Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Wonder Gadot, Telekinesis, Blended Citizen, Pavel, Chocolate Martini

(Wonder Gadot, on the outside, pressed Monomoy Girl to the finish line in this year’s KY Oaks / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

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. Angel of Mischief, a 3YO filly by Into Mischief trained by Norm Casse, has raced only one time in her career to date. She was second on debut at Ellis Park on July 21. Today, she stamped herself as a huge contender for the next time out. In a super impressive move this morning at Churchill Downs, the filly worked a half mile in :47.80. That was the bullet move out of 72 to go the distance. It really is the first time that she has flashed that kind of work in the a.m. Look out for this one next time to make the starting gate. Light bulb? On.
  2. Miss Kentucky, a 4YO Blame filly trained by Rusty Arnold, went to the Churchill Downs main track today under the watchful eye and care of assistant trainer Jack Bohannon. The filly worked an easy half mile in :49.80. That was the 33rd best time out of 72 in a pure maintenance move. This one is having a superb year, with 3 wins and a second in 5 starts. After winning two in a row — including the G3 Winning Colors Stakes at Churchill Downs earlier this Spring — Miss Kentucky most recently ran second to Astrollinthepark in the Roxelana Stakes here on June 23. Watch for this one’s return. She is developing in to a solid sprinter over the dirt.
  3. Shanghai Rain, a 2YO filly by Shanghai Bobby and trained by W. Bret Calhoun, has a win and a nice second in her last two starts — including a runner-up in the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 30. She worked this morning under the Twin Spires, going a half mile in a nice, solid, compact :48.60. that was the 11th best time out of the 72. Runner.
  4. Telekinesis, a super talented son of Ghostzapper who ran a game second to My Boy Jack in this year’s Lexington Stakes for trainer Mark Casse, is back at his home base in Louisville and worked this morning. The colt breezed a really nice 5 furlongs in 1:00.60. That was the second fastest time out of 27 to go that far this morning. This one had never finished worse than third in the first four races, and looked to be on a real roll when he ran so well at Keeneland and then, subsequently, won the Plate Trial Stakes over the all-weather track at Woodbine. But after setting the pace in the Queen’s Plate, he was hunted down and disposed of by his stablemate and filly Wonder Gadot. Since then, he has been shuttled back to Louisville. Very talented runner here. Lots of things to look forward to still.
  5. Blended Citizen, a 3YO son of Proud Citizen trained by Doug O’Neill, was on the Triple Crown trail for much of the Spring. After winning the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway and running fifth to My Boy Jack in the Blue Grass Stakes, he won the G3 Peter Pan at Belmont Park. Things we’re pointing North. But he ran a disappointing and distanced ninth in the Belmont Stakes and returned to finish fifth in the G3 Los Alamitos Derby. Today, he got his first published work since that race, firing off a half mile work in :50.60. That was 20th of 23. Would be nice to see this one return to form soon.
  6. Axelrod, a 3YO Warrior’s Reward colt trained by Michael McCarthy, is coming off a nice win in the G3 Indiana Derby. That was on the heels of a second in the Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita in June. This one is trending up, and worked this morning at Del Mar. he went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the 9th best time out of 36 to go that far. In 8 career starts, he has a 3-1-1 record and over $360,000 in earnings now. Look for this one to spot up soon.
  7. Pavel, a 4YO colt by Creative Cause and trained by O’Neill, won the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap in his last start. It was his first start since running fourth in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita and fourth in the Dubai World Cup. He was back on the training track this morning at Del Mar. He went 6 furlongs in 1:13.80. that was the 5th best time out of 9. Big things ahead for this one.
  8. Take Charge Paula, a Graded Stakes winning filly by Take Charge Indy and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, worked at Saratoga this morning. The filly, who won the G3 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park before running second in both the G2 Davona Dale and the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks, worked 3 furlongs in :38.93. It was the 4th of 4 to go that far, in her second published work since she ran a disappointing 7th in the G3 Victory Ride at Belmont Park on July 8. This is the filly that got the amazingly questionable ride from Paco Lopez earlier this year in the Davona Dale — the race where the winner, Fly So High, pulled up hurt. This one has some real speed and talent. But she is just now working her way back into racing shape again.
  9. Girl’s Know Best, a 4YO filly by Caleb’s Posse, ran fifth in the Caress Stakes at Saratoga on July 23. That came after three straight wins this Spring/Summer for trainer Eddie Kenneally. She worked at The Spa this morning, going 3 furlongs in :36.,44. That was the bullet move out of five to go the distance.
  10. Chocolate Martini, winner of the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks earlier this year and third behind the dynamic duo of Monomoy Girl and Midnight Bisou in the G1 Coaching Club of America Stakes at Saratoga in her last out, worked this morning at The Spa for trainer Tom Amoss. She went an easy half mile in :50.93. that was 48th of 60. Fit and ready for the next out.
  11. Wonder Gadot, the super talented 3YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro and trained by Mark Casse, has suddenly emerged as a candidate to try the boys now after her impressive win in both the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine and the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie. But instead of going for the Canadian Triple Crown, she may be pointed to the Travers Stakes at Saratoga? She prepped for her next out — no matter what it may be — this morning at Saratoga. She went ahalf mile in :48.07. That was the fifth best time out of the 60 to go that far. Ran second to Monomoy Girl after a gritty stretch drive in the KY Oaks. What a duel that could shape up to be — again.

There was concern down the backside when he took off like that. I was worried about him. Mike (Smith) let him run a little bit but he said he (Justify) saw something in the infield and he sort of spooked. He said I might want to put a little more bit on him to control him, and I told Mike he better start working out between now and then (Kentucky Derby May 5) to hold him down.“It was very exciting. Those are two really tough horses. I figure that race for Bolt d’Oro probably took a little bit out of him with McKinzie (in the San  Felipe on March 10), but they’re two really good horses. I think the whole field is really tough.“But Justify is just a natural and he’s just learning how to run. He has that big, beautiful stride . . . he reminds you a lot of Point Given, just a big, red train type of horse. He’s quick and he’s light on his feet. It’s just good that he showed up, he did what we thought and were hoping he was going to do. I just feel fortunate to have him. It takes a lot of the sting out of what happened to McKinzie. It’s a tough business but we’ve just got to keep going.”

Bob Baffert, Who conditions Justify - Justtify ran the Santa Anita Derby
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