Work Tab for Thursday, May 2: Binoculars On Bourbon War & “The Best Work Photos” This Week

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:

Bourbon War, who arguably could and would be one of the top horses for this year’s KY Derby, worked this morning at Belmont Park and far away from the hub of the racing world — Louisville, KY. The 3YO son of Tapit — who will likely run next in the Peter Pan Stakes at BEL — went an easy half-mile this morning in :49.31. That was the 16th best time out of 38 to go the distance. Sad he won’t make the Derby. Happy he still may make a top contender in this 3YO crop.

(By My Standards looks impressive / Photo by Ryan Dickey)

(War of Will floats / Photo by Ryan Dickey)

(Spinoff about ready to spin his wheels on the Churchill Downs’ track on Thursday / Photo by Ryan Dickey)

(War of Will looking good / Photo by Ryan Dickey)

(Tacitus airs it out on Thursday / Photo by Ryan Dickey)

(Ladies wearing roses and trainer extraordinaire Bob Baffert / Photos by Ryan Dickey)

(Bodexpress is a handful, but in the KY Derby field as a maiden / Photo by Ryan Dickey)

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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