Work Tab for Sunday, Oct. 6: Binoculars Focused On Bricks and Mortar, Guarana, Catholic Boy & Others

(Bricks and Mortar winning at Churchill Downs this Spring / 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.

  1. Catholic Boy, a 4YO son of More Than Ready and a G1 winner on both grass and dirt for trainer Jonathan Thomas, worked at Belmont Park this morning. The colt breezed a half-mile in :49.87 — which was the 8th best time out of 19 to go the distance. In 12 career starts, this one has 7 wins and 2 seconds. Still wondering if this one will tackle the Breeders’ Cup Classic, or dial it back and go to the grass. Will be interesting to see what’s next for this one. Stay tuned.
  2. Complexity, a 3YO son of Maclean’s Music and trained by Chad Brown, jump started his career a year ago with back-to-back wins that included a triumph in the G1 Champagne Stakes. Returned to run a disappointing 10th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after that, though. In his only start this year, Complexity ran 11th in the G1 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park back in June. Been off again since then. But the colt was back on the track at Belmont Park this morning. Got his 6th published workout since Aug. 31 this morning. Went 4 furlongs in :48.09 — which was the 2nd best time out of the 78 to go the distance. Looks to be getting close for another try.
  3. Enola Gray, a 2YO daughter of Uncle Mo and trained by Shug McGaughey, won on debut at Kentucky Downs. That’s really tough to do, and something the HOF trainer rarely does. But the filly was very impressive. Returned to work for the second time since the win this morning at Belmont Park. Went a half-mile on the dirt track. Went the distance in :50.33,. That was 47th best of 78 in a pure maintenance move. Be interesting to see what’s next for this one.
  4. Guarana, one of the best 3YO fillies in the world and trained by Chad Brown, got her first breeze since running second in the G1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx last time out. Went a half mile in :48.77, which was the 7th best time out of 78. Look for this one to be a hand full no matter where the trainer plans to place her next. She is a talent, with brilliant speed. Distance is the key with her, a 3YO daughter of Ghostzapper.
  5. Bricks and Mortar, a 5YO son of Giant’s Causeway and perhaps the best horse in racing this year, worked at Belmont Park this morning for trainer Chad Brown. The Arlington Million winner — who is now a perfect 5-for-5 this year — went 5 furlongs over the grass course in 1:01.76. That was the bullet time out of 4 to get to stretch the legs over the Belmont sod. Looks great. Always. In 12 career starts, he has 10 wins and 2 thirds. Has nearly $5 million in purse earnings. More to come. To be sure.

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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