Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Bravazo, Midnight Bisou, Mia Mischief, Abel Tasman

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…Photo Courtesy of the Fair Grounds

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. Manny Wah, a 2YO son of Take Charge Indy and trained by Wayne Catalano, has proven to be a talented youngster so far in his career. He has run twice, sporting a second behind the touted Fluminense on debut in late June, and a win at Churchill Downs on July 21. Showed a lot of guts in that one, head bobbing with the runner up for much of the stretch. This one got his second published work since the win this morning, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. This breeze was from the gate, and was the 11th best of the 27 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this one. Talented.
  2. Profound Legacy, a 2YO filly by Proud Citizen and trained by Ian Wilkes, is certainly one to watch coming up soon. Hopefully. She started her career at Emerald Downs in Washington State. She won that one by nearly 8 lengths, and was immediately on the radar screen. She was purchased privately and shipped to Kentucky and the barn of Ian Wilkes. In her first start for the new connections, she aired to a 41/2 length win as the odds-on favorite. Wow time. She was back on the track at Churchill Downs this a.m., going 5 furlongs in 1:01.60. That was the 14th best time out of the 27. Put this one on your “Watch List.”
  3. Title Ready, a 3YO son of More Than Ready and trained by Steve Asmussen, is a much more accomplished runner than the previous two. And, he is coming off a third place finish to Axelrod in the G3 Indiana Derby; and a fourth to Core Beliefts in the G3 Ohio Derby. He was out stretching his legs under the Twin Spires this morning, drilling 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was the 16th best time out of the 27, in a pure maintenance mode.
  4. Abel Tasman, a 4YO daughter of Quality Road and trained by Bob Baffert, worked at Del Mar this morning. The 2017 KY Oaks winner went 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the second fastest time out of 32 to go the distance today. Quality Road mare. Quality filly.
  5. Moonshine Memories, a 3YO daughter of Malibu Moon and trained by Simon Callaghan, is coming off her first win of 2018 in her last race — an allowance event at Del Mar on July 19. She does love it so where the “Surf Meets the Turf.” She broke her maiden her last August and then won the G1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes over this dirt track. Didn’t run so well (7th) in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, but has returned now to form. Or so it seems. She worked at Del Mar this morning, as well, going an easy 5 furlongs in 1:02.40. That was the 24th best time out of the 32.
  6. Carter Cat, a 2YO son of Tale of the Cat and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Saratoga this morning. He went an easy 3 furlong lick in :38 flat. That was 7th best of 12 to go over the dirt training track in upper New York. This one has raced three times so far, and has two seconds and a win to show for his efforts. Look for a try at Stakes company soon.
  7. Funny Duck, upset winner of the G3 Pat Day Mile on KY Derby Day for trainer Rusty Arnold, worked at Saratoga this morning, as well. The son of Distorted Humor breezed an easy half mile over the dirt training track in :50.71. That was 41st of the 49. Since the huge win in the Pat Day, this one has run 4th in the Matt Winn Stakes and 6th in the Indiana Derby. May need a rain shower soon.
  8. Mia Mischief, a 3YO Into Mischief filly trained by Asmussen, worked at Saratoga this a.m., too. She was an all-out second by a heart-breaking neck to Seperationofpowers in the G1 Test Stakes last time out at The Spa. After that gutty performance, she now has a record of 4-4-0 in just 9 career starts. Today, she went an easy half mile in :51.88. Maintenance only.
  9. Midnight Bisou, another brilliant 3YO filly in the Asmussen barn and runner-up to the grand Monomoy Girl in the Coaching Club American Oaks in her last out, went an easy half mile, as well. She was clocked in :51.62 over the dirt training track.
  10. Bravazo, runner-up to Good Magic in the G1 Haskell Invitational in his last out and a sure bet to run next in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga for D. Wayne Lukas, trained this morning at The Spa. He went 5 furlongs in 1:00.90 — which was the 5th best time out of 22 to go that far. This one is a bit inconsistent, but he misses no chance, or major race. A durable sort by Awesome Again for owner Calumet Farm.

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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