Work Tab for Tuesday, May 28: Binoculars Focused On Divisidero, Quip, Om, Kowboy Karma & Others

(Divisidero winning at Churchill Downs, when trained by Buff Bradley / Photo 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. Breaking the Rules, a 4YO War Front colt trained by Shug McGaughey for the Phipps Stable, worked this morning at Belmont Park. He went a half mile over the dirt track in a time of :48.39, which was the best to go out early, early this a.m. This guy ran a huge one to be second in the G3 Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 2, but came back to run a disappointing 13th in the G1 Old Forester Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 4. Look for better from him next time out.
  2. Om, now a 7YO gelding by Munnings and trained by Peter Miller, worked at Keeneland on Monday morning. The “Old Man” went 3 furlongs in :37.80, as a blowout move for his expected run in the Mighty Beau Stakes coming up this Saturday at Churchill Downs. In one start this year, Om was 5th in the Opening Verse Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 2. But that was his first start since August of last year. In 28 career starts to date, he has a record of 6-5-6 and has earned over $1,044,000 in purses. Last win came in February of 2018 in the G3 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita.
  3. Quip, being pointed to the Stephen Foster Stakes next by trainer Rudolphe Brisset, worked at Keeneland on Monday, as well. The son of Distorted Humor went a very nice half mile in :48.20. That was the bullet move out of 19 to cover the distance. In his last start, Quip won the G2 Oaklawn Handicap on April 13. Before that, he started the 2019 campaign with a 3rd in the G3 Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream Park. The Foster will be his 3rd start of the year. Looks primed.
  4. Divisidero, a multiple Graded Stakes winner and formerly trained by Buff Bradley, worked at Fair Hill on Monday for the connections of Kelly Rubley. The 7YO horse — who has won over $1.4 million and is by Kitten’s Joey — sure looks like a stallion prospect. But he is still grinding it out at the racetrack. Worked over the all-weather training track, going 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 2 to go the distance. So far this year, the horse has a second in the G3 Tampa Bay Stakes and a 4th in the G2 Muniz Memorial at the Fair Grounds. His best days came under the tutelage of Bradley — when he won the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic in both 2016 and 2017 on KY Derby Days.
  5. Kowboy Karma, a 4YO Kodiak Kowboy gelding trained by J. Larry Jones, worked on Monday in final prep for the Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.40, which was the 2nd fastest time out of 12 to go the distance. The horse is coming off a win in an allowance event at Churchill Downs on May 4.

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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