Work Tab for Sunday, Sept. 8: Binoculars Focused On Code of Honor, Long Range Toddy, Bodexpress & 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.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Code of Honor, the 3YO son of Noble Mission and the impressive winner of the G1 Travers Stakes in his last outing for trainer Shug McGaughey, worked this morning at Belmont Park in New York. The colt, owned by Will Farish, went a maintenance-like half mile in :50.60. That was 31st best out of 36 to go the distance. Time was not the issue today. Seeing him back on the track was good. This guy just seems to be getting better and better. But…He now must move up to face the older ones soon. Will he be able to handle those? We shall see. But you might want to take heed to what the HOF trainer is saying. He doesn’t mince words. And, he really knows how to train.
  2. Bell’s the One, a talented filly trained by Neil Pessin, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Impressively. She went 5 furlongs in :59 flat, which was the bullet move out of 26 to clock the distance. This gal has won over all three surface types — dirt, grass and synthetic — and is versatile as they come. I think she may be a tad better on the sod, but it will be interesting to see where she lands the next time out. Stay tuned. She can run.
  3. Restless Rider, the big gray filly from the barn of Ken McPeek, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The 3YO went 3 furlongs in :37.20, which was the 6th fastest time out of 18 to go that short breeze. This one is just working her way back to you, but has all the talent in the world. Will be fun to see her competing again soon. When she is right, she is right.
  4. Well Defined, who won the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay earlier this year with a burst of speed, worked this morning at Gulfstream Park West. The 3YO gelding — who fell on hard times after that impressive win — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the bullet move out of 3 to work that distance. Will be interesting to see where this one ends up next.
  5. Bodexpress, the maiden who got caught up in the KY Derby mess created by Maximum Security, was back on the work tab at Gulfstream Park West this morning, as well. Went 4 furlongs in :48.80, which was 5th best out of 9. This colt tossed John Velazquez at the start of the Preakness stakes as if the jockey was on a trampoline. Seems like a long, long time ago. Be fun to see him back in action.
  6. Long Range Toddy, a 3YO colt trained by Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at Remington Park in what may appear to be a tune-up for the Oklahoma Derby. This colt has some talent, as witnessed in winning a division of the tough G2 Rebel Stakes earlier this year. After a freshener, he could be sitting on go and a big one for the Asmussen barn. Went 5 furlongs today in 1:00.81 — which was the 3rd best time out of 8. Watch out here.

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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