Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Shanghaied Roo

(W. Brett Calhoun, trains Shanghaied Roo / 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. Shanghaied Roo, a 2YO colt by Shanghai Bobby who won on debut at Keeneland on April 6 and then was subsequently scratched from a Stakes event at Churchill Downs, worked this morning for trainer W. Bret Calhoun. He went 3 furlongs in : 36.20, which was the bullet move out of 13 to go that distance today. A nice one who could develop into a top runner later this summer. Keep an eye out for the return.
  2. Pure Speculation, a 2YO by Morning Line, may be one you want to put in your Stable Mail. This one sold to Tom Durant for $150,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. Although he has yet to make his racing debut, he has 7 published works since March and breezed a half mile from the starting gate this morning at Churchill Downs in impressive fashion. He went the distance in :48 flat, and some caught up a tick faster. That was the 6th best time out of 31 to go that distance. Take note.

I was a little worried right at the start, because his hind-end kind of slipped out leaving the gate, and it looked [like] it took him about a hundred yards to get engaged,” said Pletcher, who also won the Wood Memorial with Eskendereya (2010), Gemologist (2012), Verrazano (2013), and Outwork (2016). “He was a little farther back than I thought he would be, but when you take the pacesetter out, he really was close to the contenders. I felt good about it. I was just hoping he would sustain his momentum around the turn, and he finished up and did great. We’re feeling like we’re seeing a horse that has that talent, and he’s doing well, and we felt like that mile and an eighth is something he’s looking for. This is the performance we’ve been looking for.”

Todd Pletcher, Who conditioned the winner of Wood Memorial
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