Work Tab for Tuesday, July 16: Binoculars Focused On Our Braintrust, American Anthem & “One To Look For”

Thoroughbred Workout American Anthem

(American Anthem / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

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. Lemon Scat, a 2YO daughter of Lemon Drop Kid and trained by Dale Romans for long-time owner Frank Jones, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. This youngster ran third on debut at Ellis Park on July 5, and may be worth keeping an eye on as she makes her way back to the racetrack in the afternoon. Worked this morning, going an easy half mile in :50 flat. That was the 37th best time out of 51. This filly is a homebred, and out of a Stakes-placed Scat Daddy mare. Bears watching.
  2. Our Braintrust, a 3YO Freud colt who is a Maryland-bred, worked at the Casse Training Center in Central Florida this morning. This one has raced only 6 times in the career to date, and has a 2-2-1 mark on the resume. The only time he was off the board was in the last start, where he ran 10th in a division of the G2 Rebel stakes in mid-March. Before that one, though, he was third in the Withers Stakes and second in the Jerome Stakes. Got his third published work since June 28 today at the trainer’s farm base of operation, going a half mile in a very sharp :47.20. That was the bullet move out of 9 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this one. He’s talented. And, he looks to be about ready to join the racetrack group again very soon.
  3. American Anthem, a 5YO son of Bodemeister and a multiple Graded Stakes winner already for Team Baffert, worked this morning at Del Mar. The horse has a 5-2-2 mark in the first 13 career starts and is coming off a 4th in the G2 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita on May 25. Been off since then, but got his 8th published work since then this morning. Went 3 furlongs in :37 flat. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 14 to go the distance. Although he ran 6th in the G1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar last August, American Anthem did break his maiden over this track in 2016. May be ready soon.

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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