Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Caledonia Road, Catholic Boy

(Caledonia Road winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies / Photo Courtesy of Breeders’ Cup)

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. Caledonia Road, a 3YO filly by Quality Road and winner of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar last November, had a successful 2018 debut on April 29 at Belmont Park. While she didn’t manage to make the break for the Kentucky Oaks, she did win an allowance event on her return to the races for trainer Ralph Nicks. She was back on the training track at Belmont Park this morning, going a half mile in :49.65, which was the bullet move out of 9 to go the distance over the “good” dirt track. Keep a close eye on this one. She may face the 2018 best soon.
  2. Laney, a 4YO Shackleford filly who ran third in the G2 Eight Belles Stakes and the G3 Beaumont Stakes a year ago for trainer Eddie Kenneally, has yet to make her 2018 debut. But she is training quite nicely, and had another drill this morning at Churchill Downs. Over a fast track, she breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01.60, which was the third best time out of 14 to go the distance this morning. Watch for this one’s return. She can motor, and this was her fifth published work since April 21. Getting closer.
  3. Heavenly Grace, is a Tapit filly who has yet to break her maiden or make her 2018 debut. She did run three times last year, with a third coming in the career opener at Belmont Park in October. She is training forwardly for Ralph Nicks at Gulfstream Park, and worked a half mile in :48.42 this morning. That was the bullet move out of 16 to go today. This was her 8 published work since March, so she should be getting closer. A horse to watch, for sure.
  4. Catholic Boy was hot on the trail of this year’s Kentucky Derby after winning the Remsen Stakes to end his 2YO season and start the year with a nice second to Flameaway in the Sam. F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay. But after he ran a rather dull fourth to Audible in the G1 Florida Derby, trainer Jonathan Thomas detoured and gave the son of More Than Ready some extra time. He worked at Bridlewood Farm on May 12, going a half mile in :48.80. That was his first published work since the race at Gulfstream Park. He may still be aways to go, but he is super talented.
  5. Amada Rafaela, a 3YO filly by Distorted Humor who is trained by Bob Baffert for Three Chimney’s Farm out of Midway, is a talent on the rise. She broke her maiden on debut May 5 at Santa Anita. She was back on the track at the “Great Race Place” this morning, breezing a half mile in :48.40. That was the fifth best time out of 17 to go that far. Keep an eye on this one. Talented.

We had a pretty good trip. We were outside, way out, but we saved ground (coming down) on the rail all the way. When we came to the three-eighths (pole), I thought we had a big chance to win the race. (When we) came to the straight, she was fine, fighting pretty good. Then when I saw the winner (Blue Prize) come out, I thought we had it. But I was in a great spot and she tried to really give me everything she had.”

Luis Saez, Rider of third-place finisher Pacific Wind
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