Work Tab for Sunday, Sept. 15: Binoculars Focused on Code of Honor, Perfect Alibi & Others

(Code of Honor 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.

  1. Gun It, a 3YO Tapit colt trained by Steve Asmussen for the team of Mandy Pope and Three Chimney’s Farm, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. The colt went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat — which was the 5th fastest time out of 26 to clock the distance. This one cost $2.6 million at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2017. To date, he has one win. Has not run since April. But looks about ready to try again. Today was the 6th published work since mid August. About time.
  2. Long Range Toddy, another 3YO colt from the barn of Asmussen, worked at Remington Park this morning, as well. Went 5 furlongs in a brisk :59.21. That was the bullet move of the day in Oklahoma. Looks like he’s being pointed to the Oklahoma Derby soon. This guy upset Improbable in a division of the G2 Rebel Stakes earlier this year. Has talent. Will travel.
  3. Code of Honor, a 3YO Noble Mission colt trained by Shug McGaughey for owner Will Farish, got to stretch his legs a bit at Belmont Park this morning. The winner of the G1 Travers Stakes in his last out, Code of Honor went an easy half mile in :50.55. That was 38th best out of the 48 to test the market. Look for this one to train up to this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Hall of Fame trainer is one of the best in the history of the game.
  4. Perfect Alibi, a 2YO Sky Mesa filly trained by Mark Casse, worked at the “Big Sandy” this morning, too. The filly — who has 3 wins and a second in 4 lifetime tries to date — went an easy half mile in :49.05. That was 17th best of the 48. This one is coming off impressive victories in the G2 Adirondack and the G1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga. Should be sitting on go for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Owner Tracy Farmer purchased this one at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale a year ago for the price of $220,000. She has already earned over $380,000.

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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