Work Tab for Tuesday, June 11: Binoculars Focused On Plus Que Parfait, Street Band, Hot Springs & Others

(Plus Que Parfait 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. Chase the Ghost, a 3YO Ghostzapper colt trained by Dallas Stewart for the ownership team of Holy Cow Stable, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The dark bay colt went a nice half mile in :48.40, which was the 6th best time out of 44 to clock the distance today. In 10 lifetime starts to date, Chase the Ghost has only 1 win and 3 seconds. But three of there misses came in the G3 LeComte Stakes (6th to War of Will), G2 Risen Star (9th to War of Will), and G3 Lexington Stakes (10th to Owendale). Look for more next time out in the allowance ranks.
  2. Hot Springs, a 4YO Uncle Mo colt trained by Steve Asmussen, worked this morning under the Twin Spires, as well. The colt went a half mile in :49.40, which was 17th best out of the 44 to work over the dirt main track. This guy has missed the board in each of his two races this year, after winning the G3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs last November. Be interesting to see what he can do when he catches a firm turf course again. Be watching.
  3. Street Band, a 3YO Istan filly who ran 6th to Serengeti Empress in this year’s KY Oaks, was back in action in Louisville this morning, as well. She went a snappy half mile in :47.44 — which was the bullet move out of the 44 to go this far. In 4 starts this year, this talented filly has a couple of wins — including a victory in the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks. Before that, she was 4th to Serengeti in the G2 Rachel Alexandra. In 9 career starts now, she has 3 wins and 2 thirds. Look for more next time out.
  4. Plus Que Parfait, a 3YO son of Point of Entry and 8th in this year’s KY Derby for trainer Brendan Walsh, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. Went an easy half over the grass course in :52.40. That was the bullet move out of 3 to try the surface. It was the second published work since his Derby try, and it will be interesting to see if they switch gears and surfaces with this one soon. Won the Dubai UAE Derby before the KY Derby, but is by a sire that is a son of Dynaformer — one of the best grass influences in today’s pedigree world. Interesting.
  5. Award Winner, a 3YO son of Ghostzapper and trained by Brian Lynch, worked at Keeneland this morning. This guy — who has a 2-1-1 record in the first 6 career starts — worked a half mile in :48.20. That was the 10 best time out of 110 horses to breeze the distance in Lexington. Won his last time out at Churchill Downs. Looks ready to move up the ladder.
  6. Cassini, a 4YO son of Galileo and formerly trained by John Gosden, may be a horse to keep an eye on. He has not raced since finishing 11th in a handicap event at Ascot last June. But he got his 8th published work since April this morning at Keeneland. Went a half mile in :49.20. That was 41st best time out of the 110. Looks fit enough now. Be interesting to see where he may show up next. With this kind of pedigree, he bears watching. The horse’s sire is one of the best in the world, and the dam once sold for $1,373,820 when in foal to Frankel. The second dam, by Sadler’s Wells, was once sold for $548,200 in foal to Redoutes Choice.

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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