Work Tab for Tuesday, Aug. 20: Binoculars Focused On By Your Side, Grandaria & Others

(By Your Side airs it out at Saratoga to win the Sanford Stakes / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

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. Grandaria, a 3YO daughter of Curlin and trained by Brendan Walsh, trained at Churchill Downs this morning. The talented gal — who cost a modest $170,000 at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2017 — went a very nice and easy half mile in :48 flat this morning. That was the 4th fastest time out of the first 30 to go that far. In 5 career starts to date, she has 2 wins and a third — including a show placing behind Needs Supervision in the Silverbulletday Stakes at the Fair Grounds this past winter. Was off from January to August, but returned to run 4th in an allowance at Ellis Park on the 3rd. Should improve off that effort, and today’s work was evidence that she may be tough next time out. Bears watching.
  2. Gun It, a 3YO son of Tapit who cost $2.6 million to purchase at the KEE September Yearling Sale of 2017, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The gray colt went 4 furlongs in :50.20, which was 21st best out of the 30. This one has not run since finishing 5th in an allowance at KEE on April 5. Today’s work was just the second published work since returning to action on Aug. 14. May be aways away from a race yet, but is headed in the right direction.
  3. By Your Side, a 2YO colt by Constitution and trained by Eddie Kenneally, is coming off two super performances to begin the career. Broke the maiden at first ask on June 14 at Churchill Downs. Returned a month later to win the G3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga. Worked this morning at “The Spa.” Went an easy, maintenance move half-mile in :49.,09. That was the 17th best time out of 36 to make the distance. Could be one of the better juveniles on the track for a sire with his first crop of runners. Must have looked the part. The connections spent $240,000 to purchase him at the KEE September Yearling Sale last year.

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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