Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Bravazo, Reride, Sporting Chance

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. Bravazo, the 3YO Awesome Again colt who ran second to the great Justify in the Preakness Stakes and came the closest to upsetting the grand Triple Crown winner, was back on the track at Churchill Downs this morning for a stroll. The colt worked a half mile in :47.80, which was the bullet move out  of 27 to go that distance this morning. Bookending the Preakness was a 6th place finish in the G1 KY Derby and another 6th in the G1 Belmont Stakes. Earlier this year, he won the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds and an allowance event at Oaklawn Park. Don’t know yet where this one might resurface again, but D. Wayne Lukas doesn’t wait long.
  2. Reride, a 3YO Candy Ride colt trained by Steve Asmussen for the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, has been working steadily since his third place finish in the UAE Derby to Mendelssohn. This morning, the colt went a half mile in :50.60, which was the 17th bet time out of 27. That was the fifth work since his return to the States. Look for this one to return to the races sometime this summer.
  3. Sporting Chance, a 3YO Tiznow colt trained by D. Wayne Lukas, has not run in the afternoon since his 6th place finish in the sloppy Preakness Stakes. Earlier this year, he ran 3rd in the Southwest Stakes; 5th in the Risen Star; 4th in the Toyota Blue Grass; and 4th in the G3 Pat Day Mile. He breezed a half mile in :48.20, which was the third best time out of the 27. Like most of Lukas’ horses, he will be back in action soon. Watch for this one to run much better.
  4. Warrior’s Club, a 4YO Warrior’s Reward colt who is trained by Lukas, as well, trained this morning at Churchill Downs. This one went an easy maintenance half mile in :50.20, which was the 16th best time. This one had a tremendous spring, winning the G3 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland and then running second in the G2 Churchill Downs on KY Derby Day. On Belmont Stakes Day, though, he was a disappointing 10th in the G1 Met Mile. Look for this one to shorten back up and get back in action soon.
  5. Tap Daddy, winner of the James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico on May 19 when the torrential rains washed the event off the grass, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for Steve Asmussen. He went 5 furlongs in 1:02.20, which was the 8th best time out of 15 to go that far. Keep an eye on this son of Scat Daddy, and see if he doesn’t return to a grass event soon.

Tremendous. He went absolutely wonderful. He was nice and happy coming off (the track) and recovered real quick. All is well. We’ve just got to go out there and see if we can get the job done, good Lord willing. We’ll see what happens.”

Mike Smith, about Collected’s work
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