Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Believe in Royalty, Once on Whiskey, Zulfikhar

(Trainer J. Larry Jones conditions Believe in Royalty / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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. Believe in Royalty, a beautifully-bred colt by Tapit and out of the Kentucky Oaks winning mare Believe You Can, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer J. Larry Jones. This one started his career in style, with two wins and a third in the first three career starts. But he has since fallen on tough times, with a 6th in the Remington Springboard Mile; a 12th in the G3 LeComte Stakes; and a 6th in the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park. Since that last race in March, he has been given a bit of a breather, and now is working his way back to you. Since April 19, the colt has gotten four published works on the board. Today, he went a half mile in :49.20, which was the 15th best time out of 40 to go the distance. This one is very talented, and just has to learn how best to utilize his speed — which is abundant.
  2. Laney, a 4YO filly by Shackleford, has not made her 2018 debut since yet. She was last seen in the afternoons while running second in an allowance at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5. Prior to that, she had scored a third in both the G3 Adena Springs Beaumont at Keeneland and the G2 Eight Belles at Churchill Downs. Today, trainer Eddie Kenneally breezed the filly at Churchill Downs and she responded with a power move. She went a half mile in :47 flat — which was the bullet move out of 40 to go the distance. Watch for this one’s return soon.
  3. Lovely Bernadette, a 4YO filly by Wilburn, has not fired in her two races so far this year. She has an 8th in the G2 Hillsborough Stakes and an 11th in the G1 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes in her last out. But this one has talent. And, lots of it. She finished the 2017 year in a flourish, winning both three in a row — the Indiana Grands Stakes, the G3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes at Keeneland, and the G2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs. This morning, she got in some more practice, going 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat — which was the 4th best time out of 7 to go that far. This one could be ready to roll soon.
  4. Synchrony, a 5YO Tapit horse trained by Michael Stidham, has been on a real roll in 2018. In the first two starts this year, he won the G3 Fair Grounds Handicap and the G2 Muniz Memorial Handicap. On Derby Day, on very soft ground, he ran third in the G1 Old Forester Turf Classic. This morning, he got to stretch his legs a bit at Fair Hill. He went a half mile on the all weather training surface in :49.40, which was the 6th best time out of 8 to go the distance. He’s a good one. Especially right now.
  5. Gotta Go, a 3YO colt by Shanghai Bobby, started his career with a bang. Last fall, it looked like he wold develop into a world class 3YO colt — especially after he won the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs in convincing fashion. But he has mostly faltered this Spring for trainer Ian Wilkes, with the last disappointment being a 6th place finish in the G3 Peter Pan at Belmont Park on May 12. He worked this morning at Keeneland, going a half mile in :48.20. That was the bullet move out of 22 to go the distance. Here’s hoping that move will put him on the fast track to a return to glory.
  6. Once on Whiskey, a super talented Bodemeister colt trained by Bob Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita. On Derby Day morning, the colt ran third in an allowance race as the beaten favorite. Before that he had a second and a win at “The Great Race Place.” Today, he went 6 furlongs in 1:12.40 — which was the third best time out of 6. Keep an eye on this one’s return. He is good. Very good.
  7. Zulfikhar, a 3YO Bodemeister colt also trained by Baffert, had a super work at Santa Anita today, as well. This one went 5 furlongs in a brisk :59.20, which was the second best work out of 30 to go the distance. This one ran third in he G3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita the last time out. He has 2 wins and a third in four lifetime starts. This one is still developing, but could be another bullet in the Baffert barn.

He’s been training very professionally. We’ve really thought a lot of this horse. Todd thought he had a good future. So he sent him here and, of course, he was right. We’re really happy about today.”

Ginny DePasquale , Assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Current
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