Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Dragon Drew, Farrell & Casse’s Talented 2YO Fillies

Trainer William "Buff" Bradley
Gene McLean talks with Buff Bradley, who trains Dragon Drew

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. Dragon Drew, a 3YO Get Stormy colt trained by Buff Bradley, won back-to-back starts earlier this year on the grass at the Fair Grounds. The second of those wins was an impressive front-running victory in the Black Gold Overnight Stakes. Since then, though, the colt has caught some incredibly bad luck. He got a yielding track in the G3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland, that he didn’t prefer, but still ran a game fourth. On Derby Day, he ran over a soft grass course, soaked to the bone by torrential rains, and he liked that even worse — running 13th. The next time out, on May 31, the rains washed the allowance off the grass and over to the sloppy main track. He didn’t like that either, running 6th. Since then, he has gotten a bit of a break. Today, the colt worked a half mile in an easy :50 flat for Team Bradley, which was the 35th best time out of 64. Watch for this one’s return on the grass this summer down at the Pea Patch. Better than the last three, for sure.
  2. Farrell, the talented 4YO filly by Malibu Moon and trained by Wayne Catalano, was entered for Saturday’s G2 Delaware Handicap. But, apparently in a change of heart and direction, the filly was breezed at Churchill Downs this morning. She went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat, which was the 7th best time out of 22 to go that distance. This ultra fast filly has shown some real grit and grind in the last two outs, running second in both the G1 La Troienne Stakes and the G2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. She was beaten less than two in the former Stakes by Salty, and was beaten less than two by Blue Prize in the latter. She may turn up again very soon.
  3. Hay Dilly, a 2YO filly by Candy Ride and trained by Kelly Rubley, ran a well-beaten fourth to the monster Restless Rider in the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 30 in her last start. That was her first try at Stakes company after breaking her maiden at Delaware Park earlier this year. She worked a half mile over the dirt track at Fair Hill this morning, going the distance in :50 flat. That was the 3rd best time out of 7 to go that far today. Worth watching this one.
  4. Hey Niki, a 3YO filly by Include and trained by Tom Proctor for Gov. Brereton C. Jones, is one you may want to add to your watch list. This one is a perfect 2-for-2 to date after winning both of her starts last October and November. She has not been back to the races since, but she got her 7th published work since May 23 this morning at Fair Hill. She went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat, which was the lone work at that distance over the dirt track there.
  5. Awesome Slew, now a 5YO horse by Awesome Again and trained by Mark Casse, is coming off a disappointing 8th in the G1 Met Mile at Belmont Park on June 9. Before that, though, he ran third in the G2 Churchill Downs Twinspires Stakes on Derby Day and a nice second in the G1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct on April 7. His last win came in the G3 Ack Ack Stakes at Churchill Downs last September. He breezed at Saratoga this morning, going an easy half mile in :51.12. that was 27th out of 33.
  6. Dream Maker, a 2YO by Tapit and trained by Casse, could turn out to be one of the best juveniles in the world this year. He broke his maiden on debut at Churchill Downs on June 7, and he ran off that day to a 3-length victory after starting that 51/2-furlong event dead last. He fanned into the 7-path to do his running that day, too. Watch out here. He worked a half mile in :47.93 at The Spa this morning, and that was the 4th best time out of the 33. Wow. She went in company with another Tapit filly, this one owned by Stonestreet Stables, by the name of Tapping Pearl. She broke her maiden on debut on June 29 at Churchill Downs, running off to an easy 2 length victory in front-running style from the get-go. That one was contested at 6 furlongs. Another wow.
  7. Choo Choo, a 3YO English Channel colt trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, was put in the Triple Crown hunt earlier this year. But after running 5th in the El Camino Real Derby and 6th in the Sunland Derby, he was backed away from the fray a bit. He subsequently ran 6th in the Singeltary Stakes at Santa Anita on KY Derby Day, and has not been seen in the afternoons since. The colt got his second published workout since July 1 this morning, going an easy 3 furlongs in :38. This one will be awhile, but he is now working his way back. Owned by Calumet Farm.

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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