Work Tab For Saturday, Sept. 7: Binoculars Focused On War of Will, Catholic Boy, Beau Recall, Monomoy Girl, & the Brilliant Dennis’ Moment

(War of Will 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. Catholic Boy, still one of the best older horses in all of training and now a 4YO son of More Than Ready, worked this morning at Belmont Park for trainer Jonathan Thomas. The colt — who was 2nd in the G2 Suburban Stakes at Belmont Park in his last outing on July 6 — went 5 furlongs over the dirt training track in 1:00.40. That was the 2nd best time out of 13 to work the distance. In 12 lifetime starts now, Catholic Boy has a record of 7-2-0. Look for him to get a race in soon at “The Big Sandy” in preparation for the year’s end classics. Don’t forget about this one. Don’t go to sleep and lose touch. Supreme talent on all surfaces.
  2. Prince Lucky, one of the best Pennsylvania-breds of all time, worked this morning at Belmont Park for trainer Todd Pletcher. The 4YO son of Corinthian went 5 furlongs in a blistering :59.59. That was the bullet move out of the 13 to go the distance over the dirt training track. Last time out, this one got his game together again — winning the State Dinner at Belmont Park on July 7. Over 13 lifetime starts now, has 7 wins and 2 thirds. More to come. Good luck to the connections. Some of the best in this McConnell family.
  3. War of Will, winner of this year’s Preakness Stakes and one of the best 3YOs of this generation, worked this morning at Belmont Park, as well. The son of War Front went 5 furlongs in :59 flat over the main track — which was the bullet move out of 2 to go that far. Since the Preakness Stakes, War of Will has a 9th in the Belmont Stakes and a 5th in the Jim Dandy. Looks to rebound soon, in final prep for the Breeders’Cup Classic. Has the game for it.
  4. Beau Recall, a 5YO daughter of Sir Prancealot and now trained by Brad Cox, has had an amazing year. In 5 starts in 2019, she has 3 wins and 2 seconds. Coming off an impressive win in the G2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 3. Today, she breezed a half mile at Churchill Downs in :49.40. that was the 31st best time out of 85 to travel the distance over the main track. Pure maintenance move for this grass expert. More in the tank. For sure.
  5. Marquee Prince, a 3YO Cairo Prince colt and often a work mate of Monomoy Girl, got to go on his own at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Brad Cox. This guy — who has 4 wins in 9 starts and is a Multiple Stakes winner in his own right — was impressive. Went a half mile in :47.20 — which was the bullet move out of 85 to go that distance. Wow time. Look for this one to run a big one soon.
  6. Owendale, 5th in the G1 Travers Stakes last time out, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for the barn of Brad Cox. The winner of the G3 Lexington Stakes and the G3 Ohio Derby — sandwiched around a 3rd to War of Will in the Preakness Stakes — went an easy half mile in :48.80. That was 16th best of 85. Look for him to rebound in the next out.
  7. Dennis’ Moment, one of the most exciting 2YO colts I have ever seen, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Dale Romans. The son of Tiznow breezed 5 furlongs in a scintillating :58.80 — which was the bullet move out of 49 to clock the distance. Wow performance. Wow time. Wow horse. Don’t miss this one in the Iroquois Stakes coming up in September at Churchill Downs. He’s special.
  8. Monomoy Girl, the magnificent Champ of 2018 and the 4YO daughter of Tapizar, worked 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat this morning under the Twin Spires. It was the 4th published work since she returned to serious training on Aug. 17. Looks about ready to make the 2019 debut soon for the barn of Brad Cox. Needs a race before defending her title in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. For sure.

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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