Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Bolt d’Oro, Copper Bullet, Go Noni Go, Oscar Nominated

(Bolt d’Oro winning at Santa Anita last October / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

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. Bolt d’Oro, a 3YO son of Medaglia d’Oro and trained by Mick Ruis, got his second published work over the Churchill Downs oval this morning. The colt went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80, which was the 10th best time out of 27 to make the distance. This is the fourth work for this one since Sept. 7, when he resumed a regular training schedule. He has not run since he was a disappointing 11th in the Met Mile at Belmont Park on June 9, and 12th in the Kentucky Derby. Before that, though, he had never missed the board in six previous starts — including wins in the G2 San Felipe Stakes, the G1 FrontRunner Stakes and Del Mar Futurity, and a third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar last November. Would be good to see this one get back to the top of his game.
  2. Copper Bullet, another one of the super talented 2YO colts of 2017, is still working his back to the races, as well. He has yet to make a start this year after sporting a 2-win, 2-second record in the first four starts — including a spectacular win in the Saratoga Special a year ago. Today the son of More Than Ready worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the bullet move of the day at Churchill Downs, and it was a great sign and sight. It would be huge to get this one back and running at full capacity. Fun, too.
  3. Go Noni Go, a 3YO Get Stormy filly trained by Mike Maker, worked this morning at the Churchill Downs’ Training Center in Louisville. This one has not won since capturing the Bourbonette Oaks, a G3 event at Turfway Park, in March. She die run a game second in the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs in June and followed that up with a third in the Hatoof Stakes at Arlington Park in July. Got her first work today since late August. Went an easy half mile in :49.60. That was the 6th best time out of 17 to go that distance.
  4. Oscar Nominated, a 5YO Kitten’s Joy ridgling trained by Maker, also made an appearance on the dirt track at the training center this morning. He went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20, which was the second best time out of 10 to work the distance. This one started off the year in style, with a win in the G3 W.L. McKnight Handicap at Gulfstream Park in late January. But that has been his only win this year in 5 starts. Did run second in the G2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland in April. Would not be surprised to see him show back up there in October.

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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