Work Tab for Sunday, Feb. 3: Binoculars Firmly Focused On War of Will, Hog Creek Hustle, Dream Maker, Lone Sailor, Flameaway & Others

1/19/2019. – War of Will wins the 75th running of the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

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. Giuseppe the Great, now a 5YO horse by Lookin at Lucky, was back on the work tab at Oaklawn Park this morning for trainer Nick Zito. Remember this guy? He ran second in the G2 Woody Stephens in June of 2017; and second in the G2 Jim Dandy in July of that year. He was third in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby and won an allowance at Gulfstream Park in December of 2017. But he went winless in 2018, and, in fact, didn’t even hit the board in five starts. Had three 4ths. But? This morning he got his first published work since he was 4th in the State Dinner Stakes at Belmont Park last July. He went 3 furlongs in :36.80. Not bad for a first on the comeback trail. Love to see this guy get back to his former self. Would be fun.
  2. Missmizz, a 3YO Mizzen Mast filly trained by Michael Stidham, worked his morning at Tampa Bay. This filly has made only one start to date, and she made it count — winning a MSW event at Tampa on Dec. 30. She got her third published work since that race today, going 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the third fastest time out of 12 to work this distance this morning. The connections paid a very reasonable $32,000 for this one at the Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Sale in 2017. Be interesting to see how this one develops.
  3. Beau Recall, a classy 5YO Irish-bred mare now trained by Brad Cox, got her third published work since winning a Stakes event at the Fair Grounds in her first try for the new barn. She went a half mile in :48 flat on Saturday. That was the 4th best time out of 169 to go the distance. Be interesting to see if the connections go ahead and breed her, or continue to milk a few more races out. She certainly looks like she is primed and ready to go.
  4. Dream Maker, a talented 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Mark Casse for John Oxley, is entered to run in an allowance event at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 9. It will be his first race since his debacle in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity last October. He has gotten 7 published works since Dec. 23 — the last coming in New Orleans on Saturday. He went an easy half in :49.80. that was the 93rd best time out of the 169. The two times before, though, he rocked the a.m. Looks ready for the return. Be watching.
  5. Hog Creek Hustle, runner-up to War of Will in the G3 LeComte Stakes the last time out at the Fair Grounds, was back in action on Saturday, as well. The son of Overanalyze — who is expected to test the deeper waters of the G2 Risen Star Stakes next out here — went a solid half mile in :48.60. that was the 19th best time out of the 169. Can he get the route of ground. Time will tell.
  6. Manny Wah, third place finisher in the LeComte, was also on the track at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. He went a half mile in :49.20, which was 53rd best. The son of Will Take Charge is also expected to run back in the Risen Star for trainer Wayne Catalano.
  7. Telekinesis, a mucho talented 4YO son of Ghostzapper and trained by Casse for Stonestreet Stables, worked at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. The runner-up in last year’s G3 Lexington Stakes went a nice half mile in :48.80. That was 35th of the group. He made his return to the races here on Jan. 18 with a second place finish. First out since last August. Should improve immensely off that effort.
  8. War of Will, the super impressive winner of the LeComte and now the “NOW HORSE” on the Kentucky Derby Trail, got to stretch his legs on Saturday morn, as well. The super-well bred son of War Front breezed an easy half in :51 flat. Just a chance to knock off the sun rays. What a beautiful colt, who is just now getting to hit his stride. Watch out here. May be the real deal.
  9. Flameaway, a 4YO son of Scat Daddy and trained by Casse, worked at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, too. This one set the world on fire last spring, beating Catholic Boy in the G3 Sam Davis and then running second in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby and the G2 Blue Grass Stakes to Good Magic. Ran 13th in the KY Derby, and didn’t return to the same form the rest of the year. After a 7th in the G3 Smarty Jones at Parx in August, he was put up for the year. Got his 8th published work since Dec. 6 on Saturday, going 5 furlongs in a nice 1:00.80. That was the 7th best time out of 73. Looks ready. Aim.
  10. Lone Sailor, a contender in most of the top 3YO Stakes a year ago, got his second published work on the comeback trail on Saturday at the Fair Grounds. He went 5 furlongs for trainer Tom Amoss in a nice 1:00.80 — the same time as Flameaway. This son of Majestic Warrior may be a few breezes away, but looks like he is returning to the game in fine form. Keep the eye out.

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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