Work Tab for Sunday, Jan. 27: Binoculars Focused On Beau Recall, Dream Maker, Midnight Fantasy, Kanthaka

(Beau Recall winning at the Fair Grounds last time out / 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. Beau Recall, a Graded Stakes winning Irish bred now trained by Brad Cox, was scheduled to head off to the breeding shed when moved from the West Coast. But she won the Blushing K.D. Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 22 and is now still in party mode in New Orleans. Trained on Saturday, going a half mile in :48.60. That was the 7th best time out of 79 to negotiate the distance over the dirt track. The 5YO mare may have to postpone that breeding date a bit more.
  2. Dream Maker, a well-bred son of Tapit and trained by Mark Casse, has not started since an awful beginning ruined any chance he had in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland last October, is working his way back to you. The colt got his 6th published work since Dec. 23 on Saturday, when he went 5 furlongs at the Fair Grounds in a nifty time of 1:01.40. That was the 10th best time out of the 53 to go the distance. A week before, he went the same distance in 1:00 flat, and that was from a standing start in the gate. Looks about ready to embark on what could be a very promising 3YO campaign. Look out here.
  3. Midnight Fantasy, a real talented Louisiana-bred daughter of Midnight Lute, trained at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, as well. This undefeated gal — who is a perfect 3-for-3 and winner of the Louisiana Futurity at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 29 in her last start — went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat for trainer Joe Sharp. That was 6th fastest of the 53. Look for this one to show up soon in a major LA-bred Stakes event at Delta Downs. She’s good. Real good.
  4. Kanthaka, a 4YO Jimmy Creed colt trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for West Point Thoroughbreds, worked at Santa Anita on Sunday morning. The multiple Graded Stakes winner went an easy half in :49.20. That was 2nd fastest out of 9 to go the distance. This talented runner was second in the G2 Palos Verdes Stakes on Jan. 19. Lost by 4 lengths to a horse by the name of Roy H. Know him? Watch out for this one’s return. Solid.

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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