Work Tab for Wednesday, Aug. 28: Binoculars Focused On Mr. Money — With Quotes From Trainer W. Bret Calhoun

(Mr. Money has been money the last four starts / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

I am currently in Iceland on holiday, and we are 4 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone. So, when I sit to study on the day’s work tab, I am several hours ahead of any of the day’s work horses. So, I will be reviewing Wednesday’s tab today:

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 W. Bret Calhoun, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. This whirlwind of a colt has won 4 Graded Stakes in a row — starting with the G3 Pat Day Mile on KY Derby Day. Has since won the G3 Matt Winn Stakes, the G3 Indiana Derby and the G3 West Virginia Derby. Must step his game up in the next outing, when he will face off against the likes of Maximum Security and others in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby. Prepped for that this morning under the Twin Spires, when he breezed a strong 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the bullet move out of 21 to go the distance. Since the West. Virginia Derby, Mr. Money has worked 2 bullets in a row. He’s a man. “Worked very good and as normal went faster than I would have liked,” said trainer W. Bret Calhoun this afternoon. When asked if all was on board for the upcoming PA Derby, the trainer — one of the most likable and accomplished people I have ever met in this sport — texted: “YES.”
  2. Eight Rings, a 2YO colt by Empire Maker and trained by Bob Baffert, is a perfect 1-for-1 in his career to date, and may turn out to be another special one for this barn operation. Won the debut at Del Mar on Aug. 4, and he ran off to a 61/4-length win after a slow start. Just cleared the field. Got his 3rd published work since that win this morning at Del Mar. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 — which was the 2nd fastest time out of 21 to go that far. Keep tabs on this one. Might be worth your while.
  3. Garth, a 2YO Into Mischief colt also trained by Team Baffert, worked at Del Mar this morning, too. The colt — who has run 2nd in his only previous start — went 6 furlongs down by the seaside in 1:13.50. That was the 2nd fastest time of 3 to clock that distance. This one is a homebred for the Godolphin Stables. Bears tracking, too.
  4. Maximum Security, the troubled son of New Year’s Day and trained by Jason Servis, worked at Monmouth Park this morning in preparation for his next start in the PA Derby. The 3YO colt went an easy half mile in a leisure time of :53.40, which was 27th best of 27. Typical slow work for Servis and his horse. Done this same thing on Aug. 7 and Jul6 15 and July 6 — when he does clock a breeze. In 7 lifetime starts, he has 5 wins and a second. Only time off the board was when he was DQ’d for interference in the KY Derby. Won the G1 Haskell Invitational in the last out. Will be a tough out at Parx.

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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