Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Dak Attack, Promises Fulfilled, Seven Trumpets & More

(Romans sent out the barn stars this morning at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

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. Dubby Dubbie, a 3YO Ice Box gelding, has had a very nice year for trainer Michelle Lovell. In 9 starts, he has 2 wins, 4 seconds and one third. After breaking his maiden in claiming ranks in 2017, he has worked his way up the ladder. Two starts back, he was third in the G3 American Derby, before running 11th in the G1 Secretariat Stakes. He worked this morning at Churchill Downs, breezing a half mile over the dirt in :49.60 That was the 51st best time of 78. This is the type your really root for; game as can be.
  2. Hollywood Star, a 3YO son of Malibu Moon who has only one third in four starts this year after a really promising 2YO season, worked a half-mile in :49 flat. That was 33rd best of the 78 at Churchill Downs this morning. This was the first published work in a month for a horse who ran third and fifth in allowance company at Saratoga. But he has talent, by virtue of his 2nd in the G2 Saratoga Special and the G3 Iroquois Stakes a year ago. Hoping he gets it back.
  3. King Zachary, a 3YO son of Curlin and trained by Dale Romans, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. The colt — who ran fourth in both the G3 Indiana Derby and the G1 Travers Stakes — went an easy half-mile in :50.40. That was the 63rd fastest time out of the 78 to go. It will be interesting to see where this guy shows up next.
  4. Promises Fulfilled, who has rapidly become one of the best sprinters in the world for Romans, worked at Churchill Downs this a.m. The son of Shackleford breezed a nice half-mile in :48.20. That was 10th best of the 78. This one is coming off back-to-back wins in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes and the G3 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga. Getting better with each start.
  5. Seven Trumpets, a 3Yo son of Morning Line who has run second in the Jerkens and the Dwyer Stakes in his last two for Romans, was the best of the barn this morning. This guy ripped off a half-mile in :46.80. That was the bullet move of the day, and caught the attention of most, if not many more. Watch out for this one.
  6. Dak Attack, a 3YO Ghostzapper colt who was scratched out of a tough allowance race at Churchill Downs on Friday, put in a nice morning work for the Romans clan this morning, as well. The colt, who has not run since he was third in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes this past Winter at Gulfstream Park, went 5 furlongs in a brisk :59.60. That was the bullet move of 51 to make the distance, and put a stamp of “Good to Go” on this one. In three lifetime starts, he has two wins. Both of those were impressive. Be good to see this one back in action 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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