Work Tab for Thursday, Sept 5: Binoculars Focused On Serengeti Empress, Seeking the Soul & Others

(Serengeti Empress winning this year’s KY Oaks / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

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. His Glory, a 2YO daughter of Mineshaft and a potential star in the making for trainer Tom Amoss, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The filly — who ran 3rd in the Ellis Park Debutante last time out and now has a win and a third in three lifetime starts — went a half mile in :48.40. That was 8th best out of 51 to go the distance today. The only time she missed the board was when she ran 7th in the G3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga (the same race that Serengeti Empress ran off the board in as a 2YO). Look for more out of this one soon. Talent.
  2. Serengeti Empress, winner of this year’s KY Oaks and now being pointed to the Cotillion Stakes at Parx on the same day as the Pennsylvania Derby, tuned up with a nice move at Churchill Downs this morning. She breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01.40, which was 11th best out of 31 to go that distance. I recently contacted the affable and talented trainer and asked about the filly. Seems all is well. Looking forward to seeing this gal back on the track. She’s a rare one. Gritty. Tough. Talented. And, game. All rolled into one special package.
  3. Silver Dust, a 5YO gelded son of Tapit and a multiple Graded Stakes winner now, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. The winner of the West Virginia Governor’s Stakes in his last out, went 5 furlongs in 1:02.20. That was 23rd best of 31. Seems as if he is sitting on ready for another big one. Take note.
  4. Seeking the Soul, winner of the G2 Stephen Foster Stakes before running 7th in the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar, was back in working order this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Dallas Stewart. The 6YO son of Perfect Soul went 6 furlongs in 1:12.40. That was the best time at the distance, but, then again, the only time at the distance. Should rebound in the next out. I’m betting.

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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