Updated / Work Tab for Sunday, March 24: Binoculars Focused On Gunmetal Gray (Sustains Injury), Galilean, Bellafina, Always Shopping, Gun It & Others

(Gunmetal Gray before the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs last November / 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. Gunmetal Gray, a 3YO son of Exchange Rate and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, worked at Santa Anita this morning. He went a half mile in :49.20, which was the 18th best time out of 46 to clock the distance. In his last outing, Gunmetal Gray ran 4th behind Omaha Beach, Game Winner and Market King in the second division of the Rebel Stakes on March 16. In 7 career starts, he has 2 wins and 2 seconds. Looking for more from this one next time out. Update: We were contacted via Twitter earlier today about a possible injury during or after the work. We have now confirmed, and supported in a story released by the “Daily Racing Form,” that Gunmetal Gray sustained a condylar fracture after the work and is now being scheduled to have surgery today. We will keep you posted.
  2. Bellafina, a whirlwind Quality Road filly and trained by Simon Callaghan, was scheduled to run in the Sunland Oaks today. Instead, she worked at Santa Anita this morning, going 5 furlongs in 1:04.60. that was 67th of 71 to go that far. In two starts this year, she is perfect. Winning the G2 Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 9 and the G2 Santa Ynez on Jan. 6. Can she take on the colts in the KY Derby?
  3. Always Shopping, a 3YO Awesome Again filly trained by Todd Pletcher, worked at Belmont Park this morning. She went a half mile in :48.47, which was the 23rd fastest out of 137 to go the distance. In her last start, Always Shopping won the Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct. In 4 lifetime starts now, she has a 1-2-0 record. Next out will be huge to gather points towards the KY Oaks.
  4. Break Even, a 3YO Country Day filly trained by Brad Cox, is a perfect 2-for-2 this year and in the career. She worked at the Fair Grounds this morning before her appointed trip North to Kentucky soon. Went a nice half mile in :48.80 — which was the 6th best out of 52 to trek the distance. Look for this one to get more serious action soon. Can she move up?
  5. Cosmic Code, a 3YO Into Mischief filly trained by Cox for the Juddmonte Farms, has only 1 win in the first 5 career starts. But she has 4 seconds. Look for more from this one, too, very soon. She worked a really nice half mile this morning at the Fair Grounds, going the distance in :47.80. That was the bullet move out of 52 to go that far. Watch out.
  6. Winter Sunset, a brilliant 3YO daughter of Tapit and the third place finisher in the recent Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay, worked at Fair Grounds this morning, as well. She went an easy half in :49.20. That was the 14th best time out of 52. Look for her to run over the grass at Keeneland. Has the pedigree to be one of the best in the land this year.
  7. Fluminense, a 3YO son of More Than Ready and trained by Steve Asmussen, has not been seen in the afternoons since his 7th place finish in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland last October. Got his 8th published work since Jan. 30 this morning at the Fair Grounds, going 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was 4th best of 34. Looks ready. Let’s go.
  8. Gun It, a $2.6 million purchase at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2017, has put up a win and a third in 4 career starts to date. Ran 12th in the G2 Risen Star Stakes in his last out, though, when moved up to face Stakes company for the first time. Got his 4th published work since that debacle this morning, when he went 6 furlongs in 1:12.60. that was the bullet time out of 2 to work that far. Where does he go next. Blue Grass? Lexington? Allowance? Let’s hope another shot at the Stakes level.
  9. Lady T N T, a 3YO Justin Phillip filly trained by Joe Sharp, ran second in the Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 16 in her last out. She was back in training this morning, working a half mile in :50.80. that was the 48th best time out of 75 to go that far.  Be interesting where the connections spot this one next.
  10. Galilean, a top rated California-bred son of Uncle Mo and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, worked at Los Alamitos this morning. Went a nice half mile in :47.80, which was the 2nd best time out of 10 to go that distance. Ran third in a division of the G2 Rebel Stakes last time out, running behind Long Range Toddy and Improbable. Look for this one to show more the next time out. Ran well in his first try against open company. Still belongs in the mix for the KY Derby chatter.

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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