Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Possible “Hidden Gems”

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. Bucktail Spinner, a 2YO homebred for Calumet Farm by the operation’s own stallion Oxbow, may be one to keep an eye one for a race very soon. This one had his 8th published work this morning at Churchill Downs since April 28. And, he was impressive — yet again. This morning, he went a half mile in :48 flat and that was the third best time out of 24 to go the distance. What made the move even more impressive, though, was the ease in which he did it. Worth putting in your Stable Mail. Hint. Hint.
  2. Art Collection, a 3YO son of Flat Out and trained by Scooter Dickey, is another one to keep an eye out for. He has raced just twice to date, both thirds at Gulfstram Park earlier this year when the running down there was good. Since March, he has been off and has just recently returned to training. He worked his morning at Churchill Downs, going just 3 furlongs in a snappy :35.80. That was the bullet move of the day. Worth watching.
  3. Manny Wah, is a 2YO by Will Take Charge and was purchased at last year’s Fasig-Tipton July Sale by Susan Mouton for a hefty $175,000. He has not started yet as a 2YO, but got his fifth published work this morning at Churchill Downs. He went a brisk half mile in :47.40, which was the bullet move of the day. He has been working quite well of late and looks to be getting close to a start.
  4. Regulate, a 3YO colt by Quality Road and trained by Bob Baffert, is still looking for his first win after running third in a MSW event in March at Santa Anita. This one was highly touted early on and ran fourth in the G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes as a maiden. The deep closer ran behind Lombo, Ayacara, and Dark Vader that day. He has been given some time off since March, though, and got his sixth published work on Wednesday at Santa Anita since May 18. He went 5 furlongs in :59.80. And, it was his second impressive move in a row. He may be getting ready.

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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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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