Work Tab For Tuesday, July 9: Binoculars Focused On Seeking the Soul, Gray Magician, Harvey Wallbanger & Others

(Seeking the Soul wins the Stephen Foster / 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. Gray Magician, a 3YO Graydar colt trained by Peter Miller, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. The colt went 3 furlongs in :38 flat, which was the 3rd best time out of 15 to clock that distance. After running second in both the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park in February, and then running second to Plus Que Parfait in the G1 UAE Derby, this one struggled home 19th in the KY Derby. Has not been back to the races since. Today’s move was the 5th published work since the Derby.
  2. Green Destiny, a 2YO Super Saver filly trained by Steve Asmussen, ran 5th in the debut at Churchill Downs on June 21. But don’t be too quick to judge. With this pedigree, she should get better with more distance. The homebred of Clearsky Farms worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Went 3 furlongs in :37.80 — which was the 2nd fastest time a couple of ticks better than the Derby colt above. Keep an eye on this gal. She may be ready to pop with a little more ground to cover.
  3. Harvey Wallbanger, upset winner of the G2 Holy Bull Stakes earlier this year, worked an easy half mile in :51 flat at Churchill Downs this morning. That was the 38th best time out of 42 to make the distance. This son of Congrats, trained by Ken McPeek, got his 5th published work today after running a disappointing 7th in the Oaklawn Invitational on May 4 in his last afternoon performance. Should be getting close to a return soon.
  4. Seeking the Soul, impressive winner of the G2 Stephen Foster Stakes in his last outing, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Dallas Stewart. It was his second morning move since the big win and he covered a half mile in :48.80. That was 15th best of the 42. Looks primed for another top one. Just have to love this 6YO son of Perfect Soul. Gamer. Just a gamer.
  5. Done Deal, another 6YO and trained by Ian Wilkes, worked at Keeneland this morning. This son of Macho Uno — who had 4 wins in a row from 2017 to the Iowa Spring Handicap in 2018 — just got his first start of the year on June 29. Ran 5th in a seriously tough allowance at Churchill Downs. Went a half mile in :49.80 this morning at Keeneland. That was the 11th best time out of 17. Interesting one to watch. Should improve off the last start.
  6. Odie, a 3YO Scat Daddy gelding owned and trained by Wesley Ward, may be a nice claim possibility for an enterprising young stable. Ran 4th at Belmont Park for a $20,000 tag on June 21. Pinched bad at the start of that one. Was second at Keeneland for the same price the time before. Put away his dueling partner on the front and caught late in that 6-furlong test on the dirt. Could be an intriguing buy and a possible grass candidate at Ellis, and, possibly, KY Downs. Worked this morning at Keeneland. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was 3rd best of the 5 to go that far.
  7. Market King, 3rd in a division of the Rebel Stakes this Spring before running 11th in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes and 12th in the G1 Preakness, worked at Saratoga this morning for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The 3YO son of Into Mischief went a half mile over the dirt training track at “The Spa” in :47.97. that was the 7th best time out of 14. Interesting individual. Bears watching some.

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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