Work Tab for Wednesday, Jan. 30: Binoculars Focused On Mr. Money, Game Winner, Roadster, Coliseum

(Game Winner worked at Santa Anita / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

(Roadster wins at Del Mar last summer / Photo Courtesy of Del Mar)

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 Goldencents colt trained by W. Bret Calhoun, was scheduled to run in the LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds to begin the 2019 race calendar. But after the racetrack turned up muddy and the colt turned up with a bit of a cough, he was scrached and saved for a better day. Now, it appears that he may be pointed to the G2 Risen Star in New Orleans. This morning, he tuned up with a nice half-mile work in :49 flat. That was the 8th best time out of 45 to make the distance. In his last start, Mr. Money ran fourth behind undefeated Game Winner in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs. Before that, he had two seconds and a win in MSW company. Talented. Very talented.
  2. Tell Your Mama, a 4YO Blame filly trained by Tom Amoss, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. This filly — who ran 6th in the G3 Iowa Oaks and 7th in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico a year ago — went a half mile in :48.20. That was the 2nd best time out of the 45. She has 2 wins, 4 seconds and 2 thirds in 16 starts, and has earned over $164,000 at the track.
  3. Shanghai Rain, a 3YO Shanghai Bobby filly trained by Calhoun, is a Stakes-placed winning filly who grabbed some attention last summer when she was second to the amazing Restless Rider in the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs. After that, she caught another monster — running fourth to Serengeti Empress in the Ellis Park Juvenile. Has not run since finishing 5th in an allowance at Churchill Downs in September, but she got her 7th published work since Dec. 15 today when she went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 2nd best time out of 21 to go that far. Looks ready.
  4. Tapit Wise, who sold for $700,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and was purchased by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farms, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. He went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80, which was the bullet move out of the 21 to go the distance. This one is trained by Tom Amoss and is coming off a nice second place finish at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 19. Look for better things soon.
  5. Roadster, a 3YO son of Quality Road and a top runner for Team Baffert a year ago before he ran third to stablemate Game Winner in the G1 Del Mar Futurity, worked this morning at Santa Anita. The colt got his 4th published a.m. work since Dec. 4, going a half mile in :49.80. That was 43rd of 76 to go the distance. Still has aways to go, but he should pop up soon on the Triple Crown trail.
  6. Vasilika, an amazing 5YO filly who has climbed out of the claiming ranks to win a G1 Stakes for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, worked this morning at “The Great Race Place,” too. He went a half mile in :49.80. That was the 43rd best time out of 76 to go. She won the G3 Megahertz Stakes on Jan. 21. She now has a 14-4-3 record in 29 lifetime starts, and is closing in on the prestigious $1 million mark in earnings.
  7. Game Winner, the undefeated Champion 2YO colt of a year ago, got to stretch his legs on Wednesday, too. The 3YO son of Candy Ride — who was last seen winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for Team Baffert — went 5 furlongs in 1:03.40. That was 35th best time out of 42 to go the distance. He is now 4-for-4 and the leading candidate for this year’s KY Derby.
  8. Coliseum, another talent from the barn of Team Baffert, worked this morning, as well. This gray son of Tapit rolled 6 furlongs in 1:12.20 from the gate and that was the bullet move of 11 to go the distance. This one grabbed all the headlines when breaking his maiden on debut last November at Del Mar. But he broke a bit slowly in the G3 Sham Stakes and never materialized a significant run when finishing 6th against Gunmetal Gray. Look for better. Expect more.
  9. Speed Freak, a 4YO gelding by Orb, is starting to gear up for the first race of the career. He got his 8th published work since Dec. 4 today, when he went 5 furlongs in a really nice 1:00 flat. That was from the gate, and was the second fastest time out of the 42 to go the distance. This one is special, because we were the ones to pick out the breeding and he is out of our former Stakes-winning mare Purim’s Dancer. We sold the mare in-foal to Gary and Mary West. Good luck to this guy. Rooting like crazy for him.

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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