Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Telekinesis, Sassy Sienna, Dragon Drew, Hawaakom

(My Boy Jack, outside, got up just in time to nip Telekinesis in this year’s Lexington Stakes at Keeneland / 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. Sassy Sienna, a talented 3YO filly by Midshipman and trained by Brad Cox, is looking to get back to her “A” game after winning the G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in April. In the last two, she has run 6th to Monomoy Girl in the KY Oaks and then 7th as the PT favorite to She’s a Julie in the G3 Iowa Oaks. Today, Sassy Sienna was back on the track at Churchill Downs and she looked a little better and a lot more like her old self as she breezed a half mile in an easy :49 flat. That was the 17th best time out of 64, but what made the move impressive was the ease in which she went about her work. Look for this one to get a little easier spot the next time out for a mind boost.
  2. Auspicious Babe, a 3YO Bodemeister filly trained by Dallas Stewart, is coming off back-to-back wins in May and June at Churchill Downs. Today, she breezed 5 furlongs in 1:02.20, which was the 8th best time out of 20 to go that far. It will be interesting to see where the connections point this one next. She did not meet reserve as a yearling for the hefty price of $335,000. So, the breeder is now racing her. Could she be a Stakes caliber horse?
  3. Dragon Drew, a 3YO colt by Get Stormy and trained by friend Buff Bradley, has had a bit of bad luck of late. After winning back-to-back races at the Fair Grounds this Spring, including a nice Stakes victory, he caught some real rainy weather. He ran 4th in the G3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland on a yielding track, and then ran 13th on a slushy grass course in the American Turf at Churchill Downs on KY Derby Day. His next start was washed completely off the grass, and he ran 6th in the slop on May 31. Now, he is back and working well again. And, all he needs is a little firm sod to move over. He worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 this morning at Churchill Downs, which was the 2nd best time out of the 20 to go. Watch for this one.
  4. Hawaakom, an 8YO gelding by Jazil and trained by Wesley Hawley, is a grand ole’ man. This year alone, he has a third in the Louisiana Stakes at the Fair Grounds; a win in the G3 Razorback Stakes at Oaklawn Park; a second in the G2 Alsheba Stakes on KY Oaks Day; and a fourth to Pavel in the G1 Stephen Foster. In his illustrious race career, he has won over $1 million in purses. Today, the old man romped 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 — which tied Dragon Drew for the second fastest time of the group. Watch for this one next time out. He is just so much fun.
  5. Telekinesis, a superstar in the making before his tiring fifth in the Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine on June 30, was back on the track at Churchill Downs this morning for the barn of Mark Casse. The 3YO colt by Ghostzapper — who nearly beat My Boy Jack in the G3 Lexington Stakes and won the Plate Trial Stakes over the all-weather surface on June 9 — went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the bullet move. This guy is talented. And, it will be good to see him back on real dirt the next time he races. Watch out. This guy has speed to burn.

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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