Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Dragon Drew, Farrell, Dream Baby Dream

Trainer William "Buff" Bradley
Gene McLean talks with Buff Bradley 

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. Dream Baby Dream, a 3YO Into Mischief colt trained by Steve Asmussen, took a swing at the Triple Crown trail earlier this Spring. He ran a game second to Runaway Ghost in the G3 Sunland Derby and followed that up with a 7th place finish in the G1 Arkansas Derby — won by Magnum Moon. Stabelmate Tenfold was fifth in that event. Most recently, he caught a sloppy track and ran fifth in the LARC Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico. This morning, the colt was on the main track at Belmont Park and breezed a nice 5 furlongs in 1:00.60. That was the bullet move out of 9 to go the distance. One worth watching, especially if he gets a bit of class relief soon.
  2. Dragon Drew, a talented son of Get Stormy who is a homebred for owner/trainer Buff Bradley, hasn’t won the weather battle of late. He ran on two straight soft turf courses, which he didn’t seem to like, and then caught a sloppy main track after the rains washed the last start off the grass altogether. Before the, though, this one had won two in a row at the Fair Grounds, including a wonderful win in the Black Gold Stakes. His fourth place finish in the G3 Transylvania was not too bad, considering the soft grass course. He worked this morning for Team Bradley, covering a half mile in a brilliant :46.60. That was the bullet move of the day out of 29 to go that far. If he catches a firm grass course, look out. May be watching.
  3. Tale of Verve, now a 6YO horse by Tale of Ekati, had his best day in the Preakness of 2015. He ran a game second that day to the magnificent Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. This one was beaten 7 lengths that day, but still beat the likes of Divining Rod, Dortmund, Mr. Z, Danzig Moon, and Firing Line. In 12 races since that day, though, Tale of Verve has managed to hit the board just one time — winning an allowance race at Saratoga in July of 2016. He made only one start last year, running 8th on Jan. 22. Now, he is back in training, and he had his second published work since May 24. He went an easy half mile for trainer Dallas Stewart today, in a time of :49.20. That was 15th best out of 29 at Churchill Downs. It would be great to see this guy back in style.
  4. Farrell, a brilliantly fast filly by Malibu Moon, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Wayne Catalano. She covered 7 furlongs in 1:27.20, which was the only move at that distance today. Since running a disappointing 14th in the 2017 Kentucky Oaks — as one of the favorites — this filly has made 7 starts. She has a record of 2-1-1. She looked like her old self, though, in running a game second in the G1 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs on KY Oaks Day this year. She was beaten less than 2 lengths by the rail-hugging Salty in that one. She may be ready for another prime performance soon.

We’re looking at it with Seeking the Soul right now. It was his (owner Charles Fipke) decision. He wants to run Seeking the Soul, so that’s what we’re doing. We think he’s got a big shot. A lot of things went into (Fipke’s) decision, and his final decision was just to run one (rather than the mare Forever Unbridled, who won this year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff). And John Velazquez was very happy to have Seeking the Soul, as I understand, running in the race. He wants to ride him. He likes the horse. I think that was probably a big selling factor.

Trainer Dallas Steward, after Seeking the Soul worked at The Fair Grounds
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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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