Work Tab for Tuesday, Jan. 22: Binoculars Focused On Chasing Yesterday, Bravazo, Copper Bullet, Got Stormy, Nitrous, Winter Sunset & More

(Winter Sunset winning at the Fair Grounds / Hodges Photography & Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

(Bravazo working at Churchill Downs / Coady Photography & 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. Gio Game, a 4YO Gio Ponti filly trained by Mark Casse, worked at the Casse Training Center in Central Florida on Tuesday morning. The filly — who has a 2-3-3 record in 10 career starts so far — went 3 furlongs in an easy :37.40. That was 3rd fastest of 5 to go the distance, in her first public work since her last race. That race came in August of 2018, when she ran 3rd in the G3 Monmouth Oaks. Before that, she was 5th in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks and 3rd in the G1 Acorn Stakes. Classy one here, working her way back to you. We will keep an eye out.
  2. Got Stormy, another 4YO Graded Stakes winner trained by Casse, worked the same distance as her teammate at the farm track. This one was timed in :36.80, which was the bullet move out of the 5. It was her first published work since her 5th in the Winter Memories Stakes at Aqueduct in November. Last year, this daughter of Get Stormy won the G3 Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine, along with the Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park and the Penn Oaks at Penn National. Had a good year. She’s a good one, too.
  3. Miss Mo Mentum, a 4YO daughter of Uncle Mo and trained by Casse, worked this morning, as well. This filly really looked like she was cut out to be a great one when she finished up the 2017 racing season with wins at Churchill Downs and the Hut Hut Stakes at Gulfstream Park. But 2018 was mostly a struggle, although she did manage a nice win in the G3 Selene Stakes at Woodbine. Today’s work was the second move since her last race in September. She went a half mile in :50 flat. That was the 6th best time out of 6 to go. She can run. Hope to see that again this year.
  4. Copper Bullet, a 4YO More Than Ready colt trained by Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. This one got his first serious test since the debacle in the G1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita the day after Christmas. He worked an easy half in :51.40, which was the 19th fastest out of 23 to go the distance. Copper Bullet finished 11th in the Malibu, but was steadied and checked and nearly put over the rail in that one. It was just his second start of the year after winning the comeback effort at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23. In 2017, he had two wins and two seconds, including a victory in the G2 Saratoga Special. When right? He is as good as they come. Hope he gets back to right.
  5. Nitrous, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Asmussen for the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and the Stonestreet Stables, has not run since he was 4th in an allowance event at Churchill Downs in November. But he is entered for the Riley Allison Derby at Sunland Park this coming weekend. He tuned up this morning at the Fair Grounds, going an easy half mile in :49 flat. That was the 4th best time out of the 23. Since the last race, Nitrous has at least 8 published works. The last time he breezed before today was on Jan. 14. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.20. That was the bullet work out of 32 that day. Ready. Aim.
  6. Winter Sunset, a 3YO daughter of Tapit trained by Wayne Catalano, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. She went 5 furlongs in 1:00.60, which was the bullet move out of 16 to go that distance. This well-bred daughter, who is out of the grand mare Winter Memories, ran off to an impressive victory while racing over the turf in her career debut here on Nov. 29. This beautiful gray is brilliant. And, bears watching.
  7. Bravazo, the 4YO son of Awesome Again who fought every war a year ago, will embark on the 2019 campaign in another ambitious location — the Pegasus World Cup. The colt — who has put up an impressive record of 3-4-3 in 16 lifetime starts against some of the game’s best — blew out for this Saturday’s marquee event with a 3-furlong breeze at Gulfstream Park. Went the distance in :37.08, which was 3rd best out of 4 to go the distance. In his previous work, he went 3 furlongs in :35.80 at Oaklawn Park — which was the bullet move out of 22 to go that day. Ran 2nd in the G1 Clark Handicap in the last out, and was 3rd in the Breeders’ Cup Mile before that. This guy is as gritty as they come. Can’t count him out at the end of any race.
  8. Chasing Yesterday, a half-sister to the great American Pharoah and a contender for this year’s KY Oaks, worked on Tuesday at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert. The Tapit filly went a half mile in :48.20, which was the 8th best time out of 29 to make the distance early on. This filly has won 4 of 5 lifetime starts, and is coming off an impressive win in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 8. The longer they go, the stronger she seems to get. Wow horse.
  9. Qahira, a 3YO Cairo Prince filly trained by Baffert for Baoma Corporation, put a spectacular move on this morning at Santa Anita. This one, who broke the maiden at first asking at Del Mar last November, went a half mile in :46.80. that was the bullet move and time of the day. She was disappointing in her last out, but this exercise yells out that she may be ready for another try.

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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