Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Midnight Bisou, Dr. Dorr, Crosswalk

(Steve Asmussen trains Midnight Bisou / 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 well:

  1. Crosswalk, a 3YO son of City Zip whom I have touted for several months now, was back on the Churchill Downs’ main track this morning getting in some work for trainer Neil Howard. The colt, who once was a minor consideration for the G1 Met Mile, ran poorly in his last outing on July 15 at Ellis Park, finishing fifth in a close knit field of five. No threat throughout. Today, Howard put the colt through a half mile drill in :49.80. That was 6th of 9 to go the distance. This guy has run 7 times now and has hit the board in 6 of them. Bet back?
  2. Flatlined, a 6YO Flatter colt who won the Cliff Guilliams Handicap at Ellis Park last summer and won the G2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes last year, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Scooter Dickey. The gelding, seventh in the G2 Wise Dan Stakes last time out, went a half mile in :49 flat. That was 4th of 9.
  3. Dr. Dorr, who just ran second in the G2 San Diego Handicap for trainer Bob Baffert, was back on the track at Del Mar this morning. The son of Lookin At Lucky went a half mile in :49 flat. That was 16th best out of 46 to go the distance. the 5YO gelding has run six times this year with 3 wins and 2 seconds. Look for him to return in a major Stakes event on the Coast soon.
  4. Well Hello, a Maryland-bred daughter of Quality Road, has run only three times in her abbreviated career to date for trainer Dan Blacker, but she has a win and two seconds on her resume. After breaking the maiden at first ask on March 4 at Santa Anita, she has run two straight thirds in allowance company. She was solid on the track at Del Mar this morning, going a half mile in :48 flat. That was the bullet move out of 46 to go the distance.
  5. Midnight Bisou, who was second behind the great Monomoy Girl in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks in her last start for trainer Steve Asmussen, was back on the training track at Saratoga this morning. The daughter of Midnight Lute went an easy half in :50.49. That was second best out of 6 to go the distance. This year, the filly has a 4-1-1 record in just 6 starts. Both of the losses have come to Monomoy Girl.

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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