Work Tab For Tuesday, Nov. 19: Binoculars Focused On Tenfold, Tap Attack, Play On & Others

(Tenfold outside the Asmussen barn at Churchill Downs / Photo by Gene McLean)

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.

  1. Tap Attack, a 2YO son of Candy Ride and out of the Stakes-placed mare Tapatia, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. In 3 starts so far, Tap Attack has registered 2 seconds and a third. All three of those previous races were held at Remington Park in Oklahoma. This morning, the colt had his first breeze over the Churchill Downs’ strip, clocking 3 furlongs in :38 flat. That was the 4th best time out of 7 to go that far. Tap Attack is entered at Churchill Downs on Friday, Nov. 22. He drew the #11 post position in the 10th race, a Maiden-Claimer for $50,000. This one looks like he will be haltered by some new connections before the weekend.
  2. Glamour Girl, a 2YO daughter of Tonalist and trainer by J. Larry Jones for the ownership team of Fox Hill Farms, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. This gal breezed 5 furlongs in 1:03 flat, which was the 11th best time out of 14 to clock the distance. In 3 previous starts, to date, Glamour Girl — a Florida-bred, who was RNA’d at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2018 for the sum of $140,000 — has notched 2 thirds and a sixth. Look for more next time out.
  3. Tenfold, a 4YO son of Curlin and third-place finisher in the 2018 version of the Preakness Stakes behind the grand Triple Crown winner Justify, worked this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. The colt — who has just 1 win in 7 tries this year — went 6 furlongs over the turf course in a time of 1:17.40. That was the bullet move out of 2 to go the distance. Since winning the G3 Pimlico Special at Pimlico on May 17, this one has not come close in 4 straight Graded Stakes events. Looks like the connections may be thinking of a surface conversion. Shall be interesting to see how this one does next time out. Eyes. On.
  4. Play On, a 3YO filly by Country Day and trained by Brad Cox, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans and in preparation for the new meet to begin there soon. This gal — who has 3 wins in 6 lifetime starts so far — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.20. That was the 4th best time out of 17 to clock the distance. This one has not run since finishing 7th in an overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs back in May. But today’s move was the 4th published workout since she returned to serious training exercises on Oct. 29. Looks like she is getting ready for the return.
  5. Maximiliano, a 2YO son of Quality Road and trained by Wesley Ward, worked over the main track at Keeneland this morning. This guy — who has a win and a second in 2 career starts to date — worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was the bullet train out of 4 to go the distance. Look for this one to be ready for another major rip at it soon. Perhaps, in a Stakes at Churchill Downs around the Thanksgiving holiday? I’ll be zoomed in.

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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