Work Tab For Tuesday, Sept. 17: Binoculars Focused On Winter Sunset, Out for a Spin, Green Light Go

2-9-2019 – Winter Sunset, with Channing Hill aboard, wins the Shantel Lanerie Memorial Overnight Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, LA. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr …Courtesy of the Fair Grounds

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. Green Light Go, a 2YO colt by Hard Spun and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, worked this morning at Belmont Park in New York. The undefeated colt — who broke his maiden on July 4 at Belmont Park and followed that up with a special in the Saratoga Special on Aug. 10 — went 6 furlongs over the dirt training track in 1:15.60. That was the bullet work out of, mmmm, 1 to go the distance. This one figures to be tough no matter where he goes and may be a showdown foe for Dennis’ Moment in November.
  2. Out for a Spin, the 3YO Virginia-bred filly by Hard Spun, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Dallas Stewart. This one — the upset winner of this year’s G1 Ashland Stakes — went an easy half-mile in :51.40. That was 27th best of 27. It was her 3rd published work since returning to training on Sept. 3. Has not raced since finishing 10th in this year’s KY Oaks, far behind the winner Serengeti Empress. Will be fun to get her back to the track soon.
  3. Winter Sunset, a classy filly by Tapit and already multiple Graded Stakes placed in her early career, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Wayne Catalano. The 3YO filly breezed a half mile in :49.20 over the dirt track. that was the 15th best time out of 27. In 7 lifetime starts, Winter Sunset has put up a resume of 3-1-2. She has earned nearly $250,000 in purses, too. What a pedigree to support her legacy, as well.

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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