Work Tab for Wednesday, Sept. 25: Binoculars Focused On Roadster, Preservationist, Green Light Go, Bolo & Others

(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.

  1. Preservationist, a 6YO son of Arch trained by Jimmy Jerkens and one of the best older dirt horses in the world right now, worked at Belmont Park this morning. The colt breezed an easy 3Fs in :36.06, which was the 3rd best time out of 7 to try the distance this morning. In his last out, Preservationist captured the G1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. In 6 starts this year, he has 4 wins and a third. The only time he was off the board was when 4th in the G1 Whitney Stakes two races back. This one figures to be a top contender for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Take a look.
  2. Green Light Go, another talented runner from the barn of Jimmy Jerkens, worked at Belmont Park this morning, as well. The 2YO son of Hard Spun is a perfect 2-for-2 in the early career, and is coming off an impressive win in the G2 Saratoga Special in his last try. This morning, the colt breezed 7 furlongs in 1:27.20. That was the bullet move out, to be sure. He was the only one to work that far, too. Will be interesting to see how this one stretches out and takes on the good ones. Bears tracking, for sure.
  3. Impetuous, a 2YO son of Fast Anna and trained by Mark Casse, worked this morning at the trainer’s complex in Central Florida. Went 3 furlongs in :37.40, which was the 3rd fastest time out of 4 to work at the training center. Owner Tracy Farmer purchased this one for $130,000 and he has raced once, at Belmont Park on June 23. Ran third in that one, and has been away since. Looks like he is getting ready to gear it back up, and might be interesting to track.
  4. Grandaria, a 3YO Curlin filly and trained by Brendan Walsh, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. This gal — who ran 2nd in the Cathryn Sophia Stakes at Parx on Sept. 2 in her last out — went 3 furlongs in a brisk :35.20. That was the bullet move out of 14 to go that far this morning. In 6 lifetime starts so far, Grandaria has a record of 2-1-1 and is now Stakes-Placed. Should be ready to rock again soon.
  5. Bolo, a 7YO son of Temple City and a grass expert trained by Carla Gaines, worked this morning at Santa Anita. The winner of the G1 Shoemaker Mile, just two starts back, went 5 furlongs over the dirt track this morning in 1:02.60 — which was the 33rd best time out of 50 to work that far this morning. In 20 lifetime starts now, Bolo has a record of 6 wins, 1 second and 4 thirds and has earned nearly $1 million in purses. Could be one of the top grass runners on the West Coast this season. Keep track here.
  6. Roadster, a 3YO son of Quality Road and trained by Team Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita, as well. The colt, who came from from a disappointing 15th in this year’s KY Derby to run a game 2nd in the G3 Affirmed Stakes in his last outing on June 16, went 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the 2nd best time out of the 50 to make the distance, and it was 5th published work since July 28. Looks to be cranking it back up just in time for a huge Fall campaign. Look for more out of this one soon.

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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