Work Tab for Wednesday, Sept. 4: Binoculars Focused On Street Band, Talented 2YO Letmeno & Others

(Street Band before this year’s KY Oaks / 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. Striking Beauty, a 2YO filly by Curlin and trained by Jimmy Jerkens for the Stronach Stables, may be one  to watch in the near future. She cost $70,000 at the 2018 KEE September Yearling Sale, and ran for the first time on Aug. 18 at Saratoga. Ran 5th that day to a winner by the name of Mrs. Danvers, who is trained by Shug McGaughey. Salty group. Striking Beauty was in a nice position early on, but tired. Needed that one, for sure. Worked for the first time since that debut run this morning at Belmont Park. Went an easy half mile in :49.79 — which was 23rd best of the 40. Look for this one to improve next time out, and be fully cranked on race #3.
  2. Street Band, a game third in the G1 Alabama Stakes last time out for trainer J. Larry Jones, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The 3YO daughter of Istan went 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 — which was the 5th fastest time out of 21 to clock the distance. In 11 career starts now, Street Band has 4 wins and 3 thirds. She has over $500,000 in earnings and is a multiple Graded Stakes winner. Not bad for this homebred of Larry and Cindy Jones. Not bad at all.
  3. Timeline, a 5YO son of Hard Spun, has not raced since finishing 7th in the G1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct last December. But this horse — who started his career winning his first 4 races — got his 5th published work this morning since he returned to active duty on Aug. 11. Went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat. That was the 12th best time out of the 21 to go the distance. In 12 career starts now, Timeline has 5 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds and career earnings over $413,000. Be fun to see him return to his glory days.
  4. Letmeno, a 2YO son of Twirling Candy and trained by Ian Wilkes, may turn out to be one of the best of his generation, yet. Broke the maiden at first asking at Ellis Park on July 13. Won that one by a length at odds of 20-1. And, you know who he dusted in that affair? None other than G1 winner of the Del Mar Futurity — Nucky. Letmeno beat him by 2 lengths and came from back of the pack to do so. In his next start out, Letmeno ran second to the much-more experienced Rowdy Yates in the Ellis Park Juvenile. Lost by 21/4 lengths that day, but had a rough trip under jockey Calvin Borel. Trained this morning at Churchill Downs, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.20. that was the 3rd best time out of 21 to go that far. This trainer normally does not crank his horses fully up for the first go or two. When they do run fast in the first couple of starts? You had better take a look. And, you had better take notice. This colt could be something special.

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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