Work Tab for Sunday, July 7: Binoculars Focused On War of Will, Owendale, Beau Recall, Morticia, The Mackem Bullet & Others

(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. Beau Recall, a 5YO Sir Prancealot mare who may have been in foal by now if not for a torrid run this Spring and Summer for new trainer Brad Cox, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The mare — who has 2 wins and 2 seconds in Stakes races this year — went an easy half mile in :48.80 over the dirt track. That was the 14th best time out of 55 to go that far. Look for this one to resurface on the grass soon. Last time out, she was second in the G1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park.
  2. Limari, a 4YO Medaglia d’Oro filly and also trained by Cox, worked under the Twin Spires this morning, as well. This filly — who has 3 wins in 4 starts this year, and was third in the G3 Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes last time out on June 8 — went a half mile in :50 flat. That was 38th out of the 55. Look for her return soon, as well.
  3. Owendale, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and winner of the Ohio Derby in his last outing, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Brad Cox. In the last 3 starts, this guy has won the G3 Lexington and finished third to War of Will in the G1 Preakness Stakes. Improving. A. Lot. Went an easy half today in :49.40. That was 26th of 55. More Derbies in this guy’s future. Soon. May turn out to be the best 3YO in the country. Yet.
  4. War of Will, winner of the Preakness Stakes before tiring to be 9th in the Belmont Stakes, is the only 3YO to compete in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year. He has been moved from his Spring/Summer home at Keeneland over to Louisville now, and worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The impressive-looking son of War Front worked a half mile in :49.40. that was 26th of 55. It was his second published work since the Belmont Stakes. Could be readied for the big races at Saratoga later this summer.
  5. Winter Sunset, a 3YO Tapit filly trained by Wayne Catalano, worked this morning in Louisville. The beautiful gray daughter of Winter Memories went 5 furlongs in 1:03.80. That was the 10th best time out of 10 to work the distance. But this one is certainly race fit. Has run 4 times already this year and has a 1-1-2 mark. Last out was on June 15, when she ran second in the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs. More to come.
  6. Morticia, a 5YO Twirling Candy filly trained by Rusty Arnold, worked this morning at Keeneland. This year, the filly has 2 wins and 2 seconds in 4 starts — including a win in the Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland in April. Won a very nice allowance at Churchill Downs in the last outing. Look for more Stakes events soon. Went a nice half mile at Keeneland this morning, covering the distance in :48.80. That was the 3rd best time out of the 18 to go that far.
  7. The Mackem Bullet, a 3YO Society Rock filly trained by Wesley Ward, worked over the grass course at Keeneland this morning. This talented runner — who won the G2 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland on April 7 in her last start — went 5 furlongs over the Lexington sod in 1:00.40. That was the bullet move out of 4 to go that distance. Look for this one soon. Looks primed.

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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