Work Tab for Thursday, Jan. 3: Binoculars Focused On Mr. Money, Bourbon War

(W. Bret Calhoun trains Mr. Money / 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.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Mr. Money, a 3YO son of Goldenscents who ran fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2 in his last start, is being prepped toward the Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds later this month by trainer W. Bret Calhoun. On Thursday, the colt got a 5-furlong work in 1:00.20 — which was the bullet move out of 19 to go the distance. This one broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on Sept. 28 — the race before he Breeders’ Cup. Now, he looks to be a “hot horse” going into the early preps on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” Bears watching.
  2. Most Mischief, a 3YO son of Into Mischief who was a RNA at the OBS April Sale last year for a whopping $540,000, broke his maiden last time out at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25 for the Calhoun barn. On Thursday, he worked a half-mile in :49.80 — which was the 17th best time out of the 50 to go the distance. This one may have had a “light bulb” moment in the last out, and may be worth watching the next out. Connections obviously think a lot of him.
  3. Bourbon War, a 3YO son of Tapit who RNA’d for $525,000 as a yearling in 2017, just may be a real “sleeper” on this year’s “Road to the KY Derby. This colt won on debut at Aqueduct on Nov. 14 and returned to run a very game fourth to Maximus Mischief in the G2 Remsen Stakes on Dec. 1. Worked this morning at Gulfstream Park, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.86. That was the 2nd best time out of 8 to go. Mark Hennig trains this one expertly, and bears watching in the future.
  4. Pantsonfire, an Irish-bred 5YO mare trained by Richard Baltas, is coming off a 4th place finish in the Miss America Stakes on Dec. 8 at Golden Gate Fields. Before that, though, she did run third in the Santa Barbara Stakes Stakes in April of last year. She worked at Santa Anita on Thursday morning, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was the fastest time of 2 in the early work postings. She may return to form when she returns to the SA grass course — where she has done better in the past.

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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