Work Tab for Tuesday, Sept. 24: Binoculars Focused On Out for a Spin & Others

(Out for a Spin / 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, winner of the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland this Spring, worked this morning for trainer Dallas Stewart. The 3YO daughter of Hard Spun — who finished 10th in the KY Oaks in her last start — went a half mile in :49.60. That was the 18th best time out of 24 to go the distance. It was the 4th published work since the filly was returned to serious training on Sept. 3. Look for her to get ready for the afternoon business soon.
  2. Pretty At War, a 4YO daughter of War Front and trained by Tom Amoss, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. This daughter of the Champion Plum Pretty went a half mile in :48.40, which was the 4th best time out of the group. This one — owned by Mandy Pope and her Whisper Hill Farm — has won each of her last two races and now has a 2-1-2 mark in 9 races. Look for her to be primed and ready to roll soon.
  3. South Bend, a 2YO son of Algorithms and trained by Stanley Hough, worked this morning under the Twin Spires. He went a half mile in :48.40, too, which equalled the time for Pretty At War and the 4th fastest of the group that went that distance. In one career start to date, South Bend — who was purchased for $70,000 at a 2YO Sale this March — is a winner. Broke the maiden here on Sept. 14. Look for this one to be back in action soon.

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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