Work Tab for Thursday, June 27: Binoculars Focused On Got Stormy, Strike Power, Tapit Wise, Harvey Wallbanger & Flameaway

(Strike Silver, after winning the Indian Summer Stakes  / 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. Got Stormy, a 4YO Get Stormy filly trained by Mark Casse, worked this morning at Belmont Park in New York. Went an easy half mile in :50.20, which was the 12th best time out of 16 to go the distance. It was the gal’s 4th published work since her second place finish in the G2 Churchill Dons Distaff Turf Stakes on KY Derby Day. In 3 starts this year, she has a win, a second and a third — with the show money coming in the G1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at KEE this April. Look for this one to be ready to fire back at them soon. Looks like she is about a breeze away from doing something good.
  2. Strike Power, a 4YO Speightstown colt trained by Mark Hennig, has been a different horse altogether since getting a breathing apparatus surgery late last year. Won an allowance race at Gulfsteam Park in April and then cranked out a nice second in the G2 True North Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7. Was beaten a half-length by the great Catalina Cruiser in that one, when setting all of the early fractions for the 6.5-furlong event. Worked at Belmont Park this morning, going a half mile in an easy :48.40 — which was the 3rd best time out of the 16 to make the distance. Keep an eye on this one. Seriously. Could become one of the best sprinters in the world by season’s end. Class.
  3. Strike Silver, a 3YO son of Violence and trained by Mark Casse, most recently ran 4th in the G1 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park on the Belmont Stakes undercard. In 7 lifetime starts now, he has a record of 2-1-1 and earnings of over $226,000. Went a half mile today in :49.90 — which was the 7th best time out of 22 to go over the dirt training track. Bears watching for the return visit.
  4. Tapit Wise, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Tom Amoss for the Whisper Hill Farm of Mandy Pope, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Went an easy half mile in :50.60 — which was the 25th best time out of 37 to go that far. Whisper Hill Farm bought out the breeding partner — Gainsway Farm — for $700,000 at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2017. Now, after 8 career starts, this guy has a record of 1-1-2 and has amassed $61,272 in purse earnings. More in store for this one. Keep an eye on.
  5. Harvey Wallbanger, a 3YO son of Congrats and trained by Ken McPeek, worked this morning at Keeneland. The colt went an easy half-mile in :51.20 — which is 38th of the 41 to work that distance. This guy is coming off back-to-back 7th place finishes and an 8th in the G1 Florida Derby. Did shock the world with a nice closing victory in the G2 Holy Bull Stakes in February. Today’s move was the 3rd published work since the last race. Should be getting closer to an afternoon return soon.
  6. Flameaway, a 4YO son of Scat Daddy and trained by Mark Casse, has turned in a couple of super wins at Tampa Bay Downs. Won the G3 Sam F. Davis there last year before running seconds in the Tampa Bay Derby. After 5 misses in a row, returned to Tampa this Spring to win the Challenger Stakes there. Since then, he has not been close in the G3 Ben Ali Stakes at KEE, and the G3 Pimlico Spccial. Went 5 furlongs at KEE this morning, closing out the a.m. drill in 1:01.20. That was the bullet move out of 6 to go that distance this morn. Take note.

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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