Work Tab for Wednesday, Jan. 23: Binoculars Focused On Limonite, Once On Whiskey

(Trainer Steve Asmussen conditions Limonite for the ownership team of Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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. Limonite, a 3YO Lemon Drop Kid colt trained by Steve Asmussen for the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton ownership team, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. The colt — who ran third in the G2 KY Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in the last out on Nov. 24 and was beaten less than 2 lengths by Signalman — went an easy half mile in :50.40. That was the 8th fastest time out of 13 to go the distance, and it was just the colt’s second published work since the last race. Look for this one to get better in the a.m. as he builds towards the 2019 debut. Should love the extra distances, and the grass?
  2. Once On Whiskey, a 4YO son of Bodemeister trained by Bob Baffert, looked like he had a world of talent last year as an aspiring colt. Won the G3 Los Alamitos Derby in July and then ran 5th as the PT favorite in the G3 West Virginia Derby behind Mr. Freeze. Has not been seen in the afternoons since that race on Aug. 4. Got his 8th published work since Nov. 28 this morning at Santa Anita, going a nice half mile in :47.60. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 15 to go the distance. This one likes to roll late, but should be ready for a race soon. Be watching.

(Well Defined) has a ton of natural talent and I was going to take advantage of that today,” Morales explained. “I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race.

“The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride, so I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that,” Morales said. No one did, and he stretched the lead to three lengths from Knicks Go up the backstretch.

“All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running,” Morales said. “I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all, and my horse was going as comfortable as he possible could.

“I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.”

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