Work Tab for Tuesday, July 30: Binoculars Focused On Improbable, Dak Attack & Others

(Improbable before this year’s KY Derby / 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. Dak Attack, another top runner from the barn of Dale Romans and another on the comeback trail, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The son of Ghostzapper went a half mile in :49.40, which was 22nd best out of 45 to go the distance. It was his 8th published work since June 1, and it certainly appears he should be fit and ready for the 2019 debut soon. Last raced in November, when 9th in the Cherokee Run Stakes at Churchill Downs. In his first four races before that, though, he had 2 wins, a second and a third. Can run when right. Cost $625,000 as a yearling. Looks good, too.
  2. Mick’s Star, a 3YO Point of Entry colt and trained by Tom Amoss, worked this morning under the Twin Spires, as well. The colt — who ran 7th in the G3 American Derby at Arlington Park on July 13 in his last start — went a very nice half mile in :48 flat. That was the 4th best time out of the 45. In 7 career starts to date, Mick’s Star has two wins and a second. Stakes company has been a little tough to crack, but watch out if this one shows up in allowance company soon.
  3. Wasabi Girl, a 2YO daughter of Shanghai Bobby and trained by Steve Asmussen, may be one you should put on your watch list. She has raced twice so far, with 2 seconds on the record. Last time out was July 7 at Ellis Park. Before that, she was second at Churchill Downs and was steadied hard at the 7/16th marker. Worked 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs today, and clocked the distance in 1:01.60. That was the 8th best time out of the 14 to go that far, and it was a pure maintenance move. Could be a nice one.
  4. American Anthem, a 5YO son of Bodemeister and trained by Team Baffert, tuned up at Del Mar this morning. Went an easy half mile in :49 flat, which was the 7th fastest time out of 13. In 14 lifetime starts, this one has a 6-2-2 mark and nearly $750,000 in earnings. Won his last time out at Del Mar on July 20. Look for a return to the Stakes company next out.
  5. Improbable, undefeated at 2 and winless at 3 for trainer Bob Baffert, worked this morning at Del Mar. One of the favorites for this year’s Triple Crown races, Improbable went 6 furlongs in 1:12.60. He was the only one to clock that distance early today in his 3rd published work since July 18. This year, he has run 2nd in a division of the G2 Rebel; 2nd to Omaha Beach in the G1 Arkansas Derby; 4th in the G1 KY Derby; and 6th in the G1 Preakness Stakes. Should return with a flurry soon. Son of City Zip has some zip. No doubt. Look out the first time back.

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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