Work Tab for Wednesday, Nov. 27: Binoculars Focused On Some High-Priced 2YOs

(Trainer Shug McGaughey at Churchill Downs before the KY Derby / Photo by Gene McLean)

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.

  1. Maid of Honor, a 2YO daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and a gal who sold to Fox Hill Farm for $400,000 at the 2018 version of the KEE September Yearling Sales, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. It was the 7th published work for the unraced filly, and she went 5 furlongs from the gate in 1:03.80. That was the 4th time that she has breezed from the gate, and it certainly appears that she is about ready to crank it up in the afternoons. Should keep an eye on this one. Morning works not spectacular or fast. But she has the pedigree to go long on the grass. Interesting one here.
  2. Maximiliano, a 2YO son of Quality Road and trained by Wesley Ward, worked at Keeneland on Tuesday. This one — who broke the maiden last time out at KEE on Oct. 19 and now has a win and a second in two career starts — went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat. That was the bullet move out of 3 to go over the main dirt track. This guy was sold at the 2018 KEE September Yearling Sale for $425,000 after being purchased as a young yearling at the KEE January Horses of All Ages Sale for $235,000. Looks like he could be a good one.
  3. Juulstone, a 2YO son of American Pharoah and trained by Shug McGaughey, worked at Belmont Park early on Wednesday. This one — who sold for $495,000 at the Fasig-Tipton August Sale at Saratoga a year ago — went 4 furlongs over the dirt track in :48.18. That was the 2nd best time out of 3 to go in the first group. In two starts so far, Juulstone has a 6th and a 5th to show for his efforts. But not to worry. Not yet. Trainer known to take his time with the youngsters. Keep tabs next time to the gate.

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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