure can run. So much so that some are now referring to him as “Mr. Man.” I agree with that. He is a man. Love this one.
  11. Owendale, winner of the Oklahoma Derby in his last outing and now a candidate for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic for trainer Brad Cox, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The son of Into Mischief went 6 furlongs in 1:13.60. That was the best time out of 2 to go that far. In 12 lifetime starts now, this one has a 5-1-2 record and nearly $1 million in career earnings. Don’t go to sleep here. Improving. Rapidly.

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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