Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Tale of Verve, Marley’s Freedom

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Bob Baffert with his son, Bode. Baffert trains the talented filly Marley’s Freedom. Photo credit: Santa Anita

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. Tale of Verve, now a 6YO horse by Tale of Ekati and trained by Dallas Stewart, got his third published work since May 24 this morning at Churchill Downs. He breezed his third straight half mile in :48.80, and that was the 10th best time out of 30 to go the distance. Since breaking his maiden in April 2015 and immediately running second in the Preakness Stakes to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in May, he has hit the board only once in 12 subsequent starts. That was an allowance win at Saratoga in the summer of 2016. Working his way back to you now, though.
  2. America’s Tale, a 3YO daughter of Goo Ponti and trained by Bernie Flint, has run twice since being 7th in both the Silverbulletday Stakes and the Fair Grounds Oaks this Spring. She had a fourth in an allowance event at Churchill Downs on Oaks Day and then was third in an allowance at Churchill on June 1. She may be getting back to herself soon. Keep watch.
  3. Marley’s Freedom, a 4YO Blame filly trained by Bob Baffert, is coming off some impressive runs of late. She won an allowance at Santa Anita on April 20 and returned to immediately win the G3 Desert Stormer Stakes, a G3 event, at “The Great Race Place” on May 27. She worked this morning at Santa Anita, going a half mile in a brisk :47 flat. That was the bullet move of the day. Keep tabs on this one.
  4. Regulate, a 3YO Quality Road gelding and trained by Team Baffert, is still looking to break the maiden, but ran fourth in the G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita back in February. Ran third in a MSW event in March, but has been idle since then. Got his fifth published work since May 18 today, and he went a bullet :59.80 over 5 furlongs on the dirt. That was the best time out of 20 to go that distance. Looks like the gelding process may have gotten this one’s attention. Worth watching.

(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.”

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