Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Flameaway, World Approval, Funny Duck

(Mark Casse, the trainer of World Approval and Flameaway / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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. Funny Duck, who captured the G3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on a wet and soggy KY Derby Day at odds of nearly 40-to-1, was back on the training mode this morning at the land of the Twin Spires. He covered a half mile in a brisk :47.40, which was the 3rd best time out of 41 to go the distance. It was the third published work for the son of Distorted Humor since his monumental breakthrough on Derby Day. Prior to that splash down performance, he had broken his maiden just two starts prior and had run 7th on the grass in the G3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland. What’s next?
  2. Mia Mischief, who was super impressive in winning the G2 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs on KY Oaks Day, worked this morning for the connections at the Steve Asmussen barn. The Into Mischief filly breezed an easy half mile in :51.20, which was 39th of the 41. It was her second published work since her Graded Stakes victory. She was idle after the Eight Belles until she got her first published work on May 31. She is tuning back up now.
  3. World Approval, the 2017 Champion Turf Male after his impressive season, worked a half mile over the dirt at Churchill Downs this morning. He breezed the distance in an easy :50.20, which was 33rd best. The son of Northern Afleet, who is now 6 years old, won the G3 Tampa Bay Stakes to begin this year, but was a disappointing fifth in the G1 Kilroe Mile on March 10. He hasn’t been out in the afternoons since then.
  4. Flameaway, a 3YO son of Scat Daddy who looked to set the world on fire earlier this Spring with a win in the Sam F. Davis and runner-up finishes in both the Tampa Bay Derby and the G2 Blue Grass Stakes, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Mark Casse. The colt, who got a little breather after his tiring 13th place finish in the Kentucky Derby, looked very sharp. He went 5 furlongs in a brisk :59.60, which was 4th best of 14. Casse has said all Spring that he will point this guy towards some of the big Grade 1 races at Woodbine later this Summer, since he is an Ontario-bred.
  5. Senior Investment, who had hit the board in only one of seven starts since his third place finish in the 2017 Preakness Stakes, appeared to wake up a bit in his last start at Churchill Downs on May 19. He ran second in an allowance race, to the nice Thirstforlife. He was well-beaten that day (over 4 lengths), but looked like he had better energy closing than what he has shown in quite some time. He worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. He went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat, which was the 12th best time out of the 14.
  6. Mopotism, a 4YO daughter of Uncle Mo and trained by Doug O’Neill, worked at Santa Anita this morning. She was a dull 7th in the G1 Gamely Stakes at “The Great Race Place” last time out, but had been on the board in four straight Graded Stakes events before that — with a win in the G2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 13. She went 5 furlongs on the dirt track in 1:02 flat, which was 16th best of 25 in a pure maintenance move.

We had a trip that we didn’t expect. I thought I was going to be close to the pace, but we got bumped a little bit leaving the gate so I was last and just bided my time. I made one run and it was a good one. At about the eighth pole I thought I was going to get there (for the win). I had figured (before the race that) I would save ground and kick on at the end and that is what he did.”

Julien Leparoux, Winning rider
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