Work Tab for Wednesday, Sept. 11: Binoculars Focused On Out for a Spin, McKinzie, Chess Chief & Others

(Out for a Spin after winning the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland / 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. Out for a Spin, a 3YO daughter of Hard Spun and trained by Dallas Stewart, has been out of business since running 10th in the G1 KY Oaks. That came on the heels of 2 straight wins — inclined a triumph in the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland. In 6 lifetime starts to date, she has 3 wins and a third. Not bad for a filly that didn’t make her reserve price at the 2018 OBS April 2YO Sale. This morning, she got her 2nd published work since returning to training on Sept. 3. She went 3 furlongs in :37.20, which was the 5th best time out of 9 to go the distance. Be good to see this one back in action this Fall.
  2. Chess Chief, a 3YO colt by Into Mischief and also trained by Stewart, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. The late April foal went a half mile in a very brisk :47 flat. That was the bullet move out of 41 to go that far. In his last out, Chess Chief ran 8th in the G1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Before that, though, he was 2nd to Mr. Money in the G3 West Virginia Derby. In 11 lifetime starts, he has only 1 win. Is eligible for N1x, and that would be a nice fix, maybe.
  3. Lady Worthington, a pricy acquisition at the 2017 KEE September Sale and trained by Wesley Ward, worked at Keeneland this morning. The 3YO daughter of Scat Daddy went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 — which was the 2nd best time out of 4 to clock the distance. She has a 1-1-3 record in 7 starts so far, but she cost $650,000 to purchase. Long way to go to recoup.
  4. McKinzie, a 4YO son of Street Sense and one of the best older horses in training, worked at Santa Anita this morning for trainer Bob Baffert. The colt worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.40, which was the bullet move out of 15 to go that far today over the main dirt track. This one is coming off a nice win in the G1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. Question is? Does he race again before the Breeders’ Cup?

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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