Work Tab for Wednesday, Aug. 21: Binoculars Focused On Mr. Money, With Quotes From Trainer W. Bret Calhoun

(Mr. Money winning the G3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs / 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.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Mr. Money, a 3YO son of Goldencents and trained by the heady horseman W. Bret Calhoun for owner Chester Thomas, may be the best colt in the country right now. Seriously. The colt has won four Stakes in a row, starting with the G3 Pat Day Mile on KY Derby Day. Followed that up with an impressive win in the G3 Matt Winn Stakes, also at Churchill Downs. Next, took his game on the road to stomp the field in the G3 Indiana Derby. Last out, won the West Virginia Derby by a whopping 6 lengths. Over the last four races, Mr. Money has won those Stakes events by a total of 161/4 lengths. Butt kickings. And, he may only be getting better. This morning, the colt breezed an easy half mile in :47.40. That was the bullet move out of 34 to go the distance. When contacted this morning via text, Calhoun said: “Worked very well, went too fast but did it effortlessly.” Bigger things may be on the horizon. Scheduled to face off with Maximum Security, and, perhaps, Game Winner in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby next out.
  2. Silver Dust, a 5YO gelded son of Tapit and also trained by Calhoun, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The glorious gray won the G3 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes last time out and now has a 5-6-2 record in 23 lifetime starts. This gritty runner worked a half mile in :49.20, which was the 12th best time out of the 34. Good one here. Steady as they come.
  3. Solomini, a 4YO son of Curlin, has fallen on hard times since running 10th in the 2018 Kentucky Derby. In his first 6 career starts, he hit the board in each and ran 3rd in the G1 Arkansas Derby. Since the KY Derby, though, he has raced 7 times. Has a win in an allowance race and 3 thirds. Just doesn’t seem to be the same. Worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Went a half mile in :51.80 — in his first published work since running 8th in an allowance on June 8. Head shaker.

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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