Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Reride, Tap Daddy

(Steve Asmussen trains both Reride and Tap Daddy for Winchell Thoroughbreds / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

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 their best and ready for a key race.  Here is a look at today’s top works:

  1. Reride, a talented 3YO colt by Candy Ride and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. He covered 5 furlongs over the main track in 1:03 flat. That was the 7th best time out of 10 to go that distance, in a purse maintenance move. Since returning to Kentucky after his third place run to Mendelssohn in the UAE Derby, Reride has been put through five published works now. He should be getting ready to go to the starting gate turnstiles soon.
  2. Tap Daddy, a 3YO Scat Daddy colt who is also trained by Asmussen, worked this morning beneath the grand Twin Spires. He went 5 furlongs in the same time. In his last race, Tap Daddy won the James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico when torrential rains washed the Stakes event off the grass. It was his first win in four tries this year. This one may be a bit inconsistent to date, but the talent is sure there. This one is owned by the Winchell Thoroughbreds group, just as the one above.
  3. Ike, a 3YO son of Paynter and trained by Bob Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita. He went 5 furlongs over the dirt surface in a brilliant :59.60. That was the bullet move out of 15 to go that distance. This is his fourth move in a regular weekly routine, and it is his third bullet fire in a row. Ready. He has run only 3 times in his career, and the last was a second in the Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 14. If you can make the Baffert Traveling Squad, you are talented. And, he is. Watch for his name to pop soon.

That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL, TRAINER OF WINNER WELL DEFINED
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