Work Tab for Thursday, May 30: Binoculars Focused On Seeking the Soul, Believe in Royalty, Warrior’s Club & Others

(Seeking the Soul before the Clark Handicap / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

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. Believe in Royalty, a 4YO Graded Stakes winner by Tapit and out of KY Oaks-winning mare Believe You Can, has not raced since finishing second to Lone Sailor in the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park last September. But the talented colt — who has a 3-1-2 record in just 10 lifetime starts — is back in serious training. The colt worked at Churchill Downs this morning, going 3 furlongs in :37.60 — which was the 10th best time out of 16 to go that distance. It was the colt’s 3rd published workout at the track for trainer J. Larry Jones since May 17. Will be fun to see this one back at the races this summer.
  2. Warrior’s Club — who, oddly enough, runs better at Keeneland even though he is owned by the Churchill Downs Racing Club — worked under the Twin Spires this morning for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The 5YO son of Warrior’s Reward went an easy half mile in :51.20 — which was the 14th best time out of 18 to go that far. In his last start, he was 6th in the G1 Churchill Downs Stakes on the KY Oaks undercard. Before that, though, he was 2nd in the G3 Commonwealth Stakes at KEE.
  3. Seeking the Soul, a winner of nearly $3 million in purses in a brilliant racing career, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Dallas Stewart. The 6YO son of Perfect Soul went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 10 to mark that distance. In his last start, he was third in the G2 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 3. Look for more out of this one next out. Classy guy.
  4. Frond, a 3YO daughter of Yes It’s True and trained by Ben Colebrook, turned in a monster move this morning at Keeneland. The filly went 3 furlongs in :35.60, which was the bullet move out of 22 to clock the distance in Lexington. In two career starts to date, this talent has a win to break the maiden at Tampa Bay and then an 8th place finish in the G3 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Ran behind Feedback that day.  Gulfstream Oaks winner, Champagne Anyone, was third in that one. Looks ready for a return to the races soon.
  5. Kingly, a 3YO son of Tapit and another talented colt in the barn of Bob Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita. The colt has a 2-2-1 record in just 5 starts to date, and is coming off a third in the Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate. Before that, though, won the California Derby in Northern California. Worked a half mile in an easy :50 flat — which was the 10th best time out of 14 today.

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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