Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus on Dak Attack, Free Drop Billy, J Boys Echo, Givemeaminit



(Dak Attack wins at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of 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 well:

  1. Dak Attack, a 3YO son of Ghostzapper who was most impressive in winning the Ellis Park Juvenile last summer before sustaining a shin injury that has kept him sidelined for nearly a year, got his second published work at Churchill Downs since July 28 this morning. He went 3 furlongs in :37.80, which was the 22nd best time out of 30 to go that distance. This guy won his first two starts impressively, and that really got some geared up about this one’s Triple Crown future. He was able to return to run in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 6, but immediately went to the sidelines again. This one is a talent. Hoping for the best in his return.
  2. J Boys Echo, a son of Mineshaft who won the G3 Gotham Stakes in 2017 before running 15th in the KY Derby, is another one coming back for the barn of Dale Romans. This one ran second twice in a row in late 2017, but was a disappointing 11th in the G3 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 19. He has been sidelined since then. He got his first published work since that race this morning at Churchill Downs, going the same 3 furlongs as the top horse. He did it in :36.60, which was the fourth best time out of the 30.
  3. Senior Investment, third in the 2017 Preakness Stakes to Cloud Computing, has been on the board — with no wins — in eight starts since that impressive late move. The son of Discreetly Mine is working his way back to you, too, and got his second morning exercise since June 8 to his morning. He went 3 furlongs in :37 flat. It was nearly two months between morning moves, though. Look for this one to be awhile for he can return in the afternoon, as well.
  4. Givemeaminit, a Louisiana-bred son of Star Guitar, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Dallas Stewart. This one has just one win in 12 starts, but has run third in the G3 Pat Day Mile (2018), fourth in the Louisiana Derby (2018), fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2017) and third in the Hopeful Stakes (2017). He went a half mile in an impressive :47.80 this morning, which was the 4th best time of of 66 to go that far. Look for this one to show back up very soon. He may be awfully tough in an allowance condition, or a Louisiana-bred only Stakes?
  5. Manny Wah, a Will Take Charge 2YO colt trained by Wayne Catalano, has a win and a second in just two career starts. He worked at Churchill Downs this morning, going an easy half mile in :49.20. That was 22nd of the 66. Look for this one to show up soon. A talent.
  6. Free Drop Billy, who won the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland last October before falling apart along the Triple Crown trail for Romans, was back in training at Churchill Downs this morning. He went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80, which was the second best time out of 26 to go the distance. It was the third impressive work for this son of Union Rags since July 21. A grass start has been mentioned as a possibility for him in the future. Since his win in the Breeders’ Futurity, he has raced six times. He has a second in the G2 Holy Bull; a third in the G3 Gotham Stakes; and a third in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes. But was 16th in the KY Derby and 7th in the Belmont. Better days ahead, hopefully.

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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