Work Tab for Sunday, Nov. 10: Binoculars Focused On Looking at Bikinis, Feeback & Others

(Trainer Chad Brown sent out Looking at Bikinis and Feedback for works on Sunday / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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.

  1. Looking at Bikinis, a 3YO son of Lookin At Lucky and trained by Chad Brown, worked at Belmont Park this morning. Breezed a half mile over the main dirt track in :48.03. That was the bullet move out of 27 to go that far this a.m. In 5 career starts to date, this one has 3 wins and a third. Won last time out after a 3rd in the Curlin Stakes and a disappointing 11th in the G1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Looks like he is ready for more, now. Can rip it on the front end. Watch for this one to return.
  2. Feedback, a 3YO daughter of Violence and also trained by Chad Brown, is a talent working her way back to you. She has not run since finishing third in the G3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland back in April. Was behind Fancy Dress Party and Mother Mother in that tilt and was beaten less than 2 lengths. Before that, Feedback won the first two starts of the career — including the G3 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park back in February. Today, she got her 8th published work since returning to serious training at Saratoga in September. And, today, it got serious. She breezed 5 furlongs over the main dirt track at Belmont Park in 1:01.65. That was the bullet move out of 11 to go that far. Looks like this one is primed and ready. Look for the return soon.
  3. No Nay Maybe, a 2YO filly by No Nay Never and trained by a new barn operator in Jorge Navarro, worked at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida this morning. Went an easy half-mile in :50.45, which was the 21st best time out of 27 to go that far. It was the gelding’s 4th published work down in the Sunshine State since Sept. 22. In 4 career starts to date, he has 2 seconds on the resume, including one on Oct. 24 at Gulfstream Park West. Lost by less than a length that day when offered up for $20,000 claiming tag. Was claimed out of that one by Navarro, who just so happens to be the same guy that conditions Shancalot. Look for this one to improve next time out. Bears watching.
  4. Champit, a 2YO son of Tonalist and trained by Mark Casse, broke the maiden on debut at Woodbine on Oct. 12. Impressive in the inaugural running, breaking slowly and then pulling away to win by over 3 lengths at the 7 furlong distance. Wow performance. You should watch the replay of this one. Returned to the work pattern today. Went 4 furlongs over the all-weather track in Canada. Timed out in :47.60. That was the 2nd best time out of 61 to go that far. This one — who cost just $85,000 at the OBS April 2YO Sale — could develop into a good one. A real good 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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