Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Bravazo, Hofburg, Mia Mischief, She’s a Julie

2-17-2018 Bravazo, with Miguel Mena aboard, pushes to the lead to beat Snapper Sinclair in a close finish in the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

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. Air on Fire, a 4YO Unbridled’s Song ridgling trained by Ron Moquett, has had 11 lifetime starts to date — with the last coming on June 14 at Prairie Meadows. Has 2 seconds and 2 thirds to show for his efforts. But this one has hit the board three of the last four outs, with a fourth in the lone miss. Worked very nicely at Churchill Downs this morning, going a half mile in :47.20. That was the bullet move out of 71 to go the distance. This one has been on my “HTW List” for the last four races. Maybe if they gelded him, then he could be OK. Just saying.
  2. Dubby Dubbie, a 3YO gelding by Ice Box and trained by Michelle Lovell, has gotten good of late. After three straight seconds early in the year, he won back to back races at Churchill Downs and then ran a game third in the G3 American Derby at Arlington Park on July 7. Was beaten less than 2 lengths by Real Story and Captivating Moon in that one. He was back on the track at Churchill Downs this morning, going an easy half mile in :53.40. That was the last of the 71. Not to worry. This one is fit.
  3. Mr. Misunderstood, a son of Archarcharch who has won 10 of 17 lifetime starts for the Brad Cox barn, worked a nice half-mile over the dirt track at Churchill Downs this morn. He covered the distance in :47.80, which was the fourth best time at the distance. This guy is coming off a game victory in the G2 Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs in his last effort. May be looking for the big race up at Arlington Park? In his last three races at Churchill Downs, he has a win in the Wise Dan; a win in the G3 Commonwealth Turf; and a win in the Jefferson Cup Stakes.
  4. Somewhere, a really nice Quality Road 2YO filly trained by Buff Bradley, worked his morning over the dirt track at Churchill Downs. Covered 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the 4th best time out of 22 to go that far. This won ran away with a nice, near 6-length win in only her second career start on June 29. Look for this one to pop up in a Stakes event soon. Quality here for this Quality Road.
  5. Tap Daddy, who was fifth in the American Derby in the last out, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for the barn of Steve Asmussen. The son of Scat Daddy worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.20. That was 20th of 22. The question remains for this one: Is he better on grass or dirt. Honestly, I don’t think anyone can tell. He won the James Murphy two back when it was washed off the grass at Pimlico. Who is to know?
  6. Bravazo, runner-up to the Triple Crown winner Justify in the Preakness Stakes, tuned up for the G1 Haskell Stakes with a half-mile work this morning at Saratoga. he went the distance in :48.77. That was 8th best of 50 to go over the dirt training track. The son of Awesome Again has not missed a dance all spring. He won the G2 Risen Star at the Fair Grounds, and is capable of a big effort every now and then again. Haskell? Who knows, right?
  7. Hofburg, the “hot horse” before both the KY Derby and the Belmont Stakes this year, worked for trainer Bill Mott at Saratoga today, as well. The son of Tapit reeled off a half mile on the dirt training track in :49.03. That was 10th best of the 50 to go that far. While still eligible for an allowance event for “non other thans,” he ran second in the Florida Derby; seventh in the KY Derby and then third in the Belmont. What is next for him? Maybe the Jim Dandy and the Travers? I would drop down and get those allowance wins, but what do I know, right?
  8. Mia Mischief, an Into Mischief filly who captured a lot of headlines when she blistered away to win the Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs on KY Oaks Day for trainer Steve Asmussen, didn’t fire on her return to the track in the G3 Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park on July 8. Ran fifth that day. Was back in training this a.m., though, and got a nice half mile breeze over the dirt training track in :49.11. That was 11th best of the 50. Expect more next time.
  9. Yoshida, a 4YO grass specialist for the barn of Bill Mott, worked this morning at Saratoga. He went an easy half mile over the dirt training track in :50.40. That was 40th best. This one won his 2018 debut in impressive fashion, capturing the G1 Old Forester Turf Classic. But he was immediately shipped overseas after that to Royal Ascot, where he certainly did not embarrass himself at all. Ran fifth in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Now, he is back. Watch for him to run at Saratoga. And, he is a darn good one.
  10. She’s a Julie, a 3Yo Elusive Quality film trained by Asmussen, worked at Saratoga, too. She went 5 furlongs in a nice 1:01.77 — which was the bullet move out of 8 to go that distance over the dirt training track. She has won two in a row now, including the G3 Iowa Oaks in impressive fashion. Don’t know if she is “Monomoy Girl” good, but she is talented.

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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