Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Telekinesis, Flameaway, Strike Power, Uni, Seeking the Soul

(My Boy Jack nips Telekinesis, yellow silks, in the G3 Lexington Stakes earlier this year / 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. Givemeaminit, a 3YO LA-bred colt by Star Guitar, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Dallas Stewart. This one — who has just one win in 12 starts — has hit the board multiple times now in Graded Stakes races. Against open company. And, he can run. Today, he went an easy half mile in :48.40 over a sloppy dirt track. That was the 7th best time out of 66 to go the distance. Since breaking his maiden against Louisiana-bred only at the Fair Grounds in January, he has run 8th in the G2 Risen Star; 4th in the G2 Louisiana Derby; 3rd in the G3 Pat Day Mile; 6th in the G2 Woody Stephens; and 8th in the G3 Indiana Derby. May be time for a little class relief. If he gets it? Watch the heck out. Can run.
  2. Martian, a 2YO son of Malibu Moon who was purchased for $170,000 earlier this year at the OBS March Sale, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Eddie Kenneally. He went a really nice half mile in :47.60, which was the 2nd best time out the 66. In two starts to date, he has a third in the last out at Ellis Park on July 28. Made the lead in that 7-furlong tilt before fading late. Could be tough to handle in the next out. Especially if they shorten him up a tad. Take note.
  3. Seeking the Soul, who ran second in the Michael Schaefer Stakes at Indy Grand in the last start on July 14, was back on the track at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. The 5YO son of Perfect Soul went an easy half mile in :48.40. That was the 7th best clocking out of the 66. The last race was the first outing for this one since he was fifth to Gun Runner in the G1 Pegasus World Cup in January. He won the G1 Clark Handicap to end the 2017 running season. Look for improvement next time out.
  4. Arrival, a highly touted son of Tapit who has not run since finishing 11th in the G2 KY Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last November, worked under the Twin Spires this morning for trainer Mark Casse. It was his fifth published work since July 17, and he went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 31 to go that far. Getting close. Watch for this one. He cost $800,000 as a Keeneland September Yearling in 2016.
  5. Copper Town, a 4YO son of Speightstown, looked to be cut out to be a real good one early on in his career. In the first three starts, he had two wins and a second. Has not raced since winning an allowance event at Belmont Park last October, though. Worked this morning at Saratoga for trainer Todd Pletcher. In just his second breeze since returning to real training in August, he went 3 furlongs in :36.55. That was the bullet move out of 10 to go that distance. Watch for this one, who is out of a Ghostzapper mare. Talent here.
  6. Uni, a super talented 4YO More Than Ready filly trained by Chad Brown, is coming off an outstanding winning effort in the De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 4. It was her second win in as many races this year. She worked a half mile over the turf training track at The Spa this morning, going the distance in an easy :49.45. That was the 4th best time out of 22 to go that far today. Watch for this one’s return. She is getting better and better.
  7. Flameaway — who looked like he had a great future earlier this Spring when he won the Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park and followed that up with a win in the G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes and back-to-back seconds in the Tampa Bay Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes — may have gotten back on track with his nice second in the G2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga in his last out. This morning, he worked at The Spa under the watchful eye of trainer Mark Casse, going an easy half mile in :49.44. That was 35th out of the 67 to go over the dirt track. This son of Scat Daddy is an Ontario bred, and has many options. But he is better than most think.
  8. Strike Power, a 3YO son of Speightstown, worked this morning at Saratoga for trainer Mark Hennig. He went a half mile in :48.33, which was 6th fastest out of the 67 to go over the dirt track. He ran fourth in the G3 Amsterdam Stakes here in his last out, but he has a ton of speed. Witness the G3 Swale Stakes earlier this year, and the 2nd to Promises Fulfilled in the G2 Fountain of Youth. May show up again soon. If so, watch out for significant improvement.
  9. Tapwrit, winner of the 2017 Belmont Stakes, worked this morning at Saratoga, as well. The son of Tapit went the four furlongs in :49.08. That was 26th best. Just ran 4th in the G1 Whitney Stakes at The Spa on Aug. 4. Since his win in the Belmont, he has hit the board only once — a third in an allowance at Belmont Park in June. What’s up here?
  10. Telekinesis, a well-bred son of Ghostzapper trained by Casse, is back at Saratoga. He worked this morning, going an easy half mile in :50.55. That was 56th best. This one was shipped back to Churchill Downs after spitting the bit in the Queen’s Plate, which was won by his stablemate Wonder Gadot. That fifth place finish was the first time in five starts, though, that he has not finished in the top 3 spots. He was impressive in both a second in the Lexington Stakes and a win in the Plate Trail before that. Watch for this rapid-fire colt to show back up with a good one soon.

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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