Work Tab for Tuesday, Sept. 10: Binoculars Focused On Preservationist, Green Light Go, Letmeno

(Preservationist winning the G1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

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. Green Light Go, a 2YO Hard Spun colt who is a perfect 2-for-2 for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, worked at Belmont Park this morning. The April foal — who won the G2 Saratoga Special in his last out — went an easy half mile in :50.21. That was the 13th best time out of 19 to go that far. This is a homebred by Adena Springs Farm.
  2. Preservationist, a 6YO son of Arch and also trained by Jerkens, worked at Belmont Park this morning, as well. The horse captured the G1 Woodward Stakes in his last out on Aug. 31 and that was his 4th win in the last 5 races. Went an easier half-mile this morning in :51.88, which was the 19th best time out of the 19. In 10 lifetime starts to date, Preservationist has a record of 6-1-2 and has now earned over $1.03 million in purses. He was purchased by the owners at the 2014 KEE September Yearling Sale for $485,000. Making due now.
  3. Letmeno, another talented 2YO and trained by Ian Wilkes, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. This son of Twirling Candy went a maintenance-like half mile in :49.20, which was the 21st best time out of 43 to mark the distance. In two career starts to date, Letmeno has a win on debut and a second in the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes to the more educated Rowdy Yates. Letmeno cost $70,000 at the 2018 KEE September Yearling Sale, and looks to be a bargain right now.


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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