Work Tab for Sunday, May 19: Binoculars Focused On Long Range Toddy, Bricks and Mortar, Prince Lucky, Newspaperofrecord, Robert Bruce & Others

(Long Range Toddy / 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. Durkin’s  Call, a 3YO Jump Start gelding trained by Bill Mott, is coming off a disappointing 10th in the G3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on KY Derby Day. He was back in training this morning at Belmont Park, working a half mile in an easy :49 flat. That was the 8th best time out of 49 to go the distance. This guy has 3 wins, a second and a third in 10 lifetime starts to date. Be interesting to see where the barn decides to go with this one next.
  2. Prince Lucky, who we think may be the best PA-bred of all time (and, yeah, we know about Smarty Jones), worked this morning at Belmont Park for trainer Todd Pletcher. The 4YO son of Corinthian went a nice half mile in :48.55, which was the 4th best time out of 49 to work that distance. In 11 career starts, he has 6 wins and two thirds. Ran a disappointing 6th in the G3 Westchester Stakes on May 4 — which snapped a 3-race win streak for him. Was 4-wide throughout that affair and never was able to overcome the bad trip. Look for more next time out. He’s a good one. Darn good.
  3. Spinoff, who was 18th in the G1 KY Derby last time out and missed the board for the first time in his 5-race career, worked this morning at Belmont Park for Pletcher and crew. Went a half mile over the dirt training track in :48.72. That was the 5th best time out of the 49. Look for more next time out. Overmatched in the Derby.
  4. Bricks and Mortar, a 5YO Giant’s Causeway horse who has won 4 races in a row and should now be considered the best grass horse in the world, worked at Belmont Park this morning for trainer Chad Brown. He went a half mile over the inner turf track in :49.88. That was the 23rd best time out of 25 to work over the sod. Pure maintenance move. What a nice one here. The Best right now.
  5. Newspaperofrecord, a 3YO Lope de Vega filly trained by Chad Brown, lost for he first time in her brilliant career in the G3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 3. In her 2019 debut, she ran second over the same course where she won the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last November. Went a half mile over the inner grass course in :48.44 this morning, which was the 12th best time out of the 25. Look for more and better next time out. Special filly.
  6. Robert Bruce, winner of the 2018 G1 Arlington Million for trainer Chad Brown, got a work at Belmont Park today, as well. Went a half mile in :49.66 — which was the 19th best time out of 25. in 12 career starts, he has 8 wins and 1 second. Started the 2019 season with a 5th in the G3 Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont Park on May 4. Look for more out of this one soon.
  7. Raging Bull, another superstar in the barn of Chad Brown, went a half mile over the inner turf course at Belmont Park in :49.98. that was 23rd of the 25.
  8. Long Range Toddy, a 3YO Take Charge Indy colt trained by Steve Asmussen, was greatly compromised in the KY Derby by the free-wheeling Luis Saez and Maximum Security. Got his first published work since the Derby this morning. Went an easy half mile in :51.40, which was 55th of 64 to go the distance. In 9 starts to date, he has a 4-1-1 record and beat Improbable in a division of the Rebel Stakes earlier this year. May be back to do some battles in the Belmont Stakes before this Triple Crown series is completed.

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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