Work Tab for Thursday, April 11: Binoculars Focused On By My Standards, Bodexpress, & Others

3-23-2019 By My Standards, with Gabriel Saez aboard, pulls to the lead in the 106th running of the Grade II $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

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. Rocketry, a 5YO son of Hard Spun and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, worked this morning at Belmont Park in New York. This guy — who has put up a 5-3-2 resume for the first 17 career starts — is coming off a disappointing 5th in the Skip Away Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 29. But that was his first outing since winning the G2 Marathon Stakes at Churchill Downs to finish the ’18 campaign. This morning, he went 3 furlongs over the dirt training track in :37.77 — which was the 6th best time out of the 8 to go. Just a leg-stretcher. Look for more from this one next time out.
  2. By My Standards, winner of the Louisiana Derby last time out for top trainer W. Bret Calhoun, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. The 3YO son of Goldencents went a nice half mile in :48.80 — which was the 12th best time out of the 27 to go that far. It was his second published work under the Twin Spires since he clinched his spot in the starting gate on the First Saturday in May. In his 5 career races to date, this guy has a 2-2-1 mark and has now won 2 in a row going into the biggest race of his career. My good friend Ed DeRosa — director of marketing over at — loves him. That good enough for you?
  3. Bodexpress, runner-up in the Florida Derby last time out and another who has already punched their ticket to the KY Derby field, worked this morning down at the home base of Gulfstream Park West in sunny South Florida. The 3YO son of Bodemeister — who is still a maiden with 3 seconds in 5 career starts — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the bullet work out of 5 to go the distance. A maiden win the KY Derby. Been done before. But not in a long, long, long time. Not my money.

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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