Workouts That Could Work Out for You: Today’s Focus On Wonder Gadot, Chocolate Martini, Copper Bullet

(Wonder Gadot, pink silks, could not get by Monomoy Girl in 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. Chocolate Martini, a 3YO filly by Broken Vow and trained by Tom Amoss, vaulted all the way from the claiming ranks earlier this year to win the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks. Since then, she has placed in the G2 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita (3rd), and the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga (3rd). Simply put, what a training job by Amoss, one of the best conditioners in the country and a wonderful story in the 2018 racing year. Today, she was back on the track at Churchill Downs, breezing 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the bullet move out of 19 to go the distance this morning. This is a filly that you root for. Always.
  2. Copper Bullet, who I have to admit is one of my most favorite horses despite the fact that he has not run this year, was back in training for Steve Asmussen this morning. This talented son of More than Ready — who has 2 wins and 2 starts in 4 career starts and easily ran off with the Saratoga Special last year — got his fourth published work since Aug. 22 today when he went 5 furlongs in 1:03.40. That was 18th of 19. Really hoping that this one can get back to his former running style. He was amazing. Hopefully, he can be again.
  3. National Pride, a 3YO Distorted Humor colt that Gary and Mary West paid $230,000 for at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2016, worked this morning for the Asmussen barn at the Churchill Downs Training Center and future home of Derby City Gaming. the colt went 5 furlongs in an impressive :59.60. That is a super time over the training track and the bullet move of the day. In three races to date, he has one second. That came in a Maiden Claiming event at Churchill Downs on May 20. This one may be a worth a look when he returns to the campus for the real thing in the afternoons.
  4. Wonder Gadot, the magnificent 3YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro who was thrown to the wolves/colts in the G1 Travers Stakes, was back in training at Saratoga this morning. She looked none the worse for wear, firing a bullet :47.44 for the half mile over the dirt track. That was the best of five to go this a.m. It will be good to see this one return to Churchill Downs soon. She is a magnificent racehorse who has already won over $1.38 million and her performance against Monomoy Girl in this year’s KY Oaks was thrilling. Love to see that again in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
  5. Measure Twice, a Scat Daddy colt trained by Wesley Ward, ran an impressive second on debut at Saratoga on Aug. 23 going 5.5 furlongs over the turf course. He was beaten less than a length in that event, and appeared to be making up ground at the end. He was back in training at Keeneland this morning, going 5 furlongs in an impressive 1:00.80. That was the bullet move out of 3 to score the distance. This guy is owned by Spendthirft Farm, who paid $525,000 for him at the 2016 Keeneland September Sale. He has a ways to go to recoup that investment, but the first out was a positive sign. Look for his return soon.
  6. Abaco Dream, a 2YO son of Bodemeister and also trained by Ward, went in company with his older teammate at Keeneland this a.m. This guys bears serious watching and considerations. In two starts so far, he has a win and a second — winning the last time out at Monmouth Park on July 22. Been idle in the afternoon since, but by the looks of his training schedule, he is getting closer for a return to the starting 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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