Work Tab for Wednesday, Aug. 14: Binoculars Focused On Mucho Gusto, Gun It & Others

Michael L. Petersen’s Mucho Gusto and jockey Joseph Talamo win the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.
© BENOIT PHOTO / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita

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. Mucho Gusto, a talented 3YO son of Mucho Macho Man and trained by Team Baffert, worked this morning at Del Mar. The colt rumbled 6 furlongs in 1:13.60, which was the bullet move out of 6 to go that far today. In 8 lifetime starts, to date, Mucho Gusto has racked up an impressive resume of 5 wins, 2 seconds and a third. He is coming off a 2nd to Maximum Security in the G1 Haskell Invitational in the last out. Be interesting to see where Team Baffert slots this one next, since Game Winner is scheduled to target the Travers. Interesting, indeed.
  2. Gun It, a 3YO colt by Tapit that cost a whopping $2.6 million to purchase at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2017, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen. In 5 lifetime starts, so far, this one has only 1 win and 1 third. Hasn’t raced since April 5, when he was 5th in an allowance event at Keeneland. Worked this morning for his first published move since that race. Went a methodical half mile in :51.20. That was 40th of 46. Road back.
  3. Well Spent, a 2YO filly by Hampton Court and trained by Wayne Catalano, may be one to keep your eye and binoculars on in the future endeavors. In 2 career starts, to date, she has a win and a second. Ran runner-up in an allowance at Presque Isle last time out on July 30. Worked for the first time since that race today, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.80. That was the 3rd best time out of the first 12 to stop the watch at the distance. Looks like she is ready to roll, yet again.
  4. Eagerly, a 2Yo son of American Pharoah and trained by Todd Pletcher for owner Michael Tabor, worked at Saratoga this morning. Went a half mile in :49.09, which was the 14th best time out of 40 to move over the main dirt track. In his first and lone start so far, Eagerly ran third on July 27 at “The Spa.” Was motoring late in that 11/16-mile event for the juveniles going 2 turns over the turf course. Was beaten just about a length. If this one can get a little better break and stay a bit closer to the pacemakers, he may be a tough out next time. Bears watching.

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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