Work Tab for Tuesday, Oct. 29: Binoculars Focused On Morticia, Knicks Go & Others

(Morticia winning at Keeneland / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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. Prefect, a 2YO son of Musketier and trained by Rusty Arnold, went from 9th in the career debut at Ellis Park to a win at Churchill Downs in the second start on Sept. 22 at Churchill Downs. Now, that’s radical improvement. In a hurry. Won over the sod in that last race, coming from off the pace to score by 1/2-length at odds of 30-to-1. Nice. Got his 3rd published work since that win this morning at Churchill Downs. Went 4 furlongs in a very nice :48 flat. That was the 3rd best time out of 40 to go that far. Keep an eye on this one. May be a sleeper for the home team at Calumet Farm.
  2. Hoonani Road, a 4YO son of Jonesboro and an Arkansas-bred for trainer Wayne Catalano, trained this morning at Churchill Downs. Went a nice half mile in :48.40, which was 10th best out of the 40 to clock the distance. It was the gelding’s 3rd published work since returning to serious training on Oct. 9. This one may be pointed back to Oaklawn when the Arkansas track reopens. And, he is a good one to race there, for sure. This year, Hoonani Road is a perfect 4-for-4. In his career, he has 8 wins and a second in 12 starts. And, he has earned over $452,000 in purses. Wow. Money to be made in these state-bred programs. Keep track of this one.
  3. Where Paradise Lay, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and a Maryland-bred for the trainer Stanley Hough, is another that can make some cash. Won the Star De Naskra Stakes at Laurel Park two starts back. Ran 4th against open company at Churchill Downs in the last outing on Sept. 27. In 8 career starts to date, has a 2-1-2 mark and earnings over $111,000. Worked this morning in fine fiddle. Went 5 furlongs in :59.80 — which was the bullet move over the dirt track. Bears watching.
  4. Anna’s Fast, a 2YO daughter of Fast Anna and trained by Wesley Ward, broke her maiden at first ask on April 24 at Keeneland. Came back in June to run at Royal Ascot and didn’t fare as well over the pond — running 16th. Has been off since then. Got her 2nd published work since returning to training on Oct. 21 this morning. Went 4 furlongs at KEE in :48.40. That was the 6th best time out of 24. Keep an eye on this one. She could be really good. Really. Good.
  5. Morticia, a 5YO daughter of Twirling Candy and reportedly retired after running 2nd in the G3 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at KEE on Oct. 11, was back on the work tab this morning in Lexington. Interesting. Very interesting. She went over $1 million in career earnings in her last outing, and has a sparkling 3-3-1 mark this year — including a win in the G3 Ladies Sprint Stakes at KY Downs. Worked this morning for trainer Rusty Arnold at KEE. Went a half mile over the dirt track in :49.40. That was 16th out of 24. Supposed to be bred this winter, but maybe second thoughts? Another run or 2? Let’s see. Love this one.
  6. Knicks Go, a 3YO son of Paynter and winless this year in 7 starts for Ben Colebrook, worked this morning at Keeneland, as well. This one ran 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs just a year ago, but has not come back to be the same horse at age 3. Has only 2 seconds this year, one coming in an allowance at KEE in the last start. Worked 5 furlongs this morning in 1:00.40. That was the bullet move out of 6 to clock the distance. Wonder if this one will ever find the circle again.

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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