Work Tab for Wednesday, Oct. 9: Binoculars Focused On Telekinesis, Scabbard & Others

(Trainer Mark Casse conditions Telekinesis / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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. Integral, a 2YO Algorithms filly trained by Todd Pletcher, worked at Belmont Park this morning. This March foal went 4 furlongs over the dirt training track in a rather deliberate :51.24. That was 17th best of 24 to go that distance over this oval. In 4 starts this year, Integral has a win and a second. She ran 5th in the G3 Schuylerville and 7th in the G2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga. Still searching for the right spot?
  2. On the Town, a 3YO More Than Ready filly trained by Mark Hennig, worked at Belmont Park, as well. She went 5 furlongs over the main track in 1:00.80. That was the bullet move out of 7 to negotiate the distance. In 6 lifetime starts, On the Town has a win and 3 seconds. Look for more out of this one soon. She has not started since May, but got her 5th published work since Aug. 30 today. Looks to be about ready.
  3. Scabbard, a 2YO son of More Than Ready and trained by Eddie Kenneally, is coming off an impressive second to the grand Dennis’ Moment in the G3 Iroquois Stakes. In 3 lifetime tries, to date, he has a win and 2 seconds. May be the only horse in the world that can run second to DM, and lose by less than 2. Worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Went 4 furlongs in :49.20. That was the 26th best time out of 61 to make the distance. Take note. This one may be really legit.
  4. Aficionado, a 2YO Into Mischief colt trained by Rodolphe Brisset, worked at Keeneland this morning. This talented runner is still a maiden, but has a third at Indy Grand, and, most recently, a second at KY Downs on Sept. 8. Went a half-mile today in :49.60 — which was the 35th best time out of 53 to clock the distance in Lexington. The connections paid $500,000 for this one at the KEE September Yearling Sale a year ago. Looks the part.
  5. Telekinesis, a 4YO son of Ghostzapper and trained by Mark Casse, has not run since he was a distant 9th at Keeneland in the Spring. But the talented runner got his 5th published workout since Aug. 10 this morning, when he toured the Keeneland main track in a eye-popping :47.40 over a nice half-mile breeze. That was the 2nd best time out of the 53 to work the distance. It will be fun to see this one back in the afternoons. After running a game second in the G3 Lexington Stakes last year, he won the Plate Trial Stakes and took on Wonder Gadot in the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine. Has not been the same since, but may be on the road to recovery.

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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