Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Chocolate Martini, Sailor’s Valentine, Sir Truebadour

(Sir Truebadour winning the Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Coady Photography & Churchill Downs)

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. Hint of Mint, a 3YO More Than Ready filly trained by Wayne Catalano, has been on our “Horses to Watch” list for quite some time. She ran a super third on debut last August at Saratoga, and then came right back to win at Churchill Downs last October by nearly 5 lengths. Stardom looked imminent. But after running fourth in her first try at allowance company in November, she has not been the same. She ran 10th in the 2018 debut here in late May and then was 6th in an allowance at Churchill Downs on June 24. But we will give her another try. She got her first published work since the last race this morning and she breezed a half mile in :46.20. Wow time. That was the fastest out of 34 to go the distance. And, she was super impressive. Can she duplicate that in the afternoon? Let’s see.
  2. Sailor’s Valentine, a 4YO Mizzen Mast filly trained by Eddie Kenneally, has always been cut out to be a really good one. After winning the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland last Spring, she ran 6th to Abel Tasman in a sloppy KY Oaks at Churchill Downs. That was the last time she raced until 2018. And, the comeback has been slow. She ran fourth at Keeneland in April, and then second in an allowance at Churchill Downs in May. The last out was a third in the Lady Canterbury Stakes on June 23. She was beaten less than 2 lengths in that one though, and was steadied in tight quarters near the 3/4 marker. Probably cost her the race that day. She was back in fine form this morning at Churchill Downs. Toured a half mile in a brisk :47.80. Second best time of the day. Watch out here.
  3. Our Majesty, a 4YO daughter of Majesticperfection who reeled off three impressive wins in her first five career starts, was entered as a MTO possible at Ellis Park this weekend. Was scratched when the race stayed on the grass, though. She breezed this morning at the Churchill Downs’ training facility for trainer Ron Moquette. She went a half mile there in :48.40, which was the third best time out of 8 to go that far. This one can run — evidence by her second in the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico last year. Look for her to be tough upon a return to the afternoon.
  4. Talon, a 3YO colt by Candy Ride and trained by Arnaud Delacour, is on our “Horses to Watch” list at the top. Although he has not run since last November, this one demonstrated that he could be a top caliber guy. He ran second in the career debut at Laurel Park last October and then won the MSW on Nov. 23 at Aqueduct. He closed from dead last after a very slow start to win going away by 11/2 lengths. Impressive 1 mile event. Watch the replay. Wow watch. He got his first published work since then this morning at Fair Hill. He went 3 furlongs over the all weather track there in a time of :37.60. He is still a long ways off, but this one is a talent.
  5. Sir Truebadour, a 2YO colt by More Than Ready and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked over the Saratoga track on Tuesday. This talented guy is coming off a nice win in the G3 Ashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs, when he blew the doors off a nice field by over 2 lengths. He is now 2-for-3, with a troubled fourth in the Tremont Stakes. He went a slow, maintenance half mile in :51.45 over the dirt training track at The Spa. That was 8 of 11.
  6. Chocolate Martini, a 3YO Broken Vow filly who won the Fair Grounds Oaks earlier this year for trainer Tom Amoss, worked at Saratoga on Tuesday, as well. She went a half mile over the dirt track in :48.03, which was the bullet move of four to go that distance. She ran fifth to Monomoy Girl in the KY Oaks, and we have all seen how those fillies have come back to run since. Her last race was a second in the Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita. Talented runner here.

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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