Work Tab for Wednesday, June 12: Binoculars Focused On Roadster, Believe In Royalty, No Nay Maybe

(Roadster before this year’s KY Derby / 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. Believe in Royalty, a 4YO Tapit colt and out of the KY Oaks winning mare Believe You Can, is working his way back to you these days. He has not raced since running second to Lone Sailor in the G3 Oklahoma Derby last September at Remington Park. Before that, he won the Ellis Park Derby. Today, he got his 5th published work since May 17, going a half mile in :48.20 at Churchill Downs. That was the 8th best time out of 42 to go the distance. Don’t be surprised if this guy gets a couple of 5/8ths works before he shows up in the afternoons. After all, he has done his best running at two turns for trainer J. Larry Jones.
  2. No Nay Maybe, a 2YO gelding by the highly-successful young stallion No Nay Never, worked this morning for trainer Wesley Ward in Lexington at Keeneland Race Course. He went a half mile in :48.60 — which was the 10th best time out of 55 to go the distance. The 2YO ran for the first time on May 25 at Belmont Park in New York, finishing second in the debut effort. Today’s move was the first published work since that effort. May be worth keeping an eye on this one.
  3. Roadster, a 3YO son of Quality Road who ran 15th in the KY Derby in his last race, worked this morning at Santa Anita for Team Baffert. Why anyone would continue to either race or train over this track is amazing to me, but this colt went an easy half mile in :50.20. That was the 16th best time out of 33 to go that far. Be interesting to see where this one will show up next.

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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