Work Tab for Wednesday, Feb. 6: Binoculars Firmly Focused On Noble Indy, Prince Lucky, Colonelsdarktemper

3-24-2018 – Noble Indy with John Velazquez aboard gets a head in front of Lone Sailor to win the 105th Grade II Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

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. Flume, a 3YO filly by Verrazano and trained by Mark Casse, has not run since finishing fourth as the beaten favorite at Keeneland last April. Ran up against some nice ones in that inaugural go, and got her first published work since then at Oaklawn Park today. Went 3 furlongs in :38 flat, which was the 3rd best time out of the first 5 to go that far. Fox Hill Farm purchased this one for $310,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Be interesting to see how she returns to the races.
  2. Colonelsdarktemper, a 5YO Colonel John horse and is now trained by Scott Geiner, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning, as well. After winning the G3 West Virginia Derby in August of 2017, this guy has been on the outside looking in. In six starts last year, the best he could muster was a second in an allowance event to start the year for former trainer Jinks Fires. Started the 2019 campaign with a fourth in the Duncan F. Kenner Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 19. That was the first start for the new barn. Ran behind Wynn Time in that one. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 this morning, which was the 2nd fastest time out of the first 13 to go the distance. Hoping this one can return to form.
  3. Noble Indy, winner of the 2018 Louisiana Derby for trainer Todd Pletcher, is on the comeback trail. After the LA Derby, he ran 17th in the KY Derby; 10th in the Belmont Stakes; and 7th in the G3 Dwyer Stakes on July 7. He was put away for the rest of the year after that. Today, the talented runner got his 8th published work since Dec. 18. He went 5 furlongs at Palm Beach Downs in 1:00.21, which was the bullet move out of 4. Here’s wishing this guy the best.
  4. Prince Lucky, one of the best Pennsylvania-breds to ever get tacked up, is another on the comeback trail for the Pletcher barn. He was last seen in the afternoon on June 9 — Belmont Stakes Day — when he won the Easy Goer Stakes. Beat the likes of Rugbyman, Dark Vader and the highly-touted Mask that day. He got his 7th published work since Dec. 24 today at the Palm Beach Downs in South Florida and went stride for stride with Noble Indy. This talented runner is owned by Daniel McConnell, one of the top breeding operations in the Keystone State. Here’s wishing the connections all the best. He is a good one.

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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