Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Oscar Performance

(Trainer Brian Lynch conditions Oscar Performance / 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. Summer Luck, a 4YO Lookin At Lucky filly who is already Graded Stakes placed, appeared to get back on her game a bit in the last start when she won an allowance event at Churchill Downs on June 8 for trainer Mark Casse. In four starts this year, she now has a win, two seconds and a third. She may be one to spot around and get a Stakes win somewhere, which is missing on her soon to be broodmare resume. Today, she worked over the Churchill Downs main track, going an easy half mile in :49.86. That was the 30th best time out of 64 to work the distance.
  2. Shanghai Tariff, a 3YO Shanghai Bobby filly who has not been worse than second in the last five starts with a couple of wins in that mix, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer James DiVito. She went 5 furlongs over the main dirt track in 1:01.80, which was 6th best out of 14. This one may be inching here way up the condition ranks to face a small Stakes caliber field soon. This trainer knows how to win races.
  3. Oscar Performance, a 4YO colt by Kitten’s Joy who will stand at stud at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington upon his retirement, worked at Belmont Park on Thursday. The winner of the G3 Poker Stakes in his last start, has now put up an impressive record of 7 wins and 1 third in 12 lifetime starts and has earned nearly $2 million in purses. He went 5 furlongs over the dirt training track at “The Big Sandy” in a time of 1:02.85, which was 4th best of 7. Some speculation has it that this grass specialist will be tuned up for the Arlington Million a bit later this summer.

(Well Defined) has a ton of natural talent and I was going to take advantage of that today,” Morales explained. “I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race.

“The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride, so I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that,” Morales said. No one did, and he stretched the lead to three lengths from Knicks Go up the backstretch.

“All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running,” Morales said. “I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all, and my horse was going as comfortable as he possible could.

“I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.”

PABLO MORALES, RIDER OF THE WINNER WELL DEFINED
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