Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Bravazo

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 Fairgrounds

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, a 3YO son of Awesome Again who is trained by D. Wayne Lukas for Calumet Farm, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The colt breezed 5 furlongs in a snappy 1:00.20, which was the bullet move out of 13 to go that distance this morning. This guy gave Justify the biggest scare of all in the Triple Crown, when he came running late to finish second in the Preakness Stakes. Like the Triple Crown winner himself, Bravazo ran in all three legs of the Triple Crown, with a troubled 6th in the KY Derby; 2nd in the Preakness Stakes; and another 6th in the Belmont Stakes. His biggest win of the year came in the G2 Risen Start Stakes at the Fair Grounds. Look for this guy to pop up soon, probably at Saratoga.
  2. Cosmic Burst, a Pennsylvania-bred who won the G3 Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park this March and then ran a troubled fourth in the G3 Fantasy Stakes in Hot Springs, ARK in April, worked for trainer Donnie Von Hemel at Churchill Downs this morning. She got her 8th published work since that last race this morning under the Twin Spires this morning. She went a half mile in :50.20, which was the 27th of the 35 that went the distance.
  3. Stellar Moon, a 3YO Tapit filly bred & owned by Godolphin, is working her way back to the racetrack. She broke her maiden last October at Delaware Park and then ran fourth in the Letellier Memorial Stakes at the Fair Grounds in December. But after a 6th place finish at the Fair Grounds in January, she has been on the shelf. She got her sixth published work since May 23 this morning over the all weather track at Fair Hill. She went 5 furlongs in 1:00.60, which was the 2nd best time out of 8 to go that distance.
  4. Limousine Liberal, a super talented 6YO gelding trained by Ben Colebrook for his aunt, Katherine Ball, worked this morning at Keeneland. He went a half-mile in :48.40, which was the 13th best time out of 25 to go the distance. So far this year, the gelding has raced three times, with a win in the G2 Churchill Downs on Derby Day; a second in the G3 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland; and a third on the G1 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day. This one is sure to wind up at Churchill Dows on Breeders’ Cup Day. Watch for his run to the Cup.
  5. Thunder Ride, a 3YO Pioneerof the Nile colt trained by Mark Casse, is certainly one to watch. This one broke his maiden at first asking last November at Woodbine, and was immediately plunged into the Stakes company. He ran 8th in the Display Stakes in December, and has not been seen in the afternoons since then. But he is working his way back to you. He got his third published work since June 2 today when he moved a half mile in :48.40, which was 5th best out of 32 to go that distance. Watch for this one to return to the races in Canada soon. He could still be a good one.

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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