Work Tab for Wednesday, July 10: Binoculars Focused On Tom’s d’Etat, Funny Duck, Lewys Vaporizer & Others

(Tom’s d’Etat before the Stephen Foster / 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. Funny Duck, a 4YO Distorted Humor colt trained by Rusty Arnold, has not won a race since splashing home as a huge long shot in the G3 Pat Day Mile in 2018. Has not hit the board since then, either. Has run 6 times, with the best finish being a 4th in the G3 Matt Winn Stakes in June of last year. Worked this morning at Churchill Downs, and looked pretty good doing it, too. Went a half mile in :47.60 — which was the 2nd fastest time out of 25 to make the distance. Don’t know what is up with this one since the run last year. But here’s hoping for a turnaround of fortunes.
  2. Lewys Vaporizer, now a 7YO gelding by Lewis Michael and trained by Tom Amoss, is still kicking strong and high. He has won 3 of the last four races and now has made 15 trips to the winner’s circle in 35 career races. Not a bad resume. He worked at Churchill Downs this morning, going a half mile in :48.80. That was 8th best of the 25. Love to see this old guy still doing well. He is a fan favorite, for sure.
  3. Tom’s d’Etat, a 6YO son of Smart Strike, has tackled some awful big company for trainer Al Stall, Jr. this year. After running 9th to City of Light in the G1 Pegasus World Cup, he ran 2nd in the G2 Alysheba Stakes, and, most recently, 3rd to Seeking the Soul in the G2 Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs. Worked this morning under the Twin Spires. Went a snappy 5 furlongs in 1:00.80. That was the 2nd best time out of 11 to clock the distance. Good one right here. Darn good.
  4. Highlight Reel, a 3YO son of Union Rags and formerly trained by Bob Baffert for the ownership team of Gary and Mary West, worked at Keeneland this morning. It was the 4th published work for this one since May 16 and second in a row in Lexington. Went 3 furlongs in :37 flat, which was the 6th best time out of 15 to go that far. This one cost $260,000 to purchase at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2017, and he made one start as a 2YO last year at Del Mar. Ran 6th and last to Gray Magician that day, and has not been seen in the afternoon since. Interesting to follow this one.
  5. Mystical Moon, a 3YOI son of Malibu Moon and another on the comeback trail, worked at Keeneland this morning, as well. Went a nice 5 furlongs for trainer Brian Lynch in :59.20. That was the bullet move out of 8 to go the distance. He worked 5 furlongs in :59.80 a week ago, which was the 2nd best time out of 12. Has not run since finishing 9th in a MSW event at Gulfstream Park on March 10. Ran third twice in the first two career starts. May watch for this one’s return.

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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