Work Tab for Sunday, Feb. 10: Binoculars Firmly Focused On Gun It, Combatant, Nitrous, Hot Springs, Mia Mischief, Synchrony

(Gun It winning at the Fair Grounds earlier this meet / Hodges Photography & Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

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. Multiplier, a 5YO gelded son of The Factor, worked this morning at Belmont Park. This one was last seen in October, when he was 10th in the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. Ran third in the G2 Del Handicap last year for Peter Miller and did win the G3 Illinois Derby as a 3YO. Some back class there with this one. Got his 3rd published work since Jan. 23 this morning, going 3 furlongs in :36.66. That was the 3rd best time out of 20 to go the distance. Would be nice to see this guy back on his “A” game.
  2. Awesome One, a 3YO daughter of Speightstown and trained by my great friend Buff Bradley, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. This one cost $150,000 at the Fasig-Tipton March 2YO Sale last year, and has run 4 times so far. Got a fourth last time out at the FG on Jan. 25. Worked this morning with a purpose, going a nice half mile in :48.40. That was the 3rd fastest time out of 103 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this one next time out. Could be ready.
  3. Chaos Theory, a 4YO Curlin gelding, is entered to run in the Colonel Power Stakes this coming Saturday at the Fair Grounds. And, if today’s work for that race is any indication, he may be a handful. He went a half mile in :47.80 — which was the bullet move. Not bad for a horse who won impressively his last time out here. Watching.
  4. Combatant, a 4YO Scat Daddy colt trained by Steve Asmussen for the team of Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. He is entered in the G3 Fair Grounds Handicap on Saturday, and tuned up with a half-mile work in :49.80. that was the 44th best time. This one has only one win in 14 tries, but has 3 seconds and 3 thirds. And, he has faced some good ones in the past. Ran third to River Boyne and Desert Stone in the G2 Mathis Brothers Mile at Santa Anita in the last out.
  5. Gun It, a $2.6 million purchase at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for Mandy Pope, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. In three lifetime starts to date, he has a win and a third. He will step it up in the G2 Risen Star Stakes on Saturday — if he draws into the race. He is the #15 and on the AE List. He worked an easy half mile this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. Went the distance in :50.80. That was 76th out of the 103 group.
  6. Nitrous, a 3YO Tapit colt trained by Asmussen, worked this morning. He went an easy half in :50.20. That was 57th. He won his last outing in the Riley Allison Derby at Sunland Park. In 6 lifetime starts now, he has a 2-1-1 record. Be interesting where the team places him next and whether they target the Triple Crown. Has credentials.
  7. Wings of Dawn, a 3YO daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and trained by Mark Casse for owner John Oxley, may be one to watch. She has shifted from Gulfstream Park to Louisiana, and worked this morning at the Fair Grounds for the fourth time since Jan. 21. She went a half mile in :48.40. That was the 3rd fastest time out of the 103. Looks primed and ready to go. Although she has not hit the board in the first two outs, she did cost $600,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and is now training like a good thing. Watch out.
  8. Hot Springs, a 4YO son of Uncle Mo and trained by Asmussen for the Woodford Racing LLC, worked this morning in New Orleans. This one — who has a 4-1-0 record in 7 career starts — has not started since winning the G3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs in November. Got this 4th published work this morning since Jan. 21, and went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was 7th of 47 to go the distance. Getting close.
  9. Mia Mischief, now a 4YO filly by Into Mischief and trained by Asmussen, worked this morning in the “Big Easy.” This one — who ran 9th in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint in her last outing and has a 4-5-0 record in 11 starts — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was 7th best, as well. It was her third work since returning to serious training here on Jan. 28. She did win the G2 Eight Belles at Churchill Downs last May and has a serious burst of speed. Getting closer to 2019 debut.
  10. Synchrony, a 6YO son of Tapit and a lover of the Fair Grounds turf, is entered in the G3 Fair Grounds Handicap on Saturday. He tuned up for trainer Michael Stidham this morning by going 5 furlongs in 1:00.60. That was 3rd best of the 47 to go. He has not run since finishing 3rd in the G2 Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar in November. Last three races at the Fair Grounds, though? All wins. Looks ready.

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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