Work Tab for Tuesday, Oct. 8: Binoculars Focused on Out for a Spin & Others

(Out for a Spin after winning the G1 Ashland Stakes this Spring / 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.

  1. Out for a Spin, 3YO daughter of Hard Spun and trained by Dallas Stewart, is working her way back to you. The winner of the G1 Ashland Stakes this spring has not run since finishing 10th behind Serengeti Empress in this year’s KY Oaks. She did get her 6th published workout since returning to serious training on Sept. 3 this morning at Churchill Downs. Went a half-mile in :50.40, which was the 10th fastest time out of 15 to clock the distance. Be interesting to see when she may return to action in the afternoons. Soon?
  2. Avie’s Samurai, a 2YO daughter of First Samurai and trained by the talented Josie Carroll, worked at Woodbine this morning. The youngster — who is coming off a 4th in the Woodbine Cares Stakes — breezed 4 furlongs over the all-weather surface in :47.60. That was the 5th best time out of 10 to go that far. The Ontario-bred filly is now 1-1-0 in just 3 lifetime starts and appears to have a real future ahead. Keep tabs on this one.
  3. Gardenista, a 3YO Curlin filly trained by Arnaud Delacour and owned by the Lael Stable of Roy & Gretchen Jackson, worked at Fair Hill this morning. The filly, who ran 8th in the Fasig-Tipton Virginia Oaks last time out, went 5 furlongs over the all-weather surface in 1:03.40. That was 10th best of 10. In 9 career starts, the filly has a resume of 2-2-3. Look for more next time out.
  4. Rifle, a 2YO son of Pioneerof the Nile and trained by Michael Stidham, worked this morning at Fair Hill, as well. This one has just one start under the girth so far, and that was a second back on Sept. 26 at Presque Isle, in the career debut. Was beaten 21/4 lengths that day as the odds-on favorite. Connections paid a whopping $585,000 for this one at the KEE September Yearling Sale a year ago. May be one that bears watching as he gets more experience.

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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