Work Tab for Wednesday, May 15: Binoculars Focused On Seeking the Soul, Shang Shang Shang & Others

(Seeking the Soul, headed to the paddock, before the 2018 Breeders’ Cup / 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. Timber Ghost, a 4YO son of Ghostzapper and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, may be one worth keeping an eye on. He could be moving up to try the Stakes company soon. Won the last time out on April 13 at Aqueduct, in allowance company. In the last five tries, he has 3 wins and 2 seconds. Worked today at Belmont Park — going 6 furlongs over the dirt training track in 1:14.20. That was the bullet move out of two horses to make the trip today. He nipped his work mate. Keep an eye on this one. Developing.
  2. Seeking the Soul, a 6YO Perfect Soul horse and trained by Dallas Stewart, ran a nice third in the G2 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs on KY Derby Day. A huge effort, considering he was coming off a dull 8th in the G1 Dubai World Cup back in March. The big bay has now earned nearly $3 million in purses. He worked at Churchill Downs this morning, touring a half mile in :49.60. That was 38th best of 70 to make the trip. This bird doesn’t need much training in-between starts, and should be primed the next time to the gate. Bears watching.
  3. Shang Shang Shang, a 3YO Shanghai Bobby filly trained by Wesley Ward, worked 5 furlongs over the main dirt track at Keeneland this morning. The undefeated filly — who is a perfect 2-for-2 so far — went the distance in 1:01.60. That was the 4th best time out of 16 to clock the distance. It was her 5th published work since April 16. She has not raced since winning the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last June. Look for this one’s return soon.
  4. Kingly, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Bob Baffert, is coming off a nice win in the California Derby at Golden Gate last time out. In 4 career starts to date, this one has 2 wins and 2 seconds. Ran second to Anothertwistafate in the El Camino Real Derby back in February, as well. Went an easy 3 furlongs in :37 flat — which was the 4th best time out of 25 to go that short distance. May be stepped up in class in the next out.

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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