Work Tab for Sunday, May 26: Binoculars Focused On Tacitus, Long Range Toddy, Jaywalk

(The beautiful Tacitus 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. Tacitus, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby and the Wood Memorial and a survivor in this year’s tumultuous KY Derby, is now a prime contender for the Belmont Stakes in a couple of weeks. He worked for trainer Bill Mott at Belmont Park this morning, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.16. That was the 3rd best time out of 11 to handle the distance. Look for this one to be a tough out in the Belmont.
  2. Jaywalk, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs last November, has had a troubled 3YO campaign to date. No wins on the board, and no where in sight most of the time. Worked at Parx Racing this morning. Went 5 furlongs in :59.98. That was the bullet move out of 3 to go that far. Will be interesting to see if the connections will try the G1 Acorn next, or drop back for a confidence builder. The latter may be the best strategy, at this point.
  3. Long Range Toddy, winner over Improbable in one division of the Rebel Stakes and greatly compromised by Maximum Security’s antics in the KY Derby, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. Went an easy half mile in :49 flat. That was the 14th best time out of 50 to go that far. Next?

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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