Workouts that Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Finley’sluckycharm, Tap Daddy, Switzerland

Carl Moore Management LLC’s Finley’sluckycharm, winner of Churchill Downs’ Roxelana Overnight Stakes on April 29, 2017 (Coady Photography, Churchll 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. Laney, a Shackleford mare who ran third in the G2 Eight Belles Stakes in May of 2017 and now has a record of 3-3-4 in 16 lifetime starts, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Eddie Kenneally. This one has raced twice this year, both in allowance company, with a second and a third at Churchill Downs. The last race was a third on June 17. Look for this one to pop at Ellis Park, perhaps, and maybe back into the Stakes level competition. She worked 3 furlongs today in :39.20, which was 5th of 5 to go that distance.
  2. Tap Daddy, a 3YO son of Scat Daddy trained by Steve Asmussen and owned by the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The homebred colt breezed a half mile in an easy :50 flat, which was the 19th best time out of 34 to go. This one has not been seen in the afternoons since he won the James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico when the race was washed off the turf and moved to the sloppy main track after torrential rains. It will be interesting to see what surface this one returns to, but my guess is that the connections may be aiming to go to Saratoga.
  3. Finley’sluckycharm, an ultra-talented filly by Twirling Candy and trained by the affable W. Bret Calhoun, has a spiffy record of 10-3-0 in 16 lifetime starts and has already amassed over $800,000 in winnings to date. She has a win and a second in just three starts this year, to date, and worked aggressively this morning, covering 5 furlongs in a nifty :59 flat. That was the bullet move out of 7 to go the distance, and certainly appears that it sets her up nicely for her next Stakes performance. This is a fast one. She has a shot to make the Breeders’ Cup this year, which is being hosted by her favorite race track.
  4. Grade One, a 3YO Midnight Lute colt trained by James DiVito, is one that you should put on your “Horses to Watch” list. He has already run 9 times this year, and has 5 seconds and a third to show for the efforts. In his career, he has but one win in 14 starts. But he has tallied over $100,000 in earnings. A money making machine, for sure. He has three seconds in a row, the last one coming on June 23 at Churchill Downs when he ran second to Seize in an allowance event. He worked today at Churchill, going 5 furlongs in :59 flat, as well. This one is still eligible for a lot of spots, but if the connections ever decide to locate a high end claiming event? Worth a shot there. He only cost $15,000 at the Keeneland September Sale.
  5. Angelo’s Ashes, a 4YO filly by Exchange Rate and trained by Mike Maker, may be another one that you should take a look at, if you are in the market for a female with a good pedigree and can run a bit in the claiming game. This one ran for $30,000 last time out, and was a solid second. It was the second straight time she was dropped in for a tag and she has a third to go along with the runner-up finish. She has 2-3-4 record in 15 lifetime starts to date, and still has some conditions left. Worth a shot? The first dam was unraced, but the second dam is Court Hostess — a Graded Stakes winner by Sovereign Dancer. She won the G3 Brown & Williamson Handicap at Churchill Downs.
  6. Bano Solo, a 2YO colt by Godencents and trained by Asmussen, is a perfect 1-for-1 and is now located at Saratoga for Team Winchell. He won at Churchill Downs on June 23 by an easy three lengths, and trained at The Spa today. He went a half mile in :50.80, which was the 48th best time out of 58. But watch for this one. Talented.
  7. Switzerland, a 4YO colt by Speightstown and undefeated since being transferred from the barn of Chad Brown to Asmussen for Woodford Racing LLC, worked at Saratoga this morning, as well. This guy is a perfect 4-for-4 this year, with a monster win in the G3 Maryland Spring Stakes at Pimlico on May 19 in the last go. He rolled away in the slop that day, and now looks like he is headed to some Stakes races at The Spa soon. He worked a half mile in an easy :51.57 time, which was 58th of 58. But it was nothing more than a leg-stretcher. This one is on top of his game right now.

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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