Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Principe Guilherme, Baffin, Believe in Royalty, Title Ready

(Principe Guilherme wins at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

(Trainer Steve Asmussen sent out a few nice ones this morning at Churchill Downs / 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. Baffin, a 3YO Justin Phillip colt trained by Steve Asmussen, looked to be a good thing when he started out last year. He won on debut at Churchill Downs in June and then ran fourth in the G3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga in just his second career start. That one was won by Firenze Fire, and Free Drop Billy was second. But Baffin was sent to the sidelines after that race, having set the early fractions. He was over nearly one year, before he got his next start — which was July 14 at Ellis Park. He ran third in that comeback effort. Today, he was back on the track at Churchill Downs. The colt went a nice half mile in :47.80. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 44 to go that distance. Keep an eye on this one. He may be back in shape.
  2. Principe Guilherme, a super talented 3YO son of Tapit trained by Asmussen, has been off since February when he ran a disappointing 7th in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds. Before that, he had won by open lengths in his first two tries and run second in the G3 Lecomte Stakes. Today, the colt got his third work since July 24 when he went an easy half mile in :49.20. That was 14th best of the 44. This one is working his way back to you. And, he is a rare and gifted one.
  3. Believe in Royalty, another super bred son of Tapit and out of the KY Oaks winning mare Believe You Can, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer J. Larry Jones. The colt breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.40, which was the 3rd best time out of 14 to go that far. This one is super fast, and is just learning how to rate some of that spectacular speed. After winning two of the first three starts, he was plunked into some major events. His fourth in the Iowa Derby last out was not a bad race, though, and he may be turning the corner again. Watch out for this one next time out if he can find an allowance event some where.
  4. Title Ready, a 3YO More Than Ready colt trained by Asmussen, worked at Churchill Downs this a.m., as well. This one — who as a 2-2-2 record in 10 lifetime starts — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was 5th best of the 14. He ran fourth in the Ohio Derby and then put up a third in the G3 Indiana Derby last time out. Was beaten only three lengths in that event by Axelrod. Look for this one to pop up again soon. He is a closer that may like more ground. After all, he beat the highly touted King Zachary in the last out.

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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