Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Somewhere, Dak Attack, Free Drop Billy & Hollendorfer 2YOs

Trainer William "Buff" Bradley
Gene McLean talks with Buff Bradley, who trains the talented 2YO filly Somewhere

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. Honorable Duty, a 6YO war horse by Distorted Humor for trainer Brendan Walsh, has won nearly $1 million in his race career. He got his first published work since…well,…since a long time today at Churchill Downs. He went 3 furlongs in :36.60. That was the 8th best time out of the 26 to go that distance. He last ran on Jun3 16 when second to Pavel in the G1 Stephen Foster. He now has a win and a second in two starts this year. Durable dude here.
  2. Dak Attack, a talented 3Yo son of Ghostzapper who was so impressive this time last year as a 2YO, is back and training well for trainer Dale Romans. He got his third published work this morning since July 28, going a half mile in :48.40. That was the 10th best time out of 59 to go that far. It was his first time going a half mile, too. Look for this one’s return later this Fall.
  3. Figarella’s Queen, a 3YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro and runner-up in the Indiana Oaks  to the classy Talk Veuve to Me in the last out, worked a half mile at Churchill Downs this morning. She went the distance in :48.60, which was the 11th best time of the day. This one has a 3-2-1 record in just 7 career starts, and looks to be getting better and better for trainer Brad Cox. Watch for this one’s return.
  4. Sassy Sienna, a 3YO Midshipman filly trained by Brad Cox, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. She went a half in :48.60, which was tied with the one above for the 11th best time. A week ago, she was even faster at 5 furlongs. This one won the G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park before running 6th to Monomoy Girl in the KY Oaks and then 7th in the G3 Iowa Oaks. Look for a nice return for her soon.
  5. Somewhere, one of the nicest 2YO fillies in the world right now and trained by my good friend Buff Bradley, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. She went a half mile in an impressive, in-hand time of :48 flat. That was the 8th best time out of the 59. This daughter of Quality Road, owned by Allied Racing Stables, can motor. She broke her maiden last time out, and according to her trainer this morning is now being pointed to a Stakes event in her next outing. Keep her in your binocular sights. A good one.
  6. Free Drop Billy, a 3YO son of Union Rags who hasn’t been seen in the afternoons since his 7th place finish in the Belmont Stakes, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Dale Romans. It was his fourth published work since the Belmont, and arguably his best. He was time in 1:00.80 for 5 furlongs, which was the 5th fastest time out of the 24. Looks to be getting his running legs back underneath.
  7. Givemeaminit, a Louisiana-bred son of Star Guitar who has knocked heads in some of the best Graded Stakes events in the country over the past two years, got to stretch his legs at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. He went 5 furlongs for trainer Dallas Stewart in 1:00.40. That was the second best time out of the 24 to go. He was last seen running 8th in the G3 Indiana Derby. Still eligible for non-other-than allowance. How about a little class relief?
  8. Roadster, a 2Yo colt by Quality Road who was very impressive in winning his career debut, was back on the track at Del Mar this morning for trainer Bob Baffert. The colt drilled a half mile in a very nice :47.60 — which was the 3rd best time out of 66 to go the distance. Look for this guy to pop in a Stakes very soon. He cost $525,000 as a Keeneland September Sale’s Yearling last year.
  9. Brill, a brilliant debut winner for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and touted as one of the best 2YO fillies in the land right now, was back in action this morning at Del Mar, as well. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who cost $1 million at last year’s July Sale at Fasig-Tipton, went 5 furlongs in a brisk :59.80. That was the 3rd best time registered out of 67 to go that far.
  10. Dueling, a 2YO son of Violence and trained by Hollendorfer, was second on debut to his stablemate Rowayton on July 21. He was back in training this morning, too, covering 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the 4th best time at the distance. Another talented 2YO in the barn of Hollendorfer this year. He is loaded.
  11. Rowayton, who easily bested his teammate on debut, was even better this morning. The son of Into Mischief went the same 5 furlongs at Del Mar in :59.40. That was the bullet move of the day. The top 2YO colt in the country right now? Debatable, but in the hunt.

He felt good all the way; nice and relaxed. He’s a super talented horse. I knew that right from the beginning. John (trainer John Sadler) said ‘Just get him comfortable.’ He didn’t care if I was in front or coming from off it.  I figured we’d be in front – as long as someone didn’t do something stupid. Then he really pulled me into that first turn and he was going easy from there. Big race for him.”

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE , Catalina Cruiser, winner
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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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