Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Guest Suite, Ike

(Neil Howard trains Guest Suite for W.S. Farish and Lora Jean Kilroy / 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. Guest Suite, a 4YO gelded son of Quality Road trained by Neil Howard for the ownership team of W.S. Farish and Lora Jean Kilroy, looks to have returned to some semblance of his former stellar self. In the last three starts, he has a win in allowance company at the Fair Grounds; a third in the G3 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland behind Rated R Superstar and Chip Leader; and a second in an allowance at Churchill Downs on May 20. Before those three, he had not been better than fifth in the previous four outings. And, that is coming after a victory in the LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds in 2017, when it appeared for a few minutes that he may be on that Triple Crown trail. The colt worked this morning at Churchill Downs, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the second best time out of 9 to go the distance.
  2. Talent Scout, a 3YO colt by New Year’s Day and trained by Bob Baffert, looked impressive in breaking his maiden at first ask last October at Santa Anita. The problem is that the colt has not been seen in the afternoon since that inaugural run. He got his 9th published work since April this morning when he went 3 furlongs in :37.40. That was the 6th best time out of 11 to go at Santa Anita. It will be interesting to see when this guy, owned by Gary and Mary West, will face the starting gate for real next.
  3. Ike, a 3YO colt by Paynter and another that hails from the barn of Team Baffert, worked this morning a Santa Anita, as well. He went 6 furlongs in 1:12.20, which was the fastest of two to work that distance early today on the West Coast. After breaking his maiden at Santa Anita in February, this guy ran a tough second in the Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park in just his third race ever. He was beaten a little more than two lengths by High North, a Midnight Lute colt trained by Brad Cox.  Since that race, this one has been spotty in his morning efforts. He worked on April 25, but was off for about a month. Now, he has had three regular works in a row, and all of them have been super impressive. Watch for this one, owned by Westrock Stables LLC. He has talent.

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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