Work Tab for Sunday, June 30: Binoculars Focused On Catholic Boy, Bricks and Mortar, Prince Lucky, Beau Recall, Champagne Anyone & Others

(Bricks and Mortar / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Champagne Anyone / 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. Passing Out, a 3YO filly by Orb and trained by Shug McGaughey for the Phipps Stable and Stuart Janney III, is one to watch for in the near future. The gal won at first asking on Feb. 23 at Gulfstream Park — which is a tall order for one of the best, most patient trainers in the business. Was off until June 1, when she ran 5th in an allowance event at Belmont Park. She went 3-wide into the first turn of that 11/8-mile tour over the inner turf. Tired mightily. Keep an eye out for the next time run. Worked today — for the second time since the last race — and went a nice half-mile in :47.25. That was the bullet move out of 49 to go the distance. If this one cuts back to a mile or so, she may be worth a ticket, or two.
  2. Catholic Boy, a 4YO son of More Than Ready and one of the best horses in training around the world, worked at Belmont Park today, as well. The colt, who won the G2 Dixie Stakes in his first start this year and first afternoon performance since running 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last November, went a half-mile over the dirt training track in :51.20. That was 59th out of 67 to make the distance. Been working regularly since the last win. Should be primed for the summer run.
  3. Prince Lucky, one of the best PA-breds ever (including Smarty Jones) and a 4YO son of Corinthian, worked at Belmont Park today. Went a half-mile for trainer Todd Pletcher in :48.87 — which was the 26th best time. Started the year with back-to-back wins in the G3 Hal’s Hope and the G2 Gulfstream Park Mile, but didn’t much care for the slop in the G3 Westchester Stakes on May 4 when racing at Belmont Park. Last out, he caught a monster field in the G1 Met Mile, where he ran 9th. I can toss the last 2 if he finds the right company next time out. Guy can run. Period.
  4. Bricks and Mortar, perhaps the best horse in the world right now, worked at Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown. The 5YO son of Giant’s Causeway — who has won all 4 of his races this year and now has 9 wins and 2 thirds in 11 career starts — went 5 furlongs over the inner turf course today. Took the distance in a time of 1:00.63. That was 3rd best of 12 to try the turf. Watch out. Best in the world right now. The. Best.
  5. Beau Recall, a 5YO mare by Sir Prancealot and now trained by Brad Cox, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. The mare — who has 2 wins and 2 seconds in 4 starts this year — went an easy half-mile over the dirt track in :50.80. That was 62nd out of 69 to go the distance. In her last start, the mare ran second in the G1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park. Before that, though, won the G2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile. So good right now. So good.
  6. Ulele, a 3YO Candy Ride filly trained by Brad Cox, is entered to run in the G3 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows on July 5. Comes off a nice second in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico in her last out. Lost to Point of Honor that day by only a half-length. Worked a half-mile today in :49.20. That was 32nd out of the 69.
  7. Champagne Anyone, winner of the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks and 4th in this year’s KY Oaks, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Ian Wilkes. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat, which was the 2nd best time out of 19. She could really be sitting on a huge one next out. Bears watching.
  8. With Dignity, a 3YO Declaration of War filly and trained by Ian Wilkes, may be one of the most improving fillies in this age group, and she definitely deserves watching on the go-forward. In two starts this year, she is a perfect 2-for-2, and has come from off the pace to make a startling late run in each. May be ready to jump into the Stakes company soon for one of the top barn operations in the country. Worked 5 furlongs today in 1:00 flat, which was 2nd best, too. Watch for this one.

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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