Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Chasing Yesterday, Bridaled Temper & Others

(HOF trainer Bob Baffert conditions Chasing Yesterday — a half-sister to American Pharoah / 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. Fightress, a 2YO Tapizar filly trained by Norm Casse, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. The filly, who broke her maiden on debut at Churchill Downs on June 22, came right back to run 7th in the G3 Schuylerville Stakes. She followed that up with a fourth in the Bolton Landing, also at Saratoga, and a third in an allowance on Sept. 20 at Churchill Downs. This morning, the filly was surely  impressive — closing out a 5-furlong work in :59.80, which was the bullet move at the distance this a.m. Could be a real sleeper for some nice Stakes events coming up.
  2. Zanesville, a 3YO son of Tiznow and trained by Tom Amoss, is coming off a 10th place finish over the hills and dales of KY Downs. But before that he ran a nice third in each of the two previous Stakes events — the Super Derby Prelude at Louisiana Downs and the Prairie Mile Stakes at Prairie Meadows. Earlier this year, this one took a modest run on the early Triple Crown trail. He ran fourth in the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park and then was 6th to My Boy Jack in the G3 Lexington Stakes. This morning, the colt breezed a tidy half mile in :48.80 — which was the 12th best time out of 23 to go that far. Look for improvement with a return to the dirt here.
  3. Cured By Kitten, a 3YO Kitten’s Joy filly who ran a game second in her career debut at Churchill Downs on Sept. 15, was back in action this morning at the Downs’ Training Center in Louisville. The filly went 5 furlongs in a sharp time of 1:00.80 — which was the bullet move of the day. Watch for this one to return soon for trainer Mike Maker. She was beaten only 3 lengths in the career debut — which was contested at 11/8-miles over a firm grass course. And, this one was easily the next best in this field — whipping the third-placed horse by 21/2 lengths, and the fourth place finisher by 33/4-lengths. Maker normally doesn’t have them razor sharp for the debut. But the second start could be profitable.
  4. Bridaled Temper, a 3YO War Front filly who has a 1-4-0 record in the first 7 career starts for trainer Mark Casse, worked at Keeneland this morning. This one, who sold for $180,000 as a Keeneland September Yearling graduate in 2016, went a half mile in :46.40 — which was the 2nd fastest time out of 27 to go that far. Impressive. Stay tuned for more about this one. In her last two starts, Bridaled Temper has run second each time.
  5. Chasing Yesterday, the half-sister to American Pharoah and trained by Bob Baffert, worked this morning of the West Coast at Santa Anita. This Tapit filly, who was super impressive in the career debut win only to stumble home a tiring 7th in the G1 Spinaway Stakes, went 5 furlongs in an ultra-quick time of :59.20. That was 4th of 16. Watch for a nice rebound performance from this one.
  6. Super Sol, a super nice 3YO colt by Awesome Again and trained by Team Baffert, went 5 furlongs at “The Great Race Place” this morning. This one was clocked in :59 flat. That was the third best time out of 16 to go the distance. Worth a shot the next time he runs.

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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