Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Copper Bullet, Storm Runner

(Copper Bullet wins at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

(Steve Asmussen trains Copper Bullet for Winchell Thoroughbreds / 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. Copper Bullet, a 3YO son of More Than Ready and trained by Steve Asmussen, was my Winter Book favorite to win this year’s KY Derby. After all, the brilliantly fast runner had won the G2 Saratoga Special last August and was a very troubled second in the G3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs before that. He looked and acted the part. From head to hoof. But after a few dull works earlier this year, he was shelved by the connections. Today, the beautiful bay colt got his first published workout since Winter. He went an easy half mile in :51.80. That was the 27th best time out of 29 to go the distance at Churchill Downs. I am just so happy to see him back in good working order. Good luck big guy.
  2. Storm Runner, a very nice 3YO son of Get Stormy and trained by Dale Romans, looked to be off and really running in his career earlier this year when he won, for the second time, in a nice allowance event at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 4. He beat the likes of Mississippi, Cove Blue, and Bon Raison that day. But since then he has run nothing but 7ths — in the G2 Fountain of Youth; the G1 Florida Derby; and, most recently, an allowance race at Saratoga, which was his first start in nearly 5 months. Today, he was back at Churchill Downs. He worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the bullet move out of 29 to go the distance today. It would be good to see this one get back to his old self, and form.
  3. Rubilinda, a 4YO Frankel filly trained by Chad Brown, worked at Del Mar today. This one, who won two straight Stakes events last year before running 6th in the G1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar in November, has raced only once this year, so far. She was fifth in an allowance event at Belmont Park back in May. Today, she got her fourth published work since Aug. 2. She went 3 furlongs over the dirt track in 35.40, which was the bullet move out of 12 to go the distance. Will be interesting to see where this classy runner will show up next.

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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