Workouts That Just Might Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Monomoy Girl — Still the Best Filly in the Country

(Monomoy Girl beating Wonder Gadot 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 their best and ready for a key race.  Here is a look at today’s top works:

  1. Heart to Heart, a 7YO English Channel horse who is still at the top of his running game at this advanced age, worked this morning at Belmont Park for trainer Brian Lynch. The horse breezed a half mile in :49.31, which was the 8th best time out of 16 to go over the inner turf course. The speedster has two wins and a game second in the last three starts. He won the G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes and the G1 Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes before he was second to Hunt in the G1 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita on May 28. This one may be America’s best turf miler, but you will have to go back to 2015 before you can find a race over the Churchill Downs sod for this one. He won the G3 River City Handicap on Nov. 26 that year. He may be back in Louisville for the first Saturday in November this year.
  2. Oscar Performance, a 4YO Kitten’s Joy colt who is also trained by Lynch, is coming off a nice win in the G3 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park. That was his first start of the 2018 season, and he was back on the track this morning, too. He went a half mile over the inner turf surface in :48.86, which was the third best time out of 16 to make the distance. Worth watching this year.
  3. Uni, a 4YO More Than Ready filly trained by Chad Brown, is coming off a win in the Plenty of Grace Stakes back in April for her only 2018 start to date. Since May 6, she has worked 6 times and got in a half mile over the inner turf at Belmont Park today, as well. She went in :49.21, which was the 6th best time. This one can run. As can most of Brown’s grass horses.
  4. Uncle Mojo, a 4YO Uncle Mo colt trained by Todd Pletcher, ran fifth in the G1 Stephen Foster Stakes last time out at Churchill Downs. That was the colt’s first try at the Stakes level, and he went right to the top of the food chain. He worked this morning at Belmont Park, going a half mile in :47.60, which was the second best time out of 19 to go the distance today. Could be a Saratoga special for the Pletcher barn.
  5. Analyze It, a Point of Entry 3YO colt trained by Chad Brown, lost for the first time in the G3 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont Park on June 2. He looked to have the fourth win of the career wrapped up before he was caught late by the surging Catholic Boy, who had been trapped down on the rail previously. The colt worked 5 furlongs over the inner turf at Belmont Park this morning, going the distance in 1:02.76, which was the 5th best time out of 9.
  6. Tapwrit, a 4YO son of Tapit who won the 2017 Belmont Stakes, got his first start of 2018 on June 3 at Belmont and ran a nice third to the highly touted Timeline. He only lost that event by less than 2 lengths, while closing a bit at the end of the 11/16-mile event. He went 5 furlongs this morning in 1:00.71, which was the 2nd best time out of 4. Could improve on the second start back.
  7. Toinette — a 3YO Scat Daddy filly who has won three in a row for trainer Neil Drysdale — ran last on KY Oaks Day when she captured the G3 Edgewood Stakes over the Churchill Downs track. That was this one’s third straight victory over starting the career with a fourth at Del Mar last November. This one went 6 furlongs at Belmont Park this morning in 1:18.22, which was the only one to go the distance today.
  8. McCraken, a 4YO Ghostzapper colt trained by the affable Ian Wilkes, is being pointed toward the Cornhusker Stakes for his next out. He tuned up for that with a breeze at Churchill Downs this morning, going a half mile in :48 flat, which was the 7th best time out of 61 to go the distance. This one didn’t fire in the Met Mile, but he has the talent to be a top runner once again.
  9. Monomoy Girl — a 3YO Tapizar filly who has 7 wins in 8 lifetime starts and has won four Graded Stakes in a row, including the G1 Ashland Stakes, KY Oaks, and the Acorn in the last 3 starts — worked a half mile in a blistering :47.60 this morning for trainer Brad Cox. And, she did it easily. That was the fourth best time out of 61 to go the distance. The best filly in racing, no matter what Wonder Gadot and Midnight Bisou did on Saturday. No matter. Want to see the best filly in racing? Go watch this one. The Best. This one has already beaten those two.
  10. Tales of Chaucer, a talented 2YO colt by Forty Tales and trained by Norm Casse, was scratched out of the G3 Ashford Manor at Churchill Downs on Saturday. That one was won impressively by Sir Truebadour, from the Steve Asmussen barn. Instead, Casse said he would point this NY bred to something at Saratoga. Keep an eye out for his arrival. He breezed this morning at Churchill Downs in :48 flat, which was the 7th best time out of the 61. Should put this one on the right edge for the first timer against NY-breds.

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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