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

(Trainer Chad Brown had Timeline back on the track at Belmont Park this morning / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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. Diversify, a 5YO Bellamy Road colt trained by Richard A. Violette, Jr., is coming off a nice win in the Commentator Stakes at Belmont Park on May 28 in his last start. Last Fall, he ripped off three wins in a  row before finishing the year with a fourth in the G1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. He breezed at Belmont Park this morning, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.87. That was the 9th best work out of 22 to go the distance. This NY bred is mighty tough when he is in restricted company, and he looks good right now for another run soon.
  2. Timeline, a Hard Spun colt that is trained by Chad Brown for Woodford Thoroughbreds, ripped off four impressive wins to start his racing career, before he ran a tough fifth in the G1 Haskell Invitational last year. He has raced twice this year, running third in an allowance race before winning the last time out in an allowance at Belmont Park on June 3. For the first time since his winning streak was snapped, the colt looked like the guy who started his racing career. He worked this morning in New York, going a half mile in :49.44. That was the 16th best time out of 53 to go.
  3. Significant Form, another from the barn of Chad Brown, is coming off a second place finish in the G3 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7. The 3YO Creative Cause filly breezed a half mile in :50.09, which was the 39th best time out of the 53. It was a pure maintenance move for a very classy filly. Watch out for this one. Talent.
  4. Catholic Boy, a 3YO ridgling by More Than Ready, worked at Saratoga this morning for trainer Jonathan Thomas. The colt breezed 5 furlongs in 1:03 flat, which was the third best time out of 8 to go over the grass course. This one had a monster move late to win the G3 Pennine Ridge at Belmont Park on June 2 in his last start, stamping his talent as one of the best young grass runners in this country. A world wide talent. Keep watch on his next start.

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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